Dell has always been a powerful player in the laptop game, and their XPS 15 is no small player. This laptop computer features a third-generation Intel processor and a screen with full HD resolution. The screen pairs well with the Blu-ray disc drive, though this is an optional upgrade. This high-performance laptop comes with enough RAM and hard drive space for anyone who enjoys occasional gaming. It doesn't take much searching to discover that even the best laptops have both pros and cons; the trick is finding a device with far more pros than cons. The XPS 15 effectively stacks the pros column and earns our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for being a laptop suitable for business, school or multimedia projects.
The Dell XPS 15z runs on the second-generation Intel i5 processor, and this quad-core processor is fast. It runs standard at 2.4hz, but with Turbo Boost 2.0, this laptop can give you an extra speed of 3.1GHz. That's one of the bigger jumps we have seen with these new processors.
Couple this processor with the GeForce 640M graphics card and you will see smooth web browsing, responsive applications and detailed graphics. Remember though, this is a mounted graphics card. It has no dedicated cooling system, and if you run games that are graphics heavy, the graphics card can heat up quickly, and you will notice it. But whether you are running games, editing videos or watching movies, the MaxxAudio 3 sound system gives you pure highs and deep lows. We noticed it is comparable to Beats Audio with some songs and movies.
The Dell XPS 15z offers an excellent amount of memory and storage. There is 6GB of RAM, upgradable, available on this device and 500GB of hard drive space available. This device offers a decent amount of memory and an ample amount of space for all your important data.
You will get up to eight hours of battery life on this computing device. This battery life provides plenty of time to accomplish your tasks on the computer and also benefits those who are traveling.
This laptop computer sports a 15.6-inch display screen. With a screen this large, you have an easy time browsing web pages, viewing movies or photos. It is also ideal for gaming or creating presentations. It features a high-definition 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Having pretty good resolution, and the HDMI port, makes it enjoyable to watch HD movies on a large TV, too.
The small design of the Dell XPS 15z enhances its portability. This laptop is 0.91 inches thick, making it one of the thinnest laptops you will find on the market. The thin design makes it easy to store the laptop and carry from place to place. Although, this computing device weighs 5.54 pounds, making it a little heavier than several similar devices.
This laptop computer offers an extensive feature set filled with tools for both business and pleasure. There are several connectivity options available on this laptop. Wi-Fi is available along with Bluetooth 3.0. There is a 1.3-megapixel webcam featured on the XPS 15, along with dual array digital microphones. These features make video chatting possible.
There are several slots and ports located on the device including an HDMI port. This allows you to connect the computer to an HDTV or other monitor for larger viewing. There is one mini display port, one headphone port, one microphone port and three USB ports. There is also a 5-in-1 media card reader for added versatility.
You will also find Stage software available on this laptop computer. This software acts as an interface and allows you to jump back and forth between your favorite multimedia programs including photos, videos, music and more. The design of this software's interface is similar to a movie reel, allowing you to easily scroll and find what you need. This software includes programs such as PhotoStage where you can upload and edit photos or videos. Also, MusicStage is included, which allows you to expand and manage your music collection.
Dell offers quality customer support in case any problems or concerns arise while you're using this laptop computer. You can reach a customer service representative through email, phone and live chat support, though we don't recommend trying to call them. They bounced us around between departments like a pinball when we called with a few questions. In addition, you can find a user forum for added assistance and feedback from other users. There is also a section of the support webpage where you can download drivers and software updates.
The Dell XPS 15z is a laptop computer with an outstanding feature set, battery life and design. It offers one of the thinnest designs we have seen on any laptop in its class, and the high-def 15.6-inch screen and second-generation Intel Core i5-2430M processor are just a few added benefits. But despite the thin size, this laptop is heavy. If you are looking for a computing device that is media-centric, fast and offers an ample amount of battery life, the Dell XPS 15z is worth your consideration.
The Dell XPS 15z features 8GB of RAM, 750GB of hard drive space and eight hours of battery life.
Dell's customer support is a little on the slow side. It takes a while to get a hold of someone and they like to transfer you around.
If you are looking for a laptop with a fast processor, lots of hard drive and RAM, small dimensions and excellent battery, the Dell XPS 15z is a worthy option for you.