Dell XPS 15 9560 Review
The Dell XPS15 is one of the best laptops around the world which is capable of doing a lot of things according to the user’s needs. The Dell XPS 15 9560 has a powerful processor, a decent graphics chipset, an excellent screen, and a long battery life.
The size of the laptop is smaller than normal 15-inch laptop, therefore, it is one of the most portable 15-inches laptops.
The starting price of the Dell XPS 15 9560 is $999 and £1349 outside the US. The model of laptops in the US are not highly defined but it has a core i3-7100H CPU,8GB RAM and a hard drive having 32GB SSD cache. As all other versions of XPS15 have Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, but this one is quite different from them and contains integrated Intel HD Graphics 630.
However, the UK model has an Intel Core i5 HQ-series CPU, a GTX 1050 having the same storage, RAM, and screen. The £1429 model can replace the hard drive for a 256GB SSD and can be upgraded to corei7 CPU. Rather, you can also be able to get 512GB SSD for only £1599.
All of the models are having 1080p screens. But, the £1799 Dell XPS has a 4k display. However, it seems to be more expensive as compared to all of its models but is less expensive than £2699 MacBook Pro, with Touch Bar, having the same specifications.
The company is offering a one-year on-site warranty but this warranty can be extended on users demand. But, the cost will also increase accordingly, Two years of warranty will cost £97, three years will cost £172 and four years will cost £255 depending on the specs ordered.
The physical appearance of the 2017 Dell XPS15 is similar to the one released last year. The only changes include CPU up gradation to the 7th Generation Kaby Lake model and the Nvidia’s great new 10-series card graphics.
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In the competition, Dell is well ahead of due to its XPS 15’s Infinity Edge screen. The Tiny bezels in the laptop make it small in size for the one with the 15-inch display. The width of the laptop is 357mm, whereas, the 15in ASUS ZenBook UX501 is 383mm wide. The dimension of the Dell XPS 15 9560 is similar to that of MacBook Pro, thus making it easily fit in the bag.
The weight of the XPS15 is 2kg, making it difficult to be carried out with you all the time. But, it is proved to be one of the best options, if you want a laptop with a powerful quad-core processor and the 15in screen.
The Dell XPS15 has an aluminum lid and underside but the inside around the keyboard is made up of soft-touch carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. It’s top is having a carbon fiber-like finish indicating that it is not plain plastic.
This coating forms the surrounding of keyboard harder and tries to manage the new action of making something at first which seems to be High-end basic plastic. As all other models of the company are very expensive, the XPS 15 9560 is particularly unyielding.
The Dell XPS 15 9560 has two USB 3.0 ports as well as latest USB-C shape 3.1 connectors. On the right side of the laptop, there is full-size SD card slot and there is also a full-size HDMI for videos.
The laptop is not having any port for Ethernet connectivity, therefore, users will always have to use adapter using USB-C. The company has also developed a docking station for the laptops for providing you Desktop-like Connectivity and it will cost you about £155.
The laptop is having a Kensington security slot and a little 5-LED display, which displays the level of the battery when the button is pressed.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCH-PAD
As all of the 15-inch laptops are having NUM pads and the standard array of the keys, but, the Dell XPS 13 has a standard layout having larger shift keys than normal laptops do have.
The space on the right and left side of the keyboard indicates that the users will also be working in the center, not on the edges of the laptops.
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Just take a look at Track-pad, it is placed right in the center rather than at one side as it is located in the 15in and 17 in laptops. The complex difference it provides is how spontaneous the XPS 15 9560 appears.
The key quality of the laptop is good. However, key travel is normal for the laptop rather than super deep. The keys have the tough feel as provided by the decent less of resistance. It also consists of the back-light adjusted on two different levels.
After a lot of criticism faced by the company on the previous Dell XPS 15’s trackpad, the company has changed this one and eliminates floaty feel which is great. Apparently, it is not likely to fail right button clicks or phantom cursor lunges and the click action placed on. Still, there is some resistance but quick double taps won’t affect much. The surface of the laptop’S trackpad is made up of textured glass with a super-soft finish and is excellent.
The company has released the top-end version of the laptop, one with 4k (3840 x 2160) pixel screen. Just similar to the four 1080p screens bundled all together.
