Dell XPS 17 9700 Review Rundown

DellPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of Dell XPS 17 9700 Laptop (17-inch)
Neoscore* 77%
  • Extremely lightweight for a 17-inch laptop
  • Very good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Only one USB-C adapter
  • Only 12 months of warranty


Dell has translated the look and feel of the already excellent XPS 15 to a 17-inch size almost perfectly. The XPS 17 is at its best for "bursty" operations like browsing or video editing where the system isn't at high utilization for hours at a time. The impressive hardware and appealing visual design will draw eyes, but some basic aspects need some more attention.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
It's easy to become enamored by the design and visual style of the XPS 17. Dell has translated the look and feel of the already excellent XPS 15 to a 17-inch size. Idling on desktop consumes just 5 W to 6 W when on the lowest brightness setting. Power consumption becomes strange when running higher loads like gaming.
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  • Very good battery life for a 17-inch laptop
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Very long battery life
  • Very fast SD card reader
  • Extremely warm temperatures when running on battery power
  • Keyboard keys feel weaker than on the XPS 15


Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Dell offers two different 16:10 screens for the XPS 17. In addition to the glossy 4K touchscreen, you can also get a matte FHD+ panel. The base model is equipped with a quad-core processor from Intel. We would have liked to see at least a modern 6-core CPU for the high price.
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  • Matte FHD panel
  • High-quality case
  • Very good input devices
  • Good battery life
  • High price
  • High power consumption under load


Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The XPS 17 uses the same keyboard as the XPS 15 – and that's a double-edged sword. The carbon-fibre coating and a shining aluminium body make for a modern laptop classic. Build quality remains great and the display's tiny bezels mean the laptop is just 248mm wide. There are no full-size USB ports and no HDMI output.
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  • Slim and light for a 17.3in laptop
  • Bright 16:10 screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Nothing in particular


1. ^ Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 Laptop Review: Pretty Much A MacBook Pro 17. notebookcheck. 2020-07-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Dell XPS 17 9700 (2020) review. techadvisor. 2021-03-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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