As technology gets better by the day, we start to see devices evolving alongside. Dell has been creating the best ultrabooks over the years under their XPS lineup. Today, we have the latest Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 on our hands. Yes, the name is a mouthful so let’s just call it the Dell XPS 15 9575.
Let’s dive into the review and see what Dell has done with the new XPS 15. This entire review was done on the XPS 15 9575 – writing, photographing, and video editing.
The entire laptop that we have here… is not exactly vanilla when it comes to the unboxing experience. However, we can show you all the things that were included in the box itself.
There aren’t much to see here since the Dell XPS 15 9575 only comes with the laptop itself, the power brick, some documentations, and a dongle. Yes, a dongle for converting USB-C to the conventional USB-A.
As the name suggests, it is the latest in Dell’s XPS, with a 15-inch display. The 2-in-1 here means that it is a convertible laptop – as you can use it in a standard laptop mode, tablet mode, or anything in between. There is a non-convertible variant of the Dell XPS 15 as well.
We also have the optional stylus with us as well. Dell calls it the Active Stylus Pen, with the model number of PN579X. Remember – this pen is entirely optional and does not affect verdict of the review of the laptop itself.
It’s no surprise that Dell puts a literal buttload of effort into creating the best laptop they can. While Dell packs a 15-inch screen in this laptop, its entire footprint feels like a 13-incher.
The laptop has an aluminium back that sings a tune for you when you brush your finger along the grill, and it is cold to the touch if you left it in an air-conditioned room for a while. Even the lid itself is strengthened by a large piece of aluminium as well. This thing is solid.
Opening up the lid reveals that the body itself is covered by carbon fiber instead. Yes – real carbon fiber on your wrist rest area. They don’t respond to temperature that much so the wrist remains comfortable after long hours of gaming or when the entire laptop is cold to the touch. Carbon fiber is also surprisingly easy to clean off as it only has sweat marks that can be wiped off.
The overall aesthetic of the Dell XPS 15 9575 is just sleek and it can go into meeting rooms without any issue – yet the specs do pack a strong punch. More on that later.
Ever since the MacBook Pro 2016 was released to the market, we saw a few big changes – firstly, the connectivity. I can’t deny the fact that Apple has spearheaded one of the most radical change ever – by having USB-C only. Dell took the same approach here.
On the left side there are two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support – which I absolutely love when used alongside the Pioneer USB-C dock that we reviewed here – one microSD card reader, and a battery indicator. It’s very nice to see Dell still including a battery indicator that on their flagship laptop.
On the right side there are two more USB-C ports that does not have Thunderbolt 3 support, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Noble lock slot. The last one is something to take note if you are going to lock it down.
Even though I really wish there was a full-sized HDMI port, I do understand its absence on the Dell XPS 15 9575. In this case, the laptop itself is about the same thickness of a USB-A port, and definitely don’t have enough width to fit in a full-sized HDMI or DisplayPort.
The speakers are found at the bottom of the laptop. They are loud and sounds surprisingly good when using it in laptop mode on a table. Using it in tent mode or tablet mode however, the sound quality differs quite a lot.
It also comes with both fingerprint scanner and IR camera for facial recognition to login to your Windows account. However, the webcam is moved towards the bottom of the screen.
I can tell you right now that the Dell XPS 15 9575 has one of the best screens on a laptop that I have seen. The display’s colors are vibrant yet color accurate to the eyes and bright at the same time. The one we have here is at FHD, and I think that is sufficient for a laptop. Any higher will be taxing to both the battery and the hardware itself yet not discernible to the human eyes – at least for me.
Their InfinityEdge display makes media consumption feel surreal. Its supremely thin bezels with bright, sharp colors make it feel like a portal to another reality – especially when you are gaming on the display.
There’s just something about getting up close with such a beautiful display and play games or watching movies on it. Imagine playing an intense action game or watching a show on this. It just feels very different.
With such a big and bright display with tiny bezels on the side, it is difficult to not touch the display. Obviously being a 2-in-1 device, the Dell XPS 15 9575 comes with a touchscreen too. The touchscreen is accurate and I just find myself touching the display more than I should. The trackpad itself became secondary because why clicking and dragging when I can directly touch and drag across the screen?
This is also where I have to exclaim my love for Dell’s engineering as the hinge on the Dell XPS 15 9575 is just supremely well-made. There only a little wobble when the touchscreen was poked and that absolutely marvelous.
For us to say that we are using the touchscreen more than the trackpad does not mean that the trackpad is any bad – on the contrary, actually. The glass trackpad on the Dell XPS 15 9575 is one of the best I’ve used thus far.
I actually brought the Dell XPS 9575 to Penang to cover an event. To my surprise, I did not even reach out to my external mouse as I was just using the trackpad most of the time.
It is using the Windows Precision trackpad drivers with support for all the built-in Windows trackpad gestures which you can customize on your own. The palm rejection is also great as I didn’t have any random mouse triggers while I was typing this review.
When it comes to keyboard – I know it comes down to personal preference. The Dell XPS 15 9575 has a magnetic levitating keyboard that allows the entire laptop to be thin, yet it has a unique click to each key. Its key presses sound and feel similar to the MacBook’s butterfly switches but with a deeper travel distance – which is definitely better.
It took me a while to get used to this MagLev keyboard and it definitely feels much better than Apple’s butterfly switches. The one main complaint tht I have is on the arrow keys layout themselves as it is packed too tightly together with the page up/down keys.
