Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. XPS 15: Which is better for you?

Leading the way when it comes to Dell's 15-inch Ultrabooks is the XPS 15 9570, rocking some impressive hardware in a design we're familiar with. A small step down is the Inspiron 15 7570, a cheaper alternative that still has a lot going for it. If you're shopping for a new laptop that's about this size, both of these are likely being considered. Let's break things down to help you decide which is better.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. Dell XPS 15 tech specs

Category Inspiron 15 (7570) XPS 15 (9570)
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U
8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H
8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK
RAM 8GB, 16GB DDR4-2400MHz 8GB, 16GB, 32GB DDR4-2666MHz
Storage 128GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD
256GB SATA SSD
1TB HDD + 8GB hybrid
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB SATA HDD
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB PCIe SSD
Display size 15.6 inches
Touch and non-touch
15.6 inches
Touch and non-touch
Display resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD)
3,840 x 2,160 (4K UHD)
1,920 x 1,080 (FHD)
3,840 x 2,160 (4K UHD)
Graphics NVIDIA MX130 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Ports Three USB-A 3.1
USB-C 3.1
Ethernet
SD card reader
HDMI 2.0
3.5mm audio
Two USB-A 3.1
HDMI 2.0
Thunderbolt 3
3.5mm audio
SD card reader
Biometrics IR camera (touch model) Fingerprint reader
Battery 42Wh
56Wh (4K model)
56Wh
97Wh (GTX 1050 Ti models)
Dimensions 14.23 in x 9.63 in x 0.74-0.83 in
(361.4 mm x 244.5 mm x 18.81-21.12 mm)
14.06 in x 9.27 in x 0.45-0.66 in
(357 mm x 235 mm x 11-17 mm)
Weight Starting at 4.40 pounds (2 kg) Starting at 4 pounds (1.8 kg)

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. Dell XPS 15 design and features

Inspiron 15 7570

This latest XPS 15 hasn't changed much over the last couple of generations, sticking with the carbon fiber interior and CNC machined aluminum chassis. The plain webcam (no Windows Hello) remains below the display for that weird angle, but the payoff is a display with hardly any bezel. The XPS 15 is slightly smaller than the Inspiron 15 7000, though not so much that you'd notice a big difference if they weren't side-by-side.

The Inspiron 15 has a beadblast aluminum chassis that extends to the interior, keeping the silver finish throughout. The lack of carbon fiber and the slightly larger chassis make it a bit heavier than the XPS 15, at least to start. Once you add a 4K touch display to the XPS, it becomes a bit heavier.

Both laptops employ a Precision touchpad, though the XPS 15's is slightly larger, giving you more room for multi-touch gestures. As for the keyboard, both are backlit, and both should be fine for a day of productivity. If you type a lot, testing them both out before a final purchase is a good idea.

XPS 15

An IR camera is included with the touch version of the Inspiron 15, while the non-touch versions do not have support for Windows Hello. Note that the webcam is installed above the display, giving a much better angle when conferencing. The XPS 15 does support Windows Hello in the form of a fingerprint reader built into the power button.

Port selection is pretty close. Both models have SD card readers. Both have multiple USB-A 3.1, and both support HDMI. However, only the XPS 15 has Thunderbolt 3, and only the Inspiron 7000 has Ethernet.

Bottom line

While the XPS 15 is slightly smaller and, in some cases, lighter, neither of these is exceptionally mobile at more than four pounds. If you like a silver finish throughout, the Inspiron 15 7000 will no doubt appeal to you, and you'll have to decide which ports matter most when making a final decision.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. Dell XPS 15 display

XPS 15 9570

Yearning for 4K? Both laptops have the high-res option available with touch functionality, with an FHD model as the standard alternative. They're the same size in any case, and while the XPS 15 had almost no bezel at all, the Inspiron 15 isn't that far behind.

If you'd like to forego 4K but still want to keep touch, the Inspiron 15 will be your choice, as the XPS 15 FHD models are non-touch only. As for pen support, the Inspiron 15 touch models come with Dell's active pen, while the XPS 15 does not have any pen support.

Bottom line

Overall, the XPS 15 is going to offer up a picture with better color and contrast as well as less bezel, though the pen support might have you edging toward the Inspiron 15.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. Dell XPS 15 performance

Instead of using the U-series Ultrabook CPUs, the XPS 15 has the more powerful H-series Core i5 (four cores) and Core i7 (six cores) options, pushing its performance immediately past the U-series CPUs in the Inspiron 15. Furthermore, for even better performance, you can choose a Core i9 CPU with six cores and a clock speed up to 4.8GHz in the XPS 15.

The XPS 15 is also available with more RAM (up to 32GB) with a higher frequency, and it has much better storage options. The biggest SSD you can get in the Inspiron 15 is 512GB, while the XPS 15 can be had with up to a 2TB PCIe SSD.

The NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti in the XPS 15 trounces the NVIDIA MX130 in the Inspiron 15, though the latter GPU is still an excellent step up from the standard integrated horsepower found in plenty of notebooks.

Finally, battery life differs depending on which model you choose, as both have two options. The 4K Inspiron 15 has a 56Wh battery (compared to a 42Wh battery in the FHD model), while the XPS 15 has a 97Wh battery in all models save the one without a GTX 1050 Ti GPU, which is stuck at 56Wh. For the most life, stick with the XPS 15.

Bottom line

While the Inspiron 15 alone has a lot going for it, including the MX130 GPU, it can't compete with the XPS 15 when it comes to performance.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. Dell XPS 15 price

Inspiron 15 7570

Perhaps the most important difference between these two laptops is the price. An XPS 15 with no dedicated GPU, 1080p display, 8th Gen Core i5-8300H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD) starts at about $1,000. This is the baseline model and is alright if you're not looking for that extra GPU power or fast SSD. Moving up to a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and the same 1080p display, you're looking at spending about $1,500. Maxing out the XPS 15's specs puts you well above $2,000, but you are getting far superior performance.

The Inspiron 15 starts and ends much cheaper. For about $800, you can get a 1080p non-touch display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA MX130 GPU. A maxed-out model, with Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, 4K touch display, and NVIDIA MX130 GPU still only costs about $1,350.

Bottom line

The Inspiron 15 is available for far less money, but you're not getting anywhere near the same performance as with the XPS 15.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 vs. Dell XPS 15 conclusion

Inspiron 15 7570

Coming in as Dell's flagship 15-inch Ultrabook, there wasn't much doubt that the XPS 15 would top the Inspiron 15 in most cases. However, the latter laptop is still a fine device, and, considering it can be had for about $1,000 less than the XPS 15, will appeal to plenty of people.

If you need the best performance possible (especially getting into some specialized tasks) stick with the XPS 15. Otherwise, the Inspiron 15 7000 should remain an attractive option for those who enjoy a 4K display and dedicated GPU.

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