Dell’s new XPS 15 (ad) was released in the Fall of 2013, although new versions seem to come out all the time, and it is marketed as a high end laptop or a desktop replacement. There is a new version for 2015 that is more like a surface pro tablet, which we will review soon.
The 2013 model that we are looking at today matches up well with the MacBook Pro in terms of capabilities, although it of course runs Windows 8.1 (you also can buy a Windows 7 version). The XPS 15 is really meant to be the showcase of what Dell can do as it the top of their current line of laptops. People gawking at this laptop might consider buying another, cheaper version of it that matches their own tech needs, giving up some top features for a price cut. You can get this laptop with Windows 7, go to the i5 processor, get less RAM or a smaller Hard Drive, all of which lowers the price.
- 15.6-Inch Screen, 3,200 x 1,800-pixel-resolution touch-screen display (This 4k screen is better than HD!)
- Intel Core i7-4712HQ Processor (Basically top-of-the-line, the best processor you can get)
- 16.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM (Excellent)
- 1 TB Hard Drive, 32 GB Solid-State Drive
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (A decent graphics card but not top-of-the-line)
- Windows 8.1 (You’ll soon be able to upgrade this to Windows 10 for free!)
- 6-7 hour battery life
- Backlit keyboard
This is really a terrific laptop and most review sites have heaped praise on it. It really is comparable to the MacBook Pro and is actually a little cheaper (typically around $300-500). Having said that, I don’t think the two should really be compared based on the tech like that. You should decide if you want to use Yosemite or Windows 10 as your operating system, and then look at the software options for both laptops and decide on what you need or want before making a buying decision. If you already know that you want a top-of-the-line Windows laptop with a great display, then you should strongly consider the Dell XPS 15 (ad).
The only problem I have with the XPS 15 is the design of the case and aesthetics. It really is just another bland looking Dell with a silver/grey and black case and a plain black keyboard. Simply adding some sort of metal around the keyboard, and perhaps using a brushed aluminum or steel case would have made this so much better looking. They could also have perhaps added some pops of color or some sort of design touch to make this stand out. I guess they wanted this laptop to look similar to the MacBook Pro and also make it look like the other Dell laptops, and thus the design, but there just is nothing about the aesthetics that makes this laptop jump out as being top-of-the-line. I guess the 4k screen stands out more with everything else being plain black, but if the laptop is off there really is no way to distinguish this expensive laptop from a cheap Dell.
Everything else about this laptop really is great and I think it is quite a good value given the current price. As with most top computers at the moment, Windows 10 is going to make this thing so much better. I would recommend the Dell XPS15-6845sLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (ad) to anyone looking for a top Windows laptop for personal or business use. Gamers will want to look elsewhere or replace the graphics card.
Dell XPS15-6845sLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive)
- 4k better than HD display
- Intel Core i7-4712HQ Processor
- 6 to 7 hour battery life
- Comparable to MacBook Pro
- Runs Windows 8.1 (but Windows 10 will be here soon!)
- High Price (but actually good value in terms of the tech)
- The design aesthetic is a bit boring