Dell XPS 15 9500 Review Rundown
Dell | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1. ^ The Dell XPS 15 Might Be the Best All-Around Laptop You Can Buy. Gizmodo. 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 2. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 review: The photo editor's new friend. Cnet. 2020-06-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 3. ^ Dell XPS 15 (9500) review: Best 15-inch laptop you can buy. Digitaltrends. 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 4. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review. Laptopmag. 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 5. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5 Review: Now Even More Like a MacBook Pro. Notebookcheck. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 6. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Laptop Review: No Core i9 Nonsense. Notebookcheck. 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 7. ^ Dell XPS 15 (9500) Review. Pcmag. 2020-06-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 8. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 Review: Buy this laptop instead of a MacBook Pro 16. Pcworld. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 9. ^ Dell XPS 15 9500 (2020) review. Techadvisor. 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 10. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review. Techradar. 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 11. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) review: new design, familiar problems. Theverge. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 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 2021-03-07.
- 14. ^ Dell XPS 15 (2020) Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
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