Experience the world's smallest 15.6-inch performance class laptop*. The Dell XPS 15 laptop features a stunning, new 4-sided InfinityEdge UHD+ display that shows off a 5% larger 16:10 screen and 92.9% screen to body ratio, the best in its class*. All the power and features to maximize prodcutivity - Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid state drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics. A premium 15" touch laptop with a thin and light design.
I've had this computer for a little over a week and it's been great. I'm a photographer who isn't a "Mac person" and this computer has handled my hefty workload so far without a single issue. I would recommend this for anyone looking to use the Adobe apps on a windows machine.Oct 09, 2020 15:12
A Complete MacBook Pro Killer!!! WITH Better Graphics and Heart Stopping Gorgeous Display. GET THIS THING!, LOLOct 18, 2020 15:45
The power to do anything you need to do with a premium laptop. It is incredible at playing games with the Nvidia graphics card. The large trackpad is close to the one that comes on Apple MacBooks. Buy this with confidence the build quality is top-notch. You won't be disappointed.Oct 18, 2020 18:55
Firstly the design and build quality of this laptop is outstanding. These are its strong points. Where it's lacking is performance and features. I understand full well it's difficult to engineer workstation performance into a sleek and slim laptop frame but Dell's competitors are doing it and at a similar price. IMHO there are better options out there if you're main motivating factor is performance and features however if you're okay with sacrificing a little performance in exchange for a stunning display and quite possibly the best looking laptop on the market, this is the one.Sep 02, 2021 13:13
Always been a MAC pro guy and hated windows laptop until this one came around. I can't go back to mac now.. Amazing laptop. Negates the cons of using a windows . Dell killed it with this oneNov 18, 2020 17:41
great fast laptop don't get the 4k version it drains the battery for minimal diffrence in sharpness track pad has issues but still a great laptopOct 20, 2021 23:37
This is by far the best laptop you can buy for editing videos on the move. Dell made a great laptop. the new XPR looks amazing, the product finish is great, it feels high quality materials. If you buy the UHD + you can have the beautiful lcd panel with touch and 4K UHD.
A Must buy…May 23, 2021 09:46
I got this laptop to trade on. 100% only reason. I will say trading on a platform called NinjaTrader it does ok. The charts would lag a bit and speed didn’t seem all that great. I was going to return it but then I decided to switch back to tradingview and Tradovate and this is where this laptop shines. The touch screen and utilizing the charts on tradingview is nice. Battery life with NT was around 4hrs which is trash. Switching to Tradingview I’m seeing around 8 to 9hrs. Maybe it’s because it’s all web based i honestly have no clue. If I stick to the web based platform this laptop rocks. Using the desktop platform for NT it’s not great at all. A true desktop is required for that software. Overall though the keyboard, trackpad, and 4K screen are pretty slick. I was going to trade in this laptop for the 13” MacBook Pro but biggest reason for keeping it is the touch screen and working with tradingview with it and screen.
I can watch Netflix as well and so far have seen solid 8 to 10hrs with just web based stuff. Haven’t pushed this with much else so I can’t talk about that side of it but I’d have to say it would do fairly well.
Price wise this may be overpriced. If I can find another laptop with a similar screen with the aspect ratio before I can return it I may swap it but as of right now I’m fairly satisfied. Again my main reasons is because of the touchscreen, quality of screen, battery life and trackpad. Performance meets expectationsJan 08, 2021 15:32
The Dell XPS 15 laptop features a stunning, new 4-sided InfinityEdge FHD+ display that shows off a 5% larger 16:10 screen and 92.9% screen to body ratio. All the power and features to maximize prodcutivity - Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid state drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3050 Ti graphics. A premium 15" touch laptop with a thin and light design.
I have several laptops but the one that has always been my favorite is my Dell XPS 13.
So when I wanted a new 15” laptop, the new Dell XPS 15 9510 seemed like the perfect upgrade.
Out of the box the first thing you notice is how well it is packaged with each component in its own compartment so that nothing can be damaged. The laptop itself is wrapped in plastic to prevent scratching. Mine came with less than 50% power and it took over an hour to reach a full charge.
In the box, along with the laptop, you get a 130 W charger and a USB-C to USB-A and HDMI adapter.
The laptop is beautiful and quality is apparent, from the aluminum body to the carbon fiber palm rest.
The 15.6” FHD+ display has 1900 x 1200 resolution and is completely non-glare. It’s an absolute pleasure to view in any lighting situation with no eye fatigue. It has an edge to edge display with almost no bezel at any side. This allows Dell to provide a 15” laptop with the footprint of a 14”. The sacrifice is that there is no number keypad on the side as you would find on most other 15” laptops, and that’s fine with me. The keyboard is solid, with just the right amount of travel, without any bending. It’s backlight comes on when your fingers approach the keyboard and then turns off automatically when not typing to save battery power.
The mousepad is very large measuring approximately 6” (w) x 3.5” (h). It has just the right amount of sensitivity with steady quick movement and firm clicking. Possibly the best mousepad I have ever used.
This model cam with the following:
Intel i7 11800H 11th Generation 2.3 Ghz
16 gb of ram
512 gb SSD
Nvidia Gforce RTX3050 Ti graphics with dedicated 4GB GDDR6
Large speakers located on both sides of the keyboard
720 webcam with dual microphones
2 Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, 1 USB-C 3.2 USB-C port, 1 SD card reader and a headphone jack
The webcam and microphones provide excellent picture and is a pleasure to have video meetings or to watch a movie or YouTube video.
The speakers provide a rich yet clear sound, and can handle high volume.
The camera is capable of Windows Hello identification to turn on your laptop with facial recognition. This works flawlessly and almost instantaneous. There is a fingerprint reader built-in to the power switch which can be used as an alternative to facial recognition.
Some people consider this to be more secure, but I have never had an issue with the facial recognition.
The XPS15 only weighs 4.5 lbs. and is .7” thick. This has a small enough footprint to fit in some 14” laptop sleeves and cases.
