Dell XPS 8300 Review

by J.R. Nelson Reads (55,968)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 10
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 10
    • Total Score:
    • 8.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Sturdy build
    • Built-in wireless
    • Fast CPU and GPU
    • Good keyboard and mouse


  • Cons

    • Unchanged design
    • Limited graphics selection


Quick Take

It’s fast and friendly, and for most people, that’s more than enough.

Dell’s XPS brand was long held as a top choice for consumers when it came gaming and high performance machines. After acquiring Alienware, however, Dell transitioned the XPS brand into the Studio XPS, targeting it at more fashion-conscious consumers. Longtime fans heralded news of its return, but can XPS regain its former glory? Let’s find out.


  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.40GHz
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage: 1.5TB HDD @ 7200RPM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5870 
  • Optical storage: Blu-ray readable / DVD+/-RW 
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 16.02 x 7.31 x 17.9 inches (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 22.4 pounds
  • Warranty: One year limited parts and labor

What’s in the box:

  • Dell XPS 8300 desktop
  • Wireless keyboard
  • Wireless mouse
  • Wireless desktop USB dongle
  • Power cord
  • Product manuals


Dell XPS 8300

Build and design
At first look, it’s difficult to tell the difference between Dell’s XPS 8300 and its predecessor, the Studio XPS 8100.  In fact, it’s difficult to tell the difference at a second look, or even a third. That’s because the chassis is identical between the two systems, from the white metal and plastic body construction to the glossy black plastic covering the front. WithoutCheck out our full gallery of Dell XPS 8300 images here! looking at the branding on the sides (studio XPS vs XPS), it’s impossible to tell the two apart.

While that might be considered a slight dig at Dell, it doesn’t mean that the computer is in any way unworthy. It’s been a long time since people have qualified Dell as selling little more than boring beige and grey, and in those years, the company has stepped up their game.



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