Dell XPS 15 9500 New Budget Laptop Review & Spec

Dell XPS 15 9500 New Budget Laptop Review & Spec:

Dell XPS 15 9500
Dell XPS 15 9500


Hey, guys, you're on the tech Marie and this is the new 2020 dell XPS 15
 9500. now I usually get told off by my other youtube creator friends because every time
 I review a new Dell XPS 15 I say that I'm switching I've done it for last like three years, to be honest and then late last year when I reviewed the MacBook Pro 16
 I switched again and now we've got a brand new XPS the cliche
 question is will I be switching well the answer is maybe let me explain the thing is there are so many great laptops out there but I've always come back to the XPS as my go-to everyday work laptop
 it offers that perfect balance between portability power
 and well for the sake of alliteration premium
 but as I say I've been using the MacBook Pro 16 for the past few months and I love it I genuinely do
 but with the new XPS 15 dell has fixed tweaked and upgraded
 almost everything I hope they would, however, one thing that takes away a little bit from the sheen of the new XPS 15
 is the new XPS 17 their new flagship laptop with a faster RTX 2060 graphics card new vapor chamber cooling and a few bells and whistles that make this seem well a little bit less exciting I will, of course, review the XPS 17 as soon as I can get my hands on it so make sure you are subscribed and stay tuned for that but back to the XPS 15 and as well as new 10th gen intel processors and faster gtx 1650 ti graphics we're actually getting the biggest design overhaul to the XPS lineup in about four years
 it really does feel like the big brother to the XPS 13 here's one
 I made earlier and the other one I'm missing right now is the 17 but when I get that I'll do a full
 XPS lineup comparison but you can see they've gone with the same 16 by 10 aspect ratio
 the super-thin bezels including getting rid of that chin at the bottom there's no dell logo anymore
 and the new XPS 15 also adds a much the bigger trackpad a refined keyboard richer and bassier speakers USB c charging.
 finally and overall a much sleeker chassis partly as a result of dropping the older USB-a ports
 in favor of just having three thunderbolts 3 USB cs an sd card reader and a headphone jack
 with these changes though I think more than ever this feels like the windows MacBook pro however before we jump into talking about what it's actually like to use if you should buy it
 let's talk about the price in us the XPS 15 starts at just 1300
 which gets you an i5 8 gigs of ram and 256 storage
 but it misses out on the dedicated graphics card but if you don't really care about that then it's actually really good value
 but if you want the proper XPS 15 with the graphics card then in the UK you're gonna have to pay at least sixteen hundred pounds
 or in us seventeen hundred and fifty dollars which are quite a lot considering you still get the same 8 gigs of ram and 256 storage and full HD screen as the base model
 i mean you can get the razor blade 15 with a faster graphics card and double the ram for similar money
 but the one I have here with the 4k screen the graphics card 16 gigs of ram and actually one terabyte of storage although
 the similar skew model in us has 512 storage.
 it's really annoying dell's website is a pain in the ass and there are massive differences between the UK and us versions
 including the fact that you can't actually customize this, uh you can't change the processor
 or the ram at least not at the moment on the UK website whereas you count us anyway it will cost you 2300 pounds or 2200
 it's a lot of money if you are Mr moneybags though then in us at least you can spec this even higher with an eight-core i7 the 10850h
 64 gigs of ram and 2 terabytes of storage
 what you can do is upgrade it yourself if you prefer using a t5 screwdriver to remove the eight Torx screws you can see the ram is easily accessible as well as the m2 SSD which is under this heat shield
 so you could go for the 1750 model which gets the graphics card then upgrade the ram and SSC yourself
 sadly though we no longer get the option of having an OLED screen on the XPS they introduced it last year but they seem to have taken it away this year which is a bit of a shame because I actually did buy the old one last year and I really liked it even though
 you had to forego the touchscreen it was 100 nits less bright than the LCD version but there was no competition when it came to contrast and it was more color-accurate so
 it's a bit of a weird thing that they'd bring it in and take it away so fast perhaps there are issues with the displays
 anyway putting money to one side for a moment I've been using this for the past few weeks
 and I genuinely love this thing there's a real wow factor when you first open it up and see that screen
 little things too like being able to open it with one finger or the fact it instantly logs me in with windows hello face unlock plus we get that fingerprint reader as well which you can use for things like banking and online payments the keyboard has a new feel to it too compared to last year you can see the keycaps and the whole keyboard itself have been widened so it feels more spacious and comfortable to type on the keys also have a more rubbery less plasticky feel to them last year and it's still one of the quietest keyboards as well but no less tactile or responsive
 it's a great keyboard and paired with this huge new precision touchpad again giving us that MacBook pro vibe it just feels more modern and refined it's lovely to use
 the speakers are also much better than before and I'd say that this comes second only to the MacBook Pro 16. it's incredibly punchy in fact maybe even a little too basic
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 now as for the webcam well the good news is it's in a good place but it's on the top bezel
 unlike uh XPS is from a couple of years ago where it was on the bottom and it would look up your nose
 quality is pretty decent it's a little bit noisy it's not the brightest but of course, it all comes down to lighting really so
 you can see if I spin round there it gets a little bit better but what do you think and also
 in terms of audio quality how is uh my voice because
 in this crazy what we live in web chats video calls and all that stuff is a lot more important so uh
 hopefully, this has given you an idea of the webcam quality


