Dell’s New XPS 15 Laptop Is The Smallest Ever

Dell is a trusted, long established name in the computer world and positive reports about the new improved range of the already pretty impressive XPS notebooks due out this month is likely to be good news for businesses looking for sleek, light machines with plenty of storage and long battery lives.

New and Improved

The new Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 are made of carbon fibre and aluminium so they’re light and strong. The XPS 15 is reported to weigh just 3.9 pounds and it is 17mm thickest at its thickest point means that it is quite possibly the smallest 15 inch laptop in the world. In essence then this 15 inch laptop is now closer to a 14-inch notebook in size.

Visual Improvements

One of the reasons why this improved XPS range is lighter is the InfinityEdge thin-bezel display (the outside area around side of the monitor glass / screen) which equates to a smaller footprint. The 1080p (as standard) display is offered with an optional 4k touch screen and according to Dell the UltraHD panel beats most desktop monitors hands down because it can hit 100 % of the AdobeRGB colour space spectrum.

Packing A Bigger Processor Punch

The last newsletter featured an article about new Intel Skylake processors which have a dramatically reduced power requirement combined with increased performance (Speed Shift function and better graphics, streaming and video performance). Both the new Dell XPS 13 and 15 now have these new 6th generation Skylake processors, available in Core i3, i5 and quad-core i7 versions. If you choose one of the upper end it will come with a GTX 960M GPU for added 3D performance. 

More Memory

Although the XPS 13 comes with only 4GB of RAM with the option of pay extra upgrade if you need more, the XPS 15 has 16GB of RAM, and the range has up to 1 terabyte of PCle SSD storage.

Longer Battery Life

For business purposes a long battery life is always a very desirable feature and the new XPS 15 for example offer 2 options, either a 56 watt-hour or 84 watt-hour which can deliver between 11 and 17 hours of battery life depending on the screen configuration and battery size.

Keyboard & Touch Good

The keyboard on the new XPS range is well laid out with attractive backlighting and makes typing feel effortless. The touchpad is also very good and its built-in Windows drivers make it more predictable, better performing and easy to use.

Easy Connection to the Keyboard Base

Dell have made sure that there are no fiddly latches and hinges to attach the device to the base which means that the device can be quite simply dropped into the slot at a 90 degree angle so that it slides into its proper place on its own (you don’t need to use 2 hands). Removing it again is just a case of pulling the device up so that it slides back out.