The laptop is having the sharp display but the color which impresses the most is that how small the screen surroundings are, It includes 99.9 percent of the sRGB color standard,96.9 percent of Adobe RGB and 91.4 percent of DCI P3. In terms of color, you can say that it is a pro-quality screen.
The screen of the laptop looks very vivid, developing games and making films looks great, however, the color is a little blueish. But Pros will calibrate it before starting their professional work.
The XPS 15’s 800:1 contrast is good and it’s less than the perfect in a room if it is set as mid-level lighting. However, some of the company’s laptops operate over 1000:1, idle for high-end IPS LCD. The model with the 4k version is having touchscreen however, all 1080p models are without touch screens.
The Dell XPS 15 9560 has to quad-core Intel Core i7-7700 HQ CPU and borderline 32 GB DDR4 RAM. But, the most of the part of the performance is being operated in a similar way as in 16 GB standard setup, as we have nothing work to do with either 16 GB or even 8 GB of RAM.
This system is very powerful than any of the other laptops because it is having quad-core HQ CPU instead of utilizing dual core U-series as appeared in slim and light laptops. It is also having desktop replacement style power, which can be extended to the core i5 spec version of £1349.
In Geek bench it has 14049 points while in PC Mark 8 it got 2810 points. The score in Geekbech4 is twice the score of Hp Spectre 13 having intel corei7 with dual-core variety.
These laptops can be converted into a real workstation if the users will upgrade their RAM according to their requirements.
Although, these laptops are not from those laptops which seem to use a system to gag for keeping fan silent. It is quite weird that a laptop with a quad-core process has not the best score in PC Mark as compared to the score of HQ i7 system.
The functionality of the Dell XPS 15 9560 does not end here because it is for the first time the new entry-level Nvidia GTX 1050 discrete graphics card has been introduced in the laptop. Users can expect that these laptops can also fall in the gaming laptops category but you can also play games on 1050 depending on the games at decent frame rates.
With the maximum graphics at 1080, the thief operates at 42.2fps and on the other hand, the Alien’s average isolation is 60fps at 1080.
Apparently, the demanding games won’t hit your PCs at 60fps and the laptop is not ideal for the gaming beyond casual titles especially 4k or VR gaming. However, it is a good gaming laptop and most importantly it is 17mm thick.
Well, the users may have many questions at how these laptops perform when operating a 4k video game. In this case, the thief’s average is 13.4fps and Alien isolation is 21fps. And if you have devoted gamer then you should prioritize laptops with GTX 1060/1070/1080 if those fall in your budget limits.
Having the aluminum lid under the processor power these laptops are expected to survive for 4-5 hours, which is standard battery life for every powerful performance laptops.
The laptops can survive for 6 hours and 24 mins if you are playing 720 videos on loop at 120cd/m brightness. Keeping in view the size of the battery, decent size 56Wh battery, the laptops can last even more than that.
Power management introduced in these laptops is dynamic by scaling back the power of CPU that should be suitable for every situation. This is the reason that the laptops remain quiet for most of the time.
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The Dell XPS 15 9560 model has decent speakers but their volume is not higher than some of the 13inch laptops but it is having an empathetic tone with the less pronounced treble as compared to MacBook.
- 15.6-inch (3840 x 2160) 4K 282ppi IPS LCD glossy
- 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ (3.8GHz boost) 4 cores, 8 threads
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB RAM
- Up to 32GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
- Up to 1TB SSD
- 802.11b/g/n/ac single-band 2×2 MIMO
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 1x USB-C 3.1
- 2x USB 3.0
- Kensington security slot
- SDXC card slot
- Stereo speakers
- HD webcam
- Single Mic
- 3.5mm headset jack
- UK tiled keyboard with number pad
- Two-button trackpad
- 57Wh lithium-ion battery, removable
- 357mm x 235mm x 17mm
- 2kg weight
- One year on-site warranty
The Dell XPS 15 9560 is a flexible laptop and is very powerful in terms of performance and other activities. It is having a good battery life. The laptop consisting of the 15in screen which is smaller than the average 15in laptop and it is capable of providing 4k resolution, thus providing the high quality of color performance for providing pro design work. The laptop looks physically good but it is not ultraportable because of its heavyweight due to heavy components inside the machine. If we compare it with MacBook Pro with Touch bar, it looks more beautiful than the MacBook, which is very expensive.