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Dell XPS 15 9500 Review Rundown

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

Overview

Photo of Dell XPS 15 9500 Laptop (15.6-inch)
Neoscore* 83%
  • Bright 16:10 display
  • Fast SD card reader
  • Long battery life
  • Improved keyboard feedback
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Below-average Core i5 performance
  • Thick bezels

Summary

Dell's XPS 15 laptops continue to be crowd-pleasers. XPS laptops have some of the fastest SD card readers for any consumer-class laptop. Like all XPS machines, the Dell XPS 2020 is fairly expensive. Dell spends valuable real estate to integrate an SD card reader into the laptop.
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

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
Despite sporting a familiar design, the new XPS 15 9570 is an entirely different beast. It's 8% thinner, half an inch narrower, and more than two-thirds of an inch shallower from front to back. New top-mounted speakers project sound at your face, instead of bouncing it off a table or your lap.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Slim and light for a 15-inch laptop
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • USB Power Delivery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Dell's XPS 15 laptops continue to be crowd-pleasers. The base configuration costs about $1,300 and comes with an Intel Core i5-10300H. If you don't need color accuracy, you can save almost $300 by going for the lower-resolution option.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, slim design
  • Bright, high-contrast 4K UHD display
  • Supports PremierColor, Dell's color management software
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only 8GB RAM and 8GB of integrated graphics

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The XPS 15 now has a 16:10 aspect ratio, for a slightly taller screen. It also has one of the most color-precise screens I've seen — even beating the MacBook Pro 16. Dell has stuffed a large 86 watt-hour battery into this model, but it still only lasts for around 6 hours on a light workload.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 16:10 screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance for the price
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 15 is a serious force to be reckoned with and a worthy addition to the Best laptops and Best 15-inch laptops pages. The base model starts at $1,299 and is toting a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-10300H processor. The model I reviewed costs $2,399 and has 32GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD and a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1200 display.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Sleek design
  • Powerful speakers
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Dell has revamped the keyboard for the XPS 15 9500. Keys are now larger than they were on the X PS 15 7590. Outdoor visibiity is better than most other Ultrabooks simply due to how bright the display is. The standard one-year limited warranty applies with plenty of extension options.
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Pros[**]
  • Smaller, lighter, and lighter than the XPS 15 7590
  • Fast SD card reader
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Very warm core temperatures when running on battery power

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
All SKUs integrate the Killer 1650s for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Core i7-10875H is rated for a maximum Turbo Boost clock rate of 4.3 GHz for all eight cores. Running on battery power will limit performance. A Fire Strike run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 17354 and 7956 points, respectively.
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Pros[**]
  • Quieter than the base Core i5 SKU when gaming or under high loads
  • Relatively cool core temperatures when idling on battery power
  • Quiet fan noise when gaming and under low loads
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
Cons[**]
  • Relatively high CPU and GPU performance when gaming
  • Slow SD card reader
  • Slow card reader

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Dell's XPS laptop line is consistently one of our favorites. This year's model-9500 update to the flagship 15-inch version is no exception. We have the optional 4K-resolution (3,840-by-2,400-pixel) touch panel on our model.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent configuration options
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcworld[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is an overdue refresh to the company's high-end workhorse. It's a complete redesign of a laptop that's changed little since 2015. On the left side of the laptop you get a wedge-shaped lock port and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Dell spends valuable real estate to integrate an SD card reader into the laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Type-C port
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Dell XPS 15 2020 is the ultimate Windows laptop. Build quality is superb, the screen is excellent, performance is good. It runs quietly for office-type jobs and the speakers are among the best ever put into a Windowsaptop. It's a mid-tier spec, and is a good one to pick as you get discrete graphics and the high-spec UHD+ screen without the cost of a Core i9 processor.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent speakers
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 15 (2020) is the closest any manufacturer has come to a perfect device. It's powerful enough to tackle most tasks this side of 3D design and sublime enough to use due to its excellent keyboard and trackpad. With a 3,840 x 2,400 display that hits 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut and 500 nits of brightness, this is one hell of a laptop.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 3D display
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Excellent sound
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Speakers sound like trash
  • Poor speakers

theverge[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 15 finally has a new look after several years of the same stale, hefty chassis. The new XPS has received Dell's new four-sided Infinity Edge display with bezels that are quite thin. The base model starts at $1,299 and includes a Core i5-10300H, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Improved keyboard and touchpad
  • Better battery life than last year's model
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Dell's latest 15-inch laptop packs 10th Gen Intel power and discrete Nvidia graphics into a slim and attractive package. The Dell XPS 15 2020 borrows the best thing about the new XPS 13: a truly 4-sided InfinityEdge display. At 13.57 x 9 x 0.7 inches and 4.5 pounds, it's roughly the same size as the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Slim, attractive design
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Thick bezels
  • Display can get noisy under heavy workload

tomshardware[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 15 (9500) isn't a gaming laptop, but it does have discrete graphics. The keyboard, which Dell claims has 1.3mm of travel, is quite comfortable. Dell's 5.9 x 3.5-inch touchpad is luxuriously large, though still smaller than some competitors, like the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 16:10 screen
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Dell XPS 15 (2020) has two 15.6-inch screen options: a non-touch Full HD panel and a touchscreen 4K display. This is the best looking 15-inch laptop I've ever seen, especially with its edge-to-edge InfinityEdge screen that essentially squeezes the bezel out of existence. Dell has increased the trackpad by 15% compared to the preceding iteration, making it absolutely massive. There's no number pad here, but I personally think that's a good thing, as other keys haven't needed to be squashed down or shunted to a corner to accommodate space for keys that a large majority of users don't need.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 16:10 screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 15 is the Windows 10 equivalent of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The screen is gorgeous, and the power under it will crunch through whatever you throw at it. Battery life is so-so; it's not as good as the smaller XPS 13.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K Ultra HD touchscreen
  • Great battery life for a 15-inch laptop
  • Lots of spec configurations available
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the smaller XPS 13

references

1. ^ The Dell XPS 15 Might Be the Best All-Around Laptop You Can Buy. gizmodo. 2020-06-12 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
2. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 review: The photo editor's new friend. cnet. 2020-06-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Dell XPS 15 (9500) review: Best 15-inch laptop you can buy. digitaltrends. 2020-06-11 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
4. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review. laptopmag. 2020-05-13 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
5. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5 Review: Now Even More Like a MacBook Pro. notebookcheck. 2020-05-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Dell XPS 15 (9500) Review. pcmag. 2020-06-19 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
8. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 Review: Buy this laptop instead of a MacBook Pro 16. pcworld. 2020-07-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 (2020) review. techadvisor. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review. techradar. 2021-03-05 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
11. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review: new design, familiar problems. theverge. 2020-06-22 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
12. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review . tomsguide. 2021-03-23 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
13. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) Review: Professional Glow-up. tomshardware. 2020-05-13 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
14. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) Review. trustedreviews. 2020-10-06 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
15. ^ Review: Dell XPS 15 (2020). wired. 2020-08-04 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. 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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