Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.8
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.3/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.9/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.3/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.5/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.7/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.6/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.9/10
SIZE: 15.6"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-resolution touchscreen
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent heat management
  • Good general performance
  • Color accurate display
Cons
  • Moderate battery life
  • Limited port variety
  • Heavier than some competitors
  • No hardware ray tracing

Ratings by Category

Operating Noise:
4.8
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.7
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Content Creation:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.6
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
General Use:
4.5
The Dell XPS 15 is equipped with a potent processor and ample RAM, ensuring smooth performance for a variety of tasks, complemented by a high-quality OLED screen that enhances visual experiences for general use. Its portable design and substantial battery life make it a convenient choice for users who need to work on the go without frequent recharging.
Software Development:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Engineering & Design:
4.4
The Dell XPS 15 is ideal for engineering and design due to its powerful CPU and sufficient RAM for demanding applications, coupled with a high-quality GPU that supports graphics-intensive tasks. Moreover, its OLED screen offers excellent color accuracy and contrast, beneficial for detailed design work, although it's slightly less portable and has shorter battery life compared to lighter laptops.
Battery Life:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.3
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Gaming & AI:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,100
Release Date
May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.73''
Weight
4.31 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-12500H
Graphics
Iris Xe
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours
Battery Capacity
86 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
OLED
Resolution
3456 x 2160
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
384 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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7.7/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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9.1/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9/10
Speaker Quality Score
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10/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
3
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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PCMag

Matthew Buzzi | May 2023
"The 2023 Dell XPS 15 is more or less exactly what you'd expect from the company flagship. Its fresh components deliver measurably superior power and longevity, while the machine's premium build and design remain intact. It may not be overly exciting, but XPS loyalists and upgraders should be more than happy."

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