Forward-looking: Dell’s newest XPS 15 laptop computer incorporates a taller show and USB-C Thunderbolt Three ports as a substitute of the same old port setup. The firm additionally resurrected the XPS 17 with rather more highly effective internals in a slimmer physique, in addition to a modicum of upgradeability that appears all however misplaced today.
Dell’s XPS lineup was due for an replace, and right now the corporate unveiled a redesigned XPS 15 with among the largest modifications it has seen within the final 5 years. Alongside it, an all-new XPS 17, a 17-inch laptop computer that may go face to face with Apple’s MacBook Pro 16.
It seems to be like Dell goes the Apple means and eradicating all legacy ports in favor USB-C with Thunderbolt Three assist (x4 PCIe connections). Both the brand new 17-inch model and its smaller sibling have two of those on either side, in addition to a UHS-III compliant SD card reader that photographers will little question respect. Other than that, Dell features a USB-C to USB-A 3.Zero and HDMI 2.Zero dongle within the field, which can be a plus.
For networking, there’s solely the Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi, which helps Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 and comes with 2×2 MIMO antenna configuration.
Another enchancment that many customers have been anticipating for some time now’s a barely taller, 16:10 show with very skinny bezels. As earlier than, you may select between a Full HD+ display that provides higher battery life and a 4K UHD+ panel that comes with HDR400 assist. Dell claims 100 % protection of the Adobe RGB spectrum and 94 % DCI-P3 for this show, which is nice for individuals who want a cellular workstation for photograph and video enhancing.
Dell says it constructed the XPS 17 to be “the most powerful XPS laptop ever made.” To that finish, the corporate outfitted it with 10th technology Comet Lake H CPUs, and you may go for the quad-core Core i5-10300H, the six-core Core i7-10750H, or the eight-core Core i7-10875H. There’s additionally the choice to have a Core i9-10885H for these of you who want as a lot energy as potential.
The highly effective CPUs are paired with anyplace between eight and 64 GB of twin channel DDR4 RAM. But extra importantly, Dell has made it to be able to improve it your self by buying SODIMM modules. The XPS 17 comes with 256 GB and a couple of TB of SSD storage that populates solely one of many M.2 slots, so you may improve that as nicely — by merely eradicating the underside cowl.
For these of you who do not do something that requires devoted graphics, there is a model that solely sports activities the built-in Intel UHD Graphics 630. If going discrete, you may select between the GTX 1650 Ti and the GeForce RTX 2060, the latter being superb for machine studying workloads and that includes a extra superior NVENC engine.
The XPS 17 has acquired an improve within the cooling division, utilizing vapor chambers and a twin fan setup for a system that is in a position to dissipate as much as 90 W of warmth. As with the earlier XPS generations, there’s Gore insulation beneath the keyboard cowl to maintain it comparatively cool to the contact.
Just like Apple refuses to improve the 720p webcam on MacBook Pros, Dell has gone with the identical recipe for each the XPS 15 and the XPS 17 — with the additional advantage of Windows Hello authentication assist. There’s additionally a dual-array microphone, two stereo audio system that fireplace via a minimum of 7,622 holes drilled on either side of the keyboard, and a mini-woofer.
Despite making the XPS 17 virtually as skinny because the LG Gram 17 (0.77 inches versus 0.7 inches), you may match a 97 Wh battery inside. You can even go for a smaller, 56 Wh battery as a compromise for individuals who want to hold it round typically and are prepared to sacrifice battery life to shave some weight. The maxed out configuration weighs round a pound greater than the bottom configuration, which is already a hefty 4.65 kilos.
Something else to notice is that the XPS 17 sporting devoted graphics include a USB-C charger that is rated for 130 W, which is past the restrict within the official spec. Apparently, Dell’s charger will not ship that a lot energy except it detects that it is related to a Dell laptop computer.
Dell hasn’t disclosed an actual transport date for the XPS 17 9700, however we do know it’s going to value north of $1,499. As for the up to date XPS 15, it’s obtainable right now within the US and Canada beginning at $1,299, and it is set to reach in additional areas within the coming weeks.