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Dell XPS 15Z

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Dell XPS 15Z. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and keyboard. The performance and screen also get good reviews. Comments are divided on the reliability, and there are some negative comments about the touchpad and size.

design, screen, performance, keyboard, portability

price, usability, size, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell XPS 15Z is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell XPS 15Z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Dell XPS 15Z from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 1.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS 15z 15.6 inch Laptop (Core i7,1333MHz RAM 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, HDD 750GB, DVD±RW, Windows 7 Home PremiumDell XPS 15z 15.6 inch Laptop (Core i7,1333MHz RAM 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, HDD 750GB, DVD±RW, Windows 7 Home Premium

Jan, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 15Z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Dell XPS 15Z from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Dell XPS 15z

 

The Macbook Pro of the Windows world, this thin, metal-clad 15.4in laptop is attractive and stylish without compromising on power or features.

All-metal, semi-unibody chassis, Streamlined, less than 1in thick, Excellent build quality and great feel, Optional 1080p screen, Powerful, well-rounded specification

No Blu-ray drive, Noisy under load, Not user upgradeable, Non-replaceable battery

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (t3.com)

Dell XPS 15z laptop review

 

While the MacBook Pro is still one of the best looking out there the super slinky, packed with high-octane multimedia goodies, Dell's XPS 15z is one of the best 15.6-inch Windows laptops we've ogled.

Almost everything ; Brilliant screen ; Tons of power

What's to hate ; Slightly shallow keyboard ; No Blu-ray

Quite simply, this is one of the best portables we've had the pleasure of reviewing. Masses of power are tucked into a slim and portable chassis, with an excellent keyboard and a sharp and vibrant screen. If you're looking for an alternative to the...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Holmes (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 15z

 

When you see the XPS 15z your first thought is likely to be about how much it resembles the old titanium MacBook. Its rounded corners, silver metal finish and slot-loading DVD drive all remind us of the Apple machine. Open the XPS up and start using it...

Great design, great performance, fantastic screen, lots of storage

Keyboard layout, lack of Blu-ray drive,

The Dell XPS 15z is a really impressive combination of design, features, performance, battery life and all-round appeal. It's a good multimedia system with an excellent screen and the 3D output option, a workhorse system that will deliver performance...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 15z ushers in style and affordability, we go hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

The latest XPS model from Dell is the Dell XPS 15z, teased last week in a short video which showed off some of its interesting design points. Design

May, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 15z review

 

Ridiculous power in a beautiful and highly portable body

Sharp, vibrant full HD screen ; Incredible performance ; Excellent isolation-style keyboard ; Slim and solid build ; Long battery life

Short power lead ; Screen doesn't tilt back far ; Fairly expensive

Here at TechRadar, we had some serious geek chills when we reviewed the Dell XPS 15. Combining powerful Intel Core performance with a slick customisable body, beautiful screen and excellent usability, we defy anyone not to enjoy the impressive...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : PC Advisor staff (techadvisor.co.uk)

Video review: Dell XPS 15z P12F

 

The processor specification of the Dell XPS 15z is admirable. Our sample had a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel i7-2620M which may have been around for nearly a year, but it was matched up with a generous 8GB of RAM to help the Dell to 135 points in WorldBench 6.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15z P12F review

 

You'd be forgiven for thinking Dell set out to mimic the look of the Apple MacBook Pro with the Dell XPS 15z. At a glance you could even mix the two up – especially when closed. Take a closer look, though, and the many differences become a lot more...

The Dell is equally comfortable as a desktop replacement or a travelling companion, though perhaps at over 2.5kg you might not want to carry it around for long periods too often. The price tag of almost £1200 is high, but despite our reservations about...

Dec, 2011

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Dell XPS 15z review

 

At first glance, you could easily mistake the XPS 15z for a MacBook Pro; the slim alloy chassis, slot-loading optical drive and LED battery indicator all look incredibly similar to Apple's iconic laptop. However, rather than simply being a good copy of...

Excellent 2D and 3D performance, and it looks stunning. If you want style as well as substance, the XPS 15z is almost perfect

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Jason Cross (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15z review

 

The obvious comparison for the Dell XPS 15z (the first in a line of z-series XPS systems) isn't another Windows-based PC, it's an Apple MacBook Pro 15in (Early 2011). In fact, the overall look and feel of the system are close enough to those of Apple's...

Let's hope that the XPS 15z proves to be a turning point for Dell, signaling a new direction for Dell consumer product design and engineering in general, rather than a niche "high style" brand that will represent only a small fraction of the company's...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Dave Stevenson (reghardware.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

 

Review When the 15z was announced there was no small amount of fanfare, not least due to Dell's interesting claim that this was the thinnest 15in laptop in existence. In no time at all, it had been pointed out that the accompanying asterisk needed to...

Certainly, the 15z’s base pricing of £899 appeals, particularly for those who prefer Windows or are OS-indifferent. It’s also easily portable at 2.5kg, despite packing in enough top-end components to make it a machine you could use without frustration...

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD + Waves MaxxAudio 3 / HD 5.1 / HDA / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio 3
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:2200
Battery capacity (Watt hours):63 / 64 / 68
Battery life (max):8 / 8.2 / 8.22 / 8.3 / 8.37 / 8.4
Battery recharge time:4 / 8.33
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:6 / 8

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 1024 / 1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Magnesium
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display brightness:300
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / No
LED Backlight: Yes
Pixel pitch:0.227 x 0.227
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Nvidia GeForce GT 525M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Accupoint / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:No / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network connection type:RJ-45
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

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
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW / CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:HD / HD + Waves MaxxAudio 3 / HD 5.1 / HDA / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio 3
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
DVD-ROM read speed:8
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / nVidia
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:2.51
Wireless Technology:802.11a/g/n / Wi-Fi / Wireless LAN

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
Volume Control:Digital

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:4.62
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 24 / 25 / 27 / 28
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.4 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I7-2620M / I7-2640M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
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 Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52224 / 52231 / 53450 / 53452 / 53464 / I5-2430M / I5-2450M
Processor code:SR03R / SR041 / SR04W / SR04Z
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes

Software

Bundled software:Office Starter
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / MMC, MS PRO, MSXC, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:26 / 26.9 / 27
Depth (imperial):26
Height :2.4 / 2.44 / 2.46 / 2.47
Height (imperial):2.46
Weight:2.51 / 2.54 / 2.57
Width:38.4 / 38.5
Width (imperial):38.5 / 39.4