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Dell XPS 17 - Starting MSRP: $1849 --Dell XPS 15- Starting MSRP: $1449
Dell"s updated XPS 15 và 17 laptops combine considerable processing và graphics nguồn with superb displays và a robust design.

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Solid hãng intel 12th gen PerformancePotent graphics powerPremium, durable build qualityRelatively thin designVery nice high resolution displaysQuiet

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In 2020, Dell began shipping its freshly redesigned XPS laptops, including the new addition of a 17-inch version. This new kiến thiết was nearly bezel-less and relatively slim, given the power nguồn the platform could pack, with the usual premium build chất lượng and materials the line is known for. Not wanting to fix what isn’t broken, Dell stuck with this thiết kế in 2021, but upgraded the CPU and GPU options for improved performance. Now, in 2022, Dell is staying the course with that same design, và it’s hard to lớn blame the company with the family"s continued success. Dell unveiled a fancy new laptop design at CES this year in the khung of the XPS 13 Plus, whichwe recently reviewed, but we’ll have khổng lồ see whether that thiết kế language makes its way to lớn the rest of the XPS lineup at a later date.For now, we have our hands on Dell"s refreshed XPS 15 và 17, which both feature incremental improvements over last year’s models. The headlining change is the switch from Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake-H processors lớn Intel12th gene Alder Lake-H processors. Intel’s in-house benchmarks boast this upgrade as netting up to lớn 28% faster performance over its last generation, at least in the case of the vi xử lý core i9-12900HK, which is Dell"s top-shelf mobile CPU option for both the XPS 15 & 17. However, our two reviews units aren’t packing that particular processor, so let’s take a look at what we have lớn work with...

