Writing this Dell XPS 15 2020 review made me feel comfortable leaving my desk for a few days – and it’s rare. Dell’s latest 15-inch laptop combines 10th generation Intel power and discrete Nvidia graphics cards in a slim, attractive package, delivering desktop-like performance in a decidedly non-stationary design.
Specifications Dell XPS 15 2020
Price: $ 1,299 from
CPU: 10th generation Core i5 and Core i7
RAM: 8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Storage room: PCIe SSD 3 x 4 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
GPU: Intel UHD graphics card, Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti
Pin up: 15.6-inch Infinity Edge display (1920 x 1200 or 3840 x 2400)
Drums: 56WHr or 86Whr
Cut: 13.57 x 9 x 0.7 inch
Weight: 4 pounds (non-touch, 56 Wh battery), 4.5 pounds (touch, 86 Wh battery)
But the real crown jewel of the Dell XPS 15 2020 is the revamped InfinityEdge screen, which ditch the thick bottom bezel of previous models for a bezel-less screen that makes movies and games incredibly immersive. This great upgrade is complemented by a few smart keyboard, touchpad and chassis tweaks that make Dell’s portable workhorse even more comfortable to use.
The battery life of the Dell XPS 15 2020 could be better (at least on the 4K model), and it can get quite noisy under heavy workload. But with great performance and a great screen in a slim, attractive package, the new Dell XPS 15 is one of best laptops you can buy if you are looking for a higher productivity machine.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Price and Availability
The 2020 Dell XPS 15 launched on May 12 starts at $ 1,299 and can be ordered now from Dell. For this price, you’ll get a 10th generation Core i5-10300H processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, Intel UHD graphics, and a 15.6-inch 19200 x 1200 InfinityEdge display.
Going to configuration at $ 1,749 offers you a faster Core i7-10750H processor as well as discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics. If you want 4K, a configuration of $ 2199 offers you a Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and a 3840 x 2400 touch screen.
We looked at a high-end $ 2,349 version of the XPS 15, which contains an Intel Core i7-1070 graphics processor, 32 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics and a 4K display .
While the Dell XPS 15 can be expensive, it’s pretty solid value compared to that of Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro. The more upscale MacBook starts at $ 2,399, which gives you an Intel Core i7 processor, 512 GB SSD, AMD Radeon 5300M GPU and 2072 x 1920 screen.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Design
Like the new Dell XPS 13 before that, the Dell XPS 15 2020 refines one of the best laptop models ever made to perfection. Its slim chassis is as stylish as ever, with a sleek silver aluminum cover and 0.71-inch sharp edges that contrast well with the soft touch keyboard inside.
The latest XPS 15 uses real estate better than last year’s model, with larger key caps, a much larger touchpad and slim front speakers, all of which are elegantly arranged on deck. But the biggest design change is the new 4-sided Infinity Edge display on the laptop, which leaves behind the thick bottom frame of previous iterations for Dell’s most transparent 15-inch laptop screen (even more about it later).
At 13.57 x 9 x 0.7 inches and 4.5 pounds, the new XPS 15 is roughly the same size as the 16-inch MacBook Pro (14.1 x 9.7 x 0.64 inches, 4 , 3 pounds) despite the latter’s larger screen. It’s also about the same level as the 15 inch Microsoft Surface 3 laptop (13.4 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches), although Microsoft’s laptop is significantly lighter at 3.4 pounds. It should be noted that the XPS 15 is a slightly lighter weight of 4 pounds if you opt for a non-touch screen and a smaller 56 Wh battery.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Ports
The Dell XPS 15 2020 contains a total of three USB-C ports for charging and connection to external displays and devices, including two Thunderbolt 3 for ultra-fast connectivity. You also get a large SD card reader and headphone jack, as well as a USB-C to USB-A adapter out of the box.