The optional stylus for the Dell XPS 15 9575 is also the same pen that is compatible with a multitude of other Dell laptops. The PN579X has a total of 3 buttons, has 4096 pressure levels, and 240Hz report rate. Equipped with Wacom’s technology, it can detect if the pen is tilted, too.
Being a nanoelectronic engineer graduate myself, I find it easier to sometimes just whip out a pen and start writing and drawing. Some might say that the touchscreen is sufficient as you can draw on the screen with your fingers – and that’s true. However, the touchscreen does not have 4096 levels of pressure and every single line you draw with your finger will only have a single thickness.
Let’s start off with a quick specs list.
- 1920×1080 pixel IPS LCD display with touch screen
- Intel Core i7-8705G with 3.10GHz base clock and 4.10GHz boost clock
- Integrated HD Graphics 630
- AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL with 4GB VRAM
- 16GB soldered DDR4 RAM
- 512GB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe SSD
I think the performance of the Dell XPS 15 9575 is the most interesting out of the bunch. It comes packed with a brand new Intel Core i7-8705G SoC. I specifically call it an SoC because this chip has another Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU built in the same package as the CPU itself. The GPU also has its own dedicated 4GB of HBM2 VRAM.
Dell also engineered their own thermal solution with the biggest fan ever on a Dell laptop. In short, it’s a solution to keep the laptop running relatively cool while working hard. Remember – thin and lights with GPU is a death wish – and Dell manages to work around this issue. It also manages to block heat from transferring to the user’s lap by having an insulation material called GORE. You can click here to watch the video.
The entire thermal solution relies on the grill at the back for air intake and exhausts the air at the back of the laptop, in between the hinges.
As for the benchmarks, the Dell XPS 15 9575 is definitely surprising. Let’s take a look at some of the benchmarks which we will move out of the way first.
The included SSD is also speedy, as it is using a Toshiba KXG50ZNV512G NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD. The read speed is top-notch here but the write speed is sub-par compared to other aftermarket PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs. It won’t be noticeable in day-to-day use, even for tasks like video rendering.
For the thermals, we used synthetic tests – a combination of both AIDA64 for CPU and FurMark for GPU. We found some interesting results:
- AIDA64 CPU stress test: Intel Core i7-8705G is able to boost up 3.6GHz at 95°C
- FurMark: Radeon RX Vega M GL goes up to 65°C
- AIDA64 + FurMark: CPU throttles to ~2.1GHz with 71°C; GPU at 69°C
Considering how thin the entire laptop is, the thermal performance that Dell has achieved on the XPS 15 9575 is an engineering marvel. I can also edit 1080p videos on the Dell XPS 15 9575 and there is absolutely no problems. Everything was just smooth even when I was scrubbing a color-corrected footage – except for warp stabilizer.
When it comes to gaming, the performance is surprisingly good. Most of the games here are at least in medium graphical settings – and the Dell XPS 15 9575 handles them like a champ.
|Graphical setting||Frame rate||Max temperature|
|Apex Legends||Medium||30 while jumping off the ship||73||66|
|50 on land|
|Devil May Cry 5||Medium||50||73||66|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||Max||40||77||66|
Though the only complaint that I have here is the Radeon software experience. The Radeon GPU is controlled by Intel’s software, and it fails to detect applications that are supposed to be using the Vega GPU, and you have to open the software to change it manually.
The software itself is clunky and to change the applications to use the Vega GPU requires a lot of unnecessary clicks and it has an unintuitive UI. This is entirely out of Dell’s control, and Intel should do something to improve this experience. Still, it’s usable now and I’m just glad that it works.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 comes with a massive 75Wh battery that manages to power up the laptop for hours and hours to come. I got around 5 hours of continuous use at 25% brightness with heavy browsing on Chrome, some YouTube videos, and some light Photoshop work.
I’d say it’s not exactly the best in terms of battery life – especially with the 75Wh battery, but I have already hardlocked some applications like Photoshop to use the Radeon GPU at all times – so yes, the battery life will be affected.
With the 130W charger that Dell included, it takes about 2 hours to charge the Dell XPS 15 9575 from 15% to 100% – which is pretty okay. The charger itself is pretty compact as well.
There are 8x T5 Torx screws at the back and lots of clips that secure the aluminium backplate to the frame. Removing it reveals all of the innards.
From here we can see the two big fans that are held on by a few screws. Great job and kudos to Dell for making so easily accessible.
If you want to reapply the thermal paste, it could be a bit tricky since there are no visible screws or obvious way to take out the cooling solution.
As for the upgradability, only the M.2 SSD can be swapped out – which is great since the only point of failure after years of usage is the SSD itself. The included M.2 SSD is a Toshiba KXG50ZNV512G NVMe SSD that is capable of running at 3.1GB/s sequential read and 1.1GB/s sequential write. That’s certainly fast enough for video editing too.
I personally think that there is only one way to label this device – and it is an engineering marvel. The performance that it packs into this slim form factor and yet manages to cool it down surprisingly well. I can game and play games on the Dell XPS 15 9575 and that is just magnificent.
Dell created a laptop that perfectly integrates both function and form into a single thin laptop. It’s impressive and I am going to take the Dell XPS 15 9575 to wherever I go – because it is just way too impressive.
Dell Malaysia has priced the XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 that we reviewed here at RM9,289. Hold up – that might look like a steep price, but everyone you get from this laptop is at the bleeding edge of technology. And it’s cheaper than the 15-inch MacBook Pro too.