Dell XPS 15 Touch Screen Laptop Review

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Dell XPS 15 Touch Screen Laptop ReviewDell's XPS line of laptops have always been about foregoing compromise in the pursuit of a premium mobile experience. The company's latest lineup of XPS 15 touch-enabled systems carry that tradition into a new era of computing, driven by Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system. These machines are anything but cookie cutter, and even if you're not a fan of the unified approach Microsoft took with Windows, there's more here than just a touch computing experience. Much more.

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...

Dell XPS 15 Touch Screen Laptop Review

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lipe123 replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 2:51 PM

You guys should really add the Asus brand of laptops to your comparison tables etc. Something like the Vivobook would be a somewhat similar comparison to this.

Doesn't seem fair to see the fancy dell vs regular laptops trouncing it in almost every test.

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acarzt replied on Fri, Jan 24 2014 2:12 PM

You must have missed the section where they compared hard drives speeds from and Asus Zenbook against the Dell and the Dell lost.

They also compared it to PCs that were designed with gaming in mind and it held it's own..

Not bad for a laptop that isn't even intended to be used for gaming.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Jan 28 2014 9:20 PM

Better yet, we should get the most recent generation of Haswell-powered ASUS notebooks in here for review! On it.

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hfm replied on Wed, Jan 29 2014 7:22 PM

Can you guys comment on the cooling system noise and heat under gaming load?

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Hey HFM -- the XPS 15 Touch is almost dead silent for daily computing chores, save for an occasional electronic 'whine' when the CPU does some heavy lifting. As for gaming, the cooling fan will kick on when you stress the GPU and it is audible, though not obnoxiously loud -- you won't hear it through a set of headphones or decent pair of speakers.

In a stress test using FurMark (GPU) and Prime95 (CPU), the GPU hovers around 80C and the CPU cores jump around from 88C to 95C. That's about as hot as it's ever going to get.

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nice configuration and good battery backup. Easily handle high performance applications.

4 out of 5.

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I can't see where you got 430 minutes runtime for the web browsing test. I have one of these now (it's a pretty nice laptop in general - although I would expound on that here). I get 3 hours of "real world use". Brightness set to

I do not have an SSD, but it seems like that alone wouldn't add 4+ more hours of battery life (I'll be replacing the HDD with an SSD sooner or later so I'll be able to directly check that).

I can concur on the sound - dead silent for normal use, load up anything that uses the GPU though and it gets rather loud...

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To put it mildly, this is the laptop that nightmares are made of. On March 18, 2014 I purchased a fully loaded custom built XPS15-9530 with 512 SSD and full high end everything for over $3000. On April 21, 2014 it finally arrived, it wouldn't even boot up! What a failure and I feel that I've been ripped off royally. All I get is 3 beeps, a pause, then 3 beeps and the cycle repeats itself. Stay away from this brick is my advice. See for yourself my experience as I unpacked and turned it on:

Can you believe this?


I cannot even give a review on anything else as it fails to boot up. Customer service transferred me to Tech support, which then asked "What do you want me to do?" Really, WHAT do I want? I working brand new unit. Instead after a 3 hour conversation being transferred to everyone under the sun (but on supervisor as I repeatedly asked for) I have no resolution.

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