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Dell XPS 17 Review

The XPS lineup by Dell is one of the premium categories offering one of the best laptop designs, build quality with powerful hardware. The new Dell XPS 17 has one of the best designs on a laptop with a great build quality, which gives it a premium feel. The design of the XPS 17 is similar to the Dell XPS 15. Packed with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and RTX graphics, the Dell XPS 17 has an excellent performance. Although with a bigger chassis compared to the XPS 15 and increased weight, the XPS 17 is not as portable.

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Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-10875H (16M Cache, up to 5.10 GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6
  • Display: 17″ FHD/4K, 60Hz, 100% sRGB
  • Memory: up to 64 GB DDR4 2933MHz
  • I/O: 3x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, SD card reader, Audio Jack
  • Battery: 97Whr
  • Price: from $1,399

Dell XPS 17 Price and Configuration

The starting price for the Dell XPS 17 is $1,399. The base model has a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, no dedicated graphics card, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. A dedicated graphics card, 10th i7 processor and 512GB SSD would be a $500 upgrade. For $2,849, you will get a 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10875H processor, a much more powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 MAX-Q graphics card with 6GB VRAM, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. The most expensive model costs $2,999 which has the same hardware, but 32GB RAM.

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Dell XPS 17 Performance

Despite having a very thin chassis, the Dell XPS 17 performs really well. With up to 10th Gen i7 processor, and RTX 2060 MAX-Q graphics card, the XPS 17 performs very well. But if you’re a gamer, you can get much more powerful devices at a lower price. Compared to the Dell XPS 15, the XPS 17 performs better in every benchmark or video game. The Dell XPS 17 also features RTX graphics card which has ray tracing capability.

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Dell XPS 17 Temperature

The XPS lineup has always struggled with heat management and thermals, but the vapor chamber in the XPS 17 is a very significant upgrade. The thermal system has been improved significantly and does a great job at keeping the device cool. The GPU in the XPS 15 peaks at 82°C, but only 73°C in the XPS 17 which explains how significant the vapor chamber is.

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Dell XPS 17 Design

This is where the XPS 17 shines at. The design on the XPS 17 makes it stand out among the other competitors. The Dell XPS 17 has one of the best designs on a laptop with great build quality which gives it a premium feel. With a silver aluminum exterior, comfortable soft-touch keyboard deck, and InfinityEdge display, it is very similar to the XPS 15 and has a stunning design.

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Dell XPS 17 Display

The Dell XPS 17 has a 4K touch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The InfinityEdge display that cuts out the bezels on all 4 sides, including the bottom bezel, makes it a truly seamless display. The 16:10 aspect ratio gives it more horizontal space, making it perfect for productivity work. The display is very accurate and covers 100% sRGB, 99% AdobeRGB, and 92% DCIP3 which makes it the best choice for content creators.

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Dell XPS 17 Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard is the same as the one on XPS 15. The XPS 17 has a standard size keyboard with large spacious keys and good key travel, which provides excellent typing experience. The keyboard deck is also a soft touch material which makes it more comfortable to use.

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The touchpad on the XPS 17 is massive. It has a glass surface which makes it smooth to touch, and gives a premium feel.

Dell XPS 17 Webcam

The webcam on the XPS 17 is a standard 720p camera. Despite having incredibly thin bezels, Dell managed to squeeze a camera at the top of the screen. For $2,999, it’s expected to have a better camera with better contrast and image quality, but it still gets the job done.

Dell XPS 17 Audio

The speakers on the XPS 17 is forward-facing with great sound quality. The quad speakers on the XPS 17 sound much better compared to the speakers on XPS 15. Although it starts to distort at audio levels above 80 and it doesn’t sound as good as Apple’s MacBook 16.

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Dell XPS 17 Overview

The Dell XPS 17 is the best and most powerful laptop in the XPS lineup. The device packs 10th Gen Intel processor and RTX graphics card in a very slim chassis, with a vapor chamber that keeps the hardware cool. The InfinityEdge display on the XPS 17 is one of the best displays on a laptop with stunning color accuracy and brightness. The design is the best thing about the XPS 17 with the amazing build quality. The Dell XPS 17 is a total beast that makes it an ideal choice for content creation and even gaming.