The 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro has more Thunderbolt 3 ports with a total of four, but lacks the XPS 15’s SD card reader. This, combined with the included USB-A adapter, gives the XPS 15 a good amount of connectivity, but you might still need a docking station or dongle if you’re an experienced user who depends on a variety of devices at once.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Screen
The Dell XPS 15 2020 borrows the best thing about the new XPS 13: a truly 4-sided InfinityEdge display, without a thick bottom bezel to distract you from everything you work, watch or play. But the effect is even more dramatic on the 15.6-inch screen of the XPS 15, which now has a screen-to-body ratio of 92.9% for maximum immersion.
All of this real estate, combined with the rich 3840 x 2400 resolution of our review unit, never made me want to put down the XPS 15. When I watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the laptop from Dell, colorful red and green laser explosions burst against a blue ice cave as the TIE Fighters chased the Millennium Falcon. The screen also did a great job of preserving fine details, such as the stubble of Poe Dameron’s face and the orange and white patterns on the exterior body of the BB-8.
With so much screen space, I could work comfortably in split screen mode for hours, bouncing between documents, videos and Slack chats without having to zoom in on anything. The rich, deep blacks of the XPS 15 screen made reading and editing a breeze, and made my Dell S2417DG the game monitor looks dull in comparison.
The XPS 15 is very bright for work and leisure, recording an average brightness of 434.2 nits on our photometer. It’s a bit brighter than the 429 nits on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and better than the 380 nits on the Surface Laptop 3.
The actual color performance of the XPS 15 was confirmed by our laboratory tests, as the laptop reproduced 132.2% of the sRGB color gamut. Dell’s laptop exceeds 113.9% of the MacBook Pro as well as 101% of the Surface Laptop 3.
The touch screen of our 2020 Dell XPS 15 proved to be fluid and responsive, and I had no problem scrolling through the web pages or pinching to zoom in on photos and documents.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Audio
The Dell XPS 15’s high-end stereo speakers are some of the best I’ve heard on any laptop, filling my living room with a lively, loud sound that was especially heavy at the low end.
The bouncy and bouncy bass from Hayley Williams’ “Simmer” came out loudly and neatly from the XPS 15 speakers, which made my head slap instantly. I noticed that the song would be slightly distorted at maximum volume, but it sounded impressively and clearly a few notches below the maximum.
The bass was once again the highlight when I switched to aggressive alternative rock from Dance Gavin Dance’s “Prisoner”. The massive wall of distorted guitars fitted well with the high-pitched voices of the choir, while the cleaner and more funk guitar riffs of the verse also sounded bright and crisp.
When I scrambled the dark acoustic rock of “Garden Song” by Phoebe Bridgers on XPS 15, the singer-songwriter’s voice was so lucid that it sounded like she was in the room with me. And as present as Bridgers sounded, the XPS did a great job in preserving the reverberating guitar shots under its croons.
The audio performance of the Dell XPS 15 is further boosted by Waves Maxx Audio Pro technology and professional Waves tuning, as well as by a variety of EQ presets made possible by the included companion app. The XPS speakers sounded much louder and louder with the Waves app turned on, and I found presets like Rock and Pop to be helpful in livening up their respective genres.
Dell XPS 15 2020 review: performance
Packing a 10th generation Intel Core i7-10750 processor with 32 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, the Dell XPS 15 2020 is a true multitasking monster. The power of Dell has allowed me to bounce between dozens of Chrome tabs in split screen mode while simultaneously making video calls, sending Slack messages and switching to Spotify, all without a single stutter.
On the overall Geekbench 5 performance test, the XPS 15 got 6174, which is a bit behind the 16-inch MacBook Pro (7250) powered by Core i9. Dell’s laptop recorded 25,934 on the old Geekbench 4 test, more than doubling the Surface Laptop 3 AMD Ryzen 5 3580U (11,612).
The XPS 15 took 10 minutes and 6 seconds to transcode 4K video to 1080p during our HandBrake test. It’s not as fast as the 8 minutes we saw on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but well ahead of the nearly 25 minutes the Surface Laptop 3 took to complete the task.
