Dell XPS 15 (2020) review

The Dell XPS 15 is easily the best 15-inch laptop on the market, and in a lot of ways it’s the best laptop period. It’s extremely powerful, stylish and light enough to carry around town. We seriously can’t find anything that holds it back.

The Dell XPS 15 (2020) continues the long tradition of excellent entries in the XPS line. It delivers all it promises, making it an easy recommendation and setting it apart from most laptops out there.

If there’s a laptop where the sum of its parts is greater than its individual pieces, the Dell XPS 15 (2020) fits that bill. It comes with a gorgeous screen, comfy keyboard, a quality trackpad, and, unlike most laptops, good sounding speakers. It also comes with enough horsepower to get you through just about any workload you can throw at it. It is not underwhelming when it comes to its internals.

One of the best things about it is the relatively low starting price. A 10th-generation Intel Core i5 Comet Lake CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD starts at just $1,299 (about £1,030, AU$1,890), much cheaper than the 16-inch MacBook Pro. While the Macbook Pro does come with a better processor, the i7, and 16GB of RAM, it also starts at $2,399. Unless you have to work in macOS, the Dell XPS 15 (2020) is an attractive alternative that could get some Mac users to make the switch.

For anyone looking for that perfect laptop in the 15 or 16-inch range, the Dell XPS 15 (2020) will probably check most of the boxes you can come up with. It doesn’t matter if you just want to check email, do some gaming, or get some productivity done, it’s very possible that this will be the best laptop you can choose for yourself.

Even though Amazon Prime Day has passed, there are still some great lingering deals to check out. You can also wait for Black Friday, which rolls around at the end of November, so you can find some great deals then. Either way, Dell likes to offer some enticing deals during these holiday shopping events so keep your eyes peeled for some attractive discounts.

Price and availability

CPU: 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-10875H (8-core, 16MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 5.1GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,933MHz)
Screen: 15.6-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,400) touch
Storage: 512GB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, M.2)
Ports: 2x USB-C 3.1 with Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB-C 3.1, 1 x SD card reader, combi audio jack
Connectivity: Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
Camera: 1080p IR Webcam
Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.05 kg)
Size: 13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches (344.72 x 230.14 x 18 mm; W x D x H)

The Dell XPS 15 2020 is available now, starting at $1,299 (about £1,030, AU$1,890) in the US. For that price tag, you’re getting a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, all behind a 1080p non-touch display. 

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