Pros

  • Surprisingly good keyboard
  • Excellent look, feel, and build quality

Cons

  • touchy trackpad
  • mediocre display

At A Glance

If the display was higher resolution and offered better off-axis viewing angles, this would be our favorite Ultrabook.

Manufacturer’s Description

Movies, Games and 3D Videos Come to Life

3D your way. You only see movies in 3D. You prefer your games to jump out at you. You have a brand new, state-of-the-art 3DTV. Now you can take the media you already enjoy, the way you like it best - lifelike, immersive, eye-popping and interactive - and enjoy it in your home or everywhere you go.

Connect to the World

Video conferencing is now even easier with Dell and Skype. The new XPS 17 is one of the first laptops to be certified by Skype and offers preinstalled Skype software standard on every XPS 17.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DNDOCQ13
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Audio Line In Yes
Audio Line Out Yes
eSATA/USB Combo Yes
DisplayPort Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.30 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce GT 550M
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1 GB
Storage
Storage Size 640 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 7200
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Dell, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number DNDOCQ13
UPC Code 884116082255
Brand Name Dell
Product Name XPS 17 Notebook
Marketing Information Movies, Games and 3D Videos Come to Life

3D your way. You only see movies in 3D. You prefer your games to jump out at you. You have a brand new, state-of-the-art 3DTV. Now you can take the media you already enjoy, the way you like it best - lifelike, immersive, eye-popping and interactive - and enjoy it in your home or everywhere you go.

Connect to the World

Video conferencing is now even easier with Dell and Skype. The new XPS 17 is one of the first laptops to be certified by Skype and offers preinstalled Skype software standard on every XPS 17.

Product Model DNDOCQ13
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.dell.com
Product Line XPS
Product Series 17
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard (MMC), xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick XC
Standard Memory 6 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • XPS 17 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.5"
    Width 16.3"
    Depth 11.3"
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Speakers Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i5
    Processor Model i5-2410M
    Processor Speed 2.30 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 3 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM67 Express

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    Worldbench Score 136.0
    Worldbench Version 7
    Battery
    Battery Life 6:26   (hh:mm)
    Start Up
    Start Up 16.9   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Productivity
    PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 3069.0   score (higher is better)
    Web Browsing
    Web Performance 9.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Storage Performance
    File Compression 714.6   seconds (lower is better)
    Hard Drive File Operations 95.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 271.2   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 243.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Audio Encoding 185.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Power Usage
    WorldBench Green Score 94.0
    Working power usage 2.1   Watt hours
    Idle power usage 8.4   Watts
    Gaming
    Gaming Score 88.0
    Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 10.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 20.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 12.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 25.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 15.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 21.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 30.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 42.3   Frames per second (higher is better)