Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dell XPS 15 Review

I was surfing for a notebook a few days ago when I came across a review about this cool notebook. The Dell XPS 15. XPS stands for Xtreme Performance System, this notebook is design for gamers who like powerful processor with leading-edge NVIDIA performance graphics. It comes with i5 and 2nd generation i7 processor. These are some of the review that I read from

The new XPS 15 (also called the XPS L501X) is a completely redesigned multimedia notebook from Dell. Sporting a JBL sound-system with subwoofer, NVIDIA GT420M dedicated graphics, and an Intel Core i5 processor, this system is designed with performance and entertainment in mind. In this review, we take an in-depth look at the new XPS and see how it stacks up against the competition.

Our Dell XPS 15 Specifications:

Intel Core i5 460M Processor (3MB cache, 2.53GHz)

15.6-inch 1366 x 768 glossy display with LED backlighting

NVIDIA GeForce GT420M with 1GB DDR3

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

6GB DDR3 memory

500GB 7200rpm HDD (Seagate Momentus 7200.4)

Realtek gigabit ethernet and Intel 1000 802.11b/g/n wireless

Bluetooth 3.0

6-cell Li-ion battery (56Wh)

Dimensions: 15 x 10.4 x 1.3-1.5-inches

Weight: 6.21lbs

Build and Design

The new Dell XPS 15 has silver on grey color scheme, using metal panels and plastic for the body. Compared to past XPS designs that were trend setters that distinguished themselves from the lower models, the new XPS doesn't seem to spark much visual interest. In theory, mixing alloy panels with a brushed metal palmrest and backlit keyboard usually yields good results. The redesigned XPS 15 doesn't seem to really set itself apart, though, from the standard Inspiron 15R until you take a much closer look. Standing back five feet, the panels look like average plastic on the exterior, and the body itself even seems more bloated than the 15R. Overall, it seems like Dell missed a big opportunity to make the XPS-series the unique notebooks they once were. The result is a rather bland looking multimedia notebook where its budget-oriented sibling --the Inspiron 15R--outshines it.

Ports and Features

Users who want high-speed data connections on their notebooks will love the Dell XPS 15. Dell configured this system with two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, gigabit Ethernet, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI-out, and plenty of audio jacks. For expansion, Dell only includes a SDHC-card reader/writer; you don't get an ExpressCard slot to add additional ports in the future.

For full review of the Dell XPS 15, you can go to: or you go to Dell website.


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