Dell’s XPS laptops have been known for delivering a flagship-level performance combined with sleek, elegant, and durable designs. And with the continuing success of its XPS 13, the company has introduced a follow-up to its bigger siblings — the new XPS 15 and XPS 17. They are equipped with useful features packed in a thin, lightweight body.
Dell XPS 15 (2020)
The XPS 15 carries a 15.6-inch, Ultra HD+ VESA-certified display capable of HDR and up to 4K resolution at a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display itself is 5% larger than its predecessor and is able to produce almost 1 million more pixels. It boasts an almost bezel-less display with the 4-sided InfinityEdge that produces a screen-to-body ratio of 92.9%. Dell claims that the new XPS 15 is the smallest performance-class 15-inch laptop available in the market right now.
With over 16 million colors available, the XPS 15 can promises bright, saturated, and true-to-life color. And with a wider color gamut, it’s able to show colors and shades that are not usually found on a conventional sRGB panel. It’s also protected by an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare despite it being a glossy screen.
Made of authentic and premium materials, the XPS 15’s enclosure is sculpted by a specific process to ensure durability. The aluminum has been bonded with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for increased resistance against scratches. Additionally, it’s also equipped with a fingerprint scanner on the power button for added security and easier login. There are also two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB-C port, and one full-size SD card reader.
For audio, it’s equipped with top firing speaker grilles that consist of two primary up-firing speakers and two additional tweeters. This time around, the XPS 15’s quad-speaker system supports Waves Nx 3D audio — a feature previously offered specifically to headphones. This makes the XPS 15 the first-ever 15-inch laptop to have speakers that support the immersive, 3D sound of Waves Nx 3D audio.
Internally, the XPS 15 carries no less than 10th-generation Intel Core processors that can be configured up to an i9 processor, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 2TB SSD storage. Working with the latest Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology, the laptop intelligently changes the CPU power to increase performance for the current task. The graphics department is powered by a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with dedicated GPU power for heavier workloads.
With that much power, it only makes sense that the XPS 15 is also packing some advanced cooling tech. Onboard, it has dual fans, heat pipes, a hidden exhaust in the vents to help airflow, and a slight ram to lift the device and let more heat out. It also runs on GORE Thermal Insulation which provides thermal conductivity levels lower than air to help keep the internals cool.
With all that power and features, the company claims the XPS 15 to still be able to churn out up to 25 hours of battery life when working on an FHD+ resolution.
Now if you’re liking these specs but are looking for something a bit bigger in size, you can turn your attention to the XPS 17.
DELL XPS 17 (2020)
Unlike its smaller sibling, the XPS 17 houses a bigger 17-inch 4K UHD+ VESA-certified, InfinityEdge display and boasts of a higher screen-to-body ratio of 93.7%. Dell claims that this large screen in such a small device makes the XPS 17 even smaller than 48% of all 15-inch laptops on the market.
Additionally, the XPS 17 has two additional Thunderbolt 3 ports to make a total of four. Much of the other hardware specs of the XPS 17 are identical to that of the XPS 15.
Internally, it mirrors the capabilities of the XPS 15 with configurable 10th-generation Intel processors that can go up to i9. It does, however, tout a more powerful graphics card in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060.
Another noteworthy feature about the XPS 17 is its unique Dual Opposite Outlet fan design. Found on systems with NVIDIA graphics onboard, this specific design increases the fan’s airflow and pushes it in both directions to cool the device’s components. This results in an improvement to the overall airflow by 30% while also improving surface temperatures, meaning the device should handle heat dissipation better.
The Dell XPS 15 comes with a starting retail price of US$ 1,299.99 (approx. PhP 66K). On the other hand, the Dell XPS 17 will be released later on during the summer of this year with a starting price of US$ 1,499.99 (approx. PhP 76K).