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View Full Version : Dell XPS 15: Multimedia Powerhouse for Under $900

Michael Knutson
10-31-2010, 12:30 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/dell-xps-15.aspx#axzz13oFwYPPK' target='_blank'>http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lap...x#axzz13oFwYPPK</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"With plenty of solid mainstream notebooks available for under $700, a machine with a nearly $900 starting price needs to bring something special to the table. Fortunately, Dell's XPS 15 (starting at $849) offers a lot more than just a Core i5 processor and 1GB Nvidia graphics card."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/lpt/auto/1288479907.usr17748.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>Starting at $849 (with many available options) and a bit bulky at 6.1-pounds, the Dell XPS 15 offers a lot for users looking for more of a high-end laptop. Great JBL sound and the ability to play 3D video (when coupled with a compatible 3D TV). The XPS 15 is able to make Skype HD 720p calls (but results weren't optimal). With a silver anodized aluminum lid, Dell bucks the trend toward designer cases here, but I personally like the more classic look. The keyboard is backlit, but the keys are flat, rather than (chiclet) island-style. Video playback is smooth at 720p and 1080p. The overall verdict: great for multimedia; adequate for gaming; battery life is below average; gets rather warm in use, but overall, a great laptop for use around the house (because of the short battery life.&nbsp;</p>