Dell adds eighth-gen goodness to its evergreen XPS 15 laptop

Dell's XPS 15 notebook has made a name for itself as one of the best premium Windows notebooks around. The company recently introduced a 2-in-1 version of this machine with Intel's G-series processors inside, and now it's time for the traditional version to get more cores and threads thanks to Intel's recently-revealed eighth-gen mobile Core processors. Let's dig in and take a look at the refreshed version of Dell's clamshell XPS 15.

Buyers will be able to configure the XPS 15 (model 9570) with the quad-core Intel Core i5-8300H, the six-core i7-8750HQ, or a non-descript Intel Core i9 processor that's probably the i9-8950HK. Although the default choice for graphics is the processors' IGP, the machines will have options for a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, both with 4 GB of RAM.

The default display is a 1920×1080 screen with 100% sRGB coverage, a claimed 1200:1 contast ratio, and maximum brightness up to 400 cd/m2. The tempting display option is the 4K touch display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage and a claimed 1500:1 contrast ratio. Storage options include a combo set with a 128-GB SSD along with a 1-TB SSD, and solid-state storage up to a 1-TB NVMe drive.

Dell says the new XPS 15 can go for a purported 20.5 hours without a meeting with a power plug, though we figure that's for models with the optional 97-Whr battery pack at best. The XPS 15 tips the scales at bewteen 4 lb (1.8 kg) to 4.5 lb (2 kg) depending on the exact model. The newest XPS 15s start at $1000 and will be available in May of this year.

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    • DrCR
    • 2 years ago

    Wish it had MagSafe. That’s one feature I’m almost utterly unwilling to live without.

    Edit: Typo

    • fix
    • 2 years ago

    What is the point of a narrow top bezel when you have so much unused space below the screen? When will non-Apple providers start using this space?

      • synthtel2
      • 2 years ago

      Putting the keyboard and screen so close together (as in all laptops) is an ergonomic problem, and this is marginally less bad.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      How do you mean Apple uses the bottom bezel?

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    OK, this is sexy.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 2 years ago

    My XPS 15 9560 has easily been the best laptop I’ve owned. I wish I’d had the option of a 6-core and the 1050ti though… that’d push it over the edge into fantastic territory (considering I do simulation and rendering work as well as games), although the vanilla 1050 is certainly no slouch. Gets a solid 60fps in a surprisingly large number of games at 1080p res.

    If it was possible to pack 64GB of RAM into this, I’d seriously consider the upgrade.

    The only real downside is the damned nostrilcam(tm).

    Edit: Ah, just checked – I thought there was a big jump in performance from the 1050 to 1050ti, but they’re pretty similar… the jump comes with the 1060, which rings in around double the 1050’s performance.

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      This is the only windows laptop other than the new Asus ROG one that I’ve wanted rather than a MacBook. Good to hear that you like yours.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        My XPS 13 had unreal build quality (but not internal component longevity).

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      Also note that the XPS 15 9560 is notorious for throttling under GPU load. If this refresh comes with better thermal management, that in itself would be a nice boost on top of the ~30% 1050->1050Ti improvement.

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