Dell XPS 15

Jayesh Shinde 2011-02-10
83 Very Good
Price: Rs 62,315

Page 1: Intro, Design, Usability

The Dell XPS 15 is the latest premium home entertainment laptop from Dell. Not only does the XPS 15 come with the latest hardware configuration, it brings a fresh new design to Dell's XPS line. It is definitely one of the most extravagant desktop replacement laptops I've tested, with such features as a full-HD 1080p screen, HD webcam, promising onboard JBL audio, Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and powerful Nvidia graphics.

If you'™re looking for a very good desktop replacement laptop at the Rs. 50,000 mark, make sure you check out the new Dell XPS 15.

Design and Build
In keeping with the Dell XPS 15 laptop's premium tag, it is no surprise the laptop comes clad in an all-aluminum jacket. The XPS 15's top aluminum cover is slightly darker compared to the Apple MacBook Pro and 11-inch MacBook Air. For a desktop replacement laptop, the XPS 15 is definitely as elegant and stylish as the Sony VAIO and Apple MacBooks in comparison.

The XPS 15 laptop is strongly built, its hinge fuses the screen ably to the rest of the laptop chassis. It’s a big and bulky machine for sure. The XPS 15 laptop has a forward hinge-placement and protruding spine design like the Dell Inspiron 14R, Inspiron M501R, Vostro V13 and Vostro V130 laptops.

Dell XPS 15 extended spine

The Dell XPS 15 laptop isn’t light even for a 15-inch laptop, weighing 2.8-kgs with a six-cell battery. It's alright for a desktop replacement laptop, not great if you’re looking to carry around the XPS 15 -- compared to the products featured in our Top 5 Mainstream Laptops list.

The Dell XPS 15 laptop has a 15.6-inch glossy LED-backlit screen with a full-HD, 1920x1080 pixel resolution -- lower resolution 1366x768 display options also available. The XPS 15’s glossy screen is very good for watching HD movies and YouTube videos, while reading text is also crisp. Viewing angles aren’t bad either. Overall the screen is well-lit and very good by laptop standards.

Dell XPS 15 HD 720p webcam

The XPS 15’s Skype-certified HD webcam isn’t exceptional compared to HD-ready webcams we've seen before (MSI GT660 and GT663R, for example) -- it’s definitely good for videochats. The webcam lets you stream 720p HD video, we haven’t seen this on any laptop yet.

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