Dell XPS ???: a powerful and portable transformer notebook for serious work

 3r33333. 3r3-31. XPS ???r3r3350. - "top-end" solution in the consumer lineup of Dell laptops. This is a beautiful, light and, at the same time, very powerful portable - let's not be afraid of these words - workstation for very serious tasks, including video editing and work with computer graphics. The LATOP has a very productive “stuffing”, it comes with touchscreen FHD /UHD displays with excellent characteristics and at the same time it is also a transformer. It is about this model that we want to tell in detail today. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Dell XPS ???: a powerful and portable transformer notebook for serious work Appearance and ergonomics
3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. One of the main features of the Dell XPS notebook line is the recognizable design. To confuse these computers with something else is absolutely impossible. The wedge-shaped body, solid solid sheets of brushed aluminum at the top and bottom, and a carbon fiber worktop. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. XPS ???r350. . And the hero of this review is a transformer with an index of 9575. His display can be completely tilted back all 360 degrees. Two metal hinges securely fix the cover in almost any position selected by the user, except perhaps the most minimal ones. The balance is also in order: if the gadget is on the table, then the lid will in no way outweigh the working part with the keyboard and fill the entire structure back. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. In both versions of the 15-inch Dell XPS, the almost frameless InfinityEdge display looks particularly impressive. Left, right and top indents from the edges of the case to the beginning of the screen do not even reach 5 mm in width. Bottom indent more, because This is where the webcam is located. In general, this approach allows Dell developers to create truly lightweight and compact laptops for several years in a row. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Dell XPS ???? about which we
told in detail
about a month ago, it weighs 1.2 kilograms with a diagonal of 13 inches. XPS ??? with a noticeably larger screen weighs 2 kilograms. Compared with the untransformable 15-inch XPS ??? and 956? the weight of the model under review is most of all 200 grams: the classic version of the laptop weighs 1.8 kg. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. So the computer for its size is very portable, and this parameter is one of the leaders in the class. If you need such a laptop without much discomfort, you can take with you to work at least every day. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r373. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.
Interfaces
3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. Dell XPS ??? is a 15-inch laptop, but rather thin: 16 mm in the thickest and 9 mm in the thinnest places. That is why on its sides did not manage to accommodate a single full-sized USB port. Ball rule USB Type-C. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. On the left side of the computer there are two such interfaces with Thunderbolt 3 support, one of them also acts as a port for charging the computer, which is indicated by the corresponding icon, but generally you can use any Type-C port for this. There is also a microSD card reader (speed - about 140 megabytes per second) and a remaining battery indicator with an activation button. One lit small LED - 20% battery capacity. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33939. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. On the right side there are two more USB-C 3.1 with DisplayPort support. Next to the combined audio input and connector for the lock Noble. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Input devices
3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. The keyboard of the Dell XPS ??? is completely new: it works on the principle of magnetic levitation. The name is beautiful and even a little mysterious, but in reality everything is very simple: the recoil is simulated by the magnetic field. Membrane domes, providing resistance and fixing the press, under the buttons there. And that is what made the keyboard unit noticeably thinner and lighter than in the case of the traditional membrane design. Buttons from the laptop case also protrude very slightly. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. There is also a fingerprint scanner built into the power button. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r3146. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. And, of course, a webcam with an infrared sensor to unlock the system for face recognition using the Windows Hello function. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Display
3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. Dell XPS ??? is available in versions with two different matrices. In a more affordable model, a panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is used, and in the “top-end” versions, the resolution is 3840x2160 pixels. In both cases, the screen is touch-sensitive and, of course, based on IPS. The hero of the current review of the UHD display, but in brief we will talk about both solutions. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. First of all, it should be said that both screens are very high quality and do not have any significant shortcomings in all key parameters by which they are usually evaluated. In both cases, the maximum brightness is at 400 nits, the contrast ratio exceeds 1000: ? and the sRGB color range is 100%. Maximum viewing angles. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r3174. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. The difference is in the details. So, for example, with the FHD matrix, things are a little better with the uniformity of illumination, but the UHD screen covers more than 70% of the Adobe RGB color range compared to about 57% for a more economical solution. Also, the contrast index in older XPS models ??? is more than 20% higher than in younger ones: approximately 1500: 1 versus 1200: 1. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. In the end, it makes sense to choose based on the tasks that you have to perform. To work with graphics and video, definitely, better fit UHD resolution. Not only because of wider color coverage, but also due to more comfortable work with bulky interfaces on such a display. If it is assumed that the work will be mainly of an office nature, then FHD looks like a more rational choice. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r3187. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Speaking about the resolution of displays you should not forget about such a moment as the speed of the system. Of course, if you choose a modification with UHD, the load on the hardware component of the laptop will be higher. Given that the power of the Core i5 and i7 processors with integrated Radeon graphics, under which the Dell XPS ??? works in FHD and UHD modifications, respectively, are not much different (this is slightly lower), it is worth remembering this at the selection stage. Well, about the difference in energy consumption, too, of course, do not forget. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Also, in addition to a laptop, you can purchase a Dell Premium Active Pen. This is a useful accessory for those who like to draw or make notes. The gadget supports 4096 levels of pressure, slope and shading. The price of the issue is approximately ?500 rubles. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.
