Dell XPS 15z excellent:
The new Dell XPS 15z is extremely thin for a midsize mainframe, and includes a commanding CPU and midrange GPU, along with a 1080p sight and backlit upright.
Dell XPS 15z terrible:
Dell XPS 15z still not thinner than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and in our high-end $1,500 configuration, we’d guess longer array life and a better GPU.
The underside line: Claiming to be the world’s thinnest Windows mainframe, theDell XPS 15z is a sharp-looking wrap with upgradable high-end facial appearance and a reasonable $999 early price.
So, if the Dell XPS 15z is not going to beat the mainframe it’s most liable to be compared with, the MacBook Pro, in the category it’s head-over-heels itself as a impose a curfew-surf in, logic thickness, then what’s the point? While it may not make for as compelling ad copy, the Dell XPS 15z is better than its gimmicky thickness claims, and is in fact a well-made, practically configurable, chic CD and building a bet mainframe that includes very near all the high-end extras we’d want, from an (discretionary) 1080p cover, to a backlit upright, to 3D help.
When most public reckon of Dell, the image that comes to mind is of midpriced plastic laptops, such as the standard Inspiron line, that favor sensibleness over point. That may be changing, as recent Inspiron laptops have a bit more visual flair, and some even have detachable lids that can be swapped out. The XPS line has permanently aimed headed for a more aesthetically minded customer, and the look and feel of XPS laptops have changed much over the years, even if the contemporary pre-15z XPS models are surprisingly thick and slab-like.
The new Dell XPS 15z is a fresh start, even if it carries over a few touches, such as the inset lid hinges that go the cover vaguely quicker to the user. Otherwise, this is a sleek hard box, less than 1 inch thick, and thankfully monochrome, except for some chrome limits nearly the edge. Yes, it’s very thin, but not as thin as the 15-inch MacBook Pro. But honestly, the two are surrounded by a hair of each other, so we’re keen to call it a tie. Despite the slimness of the body, the XPS 15z still feels well-built and solid; it’s dense, but not too heavy (but it’s still heavy enough that you won’t want to lug it nearly every day).
The interior is sparse, with only a backlit upright, touch pad, power button, and a pair of large lecturer grilles on any side of the upright. In many contemporary 15-inch laptops, you’ll find a upright paired with a break digit pad, but in this case the speakers eat up that space (and then some). Even if very usable, the upright looks and feels small, and the shallow island-style keys aren’t the most comfortable for long-term typing. The upright is backlit, which is a huge plus for us, but at some angles, the pale silver keys and the white backlight combined to wash out the actual calligraphy, building it hard to see for the non-touch-typists out there.
The large multitouch touch pad is munificently sized, but it’s not one of the newer clickpad-style ones we’ve been considering lately. Instead, it’s a flat pad with two large mouse buttons beneath it. We liked the large surface area, but multitouch gestures, such as two-finger scrolling, were jumpy, which is a problem for just about every Windows mainframe.
The 15.6-inch sight on our assess unit was one of our favorite facial appearance. Its native pledge is 1,920×1,080 pixels, which we seldom see further than of 17-inch desktop replacements (and even there, not as often as we’d like). The cover lacks the edge-to-edge glass that many high-end CD laptops contain, but off-axis viewing angles were exceptional. Note that the 15-inch MacBook Pro tops out at only 1,680×1,050 pixels. But also note that this higher-res cover is an upsold choice. The base model has only a 1,366×768-pixel sight.
The base model of the Dell XPS 15z starts at $999, which is a excellent deal less than a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the same as an entry-level HP Envy 14. For that, you get an Intel Core i5 CPU and a lower-res 1,366×768-pixel sight. Our assess unit added numerous upgrades, counting a closer Core i7 CPU, a translation of the same Nvidia GeForce 525M GPU with more video RAM, and the 1080p sight, which all adds up to $1,534. A unequally akin MacBook Pro is about $2,000, and the cover pledge there tops out at 1,650×1,080 pixels.
With the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M in our Dell XPS 15z, the logic performed commendably in our butt tests, akin to the Alienware M14x and the previous translation of the XPS 15, both of which also have contemporary-gen Intel Core i7 CPUs (even if in both those cases they were quad-core CPUs). Our most recent 15-inch MacBook Pro, also a quad-core Core i7, was a bit closer on single-app tests and much closer on our multitasking test.
While XPS is Dell’s high-end CD brand, hard-core PC gamers would do better to premeditated Dell’sAlienware brand instead. The included Nvidia 525M GPU is a median-of-the-road part, and fine for most casual gamers. In succession at 1,920×1,080 pixels, we got 50.3 frames per following in UnrealGame 3 (73.3fps at 1,440×900 pixels, as seen in our chart below) and 40.5 frames per following inStreet Fighter IV, which is excellent news for those who will be tempted to play games at the full 1080p pledge.
We tried to run the latest GPU-melting PC game, just-released The Witcher 2, and found the game barely playable, even at the lowest detail settings. That game, even if, is quickly becoming infamous for have very high hardware supplies. To make sure recent games would play well, we checked Dragon Age II and found that to be very playable, even at the most pledge.