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Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews of Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013). 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 durability and price. The screen and design also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the keyboard and usability.

performance, design, screen, price, durability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS15-6845sLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive)Dell XPS15-6845sLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Dell XPS 15 (9530, Late 2013) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 1.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca.

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

This summary is based on the products: Dell Computer XPS XPS15-6845sLV 15.6-Inch LaptopDell Computer XPS XPS15-6845sLV 15.6-Inch Laptop

Mar, 2019

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

Dell XPS 15 pictures and eyes-on with the UltraSharp display - Pocket-lint

 

Dell has announced an update to its XPS line, with the XPS 15 benefiting not only from the latest Haswell Intel Core processors, but also an UltraSharp

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15 review

 

The partial-aluminium casing and Retina-style screen of the Dell XPS 15 prompts inevitable comparison with Apple's MacBook Pro, and its weight and 18 mm thickness are also virtually identical to those of the Apple original. However, the XPS 15 has some...

Battery life is disappointing, especially as the XPS 15 is intended as a lightweight Ultrabook, although as a desktop replacement system it ticks more of the right boxes. It provides outstanding display quality and high-end performance at a competitive...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (techworld.com)

Dell XPS 15 review:

 

The Dell XPS 15 offers outstanding display quality and high-end performance at a competitive price, in a thin and light case. It takes on the MacBook Pro, and is better in some respects. Read our XPS 15 review to find out why.

Battery life is disappointing, especially as the XPS 15 is intended as a lightweight Ultrabook, although as a desktop replacement system it ticks more of the right boxes. It provides outstanding display quality and high-end performance at a competitive...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Christian Harris (businesscomputingworld.co.uk)

REVIEW: Dell XPS 15

 

These days there's a bewildering amount of computing choice – almost too much in fact. There is an army of desktops, all-in-ones, tablets, Ultrabooks, laptops, phablets… Most of us opt for a type of device that suits our lifestyle and budget, but...

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Lee Bell (theinquirer.net)

Dell XPS 15 review

 

One of the more expensive and powerful Windows 8 laptops

Flawless performance, premium design, great keyboard

Chassis is prone to scratches, trackpad takes a little getting used to

The Dell XPS 15 is by far one of the best laptops we have tested in a long time. It's hard to fault, as its weaknesses - which are few - aren't too significant. For example, the trackpad taking some getting used to will become irrelevant after time,...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Jon Martindale (kitguru.net)

Dell XPS 15 9530 Review

 

Today we take a look at a 2014 model laptop from Dell. The DELL XPS 15 9530 is a pretty standard loo Today we take a look at a 2014 model laptop from Dell. The DELL XPS 15 9530 is a pretty standard looking 15″ laptop, but it incorporates an ultra high...

Screen is beautiful, but highly reflective.

Lack of ethernet port means native resolution streaming requires 802.11ac supporting router.

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (itreviews.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15 (9530)

 

With its brilliant screen and serious components, the luxury-minded Dell XPS 15 (9530) is Dell's showcase PC meant to go up against high-end laptop offerings. Unfortunately, its price and battery life keep it from taking the top spot.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by (v3.co.uk)

Dell XPS 15 review

 

The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops we have tested in a long time. It's hard to fault, as its weaknesses – such as the trackpad taking some getting used to and the chassis being prone to scratches – aren't too significant. The real caveat here,...

Flawless performance, premium design, great keyboard

Price tag, chassis prone to scratches, not the most intuitive trackpad

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

Dell XPS 15 Review: A great laptop gets bigger and a little better

 

It doesn't take a genius to realize that when you hit pay dirt, you might do so again if you keep digging in the same area. That's the tack Dell takes with its redesigned XPS 15 laptop: It's easily summed up as a bigger, more powerful version of the...

Reasonably compact and light ; Class-leading CPU and graphics performance ; Easy to open

Backlight bleeding ; Some models should have optional larger battery available ; Keyboard should be a little larger

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Dell XPS 15 Touch (9530)

 

The latest Dell XPS 15 Touch (9530) is a premium desktop-replacement laptop with a refined design, a gorgeous 4K touch screen, and good performance, but it doesn't come cheap.

Sleek, premium design. Impressive 4K touch screen. Soft silicone-covered palm rest. Decent port selection. Solid performance.

Expensive. Battery is not user-accessible, and its performance in testing was average.

Conclusion There's a lot to like about the Dell XPS 15 Touch (9530), from its 4K touch screen to its refined design and premium build quality. If you have a collection of material that takes advantage of the top-notch display, then this laptop might be...

Jun, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD + MaxxAudio Pro / 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):61 / 91
Battery life (max):11 / 4
Battery recharge time:3 / 4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery voltage:11.1
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Video capturing speed:30

Design

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

Display

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1 / 800:1
Display brightness:400
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3200 x 1800 / 3840 x 2160
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / QHD+
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Pixel pitch:0.108 x 0.108 / 0.179 x 0.179
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160
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 G-SYNC: No
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

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

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
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 / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 70

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW / N / No

Other features

Audio system:HD / HD + MaxxAudio Pro / MaxxAudio Pro
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: 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
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:3
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:4

Power

AC adapter frequency: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:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.3 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.3 / 2.8
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4200H / I7-4702HQ / I7-4712HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1364
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37 / 47
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
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
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: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x, VT-d
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): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Y / 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):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:75027 / 75118 / 78932
Processor code:SR15F / SR15G / SR1PZ
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington / Noble
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection:Y / Yes

Software

Bundled software:McAfee / McAfee Live Safe 1YR / Skype\nInternet Explorer\nMy Dell Support application\nPocketCloud
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:DEU / ENG / KOR / Multilingual / POL
Recovery operating system:WINDOWS 10 HOME
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe / Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSave / MS Office, McAfee / Office / Office, McAfee

Storage

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25.4 / 254
Height (front):8
Height (rear):1.8
Weight:2.01
Width:37.2 / 372