All right. So the newly announced XPS 17 and XPS 15 from Dell are out. The XPS 17 is brand-new. Like they’ve never had an XPS 17 that was metal and carbon fiber. They had some really old school stuff like 10 years ago. But this is the first time we’ve seen a 17 inch device from Dell that is made in this kind of form factor in this kind of design aesthetic is something special and the 15-inch has finally been redesigned. This is something that’s been around for like four or five years where they just kind of kept refreshing it over and over again.
Its’s brand new this year fully re-engineered from the bottom to up and we’re going to get into both of them.
Okay 17-inch model will start here because this is the thing that’s got me super excited. This is their Flagship laptop. It’s going to be the king of the XPS lineup and it looks very similar in terms of design aesthetic to the XPS 13. It’s just a lot bigger because it’s a 17 inch screen but the 13 the 15 and the 17 all have this kind of angled design Aesthetics.
And they’re all built from uni-body chassis. So they’re built from a single block of aluminum. That’s kind of milled out with a CNC machine and it just gives like strength and rigidity and a particular aesthetic to the devices now the 17-inch model and the 15-inch but particularly with the 17 the most striking thing this year is the screen. It’s a 17 inch panel 1080P / 4K, but both panels are super bright 500 nits good color accuracy.
It’s vibrant. It’s sharp and it’s touch screen. It’s got all the good stuff that you’d expect on a high-end 4K panel and it’s also a 16:10 aspect ratio. So it’s a little more vertical space for people whose workflow or apps can make use of that. But the real kicker here is the bezel. It’s super thin the whole way around like the top the sides the bottom. It’s essentially fully screen. There’s no Chin. There’s no forehead. It’s very clean.
Dell is Making devices with thick bezels around the laptop screens like that XPS 13 really stood out and I think it started to shape the way that laptops were made like manufacturers start to understand that people wanted this not just for a design aesthetic, right? Obviously, this looks nicer with the thinner bezel, but it actually makes devices smaller like when you can fit a 17 inch screen into a smaller footprint like this the whole device becomes smaller like this is a smaller laptop than a lot of 15-inch devices like the actual footprint of this thing is smaller than like half of the 15-inch laptops out there right now. It’s pretty crazy.
The trim is so small in the bottom that if you look at it at the right angle, you can’t see any bottom bezel at all. It looks like the screen just pops out the back of the keyboard. Now it still has a webcam up top. It’s a 720p Cam and it does support Windows. Hello for face login. So they’ve been able to pack an infrared camera into that top bezel. The keyboard has also been reworked. It’s not a maglev keyboard or anything. It’s just kind of like a standard layout XPS keyboard feels nice 1.3 millimeter travel. It’s got some bigger Keys.
About 10% bigger than the previous model and this keyboard is shared between the two models. So the XPS 17 and the 15 used the exact same keyboard very easy layout to get used to I think a lot of people will enjoy this keyboard.
The one thing that you should take note of in case you’re used to older XPS keyboards the page up and page down Keys. No longer have dedicated keys for them. You hit function up and down to access that so if you’re someone that used that frequently you’re gonna have to get used to this on these new devices. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the top right of the keyboard.
If you don’t want to use your facial Bio-metrics to login, you can use your fingerprint and the keyboard deck is also slightly different this year. It’s still carbon fiber. It’s got that like nice soft resin feel to it. This is a material that if you’ve never used an XPS device before this is one of its best features like that carbon fiber weave is nice to look at it’s durable and it feels awesome. But they’ve changed the layout of it’s slightly. So it’s got Carbon on the top and bottom area of the deck but the sides of the keyboard are just plain plastic.
Those house these new speakers. So these are significantly improved from the older XPS 15. These are so much better than the old ones , they are top firing now. So there’s a pair of firing up and there’s also a pair of firing down and they sound way better. They still don’t sound as good as a 16 inch Mac-Book Pro though.
