Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.


Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

The Dell XPS laptop line has a rich history. Powerful functional laptops surprised with their capabilities even at the dawn of the formation of mobile systems. After the well-known division of Alienware came under the wing of the manufacturer, the emphasis on the development of XPS was shifted. According to the manufacturer's plan, the devices of this series should still not leave users indifferent, however, it is not the maximum performance that is highlighted, but the technological elegance, which, alas, not all players pay due attention to in the mobile segment. After changing the concept of the line, the manufacturer has already offered several generations of XPS laptops, each time using non-standard solutions. In this article, we will give you a quick review regarding the Dell XPS 15

 

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

 Design & Display.

The exterior of the Dell XPS 15 is very similar to the 13-inch model from 2015.

Obviously, the 15.6-inch device is slightly larger, but the design of the laptops is very similar. Dimensions Dell XPS 15 - 357 × 235 × 11-17 mm. The manufacturer, without undue modesty, declares that this is the most compact laptop in its form factor and this is not so far from the truth.

The top cover is covered by a matte-finished aluminum sheet with a corporate logo in the central part.

The bottom panel is also aluminum. The air intake grill is clearly visible here. A pair of large rubber feet significantly improve the stability of the laptop on smooth surfaces.

In the central part, there is a hinged cover, behind which a nameplate with various service information is hidden. This is called attention to detail. It would seem that the manufacturer could well have left the sticker uncovered, but such a simple technique adds elegance to the device.

Closer to the leading edge there are slots with a decorative mesh, behind which are the speakers of the speaker system.

On the right side, there is a slot for SD memory cards, one USB 3.0 connector and a niche for attaching a Kensington lock. In addition, there is an LED indicator of the battery charge level on the panel.

By pressing the button, you can navigate the remaining battery capacity. Previously, such a mechanism could often be found on top-class devices, but recently it is not so common. Such an indication can hardly be called an essential thing; in field conditions, it is sometimes convenient to determine the battery reserve without turning on the laptop.

The unusually thin body of the device attracts attention. The thickness of the laptop varies between 11-17 mm. As a reminder, this is a 15-inch model. The Dell XPS 15 is not only thin but also lightweight. The stated weight is 1.78 kg. This is true for the version with a solid-state drive, while the test copy with an HDD is 150 grams heavier - 1.93 kg.

The system unit does not have a recess in order to conveniently pick up the top cover when opening the laptop with one hand. It is not possible to flip the display unit in this way. When closed, the lid is firmly pressed against the system module. In general, the hinge perfectly holds the block, in any position the lid is perfectly fixed.

Note the wide opening angle. The lid can be folded back about 135 degrees, so it is easy to find the most comfortable position for different situations.

 As far as display is concerned, The laptop uses a 15.6-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1920 × 1080.

The screen has a practical matte finish. The display bezel is only 5.7mm thick and it really looks very cool. The vanishingly small bezels were surprising on the 13-inch XPS, but the bezel-less option is even more impressive on the larger-screen notebook.

The bottom of the bezel is, of course, wider than the sides and top. The mounting of the display unit with the hinge must be secure. In addition, this panel has a webcam (720p, 30 frames / s) and an LED indicator of its operation. By the way, the location of the "eye" should be taken into account when organizing the broadcast, adjusting the angle of the screen. Despite the fact that the camera is wide-angle, this does not fully compensate for the offset of the lens from the center axis.

Returning to the screen, we note that its brightness is adjustable within the range from 15 to 339 kD / m². At the same time, the intensity control is very uniform, each subsequent stage increases or decreases the brightness by 30-40 kD / m². At the minimum backlight level, subtle ripples could be observed against a white background. The impression was that the automatic brightness control system was activated, which does not work quite correctly. However, the laptop does not have an ambient light sensor, so such a mechanism cannot fail by definition. With an increase in brightness even by one step, the observed effect disappeared. In this case, it is difficult to say whether this is a feature of the model or a special case.

Pleasantly pleased with the color gamut and good saturation of the picture, which is largely due to the excellent actual contrast - 921: 1. According to color temperature measurements, the image on the screen has a slight tilt towards cold tones. In most of the range, the temperature approaches 7000K.

The gamma curve is almost perfect - 2.2, therefore, in highlights and shadows, you can see all the relying elements without additional image correction.

