The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops we have tested in a long time. It's hard to fault, as its weaknesses – such as the trackpad taking some getting used to and the chassis being prone to scratches – aren't too significant. The real caveat here, though, is the price.
Flawless performance, premium design, great keyboard
Price tag, chassis prone to scratches, not the most intuitive trackpad
Display: 15.6in, 1920x1080 full HD and 3200x1800 QHD touchscreen options
Processor: Quad-core 3.2GHz Intel Haswell Core i7-4702HQ processor, with Core i3 and i5 options, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M 2GB GPU
Storage: 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz, 512GB mSATA solid-state drive (SSD)
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth
Ports: Three USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI port, mini Displayport, 3.5mm audio jack, SD card slot, no Ethernet port
Battery: 61WHr and 91WHr six-cell battery options
Operating system: Windows 8.1
Dell's Xtreme Performance System (XPS) laptop range dates back to 1993, when the US company launched the line to focus on corporate customers rather than consumers.
Since then the brand has developed to present the company's fast and powerful business laptops. That still holds true in the latest edition of the Dell XPS 15 laptop, shown in our video below, which features high-end specifications such as a nearly 4K resolution touchscreen display, an Intel Haswell Core-i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.
There's no question that the Dell XPS 15's design and high-quality aluminium finish –juxtaposed with a matt charcoal casing – ensures that it looks the part, reflecting its premium price.
It's definitely not the slimmest 15in laptop on the market, measuring 19mm at its thickest point. But it's impressively compact considering its high-end specifications. We were expecting a bulkier design due to its powerful dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU), so for a desktop replacement it is fairly slender, fitting nicely into a rucksack to carry to and from work. Although it's not up to ultrabook standards, the XPS 15 is also lightweight for its power, at 1.88kg.
Opening it up, you'll notice that Dell has given the keyboard surround of the XPS 15 a soft finish, making it feel rather luxurious against the wrists. However it is worth noting that while it does feel good to the touch, the finish does pick up smudge marks. The chassis is also prone to scratches if not protected properly during transportation.
Overall, Dell has made good use of high-quality materials and the XPS 15 impressed us with its design and build. It feels well made and has a quality finish; as a result it is a pleasure to work on, or play on, for that matter.