Early Verdict The Dell XPS 15 for 2019 addresses the laptop’s most glaring flaw – the webcam placement – but doesn’t do much more than this beyond som
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The Dell XPS 15 for 2019 addresses the laptop’s most glaring flaw – the webcam placement – but doesn’t do much more than this beyond some updated internals. This feels like a missed opportunity to bring Dell’s flagship 15-inch laptop in line with the rest of its redesigned XPS range.
Webcam has finally moved
Core i9 power
Gorgeous OLED screen option
No major redesign
Dell took to Computex 2019 with some wild new designs for some of its flagship 2-in-1 laptops and gaming laptops … oh, and its flagship 15-inch laptop got a refresh that’s more powerful than ever, too. That’s essentially how it feels to cover the Dell XPS 15 of 2019: it’s a footnote to a far more exciting sentence.The XPS 15 webcam has finally been moved to its rightful place, and the internals have received a sizable boost over last year. But, that’s just about all that’s going on with the laptop this year.You’re sure to see a more powerful XPS 15 than ever before, but that’s really about it, which simply isn’t as exciting as totally new directions for its other flagship products debuting at Computex.Price and availabilityDell is calling for an entirely appropriate $999 (about £790, AU$1,450) for the starting XPS 15 configuration in 2019. That price gets you a decent amount of power: a 9th-generation, quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (CPU), 8GB of 2,666MHz memory (RAM) and a 256GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) behind a 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display.Of course the star of this show would be the fully kitted out configuration, which Dell has yet to detail pricing on. A maxed out XPS 15 for 2019 comes with an 8-core Intel Core i9 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics (4GB GDDR5), a whopping 64GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD behind an OLED 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) multitouch display.You’ll likely be able to access those enhanced Nvidia graphics somewhere in between the extremes of the available configurations, as has been the case in the past. We do know that the minimum amount to get that gorgeous OLED display will be $1,899 (about £1,500, AU$2,730) – not bad considering most laptop OLED configurations cost upwards of $2,000.So, you’re looking at getting an impressive amount of performance out of this year’s XPS 15 for not much more than an XPS 13 currently costs. Dell has not yet to disclose availability information for the XPS 15 beyond that it’s “coming soon.”Image 1 of 7Image 2 of 7Image 3 of 7Image 4 of 7Image 5 of 7Image 6 of 7Image 7 of 7Design and displayWhile we’re ecstatic to see that Dell has finally moved the webcam from beneath the display to above it, we’re deflated to realize that just about nothing else regarding the design has changed. If Dell had already invested in moving this crucial design element, why not take this opportunity to revisit other facets of the XPS 15 look and feel?For instance, we could do with either top-firing stereo speakers or a number pad on the keyboard to make up for that seemingly wasted space on either side of the keys.Instead, we’re getting the same design as the last one or two iterations of this laptop: an aluminum-clad lid and base with a black carbon fiber palm rest surrounding the keyboard. There’s nothing outwardly wrong with this design … it just looks and feels dated besides the entirely fresh-looking- and-feeling XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 for 2019.That said, Dell did improve upon the keyboard this year, though only in modifying the font on the keys to something less robotic-looking
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