Dell XPS 15 (9560) Now Infused With Kaby Lake And GeForce 10
Our review unit is kitted out with Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ, the aforementioned NVIDIA GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5, 16GB of 2400MHz dual-channel DDR4 memory (2 x 8GB), a 512GB Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD, Killer Wireless 1535 802.11ac 2x2 networking, a 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display, 97WHr battery, and Windows 10 Home x64 for a premium pricetag of $2049.99.
However, this rings in nearly $200 cheaper than the comparable configuration we scoped out last year. Check out the full specs below.
7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100H (3M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ Quad-Core (6M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core (6M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
|Dimensions||Height: 0.45-0.66 inches (11-17mm) / Width: 14.06 inches (357mm) / Depth: 9.27 inches (235mm)|
|Starting at weight||
Starting at 4 lbs(1.8kg) with 56Whr battery, SSD, and non-touch display
Starting at 4.5 lbs(2kg) with 97Whr battery, SSD and touch display
15.6” FHD (1920x1080) InfinityEdge display
15.6” UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) InfinityEdge touch display
350-nit, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 72% typical on FHD,100% minimum Adobe RGB on 4K Ultra HD, 170° wide viewing angle -85°/ 85°/ 85°/ 85°
Capacitive touchscreen –10-finger touch support
CNC machined aluminum
Edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on 4K Ultra HD display
Carbon fiber composite palm rest with soft touch paint
|Memory Options||8GB, 16GB or 32GB DDR4 at 2400 MHz (2 x SoDIMMs)|
Intel HD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 graphics
56Whr or 97Whr Battery (built-in)
|AC adapter||130W AC adapter|
500GB HDD + 32GB Flash or 1TB HDD + 32GB Flash with Intel Smart Response Technology
256GB PCIe SSD, 512GB PCIe SSD, or 1TB PCIe SSD
Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel
Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button
Killer 1535 Wireless-AC 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.1
Intel 8265 Wireless-AC 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.1
|Audio||Stereo Speaker, Dual Microphones, High Definition Audio with Waves MaxxAudio Pro|
|Webcam||Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with dual array digital microphones|
|Ports and connectors||
HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 (x2) with PowerShare; Headset Jack(1); SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC); Kensington Lockslot; Thunderbolt 3: Thunderbolt 3 supports: Power in / charging, PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 (20Gbps bi-directional), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter (sold separately)
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Software||Skype , Microsoft Edge, Dropbox|
Manageability and Security Options
|Factory Installed with Dell Command | Update and Dell Command | Power Manager, plus compatible with all Dell Client Command Suite tools. Dell Data Protection | Encryption (available via volume licensing), Dell Data Protection | Security Tools, BitLocker Data Encryption with Hardware TPM 2.0, optional Computrace, Configuration Services: Static Image, BIOS settings, Asset Tagging & Reporting|
||As Configured and Tested: $2049
The XPS 15 (9560) is visually identical to last year’s XPS 15 (9550), down to port placement and availability - and that’s a very good thing. As such, we will only provide a brief refresher here, mechanically, but you can check out last year’s review as well, for all the gory details. found on the smaller XPS 13, maybe the coming months will bring us this choice? One has to have goals. Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, and headset jack along the left edge. InfinityEdge touchscreen panel from last year. Really only Dell's own OLED displays have left us more impressed and we would love to see that option brought to the XPS line. Regardless, all is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for extra durability against scratches and greater strength - hopefully keeping your display in top condition longer. Of note, we actually could not scratch it with the screwdriver or keys we have on hand, but we caution not to try that at home.
The display also does a fair job of mitigating reflections, though not as perfectly as a matte display. Still, the unit’s 350 nits of brightness helps it power through any condition short of directly reflecting the sun - at which point it serves as a very nice mirror.
Below the display, and to the left of the Dell logo, the 720p webcam remains. This is a victim of the near bezel-less InfinityEdge display, but that doesn’t help ease the pain felt by users who frequently rely upon it. If you do fall into that group, you may want to consider a USB webcam.
Also sometimes controversial is the XPS 15’s keyboard. The keys are very low profile with minimal travel, though they do at least provide decent tactile feedback with near-zero board flex. It does generally take an adjustment period to grow accustomed to, but does eventually feel quite comfortable. This year’s XPS 15 also offers an optional fingerprint reader for $25. This would sit just below the arrow keys, but our unit does not have it included. The fingerprint reader is Windows Hello compatible for enhanced security.