To begin with, the real star of the show is the optional 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200x1800) display. Dell's the first system builder to employ a QHD+ IGZO panel, which trumps any of Apple's MacBooks with Retina-class displays. Packing 5.7 million pixels into a 15.6-inch frame results in a stunningly sharp viewing experience, and it looks gorgeous from virtually any angle.
Optimus graphics switching technology. Further adding to its future-proofing configuration are amenities like 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports with PowerShare technology,
In short, Dell provides a lot of bang in exchange for all those bucks, and at a glance, we're hard pressed to discern any obvious weak points. We've gone beyond the spec sheet, however, and like all systems that end up at HotHardware, we put this one through the wringer. Find out what we learned on the following pages.
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4702HQ (6MB cache, up to 3.2GHz)|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 64-bit
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5
|Memory||16GB DDR3L 1600 MHz DRAM|
|Display||15.6-inch UltraSharp QHD+ (3200x1080) touch display|
|Storage||512GB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) w/ Intel Rapid Start Technology
|Wireless Connectivity||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) 3.0 ready
Near Field Communication (NFC)
|Interface||3 x USB 3.0 w/ PowerShare
1 x USB 2.0 w/ PowerShare
1 x mini DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
3-in-1 media card reader
1 x headphone jack
|Webcam||Widescreen HD webcam w/ dual array digital microphones|
|Battery||91Whr (6-cell) non-replaceable
|Power Adapter||130W AC adapter
|Dimensions||14.6 (W) x 10 (D) x 0.3-0.7 (H) inches
|Pricing:||$2,349 (as configured but options in config are available)
The additional weight isn't wasted, as you won't find an Ultrabook that offers everything the XPS 15 does. Dell uses premium materials such as machined aluminum, carbon fiber, and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass. In doing so, the XPS 15 Touch looks and feels like a high-end laptop, which is not always the case with true Ultrabooks.