Dell XPS 15 (Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge) – Not really good looking but powerful!
I last reviewed Dell XPS 15 in November and the manufacturer is back now with a refreshed list of specs. The previous XPS wasn’t really svelte but the entry level model which costed around $849 had a good set of features and the speakers too were sounding really great. The new one has come with a few differences. All the XPS models are now upgraded to the second generation Intel Core i-series processors. GPUs too have been revamped and they now have the latest Nvidia GeForce GT 500 series card. There is some tweaking on the keyboard done too. Finally, there is WiDi 2.0 here which is the built-in Wireless Display and it can stream HD videos of 1080p.
The Dell XPS 15 base model is cheaper than the last year model at a price of $799. There is a Core i5-2410M CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, 4GB of RAM, 4GB of RAM, and 7,200 rpm hard drive of 500GB. But Dell sent me the highest end model for review, it had 2GHz quad-core, Core i7-2630QM CPU, 7,200 RPM hard drive of 750GB, 8 gigs of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics, Blu-ray drive, and a full HD display with 1,920×1,080 pixels resolution. My review model was powered by a nine cell battery which is chunky but lasts for long.
The Dell XPS 15 is heavy and expensive but I would heavily recommend it if you are looking for a multimedia laptop. It can play great games, play movies and the screen too is awesome. The base model too is really good even if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on the upgrades. But there are some good upgrades options like 1080p screen and Blu-ray optical drive. They might be costly but are certainly worth the buck.
The shape and size of the Dell XPS 15 is bulky and beefy having a wide sliver and flat profile which is metal but looks plastic. The lid is thick, tapered at the base and wide. It has a brushed aluminum look with a flat design and at first sight, it makes the laptop look like a budget product. This is the thickest notebook I have ever seen to date especially with the extra raise due to the nine-cell battery. This isn’t the best looking notebook I have ever seen in my labs. In fact, it is a bit ugly.