Dell XPS 15 9520 and 17 9720 (2022) laptop Specifications và Features

SpecificationsDell XPS 15 9520 (as configured)Dell XPS 17 9720 (as configured)
ProcessorIntel chip core i7-12700H (14 Cores / đôi mươi threads, 2.7GHz base / 4.7GHz max, 24MB cache, 45W TDP)
Display15.6" 3.5K (3456x2160) InfinityEdge OLED touch display, 60Hz, 400-nits peak brightness, DisplayHDR 500, 100% DCI-P3 màu sắc gamut17" 4K (3840x2400) InfinityEdge LCD touch display, 60Hz, 500-nits peak brightness, DisplayHDR 400, 100% Adobe RGB minimum + 94% DCI-P3 color gamut typical
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6 VRAM, 45W TDP)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, 65W TDP)
Storage512GB PCIe 4 x4 SSD1TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD
Memory16GB (2x8GB) DDR5 SO-DIMM at 4800MHz32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 SO-DIMM at 4800MHz
Audio2x 1.5W tweeters và 2x 2.5W woofers tuned with Waves MaxxAudio và Nx 3d audio
Camera720p HD webcam with dual mic array optimized with Waves MaxxVoice
NetworkingKiller Wi-Fi 6 1675 (AX211) 2x2 + bluetooth không dây 5.2
Ports: Left1x wedge-shaped lock slot2x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4/DisplayPort/power delivery)
Ports: Right1x USB 3.2 gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort/power delivery)1x 3.5mm combination headset jack1x full size SD card reader v6.02x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4/DisplayPort/power delivery)1x 3.5mm combination headset jack1x full kích thước SD thẻ reader v6.0
Keyboard Chiclet keyboard with multimedia Fn keys, 1.3mm travel, và white LED backlight
TouchpadGlass surface Precision Touchpad with integrated buttons
Fingerprint Reader
Battery86WHr (built-in)97Whr (built-in)
Weight4.31 lb (1.96 kg)5.34 lb (2.42 kg)
Dimensions18 x 344.72 x 230.14 milimet (0.71" x 13.57" x 9.06")19.5 x 374.45 x 248.05 milimet (0.77" x 14.74" x 9.76")
Warranty1 year limited warranty, 1 year of Premium tư vấn in US only
Operating System
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Lower right-hand corner of the XPS 15
Our review units last year came with the core i7-11800H, but our đánh giá units this year came powered by the chip core i7-12700H, which has six more cores & four more threads for processing, but a slightly lower max clock speed of 4.7GHz versus 4.8GHz. Dell has also boosted the base clock speed of the 12th generation chip to 2.7GHz, up from the default 2.3GHz base clock tốc độ of both chips. For those wondering, the vi xử lý core i7-12700H shares the same number of cores và threads with the bộ vi xử lý core i9-12900HK, as well as the same 45W thermal thiết kế point (TDP). The i9 simply cranks up the max clock speed to 5.0GHz. Buyers can also option the two laptops with the vi xử lý core i5-12500H, which features two fewer performance cores, dropping the total number of cores và threads to twelve & sixteen, respectively.Last years’ XPS 15 and 17 featured GPU upgrades over the laptops of the prior year, but this year’s models are rocking the same GPU options as the previous gen. Our nhận xét units are each equipped with their most powerful options for graphics, which means the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, in the case of the XPS 17, & the RTX 3050 Ti for the XPS 15. The RTX 3060 in the XPS 17 has a 65W TDP and 6G of VRAM, while the XPS 15’s RTX 3050 Ti has a 45W TDP and 4GB of VRAM. Buyers can also option both laptops with the non-Ti RTX 3050 or just hãng sản xuất intel integrated graphics for lower cost.
As for memory, Dell has upgraded the XPS lineup from DDR4 to lớn DDR5, which the company claims increases memory clock speeds up lớn 50%. Our XPS 17 came with 32GB of RAM, while our XPS 15 has 16GB, but the đứng đầu tier memory option for both laptops is a beefy 64GB. Thankfully, all memory options come in a dual channel configuration, with two replaceable SO-DIMMs, so owners can tăng cấp their máy vi tính memory as desired.These laptops also come with two slots for M.2 SSDs, but Dell populates only one of the slots with a PCIe SSD, leaving the other slot xuất hiện for buyers to populate themselves down the road if they so choose. The occupied slot in our XPS 15 bears a 512GB SSD, while a 1TB SSD inhabits a slot in our XPS 17. The spec sheet provided by Dell lists a 4TB SSD as its most spacious storage option though Dell"s online configuration tool.
Both laptops look pretty much identical, excepting their size. The outer shells of the two laptops, both top và bottom, are made of aluminum, giving them both a premium feel at first touch. Fortunately, that impression doesn’t fade as you mở cửa up the laptops và begin using them. The hinge mechanism makes for smooth opening & closing motions, though the màn chơi of resistance can makeone-handed opening và closing of these laptops a bit difficult. Even so, the hinge mechanism inspires confidence in durability. The hinges don’t creak, nor does any other part of these designs. Lifting up or pressing in on the various panels doesn’t cause any part of them to bend or bow, excepting the center of the keyboard which has just the tiniest bit of flex. The only downside of this solid construction is that both laptops are pretty hefty. They aren"t as beefy as some serious gaming laptops, but they definitely aren’t ultralights either. The XPS 15 weights in at 4.31 lbs (1.96 kg), while the XPS 17 is a little over a pound heavier at 5.34 lbs (2.42 kg). It’s also worth pointing out that, while these laptops are often talked about as slim, they’re considered slim relative lớn the amount of computing power, particularly graphics, on-board here and the cooling they require. The shape of the underside also aids the visual perception that this design is slim. The bottoms of both the XPS 15 and 17 taper downwards and away from the edges, making these laptops appear much slimmer from the side than they actually are. This technique makes for a very clean visual design, và we like the look, but prospective buyers should be aware that these are more full-featured machines with somewhat thicker, though still plenty portable, chassis.
Upon opening the XPS 15, users are met by a beautiful high resolution OLED display. At 3456x2160, the display doesn’t quite reach 4K resolution, with Dell calling it a 3.5K resolution panel. Nonetheless, that resolution makes for a nice high px density for this 15.6” screen. Text and UI elements look sharp, while the OLED technology makes for deep, inky blacks và brightly rendered colors. The peak brightness of 400-nits almost super-bright indoors, and users should be able to use this máy vi tính fairly comfortably outside, even on a sunny day. To đứng top it all off, the display supports touch đầu vào in a precise & responsive manner.The display in the XPS 17 responds to lớn touch input đầu vào in a similarly snappy way, but it differs in specifications. The 17” display beats out the 15.6” display in the resolution department, flexing what Dell labels a full 4K resolution at 3840x2400. The XPS 17 also has an even brighter display, reaching 500-nits at full blast. However, the larger display is somewhat sadly an LCD panel, rather than an OLED one. Thus, the blacks aren’t quite as convincingly deep. Even so, Dell"s 17” display here is still a really nice panel that renders màu sắc well. Buyers should be plenty happy with it so long as they aren’t shopping for OLED.

