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Dell XPS 15 2020|| Best All-Around Laptop for Professionals

Dell, When introduced the newly designed XPS series 4/5 years ago, they have disrupted the market with its stunning design, performance and most of all the conveniences it has brought with it. But, over the years they have fallen behind their competitors in terms of their features. But, this year. Dell has finally refreshed their Dell XPS 15 and in a word, it looks just stunningly great. Now, It looks like a design from 2020 and is now in line with the design aesthetics of the new Dell XPS 13 and Dell XPS 17.  

Today We’re gonna look through the new Dell XPS 15 2020 in detail and see if it can give the MacBook Pro a run for its money. Also, we did a review of the new Dell XPS 13, make sure you check it.

Our Short Review:

The Goods:
+ A stunning display giving an immersive viewing experience
+ Good overall day to day performance
+ Above average speakers
+ One of the best keyboards & track pads

The Bads:
– Somewhat worse battery compared to older generations
– Runs a bit (ever so slight) hot than what most would think comfortable
– Not so great webcam
– Has a premium price tag

But, for its worth, the new Dell XPS 15 has given us some of the best user experiences than most of the thin and light laptops have to offer.

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Specs:

Just like the previous year, Dell has given us the option of configurable specs which starts from $1299. It is now only available on the Dell website. We’ll also be providing other 3rd party seller like Amazon, eBay and others when they are available. Make sure to check up. 

The Dell XPS 15 2020 starts at $1,299 which features an InfinityEdge display having form factor 15.6-inch and resolution of 1920 x 1200 along with Intel 10th Gen Core i5-10300H processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel UHD graphics.

XPS 15 2020 Design
New Dell XPS 15 2020

The next higher model starts from $1,749 which will give you an Intel Core i7-10750H CPU as well as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti for those heavy works. 

Should you want the  4K and Touch Screen display which ditching the GPU, add some more bucks as the  $2,199 config gets you a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD. 

Top of the tier model has a price tag of  $2,349 which packs the same i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU, a 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 4K Touch Screen display. 

It’s a shame that they haven’t included the Touch Screen display to the lower resolution model, but our sources in Dell is hopeful that they are going to bring out touch featured model later this year. Let’s get our fingers crossed. Also, it would have been great if they make a new lineup for the newly AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs considering the outstanding value for money they provide.  

Overview of the Specs at a glance

ProcessorIntel Core i5-10300H/ Core i7-10875H
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics (Base Model)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650ti Max-Q with 4GB GDDR6 memory (Upgraded Model)
Ram 2x4GB/ 2x8GB/ 2x16GB/ 2x32GB of DDR4 ram at 2933MHz
Storage Option256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1TB/ 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD
Display 15.6 inch 1920×1200 Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit IPS
15.6 inch 3840×2400 Touch Anti-reflective 500-Nit IPS
Battery 56 WHr (base Model) / 86 WHr,  130 Watt Power Brick
Camera720p, Located on Top of The Display
Wi-Fi &
Other Connectivity
Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt, USB Type C

Design:

The Dell XPS 15 2020 has a design which in a word is simply stunning. It now features a unibody chassis made from a single block of Aluminium with CNC machining giving it more strength and rigidity also making it very appealing to see. You can now open the lid with one finger and upon opening, you will find nice black carbon fiber finishing for the keyboard deck and a gigantic trackpad. 

Old XPS 15 vs New XPS 15
Old Dell XPS 15 vs New Dell XPS 15

The left and right side of the keyboard features speaker grills for some really good up-firing speakers. The device now features 3 USB-C ports; two on the left (supports Thunderbolt 3) and one on the right (without thunderbolt 3). On the right side you will also find a headphone jack and a SD card slot. 

With their clever design, Dell has made the new Dell XPS 15 2020  even smaller than the already small XPS 15 by shrinking the bezels which now they call the “InfinityEdge display”. It really holds up to its name, to be honest.  Its dimension now measures 13.6×9.1×0.7 inches only and at 4.5 pounds. For security, you have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button and an IR webcam featuring windows Hello face recognition system. 

Performance:

Dell has upgraded the internals and it now features 10th gen H series CPUs. It just flies through the day to day tasks like web browsing, media consumption, email, editing office documents etc.

You can also do some moderate gaming on low resolution, video editing, and programming if you upgrade to the higher end one featuring a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM. But, be aware this is not a gaming device by any means rather a productivity machine. Also, keep a note that this is a very early review, so we are not putting any benchmarking score until the retails unit hits the market.

The thermal was good in our test with moderate temperature in the keyboard area. But if you push the system, the fan will ramp up quite easily to keep the internals cool.

Display:

Dell now has shrunk the bezels even more (now offering 92.9% screen to body ratio) and completely removed the bottom chin featuring a 16:10 aspect ratio screen. This aspect ratio gives you a slightly more vertical space making web surfing more enjoyable. The display is particularly a bright one with 500-nits of brightness claimed on Dell’s website.

Dell XPS 15 & XPS 17 Display
Dell XPS 17 & Dell XPS 15 Display

This display is one of the brightest we have found in a notebook and is bright enough for outdoor usage. For the panel, you have 15.6 inches with 1920×1200 resolution non-touch Anti-glare and 3840×2400 resolution Touch-sensitive Anti-Reflective options. The panel is very vibrant with 132% sRGB color gamut coverage. This display is among the best in class for any laptop

Audio:

Dell has improved the audio phenomenally and it now features four top-firing speakers (2.5Wx2 woofers and 1.5Wx2 tweeters) to fill up your whole room. The volume is very loud with a very crisp and clean sound. In our opinion, it is among the best sounding speakers in windows laptops, though it is still not in par with MacBook pro speakers.

Keyboard and Trackpad:

Dell has improved the keyboard, now offering 9.7% larger keycaps and 1.3mm key travel. The keyboard is a pleasure to type on with nice key-separation and good feedback. If you are someone who needs to type frequently you will enjoy this keyboard very much.The backlight is also good to type in the dark.

Dell XPS 15 Keyboard layout
Dell XPS 15 Keyboard layout

The trackpad is a gigantic (62% larger than the previous model) one measuring 5.9×3.5 inches. It’s a glass trackpad with windows precision driver and Windows 10 gesture support. The tracking is smooth and accurate, the palm rejection is excellent, and the buttons are also very nice.

Battery life:

With the new design, battery life took a toll. The battery has been downgraded compared to last gen’s 97WHr and is now 56WHr for the base model and 86WHr for the model with dedicated graphics. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which tests the battery life with continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the 4k version lasted about 8 hours. The lower resolution display will offer a much better battery life if that is important to you. Dell provides a 130W adapter to juice this device.

Dell XPS 15 Battery & Internals
Dell XPS 15 Battery & Internals

Upgradability:

The Dell XPS 15 2020 offers good upgradability with 2 ram slots and 2 M.2 NVMe slots. But unfortunately, the Wi-Fi card featuring Killer Wi-Fi is baked on the motherboard which you can not replace.

Final Thoughts:

Dell has significantly improved the new Dell XPS 15 2020 in all corners except the battery life. It packs a lot of punch in a small chassis but doesn’t mind the portability at all. Compared to the MacBook Pro models, which start at a bit premium than this laptop I think Dell XPS 15 2020 can be considered as the Windows equivalent to those alternatives without any major compromises.

If you are a student or someone who is looking for a desktop replacement laptop but doesn’t want to sacrifice on portability then the new Dell XPS 15 2020 is among the best you can get on the PC world.

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