I really like the carbon fiber material but it would have been awesome if they would just match the front material as well. But if this thing was fully black with like a black trim, that’d be on another level.
Track-pad is much bigger one this year, but in terms of how it attracts and how it feels mechanically, It’s very similar to the previous generation, which is a good thing because they’ve always had a decent track pad on the XPS lineup terms. Speaking of ports so we got four USB-C that support Thunderbolt 3, and there’s also an increasingly rare SD card reader. So if you’re a photographer or videographer and you want to access to your media, it’s built right into the device. Now, this guy does not have an HDMI port anymore. So all the older XPS teens have had them but this device now has a adapter that has both the use bluetooth and an HDMI out in one adapter.
All right, so to power both of these they use a 130 watt adapter that connects overuse PC, but you can use some lower watt hour stuff if you want to to charge these devices. All right, let’s take a look at the inside the XPS 17 has two NVMe’s both upgradeable. It’s got two Ram slots , also upgradable. The Wi-Fi card is baked on so you can’t swap that and if your standard -> Big Boy 97 watt hour battery
The beauty of this device is its new thermal system the XPS 17 now runs a vapor chamber a way more efficient way of removing heat from this laptop. What I’ve seen from benchmarks and gameplay is that this is very impressive like this is so much better than anything we’ve ever seen from Dells XPS lineup. It is really good. So the XPS 17s running these 10th gen Intel chips upto an eight core, it’s also running up to an RTX 2060 max-Q.
Device starts at around $1,500. Here’s a thing. It is not a gaming laptop , I mean they don’t mark it like that. So I wouldn’t expect a device like this to compete with like a thick board gaming laptop, but it is very impressive.
Okay enough with the XPS 17 talk about the XPS 15 this machine.
Also, very impressive this year redesigned remapped. It’s very similar in design to the 17 and 13. It’s got the same kind of exterior build this device. However has only three USB ports cut two on the left and one on the right and only the two on the left support thunderbolt among the three. The one on the right does not, it still has the SD card slot for media.
This device, the new one is smaller than the old 15 inch by a very noticeable amount. It’s kind of weird that they’re able to pack the same kind of screen size in there in a much smaller footprint, but that’s what thin bezels give you right when you shrink down that bezel. You can shrink that whole device down. The screen is still super bright on the 15 and color accurate still has that webcam up top for Windows Hello, and it’s all wrapped in this really thin bezel. Like this is a much better looking device than the XPS 15 from last year.
This is a better looking device than like the vast majority of laptops right now. This thin bezel is so cool. The keyboard is the same as the XPS 17. It’s very functional keyboard. The track pads is one of those big track pads just like the 17 .The speaker’s are the same because on paper they have like the same technical specifications, but these sound different. I think the 17 sound better. It could just be like a acoustical engineering difference on the inside.
They are still way better than the old XPS 15 speakers though. Now inside two NVMe slots, two Ram slots with baked on Wi-Fi. The battery has shrunk down. It used to be a 97 watt hour. This is now an 86 watt hour and it comes in at the same weight as last year’s model. They’re both four and a half pounds. So this new one is actually a little bit denser than the previous one The thermal system on the 15 does not use a vapor chamber. Maybe it’s just like a smaller chassis, or maybe they didn’t want to sacrifice too much vertical height.
But it’s a bit of a shame. This does have an improved thermal system over the old one. It is equipped with a better GPU the 1650 TI Max Q now and it’s running their new core thermal material, but my early impressions of the XPS 15 is that it’s not as impressive of a solution as the vapor chamber that’s inside the XPS 17.
Now some kind of ancillary thoughts. Here’s the thing a hinge like that whole ability to open it up with one hand. It takes good engineering to do it. Like if you make it too loose. Yeah, you can open it one handed, So this is good to see that on both of these devices.
I really really would have loved to have seen AMD inside these things like that would have been that would have changed the game, but we still have these awesome laptops that look amazing. And this is the first iteration or generation of these new designs right? Maybe in a couple years we get AMD variants .
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