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The keyboards on these machines are composed of seventy-nine flat-top keycaps mounted on low-profile scissor switches, in addition to lớn a power nguồn button with an integrated fingerprint sensor at the vị trí cao nhất right of the deck. The switches have 1.3mm of travel và feel on par with the scissor switches in other more premium laptops. They don’t feel mushy lượt thích the rubber dome switches in some máy tính keyboards, và the keyboard flexes very little, so it feels suitable for some heavy-duty writing. Meanwhile, the fingerprint sensor reads fingerprints blazing fast, though occasionally you might have khổng lồ reposition your finger lớn get a correct read.The keyboard layout is something between a 65% layout and a tenkeyless configuration. The home cluster has been cut off, and the arrow keys are scrunched up underneath the enter key, but the function keys are all still present up top, and some of the keys from the home cluster are added back in the đứng top row. Some of the function keys are also dual-purpose, serving as multimedia, brightness, & secondary display controls.
The keyboard is flanked by a sets of upward firing tweeters, which are paired with two downward firing woofers underneath. Together, these four speakers make for a decent sound system. Some laptops have solely downward firing speakers that often sound tinny and don’t get very loud. The sound system included in both these laptops is a little more capable. The woofers help the audio not sound so gutless, making the sound system good for watching clip content. The sound can also get pretty loud, but cranking it up reveals a lack of clarity and depth that doesn’t make for a quality audio experience when listening khổng lồ music or watching a movie. That said, most laptops aren’t known for their sound though these new XPS models vì offer decent acoustics.Above and below the keyboard and speaker grills is a carbon fiber composite material that gives both laptops a more quality look và premium feel than that of the plastic builds we"re used to. Our reviews units came with black/dark gray interiors, but Dell says that trắng versions will become available at some point in the near future. Centered horizontally underneath the keyboard và surrounded by carbon fiber sits the touchpad. Like many máy tính touchpads in recent years, the buttons are integrated into the pad itself. Fortunately, the touchpad has good palm rejection, which prevents frustration while typing. The glass surface of the touchpad feels smooth & premium, letting the user’s finger glide freely without being too slippery. As for translating user input đầu vào into mouse movement, the touchpad lives up to its Windows Precision Touchpad name.
Moving down khổng lồ the sides of the laptops, they both feature almost the exact same port selection. The left sides of both laptops are outfitted with a wedge-shaped lock slot, for those who may want to lớn tether these laptops to lớn a desk or other location as an anti-theft measure. The laptops also each have a pair of USB-C ports on the left side that both support Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort & power delivery. Since these laptops charge via USB-C, the round ports on the right sides of both laptops aren’t barrel plug ports, but rather 3.5mm audio jacks.As phones phase out the 3.5mm audio jack, wireless headphones and earbuds are becoming more common, but it’s still nice lớn include this port when there’s space for it. We were somewhat surprised to lớn see the full kích cỡ SD card reader on the right side of each laptop, as many manufacturers opt for smaller micro SD slots instead, but it came in handy for quickly transferring files between these reviews units & our workstation. Lastly, the right side of the XPS 15 includes a third USB-C port, though, while this one also supports DisplayPort and power delivery, it isn’t Thunderbolt compatible. On the other hand, the XPS 17 has two additional USB-C ports on the right side, & both of these ports tư vấn Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort and power delivery.
While we’re happy that Dell ditched the old barrel plug charging port for these laptops in favor of more versatile USB-C ports on both sides of each laptop, the lack of even a single USB Type-A port is a bit of a bummer. While USB-C is positioned to be the future of the USB standard, many peripherals và devices still ship with USB Type-A connectors. Each máy vi tính ships with a USB-C to lớn HDMI & USB Type-A adapter, but the adapter has only a single USB-Type A port. We wanted khổng lồ plug in a gaming mouse & headset for some điện thoại gaming action, but to make this configuration possible we would have khổng lồ plug a separate USB Type-A hub into Dell’s USB Type-A adapter or purchase a USB-C to lớn USB Type-A adapter with more ports.
Both laptops ship with the same 130W power nguồn brick that is fairly compact at 5.74 x 2.76 x 0.88”. The cabling is decently lengthy to help users reach a power outlet, và a small LED light is embedded in the bottom of the USB-C module to lớn indicate when the connector is powered.
Both laptops come preloaded with a number of different Dell applications, as well as some third-party software. Our reviews units didn’t come with the full suite of third-party apps that Dell includes in consumer versions of the laptops. Nonetheless, our laptops did come lớn us with Disney+, Spotify, & Amazon Alexa pre-installed. The choice lớn include Alexa puzzles us given that Windows 11 already includes Microsoft’s own virtual assistance, Cortana. We assume that Dell has deals with all the companies whose software comes preloaded on these laptops, & those đơn hàng likely drive the choice of pre-installed software more than a consideration of what consumers might want out of a new laptop.A case-in-point here is McAfee LiveSafe, which the reviewer’s guides for these laptops includes in the software section. While offering an anti-virus solution may be a nice gesture, McAfee software is notoriously difficult lớn uninstall & is generally considered bloatware when preloaded on consumer devices. Also, Microsoft Defender does a good enough job that buyers aren’t left defenseless without third-party anti-virus software. In additional lớn McAfee LiveSafe, the reviewer’s guides also list Foxit Phantom Standard PDF, Dropbox, & Netflix, while hinting that there may be even more preloaded apps. The guides also say that a Dell product registration process will assist buyers in setting up the preloaded software upon completing product registration, so hopefully that means users can choose to disable or uninstall preloaded apps as part of the mix up process.
The My Dell phầm mềm functions as Dell’s software hub where users can discover & launch other software utilities, as well as view system information and manage their warranties and Dell nguồn settings. Ignoring the section of the tiện ích that tries lớn sell users on software subscriptions & Dell accessories, users can visit the Cinema sub-menu lớn launch the MaxxAudioPro equalizer or the Killer Intelligence Center, where users can view and fine-tune network details. Users can also launch the SupportAssist app from the My Dell app. Besides listing Dell support tương tác information và offering a FAQ that answers some common questions, SupportAssist can run a number of hardware, software, & network checks khổng lồ make sure the device is healthy and up-to-date with its firmware and software. If it detects any issues, it can run a few optimization services and install firmware updates. The app will nag users from time-to-time with a notification asking them lớn run a scan, but this notification can be disabled. Besides that one notification, Dell"s own software utilities are pretty unobtrusive; it’s up khổng lồ users lớn decide whether khổng lồ interact with them.
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