Dell XPS 15 - Big is Beautiful

Launch SRP: S$1699

Sexy Inside

Sexy Inside

If the curvacious exterior doesn't convince you, the insides with its sexy good looks will. The 15.6-inch screen boasts pretty good viewing angles, which means sharing a movie with a friend  is easier on the eyes than a screen with poor viewing angles. The native 1366 x 768 pixels resolution seems to be the standard for notebooks of this size, though we would have loved it better i the notebook had an option for a a higher resolution screen. Meanwhile, this resolution should still be favored by those who want good legibility on these small notebook screens as its less tiring on the eyes.

The interior is simple, clean and easy on the eye.

You'll note that the spaciousness of this notebook has allowed Dell to put in a much nicer keyboard with good spacing and backlights for typing in the dark. It would have been more favorable if they could put a numpad though on second looks, it would seem that they were a bit short on space despite the dimensions of the laptop. As for the trackpad, we found it pretty satisfactory, with tracking and button clicks responding well.

The pretty backlit keyboard is nice to type with decent tactile response. We also didn't notice any flex, which is definitely a good thing,

The trackpad was pretty responsive, and we're glad Dell decided to keep physical buttons for the left and right mouse clicks. We prefer such a design over trackpads that integrate and simulate the button clicking action as part of the trackpad design.

The shining feature for the Dell notebook however, has to be its audio playback. Packed with a subwoofer located at the bottom, the XPS delivered music with very good clarity and we also found the bass to be excellent. Even at maximum volume, we didn't note any distortion on bass-heavy audio tracks. Of the 15.6-inch notebooks that we reviewed recently, the Dell XPS 15 is probably the best that we've heard.

The speakers were music to our ears. The main speakers flank the keyboard sides while the subwoofer is expectedly at the bottom of the unit.

The subwoofer of the XPS 15 was key to getting the bass just right.

The Good
Long lasting battery
Good audio playback
The Bad
Thick/chunky form factor

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