Dell Xps 15 Intel Core I9 Review Big Performance


Dell’s XPS line has come an incredibly long way since returning to the consumer market in 2010. The XPS 15, which we tested, switches Intel’s recent Core i9 processor, 32 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. Are these specifications overblown or are they the right combination for those looking for the best possible performance? Let’s keep reading.


Processor: Intel Core i9 8950HK
RAM: 32GB DDR4 2.666 MHz
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Display resolution: 3840×2160 with Touch
Storage: 1TB NVMe
Battery Size: 6 cells 96WHr


First of all, the Dell XPS 15 has lost a lot of weight over the years. My personal XPS 15, the L502X, the first XPS 15 laptop (and launched in 2010), weighs 3 kilos. In contrast, the new XPS weighs only 2 kilos. Although the new machine is much lighter, it doesn’t feel like that, probably due to its extremely compacted form factor. The Dell XPS 15 is less than an inch at the thickest point and less than half an inch at the thinnest point. The upper lip is made of solid Aluminum with brushed finish and the Dell logo that sits elegantly in the center. While everything revolves around the metal and silver on top, the middle of the laptop is black and uses a polycarbonate material wrapped in a rubber skin to give the laptop more support. The keyboard island has a carbon fiber surface that is pleasant to the touch. The combination of black and silver with clean straight lines gives the XPS 15 a very professional look.

The XPS 15 uses a very minimal and elegant design language that gives the machine a very descriptive look.


The Dell XPS 15, which we talk about in this review, has a 3840X2160 (4K) display with touch support. However, the resolution is not the only thing to see here. This is an HDR compatible display with a large DCI-P3 color space. Dell built in an application called Dell PremiereColour, which is used to switch between wide range and regular sRGB color profiles. This is an important application if you want to ensure the correct color rendering mode, not only for the content you are viewing, but also for editing. If you are wondering, you can also stream HDR content from Netflix, but you need to use The Netflix app for Windows.

We set the display to sRGB to measure display calibration and accuracy, and we made measurements with the Spyder 4 Elite colorimeter. The results showed that the screen had 100% sRGB and AdobeRGB coverage. As for color accuracy, we found the average DeltaE values below 3 (which is desirable), but for some shades of red the value was above 7. a color calibration with the Spyder solved the problem, with all DeltaE values between 1.5 and 3. The display has a maximum brightness of 430 Nits clocked.

The display on the XPS 15 is a bright screen, but it is worth noting that it does not interfere with the visual experience. Reflections are well controlled in a variety of lighting conditions. You’ll still see a bright spot if there’s a bright bulb behind you, but for most display and content editing needs, the Dell XPS 15’s display has surprisingly well controlled reflections.

As for the display, the Dell XPS 15 is one of the best panels we’ve seen on a laptop, with 4K resolution, HDR content support and viewing angles good enough for three people to sit side by side and watch a Movie without fading.

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