Dell Xps 15 Intel Core I9 Review


Dell’s XPS range has come an incredibly long way since its return to the consumer market in 2010. The XPS 15 that we’re reviewing rocks Intel’s recent Core i9 processor, a whopping 32GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. Are these specifications exaggerated or are they the right combination for those looking for the best possible performance? Let’s continue reading.


Processor: Intel Core I9 8950hk
RAM Memory: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Display Resolution: 3840×2160 with touch
Memory: 1TB NVMe
Battery Size: 6 Cells 96WHr


First, the Dell XPS 15 has lost a lot of weight over the years. My personal XPS 15, the L502X, which was the first XPS 15 laptop (and introduced in 2010) weighs 3 kilos. The new XPS, on the other hand, weighs only 2 kilos. Although the new machine is much lighter, it doesn’t feel that way, probably because of its extremely condensed form factor. The Dell XPS 15 measures less than an inch at its thicket and less than half an inch at its thinnest point. The upper lip is made of solid aluminum with a brushed finish and the Dell logo is elegantly placed in the middle. While the top is made entirely of metal and silver, the middle of the laptop is black with a polycarbonate material wrapped in a rubber skin to give the laptop an extra grip. The keyboard island has a pleasant carbon fiber finish. The combination of black and silver with clear straight lines gives the XPS 15 a very professional look.

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


The Dell XPS 15 we are talking about in this review has a 3840×2160 (4K) display with touch support. However, resolution is not the only thing that needs to be captured here. This is an HDR compatible display with a wide range of dCi-P3 colors. Dell built in an application called Dell PremiereColour, which is used to switch between wide and regular sRGB color profiles. It is an essential application if you want to ensure the right type of color rendering not only for the content you see but also for editing. In matter you’re wondering, you can also stream HDR content from Netflix, but you’ll need to use the Netflix app for Windows to do so.

We set the display to sRGB to measure the calibration and accuracy of the display and took measurements with the Spyder 4 Elite Colorimeter. The results showed that the display has 100% sRGB and AdobeRGB coverage. In terms of color accuracy, we found that the mean values of DeltaE were less than 3 (which is desirable), but for some reds the value was greater than 7. Color calibration with the Spyder solved the problem, as all deltae values were between 1.5 and 3. The display showed a maximum brightness of 430 nits.

The display on the XPS 15 is a brilliant screen, but interestingly, the visual experience does not interfere. The reflections are well controlled in different lighting conditions. You’ll always see a drop of light when there’s a bright light bulb behind you, but for most content viewing and editing needs, the Dell XPS 15’s screen controlled the reflections surprisingly well.

As for the screen, the Dell XPS 15 has one of the best panels we’ve ever seen on a laptop, with 4K resolution, HDR support, and viewing angles good enough for three people to sit next to each other and watch a movie without fading.


The Dell XPS 15 has a two-level backlit keyboard with a large distance between the keys. Surprisingly, the keys on the top are rather flat and do not have the slight curvature that you see on keyboards, such as those found on Lenovo laptops. However, what they offer is an appropriate trip for pleasant tactile feedback. When typing, the buttons feel a little spongy, but it could be something that disappears with time and use. The backlight is bright enough to make the buttons visible without hurting the eyes when used in complete darkness.

The trackpad on the XPS 15 is a very familiar unit once we saw it on the XPS 15 last year as well. The matte surface of the trackpad is soft to the touch and provides just the right kind of feel against the thumb to record movement. The trackpad also uses Windows precision drivers, which make it especially easy to operate gestures on the XPS 15. Video editors in particular benefit from the high precision of the gestures on the XPS 15. Mouse clicks are also pleasant and gentle and since it is an XPS, we expect the trackpad to last for a long time without problems.

Finally, let’s talk about the ports. The XPS 15 has an HDMI 2.0 port on the left, as well as a Thunderbolt 3.0 port and a standard USB 3.0 port. On the other hand, there is another USB 3.0 port with an SD card reader. Dell has a 4-LED battery indicator built in so you can get an idea of the remaining battery life without having to turn on the laptop. This is certainly a nice touch, but we can say without a doubt that users would have enjoyed an extra USB or Thunderbolt port here. For example, the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 offers two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports, as well as one HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports.

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