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It is one of three laptops adds to the almost defunct XPS series in late 2010 as an attempt to ‘reboot’ the brand.

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Competitive pricing for a high-end laptop, especially at the lower configurations.

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Upgradable to Blu Ray. Also plays 3D bluray with compatible tv.

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JBL 2.0 speakers offer some of the best sound available from a laptop--decent bass, wide sound field.

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Backlit keyboard--a feature not often standard in sub-$1000 laptops.

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HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.0 ports come standard even at the most basic configuration.

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Nvidia graphics options ensure decent gaming performance with modern games.

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Disappointing battery life (about 3 hours of regular use) compared to similar Sandy Bridge laptops.

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Thick, clunky design that can't compete with newer offerings.

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The Dell XPS 15 is one of three laptops adds to the almost defunct XPS series in late 2010 as an attempt to ‘reboot’ the brand. The larger XPS 15 provides integrated third-party graphics, hi-fidelity JBL speakers, and a subwoofer—giving it the power necessary to provide high-quality audio/visual output. Also included (even on the base model) is an HDMI v1.4 interface and an included Skype-certified HD web-camera. Like its peers, the XPS 15 can be outfitted with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a SATA or SSD drive, and either a DVD (included) or blu-ray player. Signature though are the customization options. Anything from a TV tuner to 3G Internet can be tagged along, though it will lead to a significant increase in price.

  • 15” LCD Laptop
  • Genuine Windows 7 OS
  • Intel Core i7 840QM (1.86GHz/4MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7 740QM (1.73GHz/4MB cache)
  • Intel Core i5 560M (2.66GHz/3MB cache)
  • Intel Core i5 460M (2.4GHz/3MB cache)
  • 4/6/8GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HM57 Chipset
  • Nvidia GT425M or GT420M GeForce GPU
  • JBL 2.0 Certified Speakers
  • JBL Subwoofer
  • Up to 500GB SATA, 7200rpm
  • Up to 250GB SSD
  • 16x DVD Optical
  • 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • Integrated Wireless N
  • Optional 3G
  • Integrated Bluetooth
  • Integrated Gigabit
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI v1.4
  • 2MP HD Webcam
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