The Dell XPS 15 has been my favorite laptop for many years. The new update looks amazing, but I personally can't buy one based on one simple flaw.
What makes the current XPS so great? It's a beautiful laptop with a classic, thin chassis, a great keyboard and mouse, powerful components, useful ports, and a gorgeous 4L screen with incredibly thin bezels.
Other than the removal of the "useful ports," the new XPS 15 (and all-new XPS 17) improve on the current model in almost every single way.
First, let's get one thing straight: these laptops are much smaller than your average 15- and 17-inch laptops. In reality, they are more like 14- and 16-inch laptops. Why? Because they actually changed the aspect ratio of the screen from 16x9 to 16x10. This allows them to add a larger screen in a smaller footprint by removing the largest bezel at the bottom of the screen.
The keyboard and mouse on the current XPS are fantastic, but they claim to have improved on them further in the new design. The trackpad itself is around 60% larger. The audio on the current XPS was never great, but they've now added much better up-firing speakers to the refresh.
Obviously, the hardware has seen a big jump as well. You can now spec out the machines with Intel’s Core i9 10885H 45W chip, 64 GB of RAM, and 2 TB of storage. In the 15-inch model, you'll get a GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, and you can get an RTX 2060 in the 17-inch model.
Thermal throttling has always plagued the XPS 15, but Dell claims to have upgraded the cooling system on the 15-inch model and added a vapor chamber on the 17-inch model for even better heat exchange.
My only complaint with this refresh has to do with the ports. Dell has chosen to have only USB-C ports and an SD card reader. I understand that USB-C is the future, and I certainly want all of my laptops to have at least one such port, but I don't want to be forced to use a dongle or dock anytime I need to plug something into my computer. I've had extremely bad luck in the past with this:
The all-new Dell XPS 15 and 17 look like amazing laptops. I personally wish they had at least left an HDMI port and a single USB-A port, but I know I'm currently in the minority. The average laptop user probably only has a couple of peripherals they use on a regular basis, and it's easy to buy new USB-C variants. If this sounds like you, I think the new XPS 15 and 17 might be the best Windows laptops currently on the market.
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