Dell Takes On the Macbook Pro 16-inch With an Even Bigger XPS 17

Dell Takes On the Macbook Pro 16-inch With an Even Bigger XPS 17
Dell has relaunched its biggest Ultrabook after 10 years, the Dell XPS 17.For starters, Dell says it’s offering a 17-inch screen experience in a 15-inch form factor that’s smaller than 48% of 15-inch laptops available today. We’ll believe it when we see it, but the Dell XPS 17 certainly sounds small on paper when it measures just 14.74 x 9.76 x 0.77 inches and weighs 4.65 pounds.

This 17-inch laptop‘s small size comes largely thanks to the tiny bezels on four sides of its 17-inch display. The screen itself is a beauty with a 4K UHD+ resolution of 3,840 x 2,400 pixels. This panel also hits a peak brightness 500-nits, making it Dolby Vision and HDR 400 certified.You can also expect some mind-blowing audio out of the Dell XPS 17 as it features quad up-firing speakers with Waves NX 3D audio tuned by Jack Joseph Puig.

What’s more, you can pack a ton of power into this thing with up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10885H processor and Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics. You can also load up to 64GB of memory and 2TB of PCIe SSD storage onto your configuration. Lastly, users can choose between a 56WHr or 97WHr battery, though, Dell has yet to share any battery life figures.

The Dell XPS 17 will be available later this summer for a starting price of $1,499.

Dell XPS 15

While the Dell XPS 17’s return will certainly make the bigger splash, let’s not forget about the Dell XPS 15 seeing its first big redesign in five years.

The Dell XPS 15 has adopted the 16:10 screen aspect ratio that was introduced with last year’s XPS 13, so you get a little bit more vertical screen real estate. Better yet, this model’s 15-inch screen delivers the same 4K UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) resolution and HDR 400 certification as seen on the bigger 17-inch Dell XPS. The XPS 15 also features quad up-firing speakers with Waves NX 3D audio.

A maxed-out Dell XPS 15 also looks very similar with up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10885H processor, 64GB of memory, and 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. The only difference here is your best graphics option is limited to an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti, but at least that’s a step up from the GTX 1650 you could max out with last year’s model.

According to Dell, you can expect a maximum of 25 hours of battery life out of its latest 15-inch machine but that’s likely only when you option on the 86WHr battery over its standard 55WHr battery.

The Dell XPS 15 starts at $1,299 and it will be available beginning on May 13.

Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

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