Dell XPS 15

The Good The new Dell XPS 15 has an appealing minimalist design, solid construction, and powerful components.

The Bad There are only a handful of preconfigured builds available, and the more powerful options get very expensive. It's also too heavy for regular commuting.

The Bottom Line You can get similar components to our Core i7 Dell XPS 15 configuration for less, but the rock-solid design makes this feel like a premium machine.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 8.0
7.9 Overall

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Review

Dell XPS 15

The latest revamp of Dell's Inspiron and XPS laptops continues to move in the right direction, clearly inspired by the growth of Apple's MacBooks and the push toward thinner, snazzier ultrabook-style laptops.

A larger version of the Dell XPS 14 we reviewed recently, this XPS 15 is a similarly solid, slablike laptop with a minimalistic design, but also with plenty of extra features, from a high-res display to Nvidia graphics, making it feel like a truly premium laptop. Our review sample included a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU and discrete Nvidia GeForce 640M graphics, for $1,699. Other configurations start from $1,299, but I wouldn't want to pay that for a Core i5 laptop.

You can find something close to this particular CPU/GPU combination for less (Hewlett-Packard has a similar Pavilion dv6 for $1,200), but here you get the premium design, the build quality, and the premium support service Dell offers with XPS systems.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Dell, Inc.
  • Type Core i5 3rd Generation
  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.6
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model 3M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz

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