Dell XPS 15 N00XL503 Review posted on
15.6 inch Entertainment Notebook
The bottom line is that Dell XPS 15 offers good value for money with good performance, attractive design and good build quality. Also welcome is a wide range of upgrade options such as full HD RGB-LED backlit screen, Blu-ray and integrated TV tuner that make this the ultimate entertainment machine. The only features from preventing it scoring top marks are bad quality keyboard and a faster graphics option.
Rating: 4

Specifications

System

Category: Entertainment
Released: October 2010
RRP: £649
Display: 15.6 inch Glossy LCD (LED-lit) (1366x768 px)
Processor: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 460M (2 cores)
Memory: 4 GB DDR3
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Warranty: 1 Year Collect-and-Return

Storage

Type: HDD 5400 rpm
Capacity: 320 GB
Optical Drive: DVD RW

Graphics

GPU: nVidia GeForce GT 420M
Memory: 1 GB
Type: Switchable
3DMark06: 5988

Connectivity

Express Card Slot: None
Memory Card Reader:
USB 3.0: 2
USB 2.0: 1
IEEE 1394 (FireWire):
eSATA: 1
VGA:
DVI:
HDMI:
DisplayPort:
Thunderbolt:

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 35 mm
Width: 381 mm
Depth: 265 mm
Weight: 2.8 kg

Input Devices

Numeric Keypad:
Fingerprint Reader:

Multimedia

Webcam:
Microphone:

Communications

Ethernet (LAN): 10/100/1000
Wi-Fi (WLAN): B/G/N
Mobile Broadband (WWAN):
Bluetooth: None

Power

A.C. Power Adapter: 90 W
Battery Capacity: 56 WHr
Battery Size: 6-Cell
Battery Life: 4 hours

Reviews

BitDynasty  
The bottom line is that Dell XPS 15 offers good value for money with good performance, attractive design and good build quality. Also welcome is a wide range of upgrade options such as full HD RGB-LED backlit screen, Blu-ray and integrated TV tuner that make this the ultimate entertainment machine. The only features from preventing it scoring top marks are bad quality keyboard and a faster graphics option.
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NotebookReview  
The newly redesigned Dell XPS 15 brings a lot of cool features to the table, but seems to miss the mark in the design department. With previous XPS notebooks being flagship models from Dell, it's disappointing to see such a bland and normal looking system. I think it's rather odd when you look at budget models like the Inspiron 15R and see flashier colors and sleeker profiles. Build quality was a step up at least, with metal panels protecting the screen and metal on the palmrest and keyboard trim inside the notebook. The plastic chassis felt strong, but left something to be desired when it came to accessing internal components. Users looking to replace the hard drive will find it very difficult, as the notebook requires full disassembly if they want to upgrade to an SSD later on.
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Laptop Mag  
If you're looking for a reasonably priced all-purpose notebook that's great for multimedia and good enough for real gaming, the Dell XPS 15 is one of your best options. The sound quality alone really sets this laptop apart, as does the HD webcam (though we wish it performed better in low light). If you're looking for something more portable and stylish, you might want to consider a 14-inch system like the HP Envy 14. However, if you want an entertainment PC for use around the house, the XPS 15 should be near or at the top of your list.
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