After charging and setup, which was extremely fast and easy, the next thing you should do is go to Windows Update in the settings menu and do all of the necessary updates. You will find that there are more updates on the second day, as they had to wait until after you installed the initial updates. Don’t be alarmed if you are unable to add your gmail accounts to the Mail and Calendar app. This is a common issue on the first day. After you do all of your updates on the second day it will work properly.
It’s probably too early for me to properly assess the battery life. I did find that on the second and third days the battery life improved. If I had to guess at this point I would say I am getting a good 6 hours on a single charge
So why only 4 stars if I love this laptop?
The first reason is cosmetic. Despite the top notch materials used, my laptop has a flaw in the lower left hand corner. The carbon fiber was apparently not machined to the proper size and does not completely cover the corner (see attached pictures).Lower right corner is perfect.
It’s not a huge gap by any means, but it’s enough to see and every time I pickup the laptop and my had touches the corner I feel the sharp edge of the metal. This should not happen in a premium laptop.
The second reason is the lack of touchscreen. I didn’t think I would miss it, but I can’t tell you how many times I have reached to touch the screen only to remember that it isn’t touch. Every other laptop I have, including the XPS 13, has touchscreen. All of which cost less than this model.
Also, please note that this is not a 2 in 1 laptop. This doesn’t bother me at all as I feel that 2 in 1 works better with smaller laptops.
In summary, I love this laptop and it has quickly become my daily user. It’s overall quality and performance should please almost every user. The issues I mentioned above are minor, but are enough for me to deduct 1 star.
I highly recommend the Dell XPS 15 9510.Jul 17, 2021 21:41
The Dell XPS 15 9510 is a sleek, beautiful powerhouse ready to take on what you can throw at it. Dell XPS 15 9510 comes in a couple of different variations but the model I reviewed is 15.6” Full High Definition + (FHD+) laptop. It houses an Intel i7 11th gen processor, 16GB of memory, 512 GB Solid State Drive (SSD), and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. Dell is a well-known brand in the market and they have been producing quality products for quite sometime now and they have done it again with the Dell XPS 15 laptop. Let’s go over the features, and the good and the bad of this laptop.
Right out of the box, this laptop looks beautiful. Its lightweight, weighs about 4.5 pounds, its super thin, measures about .7 inches and has a beautiful aluminum finish. The keyboard and the trackpad are nice black finish with a backlit keyboard and Windows 11 ready. This is a very sexy looking laptop with a quality build that will last.
Display – So, on this variation you will get the FULL High Definition or FHD+ (1920 x 1200) resolution in a 15.6” display. The new XPS 15 have an edge to edge display, which is simply amazing. The display also has an antireflective finish which reduces eye strain and provides a beautiful display even when used in direct light. You can see the difference between with and without antireflective finish in my pictures.
Processor- This laptop uses intel i7 11th generation 11800H processor. This processor is great for gaming, Multimedia, and best of all it is great for multitasking. Let me say this, this laptop is fast.
16 GB Memory- Even though you can you can go higher in memory, 16GB is plenty for running even for some of the most demanding applications, for creating multimedia and gaming. 16GB makes this laptop versatile for anything you want to take on with this laptop. I had no issues running some of the most demanding games such as GTA, Modern Warfare and even Command and Conquer. The best part about Dell laptops is the upgradeability, if you need more of something just open up the laptop and upgrade it, if you know what you are doing.
Graphics Card- The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is good graphics card for gaming. I was able to pull about 120 to 150 FPS in my gaming experience even though the XPS series are not gaming laptops.
512GB SSD- SSD hard drives are a lot more reliable and much faster than your traditional hard drives. SSD – equipped laptop boot up and run much faster than your traditional HDD computers. This laptop only took less than 10 second to boot up and was ready to go.
Ports – This laptop comes with 2 Thunderbolt 4 Ports, USB-C 3.2, SD Card reader, audio jack, and a dongle with an HDMI and USB input.
WIFI and Bluetooth – The laptop offers WIFI 6 with Killer WIFI 6 AX1650 and Bluetooth 5.1.
Camera – Front facing 720p Camera.
Battery Life – This laptop offers pretty decent batter life. On best performance, I was able to get about 6 hours of battery life.
The only issue I had with this laptop was the front facing camera. The 720p camera seemed a bit grainy for video calls but overall performed admirably. This is an amazing laptop that is fast, lightweight and beautiful that will get any job done. This laptop is great for school, office and even some gaming and you can rest assured that it will not disappoint. I have been using this laptop now for about 2 days and it has not let me down. I would recommend this laptop.Jul 17, 2021 18:54
Lightning Fast, Windows 11 Ready, Fun for the Casual Gamer
- fast benchmark reports desktop speeds
- great for occasional gaming (got 150 FPS on Overwatch)
- no USB A, Ethernet, or HDMI ports but Dell includes an HDMI/USB A Dongle
- fingerprint and Windows Hello ready
- super thin, light, and runs quiet
- Windows 11 ready
I've mostly had a bias for 14" laptops for work and study (easy to travel with) but the screens have started to feel a little cramped. The Dell XPS 15 (9510 model) is the perfect laptop where you want style, speed, performance, but with true laptop portability.
Out of the box, the Dell XPS 15 is thin at 0.71. That's incredibly thin given the specs include an RTX 3050Ti card. The display is Full HD and Dell has gone for the 16x10 aspect ratio. This is important to know because it feels far more spacious and superior to a "traditional laptop". Dell's edgeless display makes the 15" feel as spacious as a 17" monitor - which is quite a trick.
Things to know out of the box. The Dell XPS 15 has no USB A, HDMI, or Ethernet port. You get 3 USB C (2 are Thunderbolt ports), an SD card slot, and an audio port. You will need one USB C port for charging. The USB C charger is 130W, so for now you can't use a GaN charger as they're underpowered. The BIOS actually warns you on startup if the charger is low-powered. As for no USB A or HDMI ports, Dell does include a little dongle. You may have your own thoughts on dongles, but this is a future-ready laptop and like DVD drives, USB A will soon go away.
The keyboard is great, it's backlit. There's a fingerprint reader and the camera also supports Windows Hello. This makes logging in a breeze. The touchpad is large and responsive (no flex). If you need to use an external mouse, I would recommend one that supports Bluetooth though, so you don't have to use a dongle. Audio quality is good for a laptop and you can upgrade to Dolby ATMOS. I like the platinum silver outside and inside it has a soft-touch style plastic that is not a fingerprint magnet.
