2017 Dell XPS 15 Review: A Formidable MacBook Pro Contender at Half the Price [VIDEO]

13 March 2017, 6:10 am EDT By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps

Dell recently unleashed the 2017 version of its top-end XPS 15 laptop and it looks to have quite an extensive list of upgrades that truly make its deserving to be called the ultimate Window 10 laptop. While the laptop itself looks quite similar to the previous year's model, under its hood it sports some of the greatest and latest in computing technology.

According to Pocket-lint, the 2017 Dell XPS 15 laptop now sports the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor. While other laptops sport the dual-core U-series Kaby Lake chips, the XPS 15 packs the full-on Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-core chip that boast three times the power of its dual-core i7 counterparts. Serious users will likely also opt for the 32GB of RAM to pair with the powerful processor, but the unit can be equipped with much less if so desired.

The laptop itself can't really compare to serious gaming laptops available in the market today, but it can still run the most demanding games at decent frame rates. This is thanks to the embedded GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card that comes with all Dell XPS 15 models, regardless of the variant.

As for its display, the Dell XPS 15 will be coming with two display options. This includes a full HD 1080p screen and a full 4K display. The 4K display will likely be the first option that most people would immediately jump onto, but it has to be noted that the larger resolution display will be drawing out more power. Those who want better battery life would be advised to go for the standard 1080p display.

When compared to the other laptops in its class, the Dell XPS 15 is a bit on the heavy side at 4.5 pounds. Although the weight may have been a necessary sacrifice to fit in all of the technologies that it comes with. The laptop is equipped with a variety of ports including a USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt support, HDMI 2, and a charging port. The unit also comes with a built-in SD card reader for those who want to further expand its storage.

The 2017 Dell XPS 15 laptop will start at around $1,000 for the base Core i3 model. Compared to an Apple MacBook Pro with the same specs, the Dell will sound like a relative bargain given its features and performance capabilities.

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