The Dell XPS 15 is stated as having a powerhouse performance and a stunning InfinityEdge display all packed into the “world’s smallest 15-inch laptop”. I had the laptop for just over a week and found it to certainly live up to that mantle.
The model I received was top of the range, featuring a 7th gen i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD and 4K touch screen. The body of the laptop was rather hefty in comparison to other models I’ve reviewed, but this was mostly down to the increased screen size; whilst it was heavier than I would have liked, it wasn’t enough to hamper my experience. If you’re out travelling, then it could become an issue after time, but sat a desk, no problem whatsoever.
Unlike the XPS 13 and Latitude 7370 there was no finger print scanner, it definitely would have been nice to have this alternative login option, but it’s certainly not a deal breaker. Due to the laptop being 15” the keyboard was a bit bigger which made typing a breeze. It also provided more real estate on the desktop; I often have many shortcuts on the desktop and it’s great to be able to organise these across a large expanse. This isn’t necessarily a benefit of this particular laptop, but it’s worth mentioning. The trackpad allowed the use of swipe gestures; three finger swiping let you change which window you were viewing, two finger scrolling etc. This is something I couldn’t live without so glad that it’s a norm with machines now.
The screen of the XPS 15 was by far the most impressive aspect. The Ultra HD, 4K, InfinityEdge display really put every other screen to shame. I watched numerous videos in 4K to see just how clear it was and, I can confirm, that it was utterly stunning. The colours pop and the darks are inky black. In my normal use of a laptop, I wouldn’t find much use for such definition, but I’m sure, after time, I would start using it more and more. A little part of me did miss the option to play YouTube videos in 4K, but hey, I’m over that.
Unfortunately, the screen does not display in 4K when using the standard settings. The default resolution is greatly increased, to 250%, which allows the icons and text on the screen to be legible. If you set the screen resolution to 100% the icons are incredibly small and the mouse is nearly invisible. This meant that, in day to day usage, the screen didn’t natively show 4K quality. Rather disappointing but it’s easily changed if you know you’re going to be watching a film for a couple of hours. The screen was also touch capable which I personally find super useful; it just allows you to scroll webpages or lengthy documents with ease. I should note that the 4K resolution and touch capabilities are only available on the top end model.The laptop came installed with Windows 10 Home, no complaints there. It’s a wonderful operating system and is pretty darn easy to navigate. When coupled with the touch screen it’s a delight to use.