Getting to Know the Dell XPS 15
Last year Dell released the Dell XPS 13, touted as the “smallest 13-inch on the planet.” I got my hands on one and put it through my daily routine to see how well I could make the transition from MacBook Pro to PC. Spoiler: It was easy. Following Dell’s successful release of the tiny 13-inch powerhouse comes their 15-inch model, the XPS 15.
Dell out did themselves with this one. Even though the XPS 13 blew away my expectations when it came to editing photos and video, I always longed for more screen real-estate and some more power. The XPS 15 delivers.
Unboxing the Dell XPS 15
Inside my package was the top tier XPS 15, its components and a few extras. The Dell backpack and Dell Adapter – USB Type-C to HDMI/VGA/Ethernet/USB 3.0 are sold separately. Two other must-have mobile accessories (not shown above) is the Dell Power Companion: for extra battery power when on the go; and the Dell Premium Sleeve: protecting your XPS on the go.
4k Touch Screen Display
Since owning the XPS 13, I’ve been a huge fan of the quality of screens Dell produces. They set the bar high, like with this XPS model being the world’s only 15-inch InfinityEdge display. Having the borderless display maximizes the screen space so it can accommodate a 15-inch display inside a laptop closer to a 14-inch model. The bezel measures 5.7mm, making it 59% thinner than a MacBook Pro.
What’s more is how light it feels considering its display size. Whether I carried it around in hand or in my backpack I could barely feel the 4-pounds. Throw in the fact that the XPS 15 has a super-crisp 4K touchscreen display, and it becomes a no brainer.
Though Dell’s tests say its battery life is good for up to 17 hours, I was unable to reach it. With average use: blogging, answering emails, and slight video watching on YouTube, I was able to produce an average battery life of 11-14 hours. Still not too shabby.
All-in-all, I would say the Dell XPS 15 is a fantastic computer for anyone. Whether you’re a designer, editor, or just an internet-browsing power user, this computer will deliver. If you’re interested in learning more, stay tuned for my full review in the coming weeks.
Ready to buy? The Dell XPS 15 is available now at Dell.com, starting at $999 USD. There you will find the other tiers, as well as the top tier we received in compensation for review, which retails for around $2,100 USD.