Dell XPS 15 Review – Laptop with space for color





Dell XPS 15 comes with smooth hardware in the form of a quad-core i7 processor and a GTX 960m graphics card. The hardware is contained in a sturdy aluminum and carbon fiber, which is characterized by its thin bezel around the screen. The uhd version of the XPS 15 has a screen that can display the Adobe RGB color space, but unfortunately also has a touch screen with a mirror finish. The battery life of five to six hours is not bad for a laptop of this caliber.

Solid housing
Hardware is upgradable
Display with large color space


Touchscreen with mirror finish
Colour reproduction is not perfect out of the box

Final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 9
Price at time of publication: € 2300, –
Available from: € 2,290.32
Tested version: Dell XPS 15 9550-3628

‘Infinity Edge’ was the name given to the distinctive new Dell screen XPS 13 laptop which then hung in early 2015 was proposed. Dell made the screen edges are ultrabook so thin that the screen itself infinity passes. In their own words, Dell thereby a 13.3 “screen in a housing of a 11.6” laptop may stabbing, with, to be honest, an impressive result.

Dell XPS 15 9550

We had expected that other manufacturers would follow Dell’s example and would also build laptops with thin screen edges, but that does not necessarily go that far. Dell myself went with the thin edges to work and now has its XPS 15 equipped with an Infinity Edge screen, and of course if a Skylake processor not be missing. In this review we look at the XPS 15 with a quad-core i7 processor, a GTX 960m graphics card, a 512GB SSD and an associate professor-screen.

Because the ‘big brother’ is the look of the XPS 15 has obviously many similarities with the smaller XPS 13, but we also see similarities with other high-end Dell laptops, such as the M3800. The outside is like many high-end Dell notebooks made of gray aluminum, in about the same shade as a Chromebook Pixel. Aluminum is sanded the edges and shiny so a little bit, but not so much that it reflects a nuisance.

Dell XPS 15 9550
Dell XPS 15 9550
Dell XPS 15 9550

The design of the interior we have seen from Dell. The casing around the keyboard and touchpad would be made of carbon fiber and aluminum, together with the top and bottom cause the laptop feels very sturdy, while the volume remained within bounds. For a laptop with a quad-core processor with a TDP of 45 watts and a GTX 960m graphics card Dell has managed to keep the limited dimensions. That leads to a weight of 2060 grams, equal to a 15 “-MacBook Pro and still fairly light for a 15” notebook with a full metal casing.

Dell XPS 15 9550
Dell XPS 15 9550

The connections are placed at the sides of the laptop, and are somewhat limited. The important thing is done; there are an HDMI port and SD card reader available, and also a USB c connector with support for Thunderbolt is present. Unfortunately elected for only two ordinary USB-A connectors, which you’ll need to grab quickly to a USB hub if you want to connect more devices. Perhaps solves this problem by itself when more peripherals with USB connections c comes on the market, but for now had the space that occupies the battery indicator can be better used for a third regular USB port.
Keyboard and Touchpad

Dell XPS 15 will give a tidy appearance and therefore added there are no unnecessary buttons or lights. A numeric keypad is omitted as previous generations XPS 15, so the letter keys on the center of the laptop are posted.

Dell XPS 15 9550

The keys are backlit and have a completely flat surface. We see generally prefer keys that are slightly bent or have a dimple, so your fingers can easily slip into the middle of the key. With higher test the XPS 15 was however probably not have been as thin as it is today and keyboard typing despite the thinness still quite good. The keys have more travel than you expect, and that the laptop is firmly together, the keyboard does not flinch when you play the keys quite hard.

That firmness you mark when you press the mouse buttons. Giving a short but clear and A click when you press harder than necessary, the touchpad does not come. The surface of the touchpad is made of plastic where your finger slides easily over it. The multitouch gestures that are supported neatly built into Windows 10 and also the surface is large. An excellent touchpad so.

Next Page 2.
Specifications, benchmarks and battery life


1. Looks, keyboard and touchpad
2. Specifications, benchmarks and battery life

3. Screen: not only an impressive edge
4. Conclusion


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