By | February 21, 2017
┬áThe Dell XPS 15 ($1,115 direct), a desktop replacement laptop, is a wonderland of lavish features, cutting-edge components, and ,overall, one of the best laptops I’ve tested. Even more impressive is that most of its parts are customizable before finalizing your purchase: The XPS 15 can be completely over the top or priced to meet a certain budget. It’s one of the few 15-inch laptops that has support for a full 1080p screen resolution, a Skype-certified HD webcam, floor-thumping speakers, and every wireless technology imaginable. If the Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 420M (with Optimus technology) aren’t groundbreaking enough for you, there are options for quad-core processors and a more powerful graphics card. The only thing left to do now is hand the XPS 15 the Editors’ Choice in the desktop replacement laptop category.

These days, the material of choice for a luxury laptop is metal, specifically aluminum. The XPS 15 is covered in it, though some might find the overall design a little plain. Its aluminum skin is a darker shade than that of the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Core i5) ($1,799 direct, 4 stars). It’s void of any decorative patterns, like those found in the HP Pavilion dv7-4183cl ($999.99 list, 4 stars) and Samsung R580-JBB2 ($729.99 list, 4 stars). The forward-hinge design, however, is a nice touch, a page taken from its Inspiron line. But, overall, the design comes off more corporate than consumer. At 1.3 by 14.7 by 10.6 inches (HWD) and 6.3 pounds, it’s thicker than its peers and noticeably heavier than the Samsung R580-JBB2 (5.4 pounds) and Acer Aspire AS5820T-5951 ($723 street, 4 stars) (5.2 pounds). Then again, the other two don’t have the XPS 15’s impressive list of parts.

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