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All posts tagged "xps 15"


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dell Expands Flagship XPS Line: Adds XPS 14 & XPS 15

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 10:30 AM

“Following the success of our XPS 13, our customers wanted to see more of the XPS brand,” said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Personal Computing Product Group. “The XPS 14 and 15 laptops offer powerful performance, thoughtful design and a superb user experience, along with enterprise-friendly features so you can use them for work and for play.”

To complement their existing XPS 13 Ultrabook, Dell has added 14-inch and 15-inch XPS models.

Touting the XPS 14 as having "up to 11 hours of (8-cell, non-replaceable, 69WhH) battery life," it has an aluminum chassis and a silicone base, Intel Core i5 or i7 processor options, 4GB RAM standard (8GB max), 14-inch 400 nit HD+ edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass WLED display, a backlit chiclet spill-resistant keyboard, and optional high-performance graphics. A wide variety of options are available, including Intel's RapidStart and SmartResponse (startup, hibernate and caching improvements) technology, using a traditional hard drive plus a 32GB mSata card to achieve SSD-like performance. A 512GB SSD option is offered. There is a mobile broadband (WAN) option that adds a back leather back to improve radio performance. Interesting that Dell offers an "Ultrabook configuration" even though the XPS 14 weighs in at just under 5-pounds (2.1kg).

The 5.8-pound (2.6kg) XPS 15 has an aluminum chassis with a silicone base, a 9-cell 65WhH battery ("up to 8 hours, 11 minutes" battery life), an edge-to-edge 15.6-inch 350 nit Gorilla Glass WLED screen, a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 6GB RAM standard (16GB max), NVIDIA Optimus graphics, a backlit chiclet spill-resistant keyboard, and an option for a slot-loading Blu-ray disc drive. Curiously, there appears to be no SSD-only option from Dell for the XPS 15, at least in their press release.

The XPS 14 pricing starts at $1099, and the XPS 15 starts at $1299, with both models available now.

Tags: dell, xps, xps 15, xps 14

Friday, April 8, 2011

That Sweet Sound is Coming from Your Laptop

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 02:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/best-soun...-be-your-stereo

Every time we review a notebook, we test out its speakers by playing a few tunes and videos–and usually come away unimpressed. But laptop makers are now paying a lot more attention to both volume and fidelity, in some cases touting sound quality as a reason to buy their wares. With that in mind, we rounded up four systems that boast enhanced audio capabilities.

A few years ago, if someone told me that one should expect excellent sound through a laptop, I would have laughed at them. Then stop, take a breath, and laugh some more. Things have changed recently, part of which I think is driven by the increasing use of computers as media terminals for watching movies and music. While I still sincerely doubt that any laptop short of what would be classified as a "transportable computer" could have sound comparable to a proper stereo, they have improved. Unfortunately, to benefit from this, you still appear to have to choose one of the bigger laptops. I imagine this is probably a physical and technical limitation rather than a conscious choice by manufacturers. Still, I find that excluding bass, most laptops, even really light and tiny ones will generally provide "good enough" sound for casual listening. What about you? Are you picky about your listening environment, or do things like stock earbuds and netbook audio do just fine?


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Upgraded Dell XPS 15: The Perfect Notebook?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lap...dge.aspx?page=1

"When we last reviewed the Dell XPS 15, we praised the notebook's strong performance, best-in-class audio, and colorful screen. Now Dell has upgraded its premium 15-incher with Intel's second-generation Core Series processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 500 series graphics, which promise even better performance. We had a chance to test out a high-end $1,488 configuration of the XPS 15, complete with a 2-GHz quad-core Core i7, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p screen, and Nvidia GT540M graphics. These specs promise--and deliver--remarkable processing and media prowess, but is the whole package worth nearly $1,500?"

The upgraded XPS 15 starts at $799 for a basic configuration, but the system as tested at about $1500 scored well in almost every evaluation category. The biggest faults found were that it was a bit heavy and bulky. A 17-inch version is available for about the same price, if portability isn't needed. Dell has made an excellent notebook even better by upgrading to Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. Maybe not perfect, but awfully close!

 


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dell XPS 15: Multimedia Powerhouse for Under $900

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lap...x#axzz13oFwYPPK

"With plenty of solid mainstream notebooks available for under $700, a machine with a nearly $900 starting price needs to bring something special to the table. Fortunately, Dell's XPS 15 (starting at $849) offers a lot more than just a Core i5 processor and 1GB Nvidia graphics card."

Starting at $849 (with many available options) and a bit bulky at 6.1-pounds, the Dell XPS 15 offers a lot for users looking for more of a high-end laptop. Great JBL sound and the ability to play 3D video (when coupled with a compatible 3D TV). The XPS 15 is able to make Skype HD 720p calls (but results weren't optimal). With a silver anodized aluminum lid, Dell bucks the trend toward designer cases here, but I personally like the more classic look. The keyboard is backlit, but the keys are flat, rather than (chiclet) island-style. Video playback is smooth at 720p and 1080p. The overall verdict: great for multimedia; adequate for gaming; battery life is below average; gets rather warm in use, but overall, a great laptop for use around the house (because of the short battery life.

Tags: hardware, dell, xps 15

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