Dell XPS 15 - Big is Beautiful

Launch SRP: S$1699

Big is Beautiful

Big is Beautiful

Dell's XPS notebook line-up has mostly been designed with "slim" and "sexy" aspects in mind (not counting the high-end gaming XPS machines before Alienware replaced them). The newer designs however, are somewhat chunky and quite unlike the hip designs of yore.

While they do retain the popular sliver motif, the new design seems to be a tad too cumbersome to lug around. The aesthetics show that Dell did pay close attention to make their notebooks as attractive as possible to counter the chunky build. If big is beautiful, then the Dell XPS has it in spades.

The thick Dell XPS 15 machine which we'll be dissecting in this article comes packing a subwoofer, and we'll share our test findings on how that sounds later in the article. Other changes include a new backlit keyboard and an updated set of ports for all your connectivity. Specs wise, the unit comes with Intel's dual-core Core i5-460M (2.53GHz) processor, 6GB of RAM and NVIDIA's GeForce GT 420M discrete graphics engine.

There she is, the Dell XPS 15 with nice curves and a good build.

On the right profile, you'll find the optical drive, audio jacks and a USB/eSATA combo port.

On the left profile, you get just one USB 3.0 port. Your eyes deceive you not, as the rest of the ports, are actually at the rear.

On the rear left, you'll find the charging port and another USB 3.0 port.

The rest of the ports are on the rear right-hand side - a gigabit LAN port, a HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort.

Lastly, on the front lies the 9-in-1 card reader. If you thought 6-in-1 card readers were overkill, sorry, but we have a new champion.

8.5
Design
8.5
Features
8.5
Performance
8.5
Value
8.5
Mobility
8.5
The Good
Long lasting battery
Good audio playback
The Bad
Thick/chunky form factor
Heavy