Dell's latest and greatest XPS 15. This is now the fourth iteration of this product. And it's good, it’s Good for what it was meant to be. But it's not as good as what it COULD have been. So, when this thing first launched 4 years ago, I think it was one of the best-looking devices available on the market at the time. 

I think a lot of people felt the same way, it was just a really, nice looking 15-inch, powerful laptop. And it was thin, it was light. But 3 years later, it's not as unique of a product as it once was. And because it's on its fourth iteration, I’m not going to go through the details of every single component. A lot of it has not changed even compared to the first iteration. Still has the same kind of design on the outside, still has the carbon fibre keyboard, it’s a great looking device, and it's a great performing device, for what it is. As well as, like 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 colour, 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 this devices 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 a 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. So, this device runs hot, it doesn't throttle as aggressively as last year's model, but it still has a very distinct thermal limitation. 

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. OH, the insides, so not a lot has changed internally, but they do have better VRM cooling. One of the issues that they've had with all the XPS chassis, before, they did not cool the VRMs properly. This year they have a heat sink on top of them. The rest of the inside hasn't really changed, it’s now running a new WIFI card, still a Killer card, but at least it's got Wi-Fi___33 6.and the battery is also unchanged, it’s still a very large battery, but on the OLED screen, it’s a little bit less than last year’s so last year I was getting over eight hours of battery life, I got seven running the exact same test, seven and three minutes ?On the same battery test as the previous generation.

I think it's cool that Dell spent the time and resources to do this. This is one of the few thin-bezel laptops that has a webcam up at the top. Okay, I think that basically wraps up shekinah physical changes with this device. And I want to talk about the value proposition you’re getting with the XPS 15 right now. If you're on the market for an XPS 15, chances are you're looking for a device that's relatively portable, but also relatively powerful. And the other device that may have popped upon your radar is the Razor Blade 15. This is my personal device. 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. Like the amount of money, you spend on an XPS 15 can be spent on a bunch of other devices that are just better for playing games. But if you want something specifically for video editing or photo editing, or just want something that is powerful for I don't know, development. But you don't play games, this is still a great option.

 The thermal issues are way less pronounced this year. And if I did not play games, I would choose the XPS 15 over the Razor Blade. One of the things I liked the most about the Dell device, is the keyboard and the keyboard deck. I love the carbon fibre love how it feels, 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. It’s a good device, overall, except I really wish they would fix the thermals. It’s weird that even after four years, they couldn't engineer themselves out of this thermal issue? But that's what we have. Now I don't think that they'll be using this design, and this chassis, going forward. I feel like next year's device is probably going to have completely new redesign. Which would be good, in my books. Like I feel like they've reached the limitations of this thing.

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