• Monday, March 21, 2016

    Dell XPS 15 9550 Review the best MacBook Pro Alternative in 2016

    Dell XPS 15 9550 Review the best MacBook Pro Alternative in 2016
    Dell XPS 15 9550 Review the best MacBook Pro Alternative in 2016

    If televisions and displays have made tremendous progress to reduce or eliminate the border around the screen, laptops are lagging behind in this area. Even the iconic MacBook Air has not changed much in recent years while the apple MacBook Pro 15 accomplished a step in the right direction. The high definition 13-inch screen that extends almost to the edges of the frame partly explains the success of the Dell XPS 13 released in early 2015. Here comes the larger version of this concept: the XPS 15. As the predecessor, it is available in several configurations and provides a definition bonus of up to Ultra HD.

    The basic version costs 1599 euros based on an Intel Core i7 quad core of the sixth generation, a screen 1920 x1080 pixels, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. The model with Ultra HD touch screen starts at 2,149 euros.

    Ultimately, this model is similar to a MacBook Pro 15-inch, but it offers in addition to the Ultra HD and touch screen. And a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, an AMD Radeon R9 M370X and 512 GB SSD costs 2799 euros.

    But setting aside, the XPS 15 is a laptop that will attract the eye. This almost borderless screen is even more impressive 15 inches in 13 inches. You should know that because of this design, the webcam has been moved down the screen, just above the hinge. The angle in against diving is sometimes quite unflattering.

    The interior finish is matte black with a backlit keyboard that overcomes a large touchpad with no buttons. The keyboard gives the impression of being small given the width of the frame. Fortunately, the function keys are activated directly without pressing a touch more specific Fn as is the case on many laptops. The touchpad had a matte surface that is pleasant to the touch, but it produces the same sensation of floating on the XPS 13. It works fine, but it does not offer the same sense of precision as the best portable Windows or MacBook.

    Investing in Ultra HD version has very little interest at present because online content is still rare or exclusively broadcast on certain services. The other reason for wanting to Ultra HD Includes video games. Except that the Nvidia 960M that Dell team that will not meet this definition with the latest games. She can still do it with older or less elaborate titles, as we have seen playing The Witness.

    Still, the robust configuration of the XPS 15 that we tested, with 16 GB of RAM and a Core i7 processor, offers very impressive performance. On our test stands, only a few notebooks dedicated to video games did better.

    Although Dell does not position the XPS 15 as such, its performance the place at all mainstream models with good aptitude for video games, like HP or Lenovo Omen Series Y which are equipped with the same Nvidia graphics card.

    Autonomy is just OK: 4:01 our video playback test. The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Pro which is very close to the XPS 15 held 20 minutes less. But the latest MacBook Pro 15-inch up to 9:17 minutes on the same test. Apple remains permanently at the top in this field. passable autonomy but top performance, our benchmarks speak for themselves, the vintage late 2015 remains impressive:


    Notebooks up to intermediate size range frequently suffer from comparison with the MacBook Pro, which in many cases is better designed, faster, more enduring and more ergonomic. But Dell has managed to offer a very attractive alternative in many areas with a touchscreen Ultra HD, superior graphics performance and especially a screen with very fine edges, much more attractive than the Apple laptop. However, the MacBook Pro dominates unchallenged in terms of autonomy and quality of its TouchPad. In the end, the choice to decide between these two models will be done on the OS you prefer: Windows 10 or OS X.

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