The setup was straightforward. Dell has no bloatware, other than McAffee which was easy to remove. There were the usual Dell firmware updates and Microsoft updates, but in under an hour, I was ready to put this thing through its paces and do some benchmarking.
The Dell XPS 15 is FAST. Incredibly fast. It made my less than 1 year old 14" Dell seem sluggish by comparison. Benchmarks uploaded show you the Dell XPS and RTX 3050Ti combo is more than ready to be a desktop replacement. This means you can put it through paces for work (crunch spreadsheets), or as a creator (my kid was happy to edit videos with Adobe), and the occasional game - more on that in a second.
The 3050Ti graphics card is good for gaming. I got an average 150FPS on Overwatch, which is more than respectable for a laptop that's not technically a gaming laptop. I would stress though, the XPS is not a true gaming laptop, so if you want to (mostly) play games, I would consider one of Dell's true gaming models. The XPS is more the "do serious work and occasionally blow off steam playing a game" type of computer. Which is pretty cool and makes the XPS great value.
The big observation for me is how quiet the XPS 15 runs. It's whisper quiet. I haven't noticed the fans even under load. It's quite an achievement. The XPS does get a little warm at the back at the fan/heat extraction point, but nothing to complain about.
Finally, I did download and run Microsoft's Windows 11 checker. The Dell XPS is 100% ready for Windows 11. Making it a smart long-term investment. I would recommend the Dell XPS and you won't be disappointed.
PS. 16GB is plenty of RAM. I would normally check on how easy it is to upgrade internals (RAM, SSD) but Dell uses star screws, and everything is so nice, neat, clean I didn't want to risk the warranty (or damaging it) by opening it. So I can't give any perspective on upgradeability.Jul 17, 2021 15:51
The Dell XPS 9510 is a beautifully crafted machine offering a winning combination of excellent build quality, high performance, and exceptional user experience. There are many configurations for the XPS line. The one I received has the following configuration: 15” non-touchscreen with a 1920x1200 FHD+ with an anti-glare matte screen, 512 gb m.2 NVMe SSD, 16gb of RAM, 11th gen Intel Core i7-11800H, with a dedicated NVDIA GeForce 3050Ti graphics card.
The XPS line is renowned for its excellent build quality and Dell continues this tradition on the 9510. It has a CNC machined smooth aluminum body with carbon fiber palm rests. The structural frame is solid with no flexing.
Performance on the XPS 9510 is also one of its strong points. In my line of work, I use CAD software to perform modeling and renderings and also dabble in video and photo editing software. Having the dedicated graphics makes the workflow so much smoother and reduces processing time. This is a great laptop for those types of use cases.
The user experience is simply steller. The lid can be opened with one hand. The keyboard has the right feedback and travel, allowing long and speedy typing without fatigue. I’m also loving the touchpad. The glass surface precision touchpad is one of the best I have used. For one thing, the touchpad is huge, plenty of area to maneuver around! It is smooth, responsive, and on point. The backlit keyboard has two brightness levels with illumination levels that won’t become a distraction.
The connection ports consist of two thunderbolt 4 (USB Type C) with display port and power delivery along the left edge. Along the right edge, there is 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C with display port and power delivery, a 3.5 headphone jack, and a slot for a full sized SD card. Dell also provides a USB Type C adapter to USB-A 3.0 and HDMI 2.0 for additional connectivity.
The 1920 x 1200 resolution is plenty sharp on a 15.6” screen. It has wide viewing angles without losing any of the display colors and brightness. Speaking of brightness the display can achieve up to 500 nits of brightness. I love the bright display as this allows me to easily view the display outdoors. The matte screen prevents glare and reflection, great to eliminate all that light when sitting next to windows and bright concentrated lighting. The disadvantage though of having the matte screen over a glossy screen is that with the matte screen, the images don’t have the vividness and have less contrast than on a glossy screen. Finally, the bezels on this laptop are super thin, what Dell calls InfinityEdge.
I’m usually not impressed with the speakers from laptops. In general, I have to resort to using external speakers for some quality audio. However, the XPS 9510 has some decent quality to them. Dell was able to squeeze in 2.5Wx2 woofers and 1.5Wx2 tweeters for a total of 8 watts of peak power. And it sounds pretty good! There is some depth to the audio and a little bit of punch to the bass.
The laptop can get pretty warm when the processor or graphics card is working hard. I guess this is to be expected since the processors would need more power to crunch all that data for renderings and video output. It can get uncomfortably warm when I have it on my lap, and the fans kick in and become kind of loud. However, I found out that Dell does allow the user to modify four thermal profiles (Optimized, Cool, Quiet, and Ultra Performance) on the laptop to manage the amount of heat dissipation and noise from the fans. So, on those occasions when you’re mobile and have the laptop on your lap, then you’ll want to use the ‘Cool’ setting. And for those times when you’re in an environment where you don’t want the fan noise to become a distraction, you can select the ‘Quiet’ setting.
How long the laptop battery can run before needing a recharge will be highly dependent on the power settings, display brightness, and how you use the laptop. For me, a typical day would be a nine hour work day running office software, web meetings, web browsing, running rendering and video software with one-quarter to one-half brightness. I was able to get through a full work day without reaching for the charger.
The only thing I didn’t like about the laptop is the 720p built-in webcam. It’s good when there is plenty of uniform ambient lighting, but becomes grainy and loses contrast in more challenging lighting conditions. You would think that with so many of us on video conferencing, we should not have to resort to having to purchase a dedicated webcam for a better experience. Maybe in the next iteration, Dell can offer a higher quality built-in webcam.
Should you purchase the XPS 9510? Well, it’s got plenty of horsepower for business and creative applications, and I think for the majority of users other than serious gamers, the Dell XPS 9510 is a great choice and you will be pleased with what you get. The XPS is Dell’s premium line and it doesn’t come cheap, but I think it is worth it if you can afford it for the reasons I mentioned at the beginning: excellent build quality, high performance, and exceptional user experience. And that's their textbook winning formula. Dell seems to understand these three pillars in the premium laptop market and I think that’s why the XPS, including the current XPS 9510, will remain popular.Jul 22, 2021 01:22
This laptop is my favorite that I've ever used.
