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Dell XPS 17 9700 Laptop (17-inch)

MSRP 1500 USDNEX score 78%

Product Overview

After 10 years, the Dell XPS 17 returns as the smallest 17-inch laptop in the industry at launch. Its gorgeous 4-sided InfinityEdge display with 16:10 aspect ratio makes it smaller than half of the 15-inch laptops on the market.
Thanks to Dell's unique thermal solution, the XPS 17 manages to drive the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics.
Machined from two pieces of aluminium, the XPS 17 is lightweight yet strong and durable. The new hinge design works in concert with the 4-sided InfinityEdge display. With up to UHD+ (3840x2400) resolution, the display on the XPS 17 is equipped with Eyesafe technology that reduces blue light emission. It is topped by the smallest HD webcam discretely hidden in the bezel.
Along with XPS 15, the XPS 17 is the first laptop to feature Waves Nx 3D audio.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good audio quality
  • Great battery life
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • Slow response times on 4K panel
  • Mediocre performance
  • No SD card reader
  • No 4K option
  • No dedicated GPU
  • High price for a 17-inch laptop
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
4x USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 / DP + SD + headphone/mic combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 (Killer AX1650 2x2), Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
56 or 97 Wh
Speakers
2x 1.5W tweeters + 2x 2.5W woofers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
248.05 mm
Size | Height
19.5 mm
Size | Width
374.45 mm
Weight
From 2.11 kg (non-touch, 56Wh); from 2.51 kg (touch, 97Wh)

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:10
Brightness
500 nits
Display Diagonal
17"
Resolution
UHD+ (3840x2400) or FHD+ (1920x1200)

Function

Graphics
Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Processor
10th gen Intel Core i5, i7
Touch Screen
UHD model only

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 64GB (2x DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4 2933MHz
Storage
Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

Production

Debut
2020-05-13

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 Laptop Review: Pretty Much A MacBook Pro 17. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-17-9700-Core-i7-Laptop-Review-Pretty-Much-A-MacBook-Pro-17.480975.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell XPS 17 9700 Review - Multimedia laptop with bright matte FHD panel and long battery runtime. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-17-9700-Review-Multimedia-laptop-with-bright-matte-FHD-panel-and-long-battery-runtime.501444.0.html. 2020-11-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Dell XPS 17 9700 (2020) review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/dell-xps-17-9700-2020-3802628/. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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