 as for the screen itself, I've got the 4k touch version here
 and I love the fact that we now get this 16 by 10 aspect ratio I really wish more laptops had this
 and while you do get slightly bigger letterboxing when watching videos everything else is just so much nicer and less claustrophobic to use than a typical 16x9 it really does make a difference and while I'm sad there's no OLED option
 the LCD display is stunning brightness peaks at 500 nits
 it supports display hdr400 and it covers an impressive 100 srgb
 100 adobe RGB and 93 p3 color gamut so it's definitely above average for color accuracy
 all right let's talk performance and to see how much faster the new 2020 XPS 15 is
 let's bring in last year's model these are the specs side by side so it'll be interesting to see how much faster the 10th gen i7 is
 and if the gtx 1650 ti is really that much of an upgrade over last year's 1650 the new XPS is nearly 26 percent faster in cinebench
 80 faster in geekbench 5 single-core test and 19
 faster in multi-core moving on to the graphics and again using geekbench 5 the new XPS is nearly 9 faster in OpenCL and about 9.5 faster in Cuda in 3d mark time spy which tests both the processor and the graphics
 we see a huge 35 boost but how does all this translate into real-world use while jumping into a bit of call of duty playing warzone
 at 1080p on last year's XPS and 1200p on the new 16x10 XPS with high settings i averaged 46
 and 57 fps respectively so an impressive 24
 boost in rainbow six siege again with high settings we're looking at 106 versus 113 fps so only a six and a half percent increase
 and finally in fortnite game we get 72 fps on last year's model versus 79 on the new one that's an almost 10 jump now, unfortunately, I don't have a ton of time for gaming anymore so more importantly for me is how it handles video editing in premiere pro just scrubbing through the timeline feels pretty similar on both but when it comes to export times
 a 10 minute h264 4k video took 5 minutes and 26 seconds on last year's XPS versus 4 minutes and 36 seconds on the new one that's a fairly substantial 15 faster export time although it is worth mentioning that even the newer 1650 ti doesn't have Nvidia's newer end bank encoder so it doesn't benefit as much from their recent driver update that boosts performance with adobe however the XPS 17 with the rtx 2060 will support it
 and this is the point in the review just like every year with the xps 15 where i have to talk about throttling for example in cinebench we start out at about 4.3 gigahertz then within 30 seconds or so it's down to as low as 2.8
 as it throttles to cool down and then when i run cinebench twice in a row the score drops by 20
 and i measured the process of temperature going above 95 degrees celsius and even hitting a hundred on the outside using my handy laser thermometer i recorded nearly 50 degrees in the center of the keyboard so whether you're using keyboard shortcuts while video editing or have your fingers on the wasd keys when gaming
 after five or ten minutes under load, it can get uncomfortably hot
 so with that said I'd love to see a version of the XPS 15 with a new amd ryzen 4 000 series chip I think that could be really interesting but I also can't wait to see how this compares with the xps 17 with its
 fancy vapor chamber cooling but what about battery life because presumably to fit in this new form factor
 dell's actually reduced the size of the battery from 97-watt hours
 down to 86 watt-hours which is a bit disappointing especially as for example the MacBook pro 16 manages to pack in a massive 99.9-watt hour battery despite this though battery life in my experience is similar to last year's 4k model
 one hour of youtube at 50 brightness use 15 of the battery and with normal use, I'm getting about six
 hours from the 4k XPS 15. as usual though if battery life is important to you then
 save 300 and go for the full HD plus model it will get you probably between 10 and 12 hours
 so with all that said should you buy the new xps 15. well
 as a package with a fresh new design taller screen USB-C charging better speakers a more spacious keyboard and a huge trackpad
 plus with an average 19 performance boost the XPS 15 9500 is an incredible laptop but I do highly recommend it however it's still let down by overheating and throttling
 plus with the price increase while it's still cheaper than the MacBook Pro 16 it is a lot of money but if you can afford it or if you even buy a cheaper one and upgrade the ram and SSD yourself you won't be disappointed and as for the question which I know you guys have watched all the way through just for me to answer of whether I'm twitching well I'm going to be annoying and say I actually don't know yet because I want to test out the XPS 17
 see how much better that is in terms of performance and cooling and also to see if a 17-inch laptop is still portable enough that I can use it when I'm going on my travels so I'm going to hold off judgment until then and also I want to do a proper comparison video with my MacBook Pro 16
 and the XPS 15 and also problem 17 to see which is best obviously
 these are all super expensive super high in laptops and they're all incredible but
 you know if you're going to drop two or three grand on a laptop it.
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