I've had countless laptops over the years, everything from the old 'desktop equivalents' to 10" ultra compact units. This laptop is the most balanced and useable I've ever come across.
I really don't have anything bad to say bout this laptop. That doesn't happen often as there is normally some corner cut or design detail that just isn't a preference choice. The only thing I would warn people of is the lack of port options. There are 3 USBc ports. I'm all for USBc and hope it lives up to it's potential but for the next few years I'm going to be carrying around the dongle (included with this laptop) that converts a USB-c port to HDMI and USBa. I'm still transitioning to the USBc myself so I still have USBa devices. That's really the only thing about this laptop I don't love is only USBc ports might be a little early.
Other than that the screen is awesome. It's only FHD but the colors are very vibrant, brightness is great and the refresh is perfectly fine for everything I used. The other thing I love is the 16:10 screen. I hope this catches on as I feel they are much more useable than the 16:9 screens. I was limited to running 2 displays through my usual desktop setup. I'm not sure if that a hardware limit or a setting I haven't found but I haven't spent much time trying to activate the 3rd screen. (I used the included USBa-HDMI adapter and a USBc docking station that has an HDMI port and power pass through. Power pass through worked fine also in this setup but the display would not allow 3 independent screens, 2 had to be duplicated and 1 was extended desktop)
The battery will run all day. I ran video for an entire day before the battery got low. It charges quickly and from any of the USBc ports. It was also able to charge from my USBc battery bank (slow charge but enough to hold the battery level while in use).
The SSD is lightning quick a good capacity. The 3050ti discrete video is great. It'll take a little checking to make sure the laptop is using the 3050ti and not the Intel integrated graphics but once I adjusted a few settings it switched to the discrete 3050ti when I wanted it to. (By default it used the integrated graphics more than I liked as a battery saving feature. I generally don't use laptops for long periods away from the charger so I prefer performance over battery life). The fan is also not annoyingly loud when pushing the performance full bore. It is noticeable but quieter than I expected when I saw the hardware this laptop has. I ran several newer games and they performed great. Nothing that is cutting edge and overly video intensive but this laptop should be able to run any current game available with respectable FPS.
The keyboard and mouse work just how you expect. No bad surprises. I like the soft quiet feel of they keyboard and the mouse is smooth and predictable. The sound is also very good. The laptop does not have a 10-key pad but uses the space for speaker grills down the sides of the keyboard which gives a good full stereo experience. The colors are also very nice. The silver outside is standard but the dark interior is a nice change and seems like it will hold up well. It also comes in a very nice box that was just a nice extra touch.
Dell has definitely designed an amazing laptop here. It is well worth the money and I cannot recommend it highly enough.Aug 08, 2021 22:59
One of the highest quality products I have purchased. This is my daily driver for college and on the side for gaming. Battery life is great.Oct 04, 2021 23:20
Take the laptop out of the box and the feel of the build quality immediately stands out. It's compact and thin, but not light. The machined aluminum chassis screams quality. Aesthetically, the first word that comes to mind is "sexy". The thin chassis is partly the result of a lack of an HDMI port or any USB-A ports. It's not the only laptop to lack those ports, however it's the only laptop I've seen that comes with a dongle that offers a USB-A port and HDMI port that attaches to one of the two Thunderbolt 4 ports (100% USB-C compatible) the left side of the chassis. If you need to run both a USB mouse and ethernet adapter, you'll need a more capable dongle, but it's a nice touch that Dell includes one even if it is a bit minimalistic. A USB-C for charging -- you can use the AC adapter to charge your Android phone, and a 3.5mm headset port graces the right side.
Dell offers the XPS 9510 with many options at different price points. The configuration of this laptop is as follows:
Core i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, 1920×1200 (FHD+) non-touch screen, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti, and a 6-Cell 86WHr battery. Also available is a 3.5k OLED screen and a 4k screen, both of which are touchscreens. All 3 screens have a 16:10 aspect ratio, and all have the same thin bezel design.
Common features of XPS 9510 are a backlit keyboard, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2), SD card reader, 3.5mm audio, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 and Bluetooth 5.1. Very impressive, but the thing that jumps out from the spec sheet is the dedicated Geforce RTX 30 series graphics card, which offers Ray Tracing, and more importantly DLSS 2.0. While not a gaming laptop, it will handle games at FHD at high and ultra settings. A couple of things that hold it back a bit as a gaming machine is that all screen options only offer a 60Hz refresh rate, and the restricted total power to the 3050 Ti -- likely to keep the heat down in such a compact chassis and to make the battery last much longer while doing things like content creation, etc. So, while the XPS 9510 should be more than enough for casual gaming, competitive gamers those who are primary looking for a laptop to game on should look at a laptop geared more specifically towards gaming.
Where the XPS 9510 really shines is productivity. Start using the backlit keyboard and again build quality and solid feel jumps out. The large trackpad makes using the pointer a breeze and allows for use of gestures. The hardware is more than enough complete productivity tasks quickly and effortlessly, and battery life is more than enough to last all day for most tasks. The 4GB RTX 3080 Ti makes the XPS 9510 more than capable to handle photo/video editing and content creation, though the 512 GB SSD in this model might be a bit limited. Fortunately, you can simply drop in a 2 TB drive to overcome that. While I did notice a slight bleed in the edges on the FHD screen I have, color accuracy is impeccable.
Sound quality is another standout feature. With it's up firing speakers featuring dual woofers and dual tweeters, I don't recall ever hearing better sound coming from a laptop. It offers solid bass, which is rather unique coming from a notebook.
The only thing I've found that doesn't belong in a premium, portable powerhouse such as the XPS 9510 is the webcam. It's likely due to the ultra-thin screen bezel, but still -- Dell, you should be embarrassed.
