There’s a certain assurance that comes with the Dell umbrella—the assurance of durability and performance. The new Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 laptop adds a brilliant dash of portability and style to that mix, emerging as a sleek yet incredibly powerful computing partner. With a starting price of $1,199.99, this 15” laptop takes ease of use to unprecedented levels, with astonishing graphics and a battery life of almost 16 hours. Let’s see what else the latest Dell offering brings to the table and how much water it holds against its contemporaries.
Dell XPS 15 9575 – Configurations
This computer is available in four different configurations, ranging from $1,199.99 to $1,999.99. While the starting configuration offers you an Intel i5-8305G processor at 3.8 GHz, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, you can go up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage with an i7-8705G processor running at 4.1GHz. Interestingly, all four configurations offer brilliant graphics support through Radeon RX Vega M GL.
Flexible and all-encompassing configurations like these allow the liberty to choose a machine that matches both your needs and your budget, while also letting you enjoy most of the hallmark features. Let’s see in a snapshot the prime configuration-level changes you can make:
- Processor: 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8305G or i7-8705G
- Processing Speed: From 3.8Ghz to 4.1GHz
- Cache: From 6M to 8M
- RAM: 8GB to 16GB
- Storage: 128GB to 256GB
- Display: FHD or 4k Ultra HD
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160
We discuss these and other features of the laptop (across configurations) in the rest of the review.
This laptop has a superb, ultra-powerful core: an eighth-generation Intel Core processor (four cores) running up to 4.1 GHz. It has 8GB to 16GB RAM (DDR4 at 2400 MHz) and from 128GB to 256GB of storage (SSD). The performance is smooth even when you’re multitasking at manic levels. It runs Windows 10 Home which is a comfortable operating system offering ample support for your day-to-day needs.
Power-efficiency is a significant area of concern for the Dell XPS 15 9575. It is fitted with excellent thermal insulation (ultra-thin GORE), two liquid-crystal-polymer fans, three heat pipes, and synthetic heat spreaders (graphite-based). This setup is highly effective in cooling things down quickly even when you perform intensive tasks. There’s an in-built gyroscope and accelerometer to figure out whether you have the assurance of a desktop-setup or are working on-the-run. Additionally, the laptop utilizes an intelligently-built Dell Power Manager to customize the temperature and performance of the laptop. This helps optimize the processing power to give you the very best there can be.
The battery backup of the Dell XPS 15 is astounding: 15 hours and 53 minutes on the 75WHr battery (6-cell). This lends immense portability to the laptop, letting you use it on-the-go without the nagging fear of running out of juice. Now we know this machine has truly earned its ENERGY STAR 6.1 certification!
Beautiful From Within
If the core has you enthralled, you will be pleased to find that this laptop is beautiful in a broader sense of the word: from deep inside. It is available in gorgeous platinum silver or brushed onyx and weighs 4.36lbs. It measures 13.9″ x 9.2″, with the height varying from 0.36” to 0.63″, depending on the configuration you choose. This is compact enough for you to lug around with relative ease. The screen remains protected as you travel, shielded by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Some of the leanness comes from the woven carbon fiber used in the construction—sturdy yet light. It utilizes a sleek grade of aluminum which is surprisingly strong. In addition to being robust, this laptop is also eco-wise. Most of the materials used in this EPEAT Gold registered laptop are eco-friendly; 90 percent of them can reportedly be recycled. The laptop does away with substances that can harm the environment, such as cadmium, mercury and lead, to become BFR/PVC-free. Even the plastic used in the packaging is inventive—75 percent is recycled plastic. Now that’s a genuinely distinctive form of beauty!
Display, Graphics & Sound
The viewing experience on the Dell XPS 15 is spectacular. This laptop is equipped with Radeon Vega M graphics (discrete) with 4GB dedicated memory. The screen supports 4K Ultra HD, 100 percent Adobe RGB gamut and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. The color panel enlivens shades you haven’t seen before, shades outside the scope of a traditional sRGB panel. The graphics support is so top-notch that you can easily work on editing high-resolution content or playing intensive games.
The screen is also anti-reflective, bright (400-nits), and supports In-Plane Switching. So, you can view it from sharp angles or areas of low lighting and get a wide, distortion-free result each time. Also notable is its super-thin border of only 4.7mm (18 percent thinner than older models). This helps create an InfinityEdge screen that is genuinely immersive especially when you delve into virtual reality. It supports a screen resolution of up to 3840 x 2160.
Talking of A/V content, this machine packs a massive punch with Dell Cinema—a unique technological combination of CinemaColor, CinemaSound and CinemaStream for the ultimate multimedia experience. This technology helps accentuate the colors in the display, rendering more meticulous images, and also plays your A/V material with maximized bandwidth. The CinemaSoundWaves MaxxAudio Pro deserves a special mention for its role in improving the volume and clarity of sound from the two stereo speakers (1W). The auditory experience is almost studio-quality.
Accessibility & Connectivity
Accessing the Dell XPS 15 9575 is straightforward. You can use the fingerprint reader to sign in with just your touch or use the Windows Hello to get onboard with just your face. Pretty neat, eh? The backlit keyboard uses the MagLev design, utilizing magnets to get by with a thin design (up to 24 percent thinner!) without affecting your typing comfort. If you prefer using a stylus, you can get the Dell Premium Active Pen (optional) to work as you please. The pen comes with a terrific response; it is sensitive to as many as 4096 pressure points.
For times when you’re working out of a comfortable workstation, there’s adequate docking support too. You can connect to Ethernet, displays (three full HD ones or two 4k ones) and a Dell Thunderbolt Dock. It is also simple to connect multiple devices, say your smartphone, without the need to fret about data security. The computer uses Dell Mobile Connect to pair your phone, so you’re free of both interruption (you can customize notifications) and invasion.
How’s the device support? Exemplary. All four configurations of the new Dell 2-in-1 come with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB 3.1 (Type-C) ports. The Thunderbolt ports let you transfer data at the breakneck speed of 40Gbps while the Type-C ports let you connect several devices. Need 4k displays? No problem—you can plug-in two! The laptop also has a Micro SD card reader, a webcam (High-Definition, 720p) and four mics (built to pick up your voice from as far as 14 feet). Since Dell XPS 15 supports Microsoft Cortana and Waves, you can shoot voice commands.
Note that the laptop also supports 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth, to let you connect to wireless networks.
Aye or Nay?
When it comes to Dell, a lot comes with the package. For instance, you can be assured the laptop will be durable and deliver a competent response. But you can also be assured that if a mishap or malfunction were to occur, you’d get seamless Premium Support and Accidental Damage Service. It is that kind of assurance that meets style and mobility in the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 laptop. It is a highly efficient, environment-friendly device with crystal-clear graphics and excellent connectivity. Very delightful indeed!