Dell XPS 15 (2020) review

Dell's latest and greatest XPS 15Still has the same kind of design on the outside, still has the carbon fiber keyboard, it’s a great looking device, and it's a great performing device, for what it is. As well as, a bigger picture discussion on whether this device is for you.     


Dell XPS 15 Specifications

Now, one of the main features they've added this year is the option for an OLED panel on the display. And it's a nice-looking display. Now this isn't the first OLED panel. if you're watching stuff that supports HDR or just stuff that has a lot of colors and can show off the vibrancy, and the benefits of an OLED screen, this thing

 looks AWESOME. But I have to say, in comparison to the previous 4K panel they had available, and they still have that option of like, just the 4K, regular IPS panel. It’s not THAT much better. It’s not to say that the OLED panel doesn't look amazing, it’s just that the original 4K panel that you could've gotten with the XPS 

15 last year was such a nice-looking panel, to begin with. Now if you're worried about OLED screen burn-in on a laptop. I've done a couple tests, I’ve had a screen that just had a static image for over 30 days and there were no issues with it. So, I feel like, for these panels, the Samsung OLED panels that we're seeing a lot of this year, they’re perfectly fine for OLED longevity. Okay, 

I want to talk about performance. This is a device that's running the 9th Gen i9, so it's an eight-core CPU, as well as the GTX 1650, a reasonably powerful GPU from NVidia. 

Why Can't You Play games on Dell XPS 15?

When this device launched 4 years ago, it had thermal limitations. Because they're trying to put some powerful stuff into a relatively thin, and light device.4 years later, it still has very similar thermal characteristics to the original model

 from 2016. Now, some people look at these devices as a kind of business laptop, or kind of like a workstation laptop, that is powerful, and looks relatively good, in a thin and light package. But there are a lot of people and, 

myself included a few years ago, that look at this device, like a nice-looking gaming laptop. You should be able to play games on it because it is so powerful. Because it is running an Nvidia video card. BUT this is NOT a gaming laptop. And this is something that I think a lot of people just must drill into their minds when it comes to the XPS-branding device. As much as we want it to be, as much as it 

SHOULD be because it has great hardware in it, it cannot play games properly to the full extent of what this hardware should be capable of. 

Dell XPS 15 Some Pros & Cons

Now there's something that I thought was a little bit strange. This device does not have an undervolted CPU. We’ve seen companies like Acer and Razer and even Apple, they all undervolted their CPUs to get the best possible thermal performance on their devices Because this is such a thin and light chassis design, I would've thought that they would've just taken the opportunity to undervolted it as well. Because I manually undervolted it and you do get better performance when you dour, other things.

 Now I'm not saying that I like the Razor Blade over the X-That's a lie. I play a lot of games; therefore, I go for it (Razer). If you play games, and you want to get a device with the intent of playing games regularly, DO NOT get the XPS 15 . You’ll be disappointed. 

 I like how its ages, so it doesn't get gross and bad over time. It just stays really clean over the years, if you wipe down occasionally. And the keyboard layout is good, but I never loved the keyboard layout on the Razor Blade. XPS 15  a good device overall, except I really wish they would fix the thermals. 


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