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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Dell XPS 15z review:

Dell XPS 15z

79

Acer Aspire 8950G-9839

79

Dell XPS L502X

81

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Apple MacBook Pro - Core i7 Sandy Bridge 15.4-inch - 2.2GHz
90

Alienware M14x

102

Dell XPS 15z

102

Acer Aspire 8950G-9839

122

Dell XPS L502X

122

Unreal Tournament 3 (in fps)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


1,280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF*  

1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  

Alienware M14x
291.6240.4

Acer Aspire 8950G-9839 @ 1280x768 / 1366x768

122.884.7

Dell XPS L502X

106.281.5

Dell XPS 15z

95.773.3

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Apple MacBook Pro - Core i7 Sandy Bridge 15.4-inch - 2.2GHz
425

Dell XPS L502X

242

Acer Aspire 8950G-9839

232

Dell XPS 15z

210

Alienware M14x

166

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System configurations:

Dell XPS 15z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 525M / 64MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Acer Aspire 8950G-9839
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 2GB AMD Radeon HD 6850M; 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell XPS L502X
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce 540M + 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Apple MacBook Pro - Core i7 Sandy Bridge 15.4-inch - 2.2GHz OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard; Intel Core i7 2.2GHz; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6750M / 384MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Alienware M14x
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-2820M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz; 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 720GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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