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Dell XPS 15 review

One of the more expensive and powerful Windows 8 laptops
Wed Apr 16 2014, 13:10

Product Dell XPS 15 (2014 model)
Specifications 15.6in 3200x1880 resolution IPS touchscreen display, quad-core 3.2GHz Intel Haswell Core i7-4702HQ processor, Nvidia Geforce GT 750M 2GB GPU, 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, 512GB mSATA SSD drive, 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth, 4x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, mini Displayport, 3.5mm audio jack, SDcard slot, webcam and mic, no Ethernet port, 91WHr 6-cell battery, Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system, 370x251x19mm, 1.88kg.
Price £1,680

DELL'S Xtreme Performance System (XPS) laptop range dates back to 1993, when the US company launched the line to focus on corporate customers rather than consumers.

Since that time, the brand has developed to present the company's fast and powerful business laptops. That still holds true in the latest edition of the Dell XPS 15 laptop, shown in our video below, which features high-end specifications such as a nearly 4K resolution touchscreen display, an Intel Haswell Core-i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.

Dell XPS 15 review overall

There's no question that the Dell XPS 15's design and high quality aluminium finish juxtaposed against a matt charcoal casing ensures that it looks the part, reflecting its premium price.

It's definitely not the slimmest 15in laptop on the market, measuring 19mm at its thickest point. But it's impressively compact considering its high-end specifications. We were expecting a bulkier design due to its powerful dedicated GPU, so for a desktop replacement it is fairly slender, fitting nicely into a rucksack to carry to and from work. Although its not up ultrabook standards, the XPS 15 is also lightweight for its power, weighing 1.88kg.

Dell XPS 15 review closed

Opening it up, you'll notice that Dell has upholstered the keyboard surround of the XPS 15 with a soft touch finish, making it feel rather luxurious against the wrists. However it is worth noting that while it does feel good to the touch, the finish does pick up smudge marks. The chassis is also prone to scratches if not protected properly during transportation.

Dell XPS 15 review side view at desk

Overall, Dell has made good use of high quality materials and the XPS 15 impressed us with its design and build. It feels well made and has a high quality finish, and as a result it is a pleasure to work on, or play on, for that matter.


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