Aside from that one caveat, I found nothing else to complain about. After 2 solid days of use, I experienced no quality control issues. Ultimately, if you're after a great looking, premium-quality Windows laptop that gets your work done quickly and easily and gives you the ability for some gaming afterwards, I don't think you need to look any further. The XPS 9510 is a high-end desktop replacement, and as such it doesn't come cheap, but with its multiple build options, you should be able to find a combination that fits your budget.Jul 17, 2021 12:29
The Dell XPS 15 9510 is a beautiful laptop. I’m coming from a laptop with a 13” screen so this 15.6” screen seems huge! I’m not here to tell you about the specs, you can read that information yourself. I’m here to provide some average user experience, I’m the average user, not a tech guru.
This laptop was really easy to set up. It’s a Windows computer, and my 13” laptop is also Windows, so they almost look like twins next to each other as I have the Bing photos set up the same way. I like the facial recognition log in, it is really easy to set up. I also set up the PIN and fingerprint reader. I almost effortlessly set up my two printers to this device, which isn’t always the case when setting up a new computer.
The screen is one of the best features of this laptop. It has an anti-glare finish. It’s a slightly matte finish, and it’s really what I always wanted in a screen because I don’t like glare. I love that the screen practically goes to the edge of the laptop with only ⅛” of case on either side. The colors are vibrant. This is not a touch screen laptop, nor does it convert to tablet. It is a solid laptop that you can still stream everything on, and do some gaming, but I don’t do that, so I can’t comment on it. On this laptop there is a ComfortView feature that is “designed to minimize blue light emitted from the display for better eye comfort.” You can also adjust your Windows system settings to turn on the Night Light settings, which is a warmer light emitting from the display to further minimize blue light.
The speakers and audio are amazing, there are speakers on either side of the keyboard and underneath the body. There’s a headset port on the right side, which is awesome because sometimes you just need to be able to use a wired headset. I was able to easily connect my Apple AirPods via Bluetooth.
There are USB-C ports on both sides of the laptop (and other ports) so you can plug in the charging cable on either side, which is very handy. With my desk configuration it’s easier to plug it in on the left side instead of having to reach the cable to the right side. It’s just a nice feature. When charging the laptop but not actively using it, it’s nice to know when the laptop is finished charging. There is a thin white light on the front edge, in front of the touchpad that is lit while charging and not fully charged. When the battery is 100%, the light will be off. There’s a small white light on the charging cable that is lit if it’s plugged in to the wall, that doesn’t change until you unplug it.
The keyboard and work surface are sleek with a matte black finish. The keyboard and touchpad are nice and quiet. Overall this is a great daily driver laptop that is great for an average user like me!Jul 19, 2021 13:10
The Dell XPS 15 laptop features a stunning, new 4-sided InfinityEdge OLED display that shows off a 5% larger 16:10 screen and 92.9% screen to body ratio. All the power and features to maximize prodcutivity - Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB solid state drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3050 Ti graphics. A premium 15" touch laptop with a thin and light design.
I'm a tech guy and I did a fair amount of research for this laptop. I wanted it all as close as I could get - latest chips and performance, battery life, great screen, larger screen (I'm coming from a 12.5"), aesthetically pleasing, light, etc. I went around to MicroCenter, Best Buy, and online and read a lot of articles at CNET, Tom's Guide etc.. and a lot of YouTuber's reviewing this unit or recent units. Lots of great choices these days and let's just start by being thankful on the selections we have. I short listed the following:
Lenovo X1 Carbon 14", Dell XPS 15" with OLED, Pending Macbook Pro with M1x chip, MacBook Air and a lightweight gaming laptop (like ASUS ROG Zephyrus). All of these computers would have the power, reasonable battery life and their own aesthetics.
I'm coming from my last laptop being a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga that has worked faithfully for 7 years, but is getting slow. Most of what I really do is browsing, excel, basic software like quicken, media consumption and eventually some light gaming. All of these are more power than I need, but I buy for longevity and probably won't buy another laptop for 5 to 7 years.
This laptop is really nice. It is up there with the MacBook for presentation and when you unbox it. I REALLY like the arctic white to get something different from just a black laptop.
It boots up FAST. I was shocked. I thought only Macs booted this fast. Maybe so, but this is still really good. Completely off to on and ready to go in like 15 seconds or less. So Nice! This laptop has windows "Hello" and a fingerprint scanner. Usually it recognizes my face and immediately opens. In low light I sometimes have to use the fingerprint scanner.
I fretted about getting the OLED screen and losing battery life, but man I am so glad I did. It is stunning to look at and especially since Dell as the microedge display and the screen fills up most of the area. Very nice to look at and I actually need the 15+ inch screen for spreadsheets, charts and stuff. The computer is fast. The trackpad is very good although I do seem to be having trouble at times getting the trackpad to "left click" when I want it to at a certain height on the track pad. It might just be a simple adjustment and what I'm used to.
I've had no issues in 2+ weeks now using this great computer. I've learned that if you go to "dark mode" or "black mode" for your browser, Outlook, and other apps this helps extend life. I'm getting probably 6 to 8 hours right now remote with this computer. Is it +10 and more like with the Apple computers? No, but still more than what I have needed.
The best buy sales person who was helping me loved Lenovo and believed that Dell was inferior on quality as compared to Dell. I generally agreed with them. However, the XPS line is a step above normal Dells and this generation is highly reviewed. My sales person was excellent, however they strangely didn't know anything about the Dell XPS 15" or that there was even a model on the floor. When I asked about the XPS they were pushing me to Lenovo which I'm fine with and the reasons why were accurate based on my recent experience with laptop reviews and the fact that my company buys us Dell latitudes to use and they are OK. We somehow missed the single XPS model on the floor of the showroom (myself included and I was looking for it), finally found it, and started playing with it. The sales person who didn't ever notice this computer said they wanted to play with it for awhile and see how it responded. They opened like 50 chrome tabs at once and it didn't stutter at all. They did a lot of key strokes to quickly open a bunch of apps and switch between them and there was no lag. The sales person looked at the hinge and how the laptop clamshells shut perfectly and said how some of the lesser Dell or HP units were uneven at times. This person admitted they had overlooked this line and were actually warming up and very interested in the 15" XPS and said they would probably start to recommend it. I really liked it and they had 1 unit left in the store for me to buy which I did.
