Dell XPS 15z

$1,600
  • 15.6"
  • Core i7 2.4 GHz Dual core
  • 1 GB DDR3-1333
  • 750 GB HDD
Released August, 2011
Click to enlargeThe XPS 15z's 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel glossy display was wonderfully crisp and bright.
by LaptopMag (May, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Dell XPS 15z

Front view of Dell XPS 15z
The Dell XPS 15z is the MacBook Pro of the Windows world, with a streamlined aluminium and magnesium chassis, good 1,920 x 1,080 screen, backlit chiclet keyboard and plenty of power under the hood despite being less than an inch thick.
Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)

screen size

15.6"
17.3"
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Sharpness is also excellent, helped by the fine dot pitch that cramming a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution into a panel this size gives you.
XPS 15z by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
The deck is a slightly darker metallic color than the lid, and the two speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard have a diagonal pattern that continues on the vents on the bottom and back.
XPS 15z by LaptopMag (May, 2011)

screen resolution

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Sony VAIO S Series
HP ENVY 17
This configuration also compares very favourably with its nearest rival, the Apple MacBook Pro: you get a faster CPU, double the RAM, a larger, faster hard drive, more powerful graphics with better 3D support, a far higher resolution screen, and more versatile connectivity, all for £350 less!
XPS 15z by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
The XPS 15z's panel also has a higher resolution than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which sports 1440 x 900 pixels.
XPS 15z by LaptopMag (May, 2011)

cpu speed

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2.66 GHz

1.65 GHz
2.4 GHz
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For that, consumers get a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, a 1366 x 768 (200-nit) display, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT525M graphics with 1GB of video memory, and a smaller hard drive.
XPS 15z by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
The 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-2620M processor and 8GB of RAM in our XPS 15z powered the system to a score of 8,094 in PCMark Vantage.
XPS 15z by LaptopMag (May, 2011)

processor

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SAMSUNG Series 7 Chronos
Sony VAIO E Series
To be honest, we think that for the vast majority of users this configuration will be overkill, though if you have the £200 extra to spare, it's not bad value for upgrading from a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD – especially considering it also doubles the memory on the GeForce graphics card.
XPS 15z by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
We received the top-end XPS 15z, which rocks on with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 525M, and a 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
XPS 15z by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)

memory

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Performance Real world tests of Dell XPS 15z

3DMark06 CPU

battery life

8.22 hour
2.25 hour
3 hour
Starting at $999 ($1,534 as configured), the XPS 15z is a fair bit less expensive than the Mac, but it has a full HD display and about six hours of battery life.
XPS 15z by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
Battery life is decent, which is good news considering you can't replace it with a spare when it runs out.
XPS 15z by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)

cinebench r10 32Bit (Aggregate)

 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1.3 MP
  • 7,200 RPM
  • 3.5 GHz (Intel Core i7 2640M)
  • 750 GB
  • DDR3-1333
  • 15.6"
  • 8.22 hour
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • 1 GB
  • 5,443 g
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • 139.7 mm
  • 100 ppi
  • 1,024 MB
  • 0.5 MB (Intel Core i7 2640M)
  • Aug, 2011
  • 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0)

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Oct, 2011)
Our sample came with the Full HD display so we can't comment on the quality of the lesser option, but we can tell you the one we have is nearly as impressive as the chassis it's nestled in.

Screen

In our non-intensive Productivity test, with screen brightness at 40 percent, it managed just a few minutes short of six hours – though this will decrease when using the dedicated graphics and/or wireless radios.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
We would definitely recommend going for the Full HD screen, which means coughing up for the £999 configuration.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
After playing a Hulu video for 15 minutes at full screen, the XPS remained fairly cool.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)

Body

Its aluminum lid, magnesium-alloy chassis, and chrome trim around the edges exude more style than the regular XPS line.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
With PC rivals the 15z doesn't fare quite as well, though the premium it demands is justified to an extent by its premium construction, and its Full HD screen is still an asset few rivals can match.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
Nowhere was there any sign of poor design or construction, and as far as feel goes, you're certainly getting you money's worth, with faultless solidity throughout.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)

Size

If you like ultra-slim, aluminium laptops and are looking for something with a little more screen real estate than your average ultraportable, Dell's new XPS 15z might well be the one for you.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
This slimmed-down system has a more elegant, streamlined look and measures less than an inch thick.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
In general use the 15z stayed really quiet, though its fans make quite a racket when it's under heavy load.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)

Storage

Unfortunately it gets rather audible under load, its keyboard and speakers aren't the best, and the absence of a Blu-ray drive holds it back from being an all-round entertainment centre, but if you're happy with a DVD rewriter and are after a chic yet competent machine, this is definitely one to consider.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)
Is the $1,534 asking price worth it when you can get a similarly configured XPS 15 with Blu-ray for $1,299?
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
We're glad Dell hasn't included extra buttons other than the white-backlit power button, and this you'll find all the shortcuts on the top layer of keys, including one for ejecting a disc from the optical drive.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2011)

Keyboard

We like the fact that the keyboard is backlit, but when the backlighting is turned off, it's hard to read the letters and numbers.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
Our only major complaint is that the keyboard doesn't feel as comfortable as it should and that it's hard to see the letters when the backlight is off.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)
The XPS 15z's island-style keyboard is one of the more stylish we've seen.
Dell XPS 15z 15.6", 2.4 GHz, 1 GB, 750 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Dell XPS 15z

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320 GB 3 GB Single core S15Z-2289CPO
 
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500 GB 4 GB Single core S15Z-2249CPN
 
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500 GB 4 GB Single core S15Z
 
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500 GB 6 GB Dual core XPS15z-72ELS
 
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500 GB 6 GB Dual core X15z-5834ELS
 
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500 GB 6 GB Dual core 15z
 
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750 GB 1 GB Dual core XPS 15z
 
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750 GB 8 GB Dual core X15Z-6735ELS
 
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