Pros

  • Superb keyboard offers excellent typing experience
  • Even high-end games are playable

Cons

  • Fan noise gets noticeably loud on occasion
  • Should have a 1080p display

At A Glance

Dell's latest XPS 17 offers a solid gaming experience coupled with a keyboard and ample storage, but the lack of 1080p resolution seems odd.

Manufacturer’s Description

Mind-Blowing Audio

XPS laptops are designed to be the loudest, clearest and cleanest laptops on the planet.

High-fidelity JBL speakers and Waves MaxxAudio 3 technology produce rich, full sound that delivers booming bass and razor-sharp clarity to your favorite movies, music and games.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number X17L781ELS
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
Backlight Technology LED
Storage
Storage Size 1 TB
Hard Drive RPM 7200
Hard Drive Configuration 2 x 500 GB
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Dell, Inc
UPC Code 884116067528
Manufacturer Part Number X17L781ELS
Brand Name Dell
Product Name XPS 17 Notebook
Marketing Information

Mind-Blowing Audio

XPS laptops are designed to be the loudest, clearest and cleanest laptops on the planet.

High-fidelity JBL speakers and Waves MaxxAudio 3 technology produce rich, full sound that delivers booming bass and razor-sharp clarity to your favorite movies, music and games.

Product Model X17L781ELS
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 High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick XC, xD-Picture Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Standard Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • XPS 17 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.5"
    Width 16.3"
    Depth 11.3"
    Color Silver
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Speakers Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i7
    Processor Model i7-2630QM
    Processor Speed 2 GHz
    Processor Core Quad-core (4 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM67 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    TouchPad Features Multi-touch Gesture

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 109.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 2:35   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 284.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 360.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 194.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 372.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 333.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 350.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 222.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 307.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 196.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 142.51   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 139.26   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 87.75   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 85.67   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 60.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 51.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 82.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 74.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 70.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 57.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 95.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 94.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 347.0