The viewing angles are good, although you can see the glow effect horizontally. When viewed from the side, the black background takes on a yellowish tint. Such nuances are rather relevant for a group film show, while such questions do not arise during personal work.

The new Dell XPS 15 can also be equipped with a 4K (3840x2160) capacitive touchscreen. In this case, the matrix is ​​covered with a protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass NBT.

The front panel is embroidered with carbon, the characteristic composite pattern is clearly visible on the surface. However, thanks to the additional soft-touch coating, the surface itself is smooth and pleasant to the touch. The keyboard unit with island-type keys is located in a small niche. The travel of the buttons is average, the keyboard is convenient for typing texts.

Visually, there is a feeling that the available area is used irrationally. The total width of the keypad is about 275 mm, which is a standard size for 13-inch laptops. There is still a lot of free space on the sides.

On the other hand, the character keys are 13.5 mm wide and the distance between the buttons is 4–5 mm. These are the dimensions of the already familiar island keyboards. It doesn't make much sense to additionally stretch the block by increasing the keys themselves or the center-to-center distance, as well as adding a digital block, which is not needed by all users.

The keyboard has backlit keys, with two modes of glow intensity.

The touchpad is a platform with dimensions of 105 × 80 mm, which has a soft-touch coating that is pleasant to the touch. And it looks impressive and very convenient to use. Fingers glide easily over the surface, with excellent positioning accuracy. After a cursory acquaintance, it's hard to say whether such a decision will be so practical. It is quite possible that after prolonged use, areas of active contact will appear polished to a shine.

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Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.


Operating System and Process.

The reviewed version of the Dell XPS 15 is equipped with a quad-core Core i5-6300HQ (2.3 / 3.2 GHz) Skylake family with a TDP of 45 W, as well as a discrete GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The processor also features integrated Intel HD Graphics 530, which the system automatically switches to conserve power. The Intel HM170 chipset is responsible for the basic peripheral strapping.

The laptop has two So-DIMM slots that allow you to expand the amount of RAM up to 32 GB. In the initial version, the bays are occupied by DDR4-2133 brackets from Micron. A pair of 4GB modules provide dual-channel access, increasing bandwidth.

 The performance of the reviewed Dell XPS 15 is quite good. A bundle of Core i5-6300HQ and GeForce GTX 960M has proven itself excellent. This is a balanced configuration often found in gaming laptops.

This combination, with 8 GB of RAM, provides good overall system performance, even though the hard drive is used as the primary storage.

The quad-core Core i5 offers good computing performance that feels good on demanding tasks. The difference with the economical U-series chips are visible to the naked eye.

The GeForce GTX 960M adds graphics power that can be channeled into different channels. These are not necessarily games. For example, CUDA computing can be used during graphics or video processing.

Dell XPS 15 is generally not positioned by the manufacturer as a gaming system. But, having such a bundle of CPU + GPU at our disposal, it would be a sin not to use it periodically in any AAA project. In many cases, the system performance will be sufficient for playing at medium settings.

In a gaming context, the Full HD version of the laptop looks more attractive. With a 4K screen, it will be heavier in this regard. In this mode, you will have to make compromises not only with graphic settings but also often lower the resolution for a decent fps.

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.


Storage, Price, and available colors.

 Dell XPS 15 2020 and Apple Macbook Air price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of the Dell XPS 15 with 16GB RAM and 256GB variant and Intel Core i7 10th Gen, it will cost you about 1,729.00USD on Amazon. The same variant but with 512GB SSD, it will cost you 1,899.00USD on Amazon. While the variant with 16GB RAM and 512GB variant and Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6 will cost you around 1,999.00USD on Amazon. The same variant but with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD will cost you about 2,499.00USD on Amazon. Keep in mind that you can configure any variant with more SSD, RAM, and even processor but it will cost you much more money each. It is available in Silver and Gray colors.

 

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

Security and Ports.

For security, the XPS 15 offers a Windows Hello biometrics solution, manufacturers can integrate a fingerprint reader or a camera capable of performing face recognition. Dell chose both solutions.

Facial recognition remains the best solution to date on a laptop PC since upon opening the machine recognizes you and connects you to your session. The fingerprint reader is a good backup solution, especially when you are wearing a mask.

