Dell XPS 15 (2014): Conclusion

May 12, 2014 by Charles P Jefferies Reads (271,183)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Dell XPS 15Conclusion

The XPS 15 is an impressive premium 15.6-inch notebook that we’re happy to recommend. Its Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display has outstanding picture quality; no corners were cut with the lightweight (4.44 lbs) aluminum and carbon fiber construction; it has ample performance for just about any application except high-end gaming; the keyboard and clickpad have a good feel; the speakers get loud enough and the battery life is impressive.

The downsides we noted are that the glass display can create reflections in well-lit areas; and the keyboard layout should have been expanded to accommodate certain dedicated keys like Home and PgDn. We also noticed the bottom of the chassis can get quite warm under heavy load.

The XPS 15 is classified as a premium notebook starting at $1,599 with our fully loaded review unit coming in at $2,349. The best value is probably the $1,999 model which includes the Quad HD+ display and a 256GB SSD (our review model has a 512GB). Overall it’s a fair price for the quality and technology.

We’re happy to extend our recommendation and Editor’s Choice award to the Dell XPS 15 for all-around excellence in a nearly compromise free package.

Editors ChoicePros:

  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good touchpad
  • High performance
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Keyboard layout needs improvement
  • Gets warm under heavy workloads


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  1. samis113

    If this Dell notebook works anything like my 1 year old Inspiron I would suggest everyone stay clear of this product.

  2. vvijayn

    dont buy dell laptops I purchased recently in one year time duration my motherboard got replaced 3 time with same problem. now my battery permanently dead see how dell company works.