Dell XPS 15Z Preview

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It’s not a secret anymore, Dell is going to release the Dell XPS 15Z which looks like a Macbook-Pro “peer” at PC prices. The Dell XPS 15Z uses a lot of design elements from the late Adamo line of products: aluminum, clean ports, backlit keyboard, and overall nice aspect. However, it improves on the Adamo products by bringing a fast processor (Core i5 or Core i7) and a discrete NVIDIA GPU.
If you look at it from a Dell perspective, this is a huge improvement over previous XPS 15 computers. The design is much nicer, thinner, lighter (5.5lbs). And even when you compare it with a Macbook Pro, prospect Mac switcher should check those options out: the 1080p display option costs only $100. There’s no Thunderbolt I/O, but two USB 3.0 and one eSata/USB combo gets the job done as well.

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Dell is targeting “digital creators” with this one, but there’s little doubt that business users will be looking at this new release. I’ve played shortly with the computer, and although I have not run any benchmarks yet, I can tell you that the design is totally worth checking out. Even with the 1920×1080 display upgrade, a 750GB 7200rpm disk and 6GB of RAM, we’re talking about a $1299 computer (pricing as the time of publishing).

I wish that there was an SSD choice at order-time, especially since users are not allowed to open the box if they don’t want to void the warranty. Also, keep in mind that the Macbook Pro has a 77.5Whr battery versus a 64Whr battery for the XPS 15Z.

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