Configuration and performance
3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. The Dell XPS ??? is equipped with Intel quad-core processors with support for eight threads of computing and integrated Radeon graphics. In the case of low-end configurations, this is Core i5-8305G with a frequency of 2.8 to 3.8 GHz and 6 MB of cache memory, in more expensive models - Core i7-8705G with a frequency of 3.1 to 4.1 GHz and 8 MB cache. Interestingly, in terms of performance, the difference between the two solutions is not particularly noticeable, as can be clearly seen in Cinebench R15. In a multi-core test, the gap is less than 5%, in a single-core test - less than 10%. In actual work scenarios, this is hardly noticeable from the user's point of view. Compared to last year’s XPS ??? Core i7-7700HQ, the increase in computing power is about the same level as in the comparison described above. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. The really significant difference in terms of hardware is that all XPS ??? configurations with Core i5-8305G and FHD are equipped with only 8 GB of RAM, and in models with Core i7-8705G (relevant for FHD and UHD) it can already be not only ? but 16 GB. You should definitely pay attention to this and compare it with your work tasks, because you cannot increase the amount of RAM after the purchase - it is soldered on the motherboard. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Next, go to the performance of discrete graphics Radeon RX Vega M GL with 4 GB of memory. In both processors used in XPS ???? it is identical in all characteristics. There are 20 computing units, and the frequency varies from 931 to 1011 MHz. On performance, it turns out to be something between GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050Ti, but closer to the second variant. Those. It is quite suitable for basic work with 3D, off-site editing and even modern graphics games. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. On the XPS ???? you can easily play the third “The Witcher” at high settings, the laptop can be launched by Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Rider at the same high settings. In online projects from less demanding DOTA 2 and Overwatch, and up to the “voracious” PUBG, you can also comfortably play with FPS well above 30 and in the graphic settings from maximum to medium. All this, of course, in Full HD, but not Ultra HD. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. As an example, we compare the Radeon Vega discrete graphics with the GTX 1050Ti in the World of Tanks Encore benchmark. They clearly show that the transformer is very good, but if you prioritize the games after work with the second number right away, then the untransformable XPS ??? with GeForce GTX 1050Ti would be a more suitable choice. And not so much because of the difference in performance (it’s just not dramatic), but because the games for NVIDIA solutions are optimized in most cases much better. Here, as an example, it is appropriate to give Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which, in theory, should work without problems with a comfortable frame rate at medium graphics settings, but in the case of the configuration under test, this does not happen in reality, alas. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. In tests of the overall performance of the system, the XPS ??? also shows excellent results. Largely due to a good SSD drive with a capacity of 512 GB: this is the Toshiba KXG50ZNV. To a beautiful mark of 5000 points is not enough quite a bit. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Running stress tests shows that there is no reason to talk about trotting: both the processor is successful in this regard, and the cooling system copes with its task perfectly. The XPS ??? is brand new: it consists of two excellent coolers, copper pipes and gaskets from GORE membrane fabric. The latter can be seen on the inside of the bottom cover of the laptop. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. The noise level during the same office affairs will not be disturbed either by the user or by his seated colleagues. At the same time, serious tasks like games and rendering can properly unwind the fans: the noise level exceeds 40-42 dB. This is roughly comparable to the noise during a quiet conversation between several people. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.
Opportunities for the upgrade
3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. Given that today we are talking about a laptop-transformer, this part of the review will be the shortest. When creating such gadgets as Dell XPS ??? developers are forced to make the most efficient use of space inside the computer. So absolutely all key components are soldered directly on the motherboard. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Opening hours 3r33335. 3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. The Dell XPS ??? has a 75 watt-hour battery. If we talk about simple tasks like working with documents, surfing the web, working with mail and communicating in instant messengers, then its full charge without problems is enough for one 8-hour working day or even a little more, if you greatly reduce the display brightness. Our traditional test with video playback at full brightness discharged the laptop in 5.5 hours. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. A power unit with a power of 130 watts charges the laptop from 0 to 100% in about 2.5 hours. The dimensions are larger than the power supply of the 13-inch XPS, but the design is exactly the same. Weight is almost 1.5 times more: about 450 grams versus 300 grams. A tangible addition to the laptop, but by the standards of the class and the power of the stuffing everything is within the limits of decency. Plus, do not forget that you can also charge a smartphone and other mobile gadgets with Type-C from the same power supply unit and, as a result, you can’t carry a light charge from the phone anymore. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. How much and where to buy? 3r33333. 3r33336. 3r33333.  3r33333. Recall that XPS ???r3r3350. - the flagship of the line of consumer laptops Dell, such a budget technique can not be by definition, so prices start from a tangible mark of 125-130 thousand rubles.
falls into this budget. The youngest configuration is
with Intel Core i5-8305G, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and Full HD display. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. A model with the same Full HD screen, but with a more powerful Intel Core i7-8705G, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD will cost approximately in 14?000 rubles . Please note that if you are sure that 8 GB of RAM is enough for you, then you don’t have to pay extra for this version: processors do not differ much in performance, and discrete graphics are the same in both solutions. Well, the most advanced model with the same components and Ultra HD matrix costs 3r3333349. at least ??? rubles 3r33350. . 3r33358. 3r33333. 3r33333. 3r33333. 3r33333. ! function (e) {function t (t, n) {if (! (n in e)) {for (var r, a = e.document, i = a.scripts, o = i.length; o-- ;) if (-1! == i[o].src.indexOf (t)) {r = i[o]; break} if (! r) {r = a.createElement ("script"), r.type = "text /jаvascript", r.async =! ? r.defer =! ? r.src = t, r.charset = "UTF-8"; var d = function () {var e = a.getElementsByTagName ("script")[0]; e.parentNode.insertBefore (r, e)}; "[object Opera]" == e.opera? a.addEventListener? a.addEventListener ("DOMContentLoaded", d,! 1): e.attachEvent ("onload", d ): d ()}}} t ("//mediator.mail.ru/script/2820404/"""_mediator") () (); 3r33356. 3r33333. 3r33358. 3r33333. 3r33333. 3r33333. 3r33333.
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