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Dell XPS 15 (9550, Late 2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1399 reviews of Dell XPS 15 (9550, Late 2015). The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the usability and design are generally positive. The portability and screen also get good opinions. There are some negative opinions about the connectivity and touchpad. There are some mixed reviews about the battery.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell XPS 15 (9550, Late 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell XPS 15 (9550, Late 2015) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and image quality are overall positive. The keyboard and screen are also appreciated, but there are some less positive comments about the durability and size.

usability, screen, keyboard, image quality, design

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60% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by (t3.com)

Dell XPS 15 review: as good as it gets from a 15-inch home or work laptop

 

Super design, 4K graphics and powerful too

Incredible 4K screen ; Very powerful ; Tidy size for a 15-inch laptop

It loves fingerprints ; Only two USB ports

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 15 (2016) review: Pursuing perfection

 

Laptops can usually be split into one of a few different camps. There are chunky gaming laptops that'll give you back-ache, but can handle running The Witcher 3 like no other. There are super-ultra slim laptops with amazing battery life. Or those fancy...

Very small footprint for a 15-inch laptop, a powerful and versatile machine, great keyboard and trackpad

Not all-day battery life, some odd spec configs, no dedicated SSD in entry-level model

The Dell XPS 15 is an unusual laptop. In the venn diagram of portability, power and generally looking and feeling great, it tries to cover everything. And unless you want something very light or are a turbo-nerd, it absolutely succeeds. Which is a rare...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Cat Thomas (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 15: Does bigger mean better? (hands-on) - Pocket-lint

 

Microsoft has shown off a 15-inch version of Dell's new ultra thin, ultra light Dell XPS at the Computex show in Taipei. Like the Dell XPS 13, which was

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 15 (Late 2015) review

 

Dell's superb workstation, gaming and entertainment laptop is not without flaws

Display ; Performance ; Thunderbolt 3 ; Clickpad

Battery life ; Speakers ; Keyboard ; 960M not future-proof

A powerful 15-inch laptop squeezed into a 14-inch sized chassis, the XPS 15 is a great fit for productivity work, gaming and entertainment thanks to its excellent 4K display. Just watch out for its lacklustre battery life, poor speakers and and shallow...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Mike Jennings (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 15 (early 2015) review

 

This is a top-tier Windows machine that rivals the MacBook Pro

Fantastic 4K screen ; Well-rounded specification ; Stunning exterior design ; High-quality keyboard

Battery life is only middling ; Some fan noise

The XPS 15 has a stunning 4K screen, high-quality design, well-balanced components and a great keyboard – and all of this makes it a worthy rival to the MacBook Pro.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15 9550 review

 

The XPS range is where you'll find Dell's most desirable laptops. These aren't practical workstations or budget models. XPS is where Dell's fanciest designs team up with higher-end components. Here's our Dell XPS 15 9550 review

The Dell XPS 15 is a great all-rounder laptop. Come to it expecting superlatives, especially the version tested, and you may come away disappointed. However, it is very versatile indeed.It offers a powerful CPU, a competent discrete graphics card, a...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15 review

 

A powerful laptop, but an unresponsive touchpad and disappointing ultra-high resolution screen let it down

Despite being a lovely looking laptop, the Dell XPS 15 just has too many flaws to justify its price. We expect near-perfection at this price, and a laptop with an unresponsive touchpad and a problematic screen just isn't good enough when compared to...

May, 2014

Expert review by : James Morris (kitguru.net)

Dell XPS 15 (2016) Review

 

Dell has been producing some of the most powerful gaming laptops since well before it purchased Alienware almost exactly a decade ago. The original XPS Gen2 was one of the most potent gaming laptops in its day, and the XPS brand has been synonymous...

Excellent battery life.

Faster 15in gaming notebooks are available.

The Dell XPS 15 combines excellent battery life with decent gaming potential into a slim, reasonably light chassis – but the beautiful 4K screen makes for a relatively high price too.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Dell XPS 15 review: A MacBook Pro rival for Windows users

 

Well-built, thin and light ; Comfortable keyboard ; Powerful performance options ; Beautiful 4K, color-accurate screen option

Short battery life with the 4K display ; Touchpad can be flaky

If you've been searching for a Windows-based alternative to the MacBook Pro, look no further than the Dell XPS 15. For a similar price, it offers comparable horsepower, a thin and light design and a brilliant 4K screen option. The one area where it...

Apr, 2016

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Dell XPS 15 (2015) review

 

With the best laptop display we've ever tested, Dell's XPS 15 is as gorgeous as it is powerful.

