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Dell Updates Their XPS 15 with Kaby Lake and NVIDIA Graphics | Worth the Switch to Windows?

By Justin Heyes on January 8th 2017

Dell was cool, then it sucked, now it’s cool again. The XPS line as of late has been popular with photographers as it offers a great alternative to the MacBook Pro. At CES, Dell announced their much-awaited update to their XPS 15 laptop with specs that could entice in the loyal OSX users.


The updated Dell is powered by the 7th generation Intel Core processors, or Kaby Lake. Kaby Lake processors, in short, offer better performance for the same power consumption as the ones found in the new MacBook Pros, with the ability to decode 4K content, and native USB 3.1 support.

Along with the new processor, Dell has updated the GPU in it laptop with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 RAM. In contrast, the previous model had a GTX 960M, which is similar to the one in the new Surface Studio. Since the new Dell XPS 15 9560 will retain the chassis of its predecessor, it will support similar InfinityEdge display – a virtually borderless display that maximizes screen space, with a bezel measuring 5.7mm

The screen will be available in two variants: an IPS FHD (1920×1080) and an IGZO UHD (3840×2160) with 100% AdobeRGB color gamut and touch support. Physical dimensions of the unit also remain intact with the predecessor, with a thickness of 17mm and weight of around 4.4 lbs depending on configuration.

For the MacBook Pro convert, the Dell XPS 9650 has 2 USB 3.0 type A ports, Full sized HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 and an SD card reader. It looks like Dell retained the user serviceable parts of last year’s model meaning that the PCIE SSD and RAM are replaceable, with RAM maxing out at 32 GB.

Dell also bumped the battery on the high-end model from 84WHr to a 97Whr – just shy of the legal FCC limit for air travel. Combined with the efficiencies with Kaby Lake and battery life should be outstanding.

Like in the previous generation, Dell is offering the XPS 15 with many variations and a starting price point of $999. Of course, that is relying on integrated graphics, a Full HD non-touch display, a dual-core Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM.

So. MacBook Pro beater?

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Debbie Borato

    Does this mean no calibration needed???????? That would be awesome!!!!

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    • Justin Heyes

      Calibration should still be performed, but you will get much better results. I calibrated a Razer Blade stealth that had 100% Adobe RGB, when It was finished the software had 107% of Adobe RGB and 115% sRGB

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  2. William Graves

    I bought an XPS 15 a year ago and have been nothing but thrilled with it.

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  3. Steve Martin

    I switched to Mac and HATE it, can’t wait to go back

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  4. Pye Jirsa

    I need this in my life. Justin is there an expected release date?

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  5. David Shepherd

    These specs sound great…Until you have to boot Windows. I’m not going to bash Windows to say one is better or worst, but I am certainly not sold that all of these specs are worth using Windows in a creative environment.

    Also, all of these specs sound great, but I couldn’t help but notice that the computer is still majority plastic enclosure. I’m not thrilled with the changes to the MBP, but I figure Kaby Lake will be available in 2017/2018. I’m going to hold my breath until then.

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    • Njoi Fontes

      What in the world are you talking about? There is no plastic here, only aluminum and carbon fiber. And guess what, windows 10 is fantastic, just as good if not better than mac os. 

      This device beats the Mac book pro in pretty much every possible way:

      – Much better screen (especially if you go with the higher resolution model)
      – Much better screen to body ratio (near borderless display)
      – Considerably faster thanks to Nvidia 950 and 7 generation processor
      – It actually has all the ports you need, from USB type A to thunderbolt and SD slots.
      – It’s cheaper
      -Much longer battery life, thanks again to latest generation processor and greater battery capacity.

      At this point if someone buys the mac book it can only be because they are so heavily entrenched on the apple ecosystem that they can’t get out no matter what.

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