By Mike Jennings
Reviewed: 17 Feb 2014
2015 DELL XPS 15 9530 i7 4712HQ 3.3GHz/16GB/1TB+32GBmSATA/3840x2160 4K UHD TOUCH
2015 DELL XPS 15 9530 i7-4712HQ 16GB 1TB + 32SSD GT750M 3840x2160 4K UHD TOUCH
Dell XPS 15-9530 Ci7-4712HQ 16GB 512GB SSD Win 8.1 GT750M 15.6" 3200x1800 Touch
2015 DELL XPS 15 9530 i7 4712HQ 3.3GHz/16GB/512GB SSD/3840x2160 4K UHD TOUCH
DELL XPS 15 9530 Laptop i7-4712HQ 16GB 1TB GT750M 4K 3840x2160 TOUCH
XPS 15 Touch - DNCWX1613H
- XPS 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Solid State Drive - Silver
XPS 15 Non-Touch - DNCWX1631H
XPS 15 Touch - DNCWX1625H
XPS 15 Non-Touch - DNCWX1626HDDR
no numpad, no buy.
"The GT 750M is also used in one of Apple’s cheaper MacBook Pro configurations" -- surely you mean "one of the more expensive configurations" ? The Iris 5200 is the entry level...
are you an accountant or why do you need the numpad so badly? :) there's nothing wrong with being an accountant but then maybe this is not the laptop for you to begin with...
shame about the battery life, but all in all, a great laptop, and finally something from Dell that I want. I would have loved to see more about how the various Windows apps scale on that gorgeous screen. From what I read some of them play nice, respecting the DPI settings you set in Windows, while others look impossibly small, borderline unusable
Engineer. I do lots of CAD, finite element analysis and coding. (requires decent graphics and processing power). A numpad is a huge bonus when you have rows of numbers to type in. (and yes I know you can buy a USB numpad, but I prefer one on the keyboard to begin with.)
Okay that makes sense. I'm an engineer myself (software engineer) but I do mostly Java/Scala coding which doesn't really require a numpad. In fact for me NOT having a numpad is better because the main part of the keyboard is centered with respect to the laptop itself which makes typing more... natural.
One last thing, if you do CAD you would probably be better served by the Precision M3800 (because of the Quadro graphics card), though that model doesn't come with a numpad as far as I know
Any hint for a Windows alternative for those "hard-nosed creatives who demand better gamut coverage and colour quality for precision colour work" ?
Can't guarantee it, but what do you actually need? Are we talking 100% Adobe RGB?
Lightweight laptop with good processing power, SSD storage, dedicated GPU and a display good enough to do photo post-processing work without having to go through it again on my workstation. 93% sRGB coverage just isn't good enough. I don't think there is such a thing as a laptop with 100% AdobeRGB coverage, but what I'm looking for seems just as rare.
Your right on most counts. 93% sRGB is very good for a laptop, but as you say not good enough for many uses.
I have a dell xps 12. Generally dell have improved a lot in recent years. The HD screen is weird, I have perfect eyesight but even I needed to set app scaling to the maximum to make it usable. Most apps do obey the windows scaling, the only issue I have so far is with viber desktop.
I actually recently bought the XPS 15, and I just wanted people to know that there is a high-pitched hissing/scratching sound that comes up from the processor chip. This has actually been shown to be on all the XPS 15 and Dell has basically refused to acknowledge this problem. For a more detailed account, please feel free to refer to this forum on the Dell website:
Unless you play games Id rather get a good latitiude without the heat issues.
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