The Dell XPS 15 is a faithful, up-sized rendition of the innovative XPS 13. Like its predecessor, the 15-incher cuts back on size and weight without sacrificing performance. In fact, the XPS 15 is a major leap over the previous model, at least in its...

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3266
Audio Decoders:Realtek ALC3266
Audio system:MaxxAudio Pro
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2 / 2.5
Speakers manufacturer:Waves

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):56 / 84
Battery charge indicator:Y
Battery life (max):11 / 17
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.4
Number of battery cells:3 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.9 / 0.92 / 0.93 / 1
Front camera signal format:720p
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold / Y
EPEAT rating:93.38

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber
Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display bezel technology:InfinityEdge
Display brightness:350 / 400
Display diagonal:39.6
Display glass type:Gorilla Glass
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IGZO
Pixel pitch:0.0900 x 0.0900 / 0.18 x 0.18
Touch screen: No
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:640
Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2048 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA 3D Vision: No
NVIDIA 3D Vision 2: No
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N / No
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / No
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B / 0x591B
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 530 / Intel® HD Graphics 530 / Intel® HD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Belgian / French / UK English / UK International
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Logistics data

Intermodal container (20ft) loading note:20' - 78pc/PLT*10PLT+52pc*10plt
Maximum number of stacking cartons:6
Number of cartons per intermodal container (20ft):1300
Number of cartons per intermodal container (40ft, HC):3276
Number of layers per pallet:3
Pallet height:114.2
Pallet length:120
Pallet volume:228
Pallet volume weight:228
Pallet weight:296.1
Pallet width:100
Quantity per intermodal container (20ft):1300
Quantity per intermodal container (40ft):3276
Quantity per layer:26 / 78
Quantity per pallet:228 / 78
Quantity per shipping (inner) case:2460
Quantity per shipping carton:2460
Shipping (inner) case height:33.4
Shipping (inner) case length:49.1
Shipping (inner) case volume weight:2.46
Shipping (inner) case weight:3.69
Shipping (inner) case width:9
Shipping carton height:33.4
Shipping carton length:49.1
Shipping carton volume:2.46
Shipping carton weight:3.69
Shipping carton width:9

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 16 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade note:Additional memory sold separately

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac
WLAN controller model:Killer Wireless-AC 1535

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65 / -40 - 70

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:MaxxAudio Pro
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-d,VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
On/off button:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
AC adapters quantity:1
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Package material:Bamboo molded pulp, Corrugated cardboard, Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP) / Corrugated cardboard, Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP)
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:No / Y / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Microphone in:N / No
Number of Thunderbolt 3 ports with PowerShare support:1
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:2
PowerShare:Y
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Power Delivery (revision 2.0):Y
USB Power Delivery revision:2.0
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:6.67
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:130

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Configurable TDP-down:35
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:HM175 Express / Intel CM236 / Intel HM170
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-6xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I3-6100H / i5-6300HQ / i5-7300HQ / I7-6700HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-6300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / BGA1440 / FCBGA1440
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:R0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:N / No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88959 / 88967 / 89063 / 97456 / i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ
Processor code:SR2FP / SR2FQ / SR2FR
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt 3 Technology: Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y / Yes

Recycling data

Bamboo molded pulp content per package:68
Corrugated cardboard content per box for accessories:39
Corrugated cardboard content per package:736
Corrugated cardboard content per shipping (inner) case:697
Corrugated cardboard content per shipping carton:697
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) content per package:52
Polypropylene (PP) content per package:5

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:Additional Software Cycle 5 FY16 Consumer / Financial Tracker & Retail Information / McAfee LiveSafe 1YR
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO
Operating System Language:ENG / English / Multilingual
Trial software:McAfee Live Safe / McAfee LiveSafe (30 days Trial), Microsoft Office (30 days Trial) / McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office / McAfee, Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office (30 Day Trial), McAfee Live Safe (30 day) / Microsoft Office, McAfee Live Safe

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDIO,SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
HDD Capacity:1000 / 500
HDD interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
HDD Size:2.5
HDD Speed:5400 / 7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:32
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000
Hybrid-HDD cache memory:32
Hybrid-HDD cache type:SSD
Hybrid-HDD capacity:1000
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 1024 / 25 / 256 / 32 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / PCI Express 3.0
Solid-state drive interfaces:PCI Express 3.0
SSD capacity:1000 / 1024 / 250 / 256 / 32 / 512
SSD interface:PCI Express / PCI Express 3.0
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 1032 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 532

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.5 / 235
Height :1.7 / 17
Height (front):1.1
Height (rear):1.7
Weight:1.78 / 1.88 / 2
Width:35.7 / 357