Dell XPS 15 Review: A great laptop gets bigger and a little better

The XPS 15 offers smoking performance in an extremely compact package.

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Carrying the XPS 15 around in your hands is a pleasure, thanks to the rubber strips on the bottom. A lot of these metal-bodied laptops feel like they’re just one slip away from disaster, but you’d have to try to drop the XPS 15 for destruction to happen.

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The XPS 15 has the smallest footprint of the 15.6-inch laptops we’ve seen. Clockwise from top left: Dell’s XPS 13, HP’s Spectre X360 15T, Samsung’s Book 9 Pro, Dell’s XPS 15

Conclusion

The XPS 15’s keyboard could be bigger. The backlight-bleeding issue could use some work. But the overwhelming amount of people interested in this size of laptop buy these machines for performance, and that’s where the XPS 15 shines.

Sure, it’s not quite the tiny, game-changing laptop that the XPS 13 was, but that’s not entirely fair. As anyone who has suffered sibling rivalry knows, sibling means sibling. Not twin. Siblings have to find their own path forward, not just follow, and the XPS 15 does that quite well.

Correction: After getting a report from a reader that the XPS 15 does indeed support charging over USB Type C, I have updated the review to reflect the information. PCWorld regrets the error.

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Dell’s new XPS 15 gives you a lot more screen real-estate over the award-winning Dell XPS 13.

At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Reasonably compact and light
    • Class-leading CPU and graphics performance
    • Easy to open

    Cons

    • Backlight bleeding
    • Some models should have optional larger battery available
    • Keyboard should be a little larger
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