Dell announced the new XPS 15 earlier this month at CES. Many Windows users were expecting the computer to be a nice refresh to last year’s 9550 model. This announcement was also great for Mac lovers because many were disappointed with Apple’s latest Macbook Pro release. The Dell came with new and improved internals in comparison to last year’s; however, it maintained its appearance which is by no means a bad thing, in my opinion.
The XPS 15 boasts Intel’s latest 7th generation processors (i3 7100H, i5 7300HQ, and i7 7700HQ) along with NVIDIA’s latest 10th generation 1050 card. The computer can be configured with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM clock at 2400MHZ, and up to 1TB of PCIe storage. These specs did not disappoint the majority of people considering the machine (although I was hoping for the 1050ti graphics card). Although last years model was not slow but any means standard, the upgrade in processor, RAM, and graphics are very considerate. Dell’s 4K infinity edge touch display continues to be presented in the computer, but is not standard across all models, and the battery capacity is either 56Whr or 97Whr depending on the configuration you choose.
The base model of the new XPS 15 comes in at $999 with Intel’s i3 dual core chipset, 8GB of RAM and hybrid 500GB HDD @ 7200rpm and 32GB SSD for cache storage. Although, I believe the targeted audience should skip this version as it doesn’t come with a quad core processor, the dedicated graphics card, and the sluggish storage option. The computer is configurable to the i7 7700HQ processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe storage, 1050 graphics, and 97Whr battery. Essentially, top of the line specs for the top of the line $2500 you spend. My dream option is currently the i5 7300HQ CPU, 1050 graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe, and the largest battery capacity; however, one could only dream for Dell to let you configure the machine to your liking. Dell does provide a large variety of arrangements for the computer but not every possibility.