I should also say that had a Lenovo X1 carbon been on the floor I might have considered that. However, Lenovo had soldered ram as I recall and the Dell doesn't and for me to get up to the specs I wanted so I didn't have to worry about future obsolescence the machine would have topped over $3k before tax and warranties. Lenovo would have been a sweet machine and more for a mobile warrier, but this XPS is better for an "all arounder" like me.
I eliminated the Apple products for a couple of reasons. I envy their new chip technology and wish Intel had something as good. Had boot camp or Parallels software seemed more stable with the M1 chip I would have STRONGLY considered a Mac. But the ability to use windows reliably was a big detractor for me. Also, I own iphones and that ecosystem would have been nice. However, I'm actually a happy windows user and didn't want to make the switch to a new operating system or wait which were the other 2 detractors. The blazing performance of the Mac M1 chips wasn't enough to sway my entire decision.
I eliminated the ASUS gaming computer because they don't have webcams and weren't quite as aesthetically pleasing and concerns about heat on the go. I'd have to buy more accessories. The sales person thought that such computers don't work as well on the "go" and as all around top performing laptops. However, the cost on gaming laptops is actually less than the Dell XPS and Lenovo as I recall. Still may be worth considering for others on the fence.
Really, I'd probably be satisfied with any of the above computers because performance is so good today and that would satisfy my core needs. But the Dell XPS performs really well, is beautiful to behold and touch (Aesthetics means something to me), and gives me a lot of pride of ownership. I look forward to using it every day! I have ZERO regrets and haven't second guessed myself once.Sep 19, 2021 09:52
Before I give you the lowdown on this Dell XPS, I just want to say what I’ve been saying for years: “why can’t PC manufacturers make a laptop as beautiful and sleek as MacBook?”! This Dell XPS is the nicest Windows laptop I’ve seen in a long time! From every angle, it is clean, nice design that rivals the MacBook’s!
The unboxing experience was quite nice, the box it was in looks like a gift box, everything is laid out very nicely inside. Because the XPS has only Thunderbolt and USB-C ports (3 of them), a USB-C dongle was included, this adds 1 standard USB and 1 HDMI port. It’s a cleverly designed dongle I might add. Included is a 130W USB-C charger in matching white. Once unboxed and unwrapped, you’ll notice the beautiful, clean, minimalistic design. A simple Dell logo on front, and a few ports (2 thunderbolt ports, a gen 2 USB-C, headphone jack, SD slot, and locking port) on the edge and not much more. In the front center of the laptop, in front of where the mouse is, there is a white LED light to let you know how much battery is left, a nice touch. The back edge of the laptop is very clean; no obvious hinge lines are visible. Once opened, the laptop is all white with a beautiful matt carbon fiber look to it. The keyboard is roomy; I have no problem typing on this laptop all day. The touchpad is oversized as well, measuring 6” wide by 3.5 deep”! The best part of this laptop, the beautiful OLED screen with the thinnest bezel (approx. 1/8” thin border) I’ve seen!
Performance and functionality:
I like that this laptop has both Windows Hello facial unlocking technology as well as a fingerprint reader. All the other laptops I have in the house has one or the other. The power button on the upper right of the keyboard doubles as a power button and fingerprint reader. I’m not a big fan of the placement of that power button, I’m used to the most upper right hand button the delete key. I feel there are some buttons you don’t move around or add more buttons next to it, the ESC is always upper left, CTRL is lower left and the Delete key should always be on the upper right. Aside from that, the keyboard is pretty much standard Dell, you have function buttons that do 2 jobs, volume settings, brightness etc. The time it takes to bootup is very fast, I was up and running in 14 seconds!
I installed MS-Office and a stock trading software that includes with streaming videos, performance was excellent, as I expected. It’s very quiet overall, I don’t even hear the fan going on. I also installed a few games including F1 2020 and Valorant; both games ran very smoothly and without a hitch. The colors on the OLED screen were bright and vibrant, it made the F1 cars look much nicer than it did on my other monitor and laptop. This screen has spoiled me! The colors on my other monitor and laptop seemed muted in comparison.
Quirks I noticed while testing the laptops:
On 2 occasions, the laptop froze on me. One time, I removed the power and the USB-C going to an external monitor, I got a blue screen and it was collecting diagnostic information except it didn’t get off 0%, I had to hold down the power button to force reboot. It froze again later in the evening as well. But since then, it seems to be okay. I also found the touchpad a little finicky. I would try to scroll up on a webpage using 2 fingers, it kept going into “Multitasking view”, which should’ve required 3 fingers with a scrolling upwards motion; this happened several times.
While this laptop is on the higher end of the price spectrum, you get your bang for the buck. The InfinityEdge and OLED screen are my favorite features, if I had to pick only 2. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a powerful computer! If you don’t want to spend so much, look for the same XPS 15” without the OLED screen.Jul 21, 2021 23:31
First, truth in review…I am a Mac guy. I just purchased a MacPro to handle my business and academic needs. But I’ve been a Mac guy long enough to know a PC as a secondary computer is a must. I have this laptop paired with a 38” Ultrawide LG display, connected via USB. The LG will power some laptops with the USB-C connector, but this boy just needs too much juice. As for the laptop, great display, great does not do it justice, it is stunning. More than fast enough for any normal software you through at it, no, it's not a gaming machine, but will handle light gaming just fine due to the 4GB Video Card. Unusual for a laptop these days, you can expand the RAM yourself by adding another 16GB, the storage, however, you get what you buy, I recommend maxing it out to the offered 1 TB. Overall, I am impressed with the speed, display, and build quality. Yes, it’s a pricey laptop, but I believe you’re getting your money’s worth.Oct 16, 2021 17:46
The display on XPS 15 is simply stunning. I've been using the device since 2 weeks and I still can't stop complimenting the beauty of the screen.
Overall, it's a well built machine packed in a pretty thin chasis for the performance. I use it as my daily device while travelling as well as when home (the 15' form doesn't ask for a separate monitor). The white color also fits well with my setup and the touchscreen is a cherry on top when I'm sitting on my bed too lazy to use the mouse.
I do some casual gaming as well and the performance is satisfactory (not too crazy, but I can run most games over 60fps).
