Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS Review

The DELL XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS steps up to fill the gap for visual artists who have been looking for a notebook that can handle video editing and photography. It marks all the boxes of a decent and powerful laptop. Its features will get even the most demanding users at peace. The Ultra-thin and light laptop features a 7th generation core i7 processor capable of running up to 3.8GHZ. The massive 16GB of RAM and 512 SSD is all what a power user can dream of having packed in their system. This is coupled with Nvidia Gaming GPU GTX 1050 that can push around many gaming titles. The 15.6 inch comes with a 4K touch screen display with hardware calibration support and 100 percent Adobe RGB with excellent accuracy.

The 2017 model maintains its premium build, terrific screen, svelte design and a full feature set that sets it apart from the 2016 MacBook Pro. The system is great for photo and graphics work as well as gaming giving it an upper hand over Mac’s only stand out feature of a clever Touch Bar. All these features comes at a price but considering what you get, it is worth every penny spent on it.

Design

The DELL XPS9560 maintains the great looks, build and material with its predecessor the XPS 9550. The laptop looks clean with an understated silver and black aesthetic. It comes with an aluminum chassis, a soft-touch carbon fibre-composite palm rests and a razor-thin screen bezel.

The silver aluminum display lid has rounded corners with a black Dell Logo embossed at the center of the lid. There is a fingerprint scanner under the lid together with a black plush soft to the touch deck. There is a battery indicator to the right of the laptop with five lights which comes in handy to show the amount of juice remaining before draining the tank.

It measures 14×9.27×0.66 inches and weighs 3.9 pounds which is relative to other laptops in the competition such as the HP Spectre x360. While we could expect it to be lighter than this, it does better than the MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Dispaly and the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T. Carrying the XPS 15 around in your hands is a pleasure, thanks to the rubber strips on the bottom.

Performance

Under the hood, the Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS packs Intel Quad-core i7-7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8GHz that can run up to 3.8GHz with turbo boost technology. The processor offers great performance with few processors rivaling it. It can literally handle any demanding work thrown at it including image and video editing without stuttering.

The system comes with 16 GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM. Now this is more than many folks can use in their day to day tasks. However, if you want to push it further, the system allows you to add the memory to a maximum of 32GB. I don’t know any serious computer geek who is in need of all that memory at least for now.

There is more. Inside the unit is a 512 GB M.2 form factor Solid State Drive with PCle interface. The SSD guarantees faster booting speeds and loading of programs apart from providing plenty of storage space for your files and documents. If the space is not enough for you, then the free 2.5 inch slot will allow you to install a regular SATA hard drive. If you know a thing or two about computers, this is not a hard task to accomplish.

The Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS could equally pass across as a gaming rig. The introduction of an NVIDIA GTX 1050 with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM is a great improvement over the NVIDIA GTX 960M in the XPS 9550. Gaming enthusiasts can sit pretty as this allows them to play every current game with high settings.

Throwing games at the gaming monster such as The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4, you can expect +30FPS on high settings and 1080p resolution. On the same settings, GTA 5 can deliver up to 60FPS. Similarly, the dell delivers 43FPS in Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1080p and with the high settings preset.It goes without saying that less demanding titles like League of Legends, Minecraft and sports games like FIFA run smoothly in this system. The only set back here is that the Dell is not future ready as it does not support Virtual Reality (VR).

Connectivity

The Dell XPS comes with a decent complement of connectors same as the 2016 model. It includes two USB 3.1 gen 1 (5Gbps) Type A ports for faster transfer of data, a full size HDMI 1.4 port for extending the display, a Thunderbolt 3 port and an Analog combo jack for headphones. The Thunderbolt 3 supports DisplayPort over USB-C and charging using USB-Power Delivery. This is a step towards the right direction for Dell making it possible for the system to support both USB-C and the traditional barrel charger for charging. However, the thunderbolt 3 port might hinder future external graphics support on the system but that one is neither here nor there.

You won’t get an optical drive in this device for the obvious reasons concerning space. Instead, there is an SD card reader which works magnificently well with phenomenal read speeds. The AS SSD achieves a transfer rate of about 253 MB/s with the Toshiba Exceria SDHC UHS –II test card over the possible 260MB/s. Now this is awesome considering that cheaper machines offer transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s. The system is capable of transferring 1 GB worth of photos from the card to a desktop within 9 minutes.

Internet connectivity is available through a 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi card and Bluetooth 4.0. The slim profile of the laptop eliminates all the big ports including the RJ-45 for networking cable. This can however, be cured by use of a USB to RJ-45 dongle if wired internet is a necessity.

Display

The 15.6-inch touch-enabled 4K display remains the Dell XPS highlight point with a resolution of 3840 by 2160. The resolution makes the screen incredibly sharp and clear thus making it a good companion for web design, graphic design and those working on large spreadsheets. Dell employed its Infinity Edge display technology to deliver a razor-thin screen bezel that allows the 15.6 inch display to fit inside a 14-inch body. The technology maximizes on the screen real estate without compromising portability apart from making the Dell XPS a site to behold. Additionally, the thin Bezels offer wider viewing angles with little to no distortion when viewing from extreme positions.

The laptop features a 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut and a preinstalled Adobe PremierColor that makes it possible to automatically adjust every webpage, program, image and video to represent through colors. The color accuracy in photos and films is a big feat that dwarfs systems in the competition such as the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T that proclaims 74 percent adobe RGB.

Webcam and Audio

Dell still seems to struggle with the speaker quality and the webcam. While it is understandable that the thin Bezel won’t allow Dell to fix the webcam at top of the Display, its position at the bottom bezel near the hinges is not satisfying. This means the webcam is looking up your nose all the time. This one is a miss for regular users of the webcam for skype video calls or video conferencing. However, getting an external camera might save you the discomfort. It is now clear that Dell is not keen on addressing this frustrating issue as it continues to come up with every Infinity Edge laptop that they produce.

The speakers is also another grey area in the Dell XPS. They do not befit the status of such a premium laptop but they are reasonably good with a small amount of bass and stereo separation. This is one area that the MacBook Pro eschews the Dell XPS as it comes with better speakers that are powerful.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The system packs a full-size, backlit, chiclet-style keyboard offering 1.3mm of travel. The keys are well-spaced and the action is responsive on this keyboard. It is a little spongy as it lacks the clacky feedback that you get with the MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display. It is among the best keyboards that you can get in a Windows laptop.

The trackpad has a nice precision with the smooth surface feeling great under your fingers. The systems has no tracking or responsiveness issues. It also supports all the multi-finger gestures you can use in Windows 10 as well as having an instant and reliable response.

Battery Life

The Dell XPS has a good battery life but the presence of the 4K display shortens its life thus it cannot get you through a full workday without running out of juice. Powering all the pixels takes a toll on the battery and you will struggle to get 5 hours out of the XPS 15 in everyday mixed use. This is common with most 4K displays such as the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T. You can however, calibrate the brightness to around 100 lux which is under 50 percent brightness as way of improving the battery life.

Conclusion

The Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS graces the power category with its unrivalled ability to shine as a multimedia powerhouse for demanding users. The system packs enough power to handle any application or work thrown at it. It is great in almost all spheres as it packs a decent battery life, solid performance and other futuristic features such as the USB-C port with thunderbolt 3. This is quite an expensive machine with all the bells and whistles and you’re getting quite a lot for your money.If you are ready to step up to a laptop that offers much more than your standard laptop then you may want to consider the Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS. This well-built and sturdy laptop will impress even the most demanding of users with top quality hardware, performance and top-notch features.

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