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Verge score: 7.0

The Dell XPS 15 is a notebook with a machined aluminum chassis and a 15.6-inch display covered egde-to-edge by Gorilla Glass. It's powered by Intel's 3rd generation, Ivy Bridge, processors and switchable Nvidia graphics up to the Geforce GT 640M.

Description

The Dell XPS 14 is a notebook with an aluminum chassis and a 14-inch display covered by Gorilla Glass and features WWAN options including an HSPA modem and WiMAX.

A customizable laptop with a 720p display, the Dell 15R comes with Dell's color switch lids to add a little personality to the laptop. The 15R comes standard with an Intel Core i3 Sandy Bridge processor, and can be customized to have an Ivy Bridge chip.

Dell's first ultrabook with Inspiron branding, the 14z uses Intel's Rapid Start technology for fast boot times and up to seven hours of battery life. The 14z weighs in at 4.12 pounds and is .83-inches thick.

A minor update to Apple's classic 15-inch MacBook Pro, the mid-2012 version keeps the same unibody form-factor but adds in some spec bumps, including Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors and USB 3.0.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,299.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,099.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 19, 2012
  • Price at launch: $549.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 19, 2012
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,799.00
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.6 inches
  • Depth: 9.8 inches
  • Thickness: 0.91 inches
  • Weight: 5.79 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 13.2 inches
  • Depth: 9.2 inches
  • Thickness: 0.91 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.88 inches
  • Depth: 9.92 inches
  • Thickness: 1.34 inches
  • Weight: 6.05 pounds
  • Color: Silver, Red, Pink, Blue
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 13.66 mm
  • Depth: 9.45 mm
  • Thickness: .83 inches
  • Weight: 4.12 pounds
  • Color: Silver, Red
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.35 inches
  • Depth: 9.82 inches
  • Thickness: .95 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Windows 7

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 14 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.6 inches
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 14 inches
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (max)

  • Resolution (X): 1680 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1050 px

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3210M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i3-2370M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.4 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i3-2367M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.4 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3615QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3612QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.1 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3612QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 630M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Graphics type: Discrete
  • Integrated GPU brand: AMD
  • Integrated GPU model: Radeon HD 7570M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 650M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 640M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 2 GB

GPU (max)

  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 630M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 650M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB
  • Base RAM size: 6 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 16 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 6 MB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 MB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Hybrid Drive
  • Base drive type: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Max. config Hybrid: 1128 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: Other, SD

Storage

  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: Other, SD
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Options: HDD (Unspecified RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Other
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 128 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Optical drive type: Slot-loading
  • Compatible media: DVD-R/RW, BD-ROM

Optical Drive

  • Optical drive type: Slot-loading
  • Compatible media: DVD/CD-RW combo, DVD+R/W, DVD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, Dual-layer DVD burner
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Skullcandy
  • Speakers: 2
  • Subwoofer: Yes
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels

Webcam

  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 3
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • USB 3.0: 4
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • VGA: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • FireWire 800: 1
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • 3G: Optional
  • 4G: Optional
  • WiMAX: Optional
  • WWAN data standards supported: UMTS, WiMAX, EDGE, HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, GPRS
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Size: 65 Wh, 9 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No

Battery

  • Size: 8 cell, 69 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6.75 hr
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 77.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 10227
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 4373
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours and 59 minutes
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