The battery life is pretty good and lasts around 6-8hrs of multitasking (music, programming and browsing).
I'm yet to come across any major "cons" of the laptop apart from slightly less powerful in terms of gaming compared to other options in the range, but as for productivity this is one of the best device to pick up.Sep 17, 2021 15:13
After unboxing this XPS 15, then going back to look at this listing, my first thought is that Dell needs to hire a new advertising department. The stylistic renderings in this listing do this piece of art absolutely no justice. You really need to see it in person. This laptop is stunning! The clean, sleek look of the exterior has the Macbook looking over its shoulder. The interior in Arctic white has a touch & feel like nothing I've seen in a laptop before. The diminutive size belies its heft - its 4.5 lbs of solid construction packed into a .7 inch thick package.
In the performance department, the specs speak for themselves - a powerhouse i7, 1TB solid state drive, 16 gigs of ram, and an Nvidia 3050 to make things look pretty on the OLED infinity screen.
I have my own performance test - my go-to game is Civilization 6, which I've been playing on my Alienware M17. Most of the graphics settings are halfway up, and at that, the M17 is breathing hard & hot. After installing it on the XPS, it automatically set the graphics sliders all the way up; and it handled it like a champ - no fan noise at all, as a matter of fact, the hottest thing was the power supply, not the XPS itself. Very impressed with the thermal handling of this unit under heavy load.
Referencing one of the photos I included, I put the XPS next to my 15" HP Spectre, and you can easily see the efficient use of space the infinity screen allows - same size screen, smaller package. An inch can be a lot of space when you're working on a small desktop. The downside of that is it's taking some adjustment getting used to the key spacing, but that will come in time. I also appreciate the generously sized touchpad.
Referring to another photo re: keyboard lighting, the white light on a white keypad is not a great match. Would appreciate the ability to change color as I can with the Alienware.
The other thing that deserves mention is all the ports are USB-C, Provided in the package is an adapter (pictured) which includes one USB-A and one HDMI port. I would've preferred that this come as a dongle without the cable, even tho it's color matched, it still looks a little cheesy hanging outside this beautiful unit. I'll hit the aftermarket to get something a little more appropriate.
All in all, I was at first put off by the price of this unit, but as I said at the start, you really need to see it in person & kick the tires to see they packed a lot of performance into a solid package with first class looks & feel.Jul 17, 2021 12:38
With the XPS 15 9510, Dell closes in on the elegance of design and construction of that competitor from the other side of the tracks. A sexy, well-built chassis that has all the right “feels” no matter where you touch it. At four and a quarter pounds in this configuration, it is more of a desk-dwelling warrior than a Starbucks poseur. But with the specs it possesses, it is designed for some serious work rather than simple web browsing or novel writing anyway. My sample had an Intel Core i7-11800H processor running at 2.3GHz with 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDEA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card with 4GB of memory.
The OLED, Gorilla Glass touch screen is 15.6 inches, which is a noticeable step up from the 13 inch machines so many of us have become accustomed to in recent years. There are front-firing tweeters on each side of the keyboard making use of the added width this screen size provides, and there are also woofer openings at the bottom edges on the sides for four speakers total. This large screen did make me aware of something that others might also have an issue with. Because of the chassis size, the wrist rests on either side of the huge touch-pad make for a long reach to the upper rows of keys and if you wear a watch or bracelets, they will tend to drag on the wrist rests. This area is covered with a patterned and textured woven glass fiber material on the Arctic White version rather than aluminum, so I am unsure at this point of what if any damage might be inflicted upon the computer or whatever is adorning your wrists.
The OLED screen is big, bright, and beautiful with narrow bezels that make our older laptops look like relics from the distant past. A sensor, infrared emitters, a camera, and camera-status light hide in the bezel at the top of the screen that is slightly wider than it is at the sides. While the screen is a very responsive touchscreen, this is a true laptop rather a two-in-one and the screen does not fold over into a tablet form factor. When you go to open the lid the first thing you will notice is that there is not a thumb indent to make it easy to pull up on the screen. My thumb will slip off a time or two before it can find enough purchase to pull the cover open. A small nit to pick, but it can be annoying.
Unlike some other laptops that make you use either a fingerprint reader, or use facial recognition, this Dell uses both in addition to a traditional PIN entered via the keyboard, giving you your choice of three different ways to unlock your machine. Nice.
The keyboard is your traditional laptop design with “Chiclets” shaped keys that have perfect feel and spacing, but…the white coloring is a major letdown for me. Being older, an eyeglass wearer, and a two-finger typer, the narrow-lined font is harder for me to read than some other manufacturer’s keyboards. Add to this the white backlighting, and I find myself quite often turning the backlighting on and off depending on ambient lighting conditions. The backlighting has three settings, low, high, and off with one of the function keys cycling through these settings. When the backlighting is on in low-level room light, the markings on the keys will all but disappear (see pictures). And in some lighting situations, you can see uneven light dispersal especially behind keys with words on them. If I had my druthers, I druther have black keys.
If you are someone who sits with their laptop in their…lap, you will not want to do that with this laptop especially when you are doing any work that stresses the machine. There are air intake vents across the bottom of the chassis, with exhaust vents at the hinge area. If you are doing processor-intense work, you will probably want to stay on a smooth, hard surface with this computer so as to not impede air flow. When I was doing the initial set-up with the computer and it was running hard, the fans came on full speed and it was surprisingly noisy. I can’t remember the last time I heard laptop fans make this much noise. However, in normal use it was quiet.
A few final things, if you need to physically lock your computer to your work area, the security-cable slot accepts a wedge-shaped lock tip, and since the 9510 has only USB Type-C ports, Dell does include an adapter to convert USB Type-A or HDMI cables to fit in a Type-C port. Two of the three USB ports are Thunderbolt 4 connections and there is WiFi 6 capability for fast connections. There is an SD card slot also which photographers will appreciate. Dell does include “Dell Migrate” software on the computer to assist in moving files and settings from your old machine to this new one.
