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The Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17: Game set and match.

We dare you to nitpick…

Last week we talked about the Microsoft Surface Book 3 , talking about how it’s an impressive and still incredibly unique machine, but how the current market of laptops makes everyone rethink if they need it, especially due to it’s power limitations and more niche design quirks. After all, a lot of people just want a normal, powerful, well built Windows laptop that can put all their MacBook friends to shame without any extra features they might use. And well, that laptop, or rather those laptops, have arrived. Say hello to Dell’s new XPS 15 , and the recently resurrected XPS 17.
Say hello to the new kids
These two laptops pretty much come down to three things, incredible power, breathtaking screens and elegant ergonomic designs. And while full reviews aren’t exactly out yet, the whole tech community seems to exist in that they definitely achieve that. We’ll put the full specs down below but we’ll give you the short version of it : 10TH Gen Intel Core i7 processors running at up to 5.1 GHz  for the 15 inch and 5.3GHz for the 17 inch , NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti Max Q for the 15 inch with and RTX 2060 Max Q for the 17 inch and 32-64 GB of RAM running on NVME SSDs. Simply put, these are easily some of the most powerful laptops in existence right now, with even i9 processors coming in the future. While they aren’t gaming PCs per say, they can definitely handle gaming with ease as well as pack on some video editing and 3D rendering work for good measure, eclipsing competition like the aforementioned Surface Book 3 , the Razer Blade and the 16 inch MacBook Pro.
Specs
Dell XPS 15
Dell XPS 17
OS
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
Display
  • 15.6-inch 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400) touch
  • 15.6-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200)
  • 17-inch 4K UHD+; InfinityEdge touch; HDR400 + Dolby Vision, 500 nits; 94% DCI-P3; anti-reflective
  • 17-inch FHD+; InfinityEdge; Dolby Vision, 500 nits; 100% sRGB minimum; anti-glare
Processor
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H
Graphics
  • Intel UHD graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
  • Intel UHD graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
Memory
  • 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 16GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 32GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 64GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 16GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 32GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 64GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
Storage
  • 256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 512GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 1TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 2TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 512GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 1TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
  • 2TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
Battery
  • 56WHr
  • 86WHr
  • 56WHr
  • 97WHr
Ports
  • 2x Thunderbolt 3 with power delivery & DisplayPort
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 with power delivery & DisplayPort
  • 1 Full size SD card reader v6.0
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
  • 4x Thunderbolt 3 (power delivery + DisplayPort)
  • 1x Full size SD card reader
  • 1x 3.5mm headphone.microphone jack
  • 1x USB-C to USB-A 3.0 & HDMI 2.0 adapter included
Audio
  • Quad-speaker design
  • Dual microphone array
  • Studio quality tuning w/ Waves MaxxAudio Pro & Waves Nx 3D audio
  • 1.5W x2 tweeters
  • 2.5W x2 woofers
Wireless
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2), Bluetooth 5
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (802.11AX) built on Intel chipset, Bluetooth 5
Camera
720p
720p
Size
  • Height: 18mm (0.71″) x Width: 344.72mm (13.57″) x Depth: 230.14mm (9.06″)
  • 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
  • Height: 19.5mm (0.77″) x Width: 374.45mm (14.74″) x Depth: 248.05mm (9.76″)
  • 2.11 kg (4.65 lbs) to 2.51 kg (5.53 lbs)
XPS 17
Then there’s the design, and well , we’ll start by highlighting this one interesting fact: the XPS 17 is actually smaller than a lot of 15 inch laptops from the past 2 years, yet has a 17 inch screen due to the nearly nonexistent bezels on the machine. We’ll get into that screen again later but in basic terms you have a larger, much more powerful workhorse machine, wrapped in a beautiful aluminum and carbon fibre chassis what makes it slimmer than most machines you’ll find too. The XPS 15 is no slouch too. In fact they look exactly the same , and both pack large trackpads for more comfortable use as well. Both machines both come with USB-C ports, and an SD card reader , though personally I wish they at least had 1 USB A port, which they relegate onto an included dongle along with and HDMI port. The designs focus on being sleek and modern, which I love, and I guess I can forgive the lack of USB A considering at least two ports on each machine will have Thunderbolt 3 and allow it to charge as well.
XPS 15
And finally, the screens. And well, look at them. Dell has been shaving bezels off of its XPS laptops since 2015 , but now it’s like these machines are just all screen and No bezel. The XPS 13 has already been called one of the best looking laptops of this year, and now it’s big brothers are taking that crown and the one for best looking workhorse laptops as well. Add touch to them and you have these machines becoming the definition of powerful Windows machines as well. And that pretty much sums up the XPS 15 and 17, they’re quintessential flagship Windows luxury/pro machines. They’re sleek and powerful enough to gain the attention of anyone who wants beautiful machines to do all their work on and pack enough graphics to play around on enough as well. We’ll see how the rest of the year unfolds of course but for now, we’re calling it, these are essentially the best laptops you can buy, period.
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