DELL XPS 15

Summary: The XPS 15 9550 has an unrivaled screen, fast hardware, và a killer design. But 5 months after its launch, it seems we"re all still Dell"s beta testers. This article review the XPS 15 9550 & tallies up the issues that haven"t gone away.

THE GOOD

The XPS has the best screen on the market, powerful hardware suitable for nearly any task, good thermals, is upgradeable, và future-proofed by the inclusion of a Thunderbolt 3 port.

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THE BAD

The Broadcom WLAN thẻ is currently a broken mess, there are occasional issues like BSODs or disappearing wireless cards that hurt reliability, the battery life only just reaches “acceptable” levels with a 6-cell battery, and it’s expensive.


Original article: Ever since the XPS 13 with its “Infinity Edge” nearly bezelless display came out (and added the word bezelless to the lexicon), it has been topping most websites’ “best ultrabook” lists. Despite a rocky launch owing khổng lồ quite a few BIOS, drivers, & hardware issues, the XPS 13 seems khổng lồ have finally been sorted out by Dell và is now enjoying its reigning position as the Windows ultrabook lớn get for professionals who prize portability.

Dell’s XPS 15 series is a newer, bigger và badder version of the XPS 13, with a 15.6-inch display. The XPS 15 9550 (the most current model at the time of this post) takes advantage of its larger size with Skylake quad-core CPUs and a dedicated 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics & just as Dell touted cramming a 13.3-inch display into a 12-inch chassis, the XPS 15 boasts the footprint of most 14-inch notebooks, while packing a larger display.

Unfortunately, the XPS 15 also mimicked—and outdid—its little brother in terms of a buggy and rocky release: Notebookcheck.net had to dedicate extra review and tests just for various BIOS updates khổng lồ see if they fixed the crippling problems they found in their earlier models. At the time of writing (March 2016), NotebookReview also has a 62-page thread dedicated to establishing common problems (and possible solutions) endemic to the XPS 15.

With those in mind, this đánh giá will serve as up-to-date look at the current state of the newest iteration of the XPS 15, the 9550 và those of you looking lớn buy one of these computers past these dates will surely find it helpful. While most major bugs have been worked out as of the latest BIOS update and drivers, there are still quite a few software/driver/firmware wrinkles remaining which prevent this excellent máy vi tính from getting the highest honors và my unqualified recommendation, and you’ll find all about it from this post.

Update 1: As of March 23rd, 2016, Dell has released an update for the WiFi driver here. This update seems to lớn fix many of the WiFi-related problems that plagued my experience with the máy tính xách tay earlier. In its current state, I have few remaining issues with the XPS 15 & would increase the rating to 4/5.

Update 2: The new BIOS update (1.2.0) has introduced bugs with TB3 docks with USB/Ethernet ports on them, causing them lớn disconnect during use & after waking from sleep.

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Update 3: A follow-up of this máy tính is available, with Kaby Lake processors, Nvidia 10 series graphics, a larger battery & a few other improvements. You can read all about it in this detailed review of the XPS 9560 model.

Update: Our detailed reviews of the more recent Dell XPS 15 9510 is available here.

Specs as reviewed

Screen15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 (UHD) cảm ứng screen, IGZO IPS
ProcessorIntel chip core i5-6300HQ 2.3-3.2GHz
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
Memory16GB 2133MHz
StorageSamsung PM951 NVMe m.2 512 GB SSD
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac (DW1830, Broadcom 3×3, max speed 1.3Gbps), bluetooth không dây 4.1
Ports1x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C 3.1, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, 3.5 mm audio, SD thẻ reader
Battery6-cell (85Wh)
Operating systemWindows 10
Size(H) 357 x (W) 235 x (D) 17-11mm
Weight as configured2 kg

Standouts from the specs sheet include the Thunderbolt 3 (via USB C) interface, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, the NVMe storage and the quad-core CPUs (i5/i7), which make this system a prime candidate for an eGPU system such as the Razer core once they are available.

Design & exterior

Made from aluminum & carbon fiber & measuring 17mm at its thickest point at the rear (aren’t we all?) khổng lồ a 11mm taper at the front, the XPS 15 is durable and relatively lightweight for its class.

The silver anodized aluminum shell is precisely machined & it blends seamlessly into the dark-grey carbon fiber which it sandwiches. The carbon fiber is covered in Dell’s soft-touch coating, which feels very comfortable lớn the touch và is also nice respite for your palms while typing compared to the sharp aluminum or plastic palm-rests of other notebooks.  The only downside of this coating is that it smudges easily from the oils on your hands, & you’ll need a microfiber cloth lớn keep it clean.


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The XPS 15 is beautiful, fast & packs a great display, but the multitude of bugs and issues make it a far from ideal pick, at least for the time being


With time, I hope the drivers, firmware, & BIOS matures và these problems will be cleared up. If/once that happens and the XPS 15 becomes rock-solid, it would be a near perfect máy tính xách tay deserving a very high rating. In its current state though, it’s still only deserving a qualified recommendation: I love my XPS 15 & I’m going lớn replace my Razer Blade with it as a my daily driver due lớn its power, portability, screen, and the future-proofing offered by the TB3. However, it’s still buggy, và if your computer BSODing or dropping a gọi can cost you your job or business deal, this is not the máy vi tính to count on—at least not yet.

Update: Our detailed đánh giá of the more recent Dell XPS 15 9510 is available here.

That’s about it for now. Let me know what you think about the XPS 15 or if you have any questions that I might be able to lớn help you with in the comments section below.


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