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This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.
Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Across all the laptops of a similar type and age to the XPS 15 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 300MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 430MHz. At 650 megahertz, the DELL XPS 15 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for a similar time to the XPS 15.
Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
The DELL XPS 15 is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC.
DELL Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs
Many processor core laptops manufactured by DELL have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all portable PCs (not just many processor core laptops) and found that DELL also has good ratings across its entire range.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-3xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on comparable spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The DELL XPS 15 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of a similar type and age to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all portable PCs of a similar type and age to the XPS 15.
A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC.
+11 More reasons for
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable type and age to it.
Four USB 3.0 Ports
The DELL XPS 15 is a four USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the XPS 15 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.
Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity
Many processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years have hard drive capacity of between 100GB and 1.5TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 720GB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the DELL XPS 15 has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago.
L3 Processor Cache
This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.
Nine Battery Cells
The DELL XPS 15 is a nine battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the XPS 15 only have between two and eight battery cells.
At only 14.6 inches, the DELL XPS 15 is quite narrow compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the XPS 15. The narrowest notebook PC of a comparable age and type to the XPS 15 is 14" wide and the widest is 15".
802.11g WiFi Standard
The DELL XPS 15 has an 802.11g WiFi standard which is better than most many processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago. Most portable PCs of this spec and age have an 802.11b WiFi standard. Across all portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the XPS 15 the best Wi-Fi standard is 802.11n and the worst is 802.11a.
Fairly Big Megapixel Count
With a megapixel count of 1.3 megapixels, the DELL XPS 15 has a quite big megapixel count compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that were released around the same time as the XPS 15. Comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the XPS 15 have megapixels counts of between 0.3MP and 2.1MP, and the average megapixel count is 0.99MP.
With a width of only 371 millimeters, the DELL XPS 15 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that came out around the same time as the XPS 15. The average width of many processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the XPS 15 is 370mm, and the widths range from 240mm to 430mm.
HDD Storage Medium
This laptop has an HDD| SSD storage medium, which is typical of many many processor core laptops that are a comparable age to it.
6 Reasons Against
Only One PCI Express Lane (max)
Most notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the XPS 15 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the DELL XPS 15 which has one PCI Express lane (max).
Does Not Have a Front Camera
The DELL XPS 15 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the XPS 15 which have a front camera.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
Most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the XPS 15 have a full-size keyboard, however the DELL XPS 15 does not have a full-size keyboard.
There are a number of other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard which you might want to consider including the Asus U500VZ (£649.99) which also has a higher rating.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This laptop has an HDD+SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on many processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
At only 1,100 megahertz, the DELL XPS 15 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other laptops that came out more than two years ago. Across all the portable PCs of this age and spec the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,400MHz.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Most laptops of a comparable type and age to the XPS 15 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The DELL XPS 15 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.
4 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 15
Released Over Four Years Ago
DELL released the XPS 15 over four years ago.
Average Processor Clock Speed
The DELL XPS 15 has a pretty typical processor clock speed (2.1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that are a similar age to the XPS 15.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the DELL XPS 15 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that have been available for more than two years.
If you are looking for a bigger screen size then you might also want to look at the HP Pavilion 17 (17.3" and higher rated).
+2 Other reasons
With a weight of 2.6 kilograms, the DELL XPS 15 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that have been around for more than two years.
If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Samsung NP350V5C (2.5kg).
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor Clock Speed
Intel HM77, Intel HM77 Express
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
133, 1333, 333, 1600
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x1, 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
Memory Clock Speed
SSD, HDD, HDD+SSD, SSD
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 400, Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Front Camera Resolution
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 7 Professional
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium, Lithium Polymer (LiPo), Polymer
External Power Adapter
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Adapter Power
Cable Lock Slot
Wireless Display Connectivity
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Jay would recommend the Dell XPS 15 9530 - Late 2013
This has been a fabulous machine. My only qualms with it have been that there are no pressure sensitive styli which work with the touch screen so that I can draw directly on the screen. It would... Read more…
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