Dell has designed a very handsome and powerful machine with this newest XPS series and aside from a couple niggles that most people will chalk up to personal preference, I have no reservations about giving it five stars and a hearty thumbs-up to those users that need a powerhouse laptop but don’t need to carry it with them all day, every day.Jul 18, 2021 20:12
Unboxing this laptop was like opening an Apple product. It came in a nice white box and was so clean and crisp. This laptop is definitely unlike any other I have used in the past. It has a beautiful display and it is super fast. The trackpad is very large and the touch screen is super easy to use. It is definitely my new favorite toy. You can use either fingerprint, face recognition or pin to open the computer.
I do have one complaint about the keyboard. The caps lock button is longer than normal and I have found myself continually accidently turning it on. I am hoping that the more I use it - I will get used to it and I won't have that issue any longer.
This laptop is a complete beauty! The sound is amazing to watch movies and for gaming. This is a lighter laptop for gaming compared to other gaming laptops weighing about 4 pounds - but heavier than regular laptops. I would definitely recommend this laptop!Jul 19, 2021 08:49
The Dell XPS 15 model 9510 is an impressive high-end laptop oriented at the creative user. With its 11th generation core i7-11800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU (4GB of video RAM), and its 4-sided InfinityEdge display allows for plenty of room to create on. This model also comes with a 1 TB NVMe SSD and 16 GB of RAM. For something completely different for Dell - this model is also outfitted in a frost white, which gives it a very clean look.
The device is outfitted with AX wireless and Bluetooth. For ports, it is also well proportioned with 2 Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports with Power Delivery on the left side. On the right, it has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with Power Delivery/Display Port, an SD card slot, and a wired headset port. Rounding out the impressive features of this laptop is the sound system. It features a quad-speaker system with Waves Nx 3D Audio and has 2 Speakers (1.5 W each) and 2 Subwoofers (2.5 W each). The 3 USB C-Type ports all having power delivery means that any of the three can be used to charge the laptop, which is a convenient feature.
The laptop is manufactured from CNC Machined Aluminium with a woven glass fiber composite palm rest that includes a massive 5.91 in. X 3.54 in. TouchPad. This manufacturing and the 86Whr battery lead to a sturdy 4.31 lbs for the laptop. While a bit high for today's travel standards, this does not concern me too much should one need the capability offered by this system while on the road.
This laptop comes in a typical Dell box on the outside, but when opened you see a premium internal box that makes the presentation of this system very exciting - you can tell it's a premium product just by this packaging.
The screen is a gorgeous 4K screen the has good responsiveness and contrast. The sound system was next up for testing and it is equally impressive while listening to numerous test songs that I use for testing audio devices.
Performance was tested by rendering a video that was handled without a hiccup.
The system comes with a 6-cell, 86WHr battery. The battery life was tested by playing a long YouTube video and seeing how long the battery lasted - this ended up being nearly 7.5 hours.
The last area tested was multi-monitor support and I was able to run the primary 4k display and 4 external displays including a second 4K display for a total of 5 displays (one via USB DisplayLink). I tried to add a 6th display using the 3rd set of ports but was unable to do so.
The XPS 15 is an impressive laptop. It has outstanding features and capabilities. it is no surprise that these features come at a premium price, retailing for $2549.99 in the tested configuration. This is not an unreasonable price for all the power you get. It would be interesting to see a 2-in-1 version of this system.
With all the features and capabilities this laptop will help one to stay frosty!
Pros: Performance, Multi-monitor support, Graphics, and Sound.
Cons: Weight.Aug 07, 2021 08:39
Experience the world's smallest 15.6-inch performance class laptop*. The Dell XPS 15 laptop features a stunning, new 4-sided InfinityEdge display that shows off a 5% larger 16:10 screen and 92.9% screen to body ratio, the best in its class*. All the power and features to maximize prodcutivity - Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics. A premium 15" touch laptop with a thin and light design. This laptop is "non-touch".
It’s a good laptop, a little pricey but your memory and ram are upgradable so it’s ok getting this one for the gtx card. I’m able to run some intensive tasks like 3D rendering and some light gaming, but don’t get this if you want to game it’s really a business or productivity machine. The build is really what you’re paying for and it’s on par with Mac Books, so if your an Apple fan this laptop is as close as your going to get to Mac’s on Windows.Nov 15, 2020 13:16
Very nice product, as expected. I m used to xps and this 15 is on point to home office, I would recomend a Dell Docking for charging and another monitor.May 14, 2021 22:23
Absolutely love this laptop. A little on the heavier side but still smaller than the older 15.6inch machines. Upgradeable is a major plus. There was the issue with the touchpad. It seems a little more loose than other machines but not a deal breaker so far.Jul 15, 2021 02:05
this is a beautiful laptop from speakers to screen !Nov 05, 2021 16:47
Great laptop. Fast secure and well built. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great overall powerful laptop.Nov 09, 2021 16:46
Best features: POWERFUL and surprisingly small/slim/light (like really). Keyboard didn't feel great to me--travel time is a little shallow and the keys are...wider than I'm used to them being. Also a complaint: the sound drivers. They're annoying and difficult to uninstall. I can see how it's intended to be feature-ware but it's really bloat-ware if you don't like it. -1 star for thatApr 03, 2021 21:10
We like it display is good, keyboard user friendlyOct 22, 2021 18:07
Pretty good product from dell. The First time setup took some time for the OS to boot up. It was all good after that initial hickup. The built-in mouse is too sensitive. So I would advice to use an external one.Jul 03, 2021 00:50
The Dell XPS 15 laptop features a stunning, new 4-sided InfinityEdge OLED display that shows off a 5% larger 16:10 screen and 92.9% screen to body ratio. All the power and features to maximize prodcutivity - Core i9 processor, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB solid state drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3050 Ti graphics. A premium 15" touch laptop with a thin and light design.
Good laptop but has its hiccups. Screen goes black opening closing lid. Quiet. Does not get super hot on the lap. Good laptop. Thinking about that 4k duo from asus coming ..... hmmmOct 09, 2021 23:18
Love everything except the mouse touchpad. It is not as user friendly as I hoped it would be.Sep 24, 2021 15:57
Excellent performance, the device is overheating a little bit, however, it still working wellOct 31, 2021 14:46