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Dell XPS 17 9700 Review Rundown

DellPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Extremely lightweight for a 17-inch laptop
  • Very good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Only one USB-C adapter
  • Only 12 months of warranty

Summary

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.

Rundown

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Dell doesn't market its XPS series to gamers, but the XPS 17 is wholly capable of playing the latest games nonetheless. Response times on the 4K panel are somewhat slow so gamers can expect a lot of ghosting when playing fast-paced games. The integrated buttons here are soft in feedback for an unsatisfying click when pressed.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Very good audio quality
Cons[**]
  • Slow response times on 4K panel
  • High price for a 17-inch laptop

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The base model of the XPS 17 is equipped with a quad-core processor from Intel. There is no dedicated GPU, so all the graphics calculations are handled by the integrated UHD Graphics 630. The performance is obviously more than sufficient for common everyday tasks, but we would have liked to see at least a modern 6-core CPU for the high price.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS panel
  • High-contrast display
  • Very good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons[**]
  • No dedicated GPU
  • No SD card reader

techadvisor[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Dell XPS 17 9700 is a big, bold and brilliant option for creative work and battery life. It's powerful enough, but plenty of machines offer more grunt, and the stellar design is undermined by a hefty weight. The XPS is a good thermal performer, too, unlike the XPS 13 9300. There are also plenty of alternative options in our best laptop chart.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Great battery life
  • Decent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre performance
  • No 4K option

References

3. ^ Dell XPS 17 9700 (2020) review. techadvisor. 2021-03-15 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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