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Dell XPS 15 (9500) refreshed with smaller bezels and striking design

XPS 15 9500
XPS 15 9500 (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell announced the refreshed Dell XPS 15 laptop.
  • The XPS 15 features a 16:10 display with thin bezels and improved internals.
  • The XPS 15 is available starting today for $1,300.

Dell announced the refreshed XPS 15 (9500) alongside several other new products today. The XPS 15 features several design elements seen in the recent XPS 13, including thinner bezels and a 16:10 display. It also has bumped up internals, with options for up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. The new Dell XPS 15 is available starting today for $1,300.

Dell enhanced the premium look and feel of the XPS 15 with a four-sided InfinityEdge display. The 15.6-inch display has a 16:10 aspect ratio and is available in up to UHD+ (3840 x 2400). The display hits 100 percent Adobe RGB and 94 percent DCI P3 color gamut on the UHD+ variant. It also has anti-reflective coating and reaches 500 nits of brightness, so it should be clearly visible in most settings. Dell went with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the XPS 15 to improve durability.

Below the display, the XPS 15's keyboard has keycaps that are 9.7 percent larger as well as a trackpad that's 62 percent larger than previous models. The keyboard is bookended by top firing speaker grills with Waves NX Speakers. The XPS 15 has a twin-coil press fit hinge that should make it easier to open without having as big of a cut out at the top of the palm rest.

CategoryDell XPS 15
Operating systemWidows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Display15.6-inch 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400) touch
15.6-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200)
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H
10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H
GraphicsIntel UHD graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
Memory8GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
16GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
32GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
64GB DDR4 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2933MHz
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
Battery56WHr
86WHr
Ports2x Thunderbolt 3 with power delivery & DisplayPort
1x USB-C 3.1 with power delivery & DisplayPort
1 Full size SD card reader v6.0
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
Wedge-shaped lock slot
AudioQuad-speaker design
Dual microphone array
WirelessKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2)
Bluetooth 5
Camera720p with Windows Hello
DimensionsHeight: 18mm (0.71") x Width: 344.72mm (13.57") x Depth: 230.14mm (9.06")

On the inside the XPS 15 features a 10th Gen Intel Core processor, ranging from the Core i5-10300H to the Core i9-10888H. You can choose between Intel UHD graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 for modern connectivity. While the body of the XPS 15 is 8 percent thinner than previous models, Dell states that it has the "same thermal envelope as before," including dual fans and heat pipes, and hidden exhaust vents in the hinge.

The entire body of the XPS 15 is made from two blocks of aluminum. It's sculpted using CNC and features Carbon fiber in the palm rest.

Dell states that the XPS 15 can hit up to 25 hours of battery life.

The XPS 15 is also labelled with the Dell Creator Edition badge. Devices with this badge are designed to meet the workflow of creators, including photographers, graphic designers, and other types of creators. The XPS 15 has several features that help creators, including a full SD card slot for moving files around.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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3 Comments
  • Does it have a brightness sensor? Always weird to me how an otherwise pretty perfect (and super expensive) laptop never had any kind of brightness sensor to adjust the lighting. Maybe now that the camera is on top they'll fit one in for those who want it (not that I need a new laptop any time soon, surface is still surviving).
  • This is pretty much the perfect-looking laptop. Hard to see how it gets better from here.
  • Would I be correct in assuming that at the upper end, both the 15 inch and 17 inch models are more powerful for video editing and gaming than the new Surface Book 3?