The 512GB SSD on the Dell laptop transferred approximately 5GB of files in 7 seconds on our custom file transfer test, for a transfer rate of 708.9 Mbps. This exceeds the 256 GB SSD of Surface Laptop 3 (282.7 Mbps). But while this is not an apple-to-apple comparison, the 512 GB SSD of the 16-inch MacBook Pro was predictable, with a write speed of 2,805 Mbps and a read speed of 2,540 when Blackmagic disc speed test.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Graphics
Our XPS 15 unit came with a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU, giving Dell the slim workhorse of some respectable gaming muscle and graphics.
The XPS 15 ran Shadow of the Tomb Raider at a read speed of 29 frames per second at 1080p with maximum settings, barely exceeding the Radeon Pro 5300M in our 16-inch MacBook Pro (27.2 fps). Dell’s laptop went through the less demanding racing game Dirt 3 at 134 fps in 1080p and 69 fps in 4K, surpassing the AMD Vega 9 built into Surface Laptop 3 (56 fps in 1080p ).
Dell XPS 15 2020 review: heat and noise
With so much power and a discreet GPU in a slim design, the fans of the XPS 15 can get quite noisy. Although it doesn’t happen often, I have sometimes noticed that the laptop started to look like a miniature jet plane when I was running many applications at once. It can also get a little hot, with the keyboard and underside reaching temperatures close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit on our heat gun (we consider anything below 95 degrees comfortable).
Dell XPS 15 2020: keyboard and touchpad
Between their soft-touch coating, 9.7% larger key caps and a fast 1.3 mm stroke, the keys on the Dell XPS 15 are an absolute pleasure to type. I never got tired of the hand while spending hours writing articles and writing emails, and I did the 10FastFingers 90 wpm typing test at my usual pace with a 96% accuracy rate. I generally hate to give up on the mechanical keyboard when setting up my desktop, but I was happy to use the XPS 15 as my primary work machine for days.
The XPS 15’s touchpad got an even bigger upgrade, now measuring 62% more than the previous version at 5.9 x 3.5 inches. I was able to scroll through web pages and pinch to easily zoom, and three-finger gestures to switch apps and enter multitasking recorded instantly.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Webcam
Now that video conferencing has become the norm, I would really like to see consumer laptops improve the quality of their webcams. This is unfortunately not the case with the camera of the Dell XPS 15 2020, which made my face pixelated and stained despite the precise capture of the colors of the poster of Spider-Man behind me.
I pay tribute to Dell for installing the webcam on the incredibly thin upper frame since last year (no more nose camera!) And the camera is still usable for everyday calls. But if you want your colleagues to see you as clearly as possible, you’ll want to jump on one of the best webcams as an add-on.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Battery Life
The Dell XPS 15 2020 can last almost a full working day for a fee, but you’ll want to keep a grip on hand. Dell’s laptop lasted 8 hours and 1 minute in our battery test (continuous web browsing via Wi-Fi), which is decent for a 4K laptop, but still behind some key competitors.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro lasted almost three hours longer at 10 hours 55 minutes with its 2072 x 1920 screen, while the Surface Laptop 3 lasted the same 8 hours as the XPS with a 2496 x 1664 screen.
The battery life of the XPS 15 2020 is in line with the 4K version of its little brother XPS 13, which lasted 8 hours and 14 minutes during our test. The Dell XPS 13 1080p lasted 12h39 fantastic, so we can’t wait to see how a lower resolution XPS 15 withstands once we have one.
Dell XPS 15 2020 Review: Verdict
The Dell XPS 15 2020 follows in the footsteps of the new XPS 13 by making modest but welcome improvements to one of the best laptops you can buy. The improved, frameless InfinityEdge display is one of the most immersive and beautiful displays you can find on a laptop, with brilliant colors and plenty of room to get the job done.
The XPS 15’s larger keys and touchpad make the Dell laptop comfortable to use for long periods of time, and its impressive speakers can fill small rooms with rich sound. Pair it with 10th generation Intel processors and an optional Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU, and the 2020 XPS 15 has more than enough muscle for everyday multitasking as well as video editing and gaming.
The 4K version of the XPS 15 doesn’t last as long as the 16-inch MacBook Pro (although we expect better battery from the 1080p version), and fans of the system can get a little noisy at full speed. But if you’re looking for an attractive and powerful portable workhorse, the XPS 15 is among the best in its class.