 In terms of port options, On the left side, there is a socket for connecting a power supply, another USB 3.0, and an HDMI video output. In addition, the panel has a USB Type-C port, which in this case is used to implement Thunderbolt 3 (40 GB / s) and USB 3.1. With the optional adapter, you can also get another HDMI, VGA video output, Ethernet jack, and a standard USB Type-A port. The left edge also houses a 3.5mm headset jack.

 

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

Sound System.

On the XPS 15, there are a total of four speakers, two of which are main speakers and two tweeter speakers, developed by Waves NX 3D. The sound performance of the speakers has also been upgraded thanks to Waves Maxx Audio Pro technology and Waves professional settings. These speakers are one of the best sounding speaker solutions we've experienced on a laptop.

The laptop is equipped with fairly efficient components with considerable power consumption. Considering the size of the case, it was interesting to assess how the cooling system will cope with heat dissipation. At minimum load, the cooling system operates in passive mode. The temperatures of the processor and GPU are very similar - about 40C, the use of connecting heat pipes in the design affects. Obviously, in this case, the CO is silent, but the sounds of the chirping of the hard disk heads can be discerned in a quiet room.

As the computing load increases and the components warm-up, the cooling fans begin to spin. Starting values ​​2300 - 2400 rpm.

During the AIDA64 stress test, the temperature of the components rose by up to 90 degrees. After a short-term operation in this mode, the processor clock frequency decreased from 2800 MHz to 2300 MHz, and the voltage of the chip also decreased. This turned out to be enough for the temperature to drop to 83C. To maintain this value, the fan speed was increased to almost 5000 rpm. The operation of the cooling system in this case is already well audible.

The heated air is discharged through the ventilation segment in the area of ​​the display hinge. The blown-out airflow is rather weak even at high fan speeds. As you might expect, the top panel heats up under such conditions. During the experiments, the maximum temperature of the top panel was recorded in the central part closer to the ventilation openings - 53C. At this time, the area of ​​the sacral WASD keys barely warmed up to 40 degrees, while the palm zones did not heat up at all above 35C. In this case, it was possible to appreciate the charm of the carbon fiber panel, which weakly conducts heat.

In real games, the temperature of the processor and GPU increased to 80 degrees. In this case, the rotation speed of the fans increased to approximately 4800 rpm. Performance components still require adequate cooling and heat dissipation. Therefore, you need to be prepared for the fact that during an active gaming battle the laptop will not look like the usual quiet one.

 

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

 Battery and charging.

The Dell XPS 15 version in question is equipped with a 56 Wh (4666 mAh, 13.5 V) battery. This battery proved to be enough for almost 10 hours of laptop reading. In the classic model of the Battery Eater Classic application, the laptop ran for 2.5 hours before discharge. In this case, you can count on about 5-6 hours of active office work. During a gaming load, the battery is depleted in a little over an hour.

The Dell XPS 15 modification, equipped with a Core i7 processor, as well as a 4K resolution screen and a capacious SSD, is offered with an 84 Wh battery.

The laptop is supplied with a 130 W power supply (19.5 V; 6.67 A). Considering the TDP of the processor and discrete graphics card, such a block does not seem redundant. In addition, for its power, it is very compact.

The PSU connector has a white LED indicating the unit is connected to the network.

The start of charging is indicated by an indicator on the front edge of the laptop. It takes just over 2 hours to fully charge the laptop. In this case, you can even charge the battery via USB-Type C, but obviously, this will take more time.

 

Dell XPS 15 2020: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2020.

 Conclusion.

Dell XPS 15 is a compact 15.6-inch model with a great screen and powerful components. The laptop is elegantly designed and well built. Despite its size, the equipment is not inferior to the gaming models of the middle class. An additional wow effect is provided by the very thin display bezels. A good start, which we hope other manufacturers will pick up too. Dell XPS 15 is suitable for those who are looking for a stylish tag in a metal case, which in addition to a spectacular design can offer the owner a decent level of performance. Such a device will not fail in work, and will not fail in games. We recommend that you initially look towards models with SSD. The hard drive will surely spoil the overall impression of getting to know the device, which does not have any direct competitors in its class. What do you think? Do you recommend this laptop? Share your knowledge with us.

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