Anyone looking for a big-screen premium laptop now has some more options to choose from: Dell has redesigned the XPS 15, and also resurrected the XPS 17 after quite a long gap. The new XPS laptops seem to follow the same brief as the XPS 13, albeit with bigger displays – lightweight, compact, and with plenty of hardware options that work for everyone from the general user to the graphics professional.
The Dell XPS 15 gets a design refresh
The new Dell XPS 15 moves to a 16:10 aspect ratio just like its smaller sibling (you can choose between FHD+ non-touch and UHD+ touch versions). The narrow bezels of this ‘InfinityEdge’ display means the thick chin found in the outgoing model is no longer there, and there’s also Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Storage options start at a 256GB SSD, going all the way to 2TB, while RAM options start at 8GB and go up to 64GB. Processor choices now include the 10th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7, and the XPS 15 can also be configured with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti.
Other features include integrated Wi-Fi 6, USB Type-C Ports, Thunderbolt, a 720p webcam, Windows Hello login, SD card reader, a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button, and Waves MaxxAudio Pro with an upwards-firing Waves Nx 3D quad-speaker setup. Dell’s highlighting the audio capabilities of the new XPS 15 (and 17) – the speakers have been tuned by Grammy Award winning producer Jack Joseph Puig.
Dell claims up to 24 hours of battery life (when using productivity apps) for the Full HD model, with up to nearly 17 hours of Netflix streaming. The UHD+ model, meanwhile, is good for just under 14 hours of general work or eight-and-a-half hours of Netflix.
The Dell XPS 15 is now available in the US and Canada and is being rolled out in other countries as well.
The Dell XPS 17 is back
Design professionals might appreciate Dell’s bringing back the XPS 17 – this bumps up the display size to 17 inches, with buyers given the option of an FHD+ non-touch or a UHD+ touch display, again in a 16:10 aspect ratio. As with the XPS 15 (and 13), the XPS 17’s InfinityEdge display makes for very narrow bezels – Dell claims not only is this the smallest 17-inch laptop in the world, but it’s also smaller than 48% of 15-inch laptops available today. Buyers can also opt for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 for added graphics-crunching muscle.
The XPS 17 will be available for purchase in the US, Canada and other markets sometime in summer.