Dell’s XPS lineup has long featured some of the best ultrabooks and premium laptops, but it’s been over a decade since we saw the 17-inch version. The XPS 17 (9700) is a stunning comeback after a decade, with a beautiful screen that floats almost in the air on thin edges, along with solid CPU performance and gaming-grade GPU options. If you are waiting for a larger screen with this design, you will get one at the end (and get the right display).
Dell XPS 17 Design (9700)
Dell has led Apple with its XPS lineup, making every laptop look the same. The XPS 17 follows in the footsteps of the Dell XPS 13 (9300) and Dell XPS 15 (9500), both launched earlier this year with a slimmer profile than ever before, along with infinity to reduce bezels Ed Display was expanded. The XPS 17 also does this, only on a larger scale.
This means that its cover, like the others, is made of silver aluminum, with the Dell logo stamping on top. Like other recent XPS laptops, the XPS 17 has a 16:10 display, which provides slightly more headroom on the screen than the typical 16: 9 screen (this is a 17-inch flat, as opposed to the typical 17.3-inch is). The hinge that connects the screen to the rest of the chassis is also very durable and heavy.
Once again, like its siblings, the XPS 17 has a carbon fiber palm rest that is tactile and comfortable on the wrist when typing. There is plenty of space on the left and right of the keyboard for speaker grilles, which is much larger than the 15 ”screen.
The fingerprint reader is located in the power button, and the integrated webcam in the thin top edge of the screen supports IR to unlock your computer with Windows Hello.
The XPS 17 has four Thunderbolt 3 ports – two on each side. The left side also has a lock slot, while the right side also has a full-size SD card reader and 3.5mm headphone jack. Although possibly the most “pro” in the XPS line, there is still no USB Type-A, although Dell does not include an adapter for USB Type-A to USB Type-A and HDMI, for those who are currently Also use these standards. .
At 14.7 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches and 4.7 pounds, the XPS 17 is larger than Apple’s largest mobile display, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, measuring 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches and 4.3 pounds. Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR is 15.6 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches and slightly larger than 5.5 pounds.
Dell XPS 17 Productivity Performance (9700)
The XPS 17 review unit is fully loaded with an Intel Core i7-10875H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, 32GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Chrome tabs aside, it is sufficiently power-packed for some productivity-intensive tasks, though it hasn’t won every benchmark.
On Geekbench 5.0, the XPS 17 scored 7,740, surpassing the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR (Intel Core i7-10875H, 7,357) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i9-9980HK, 7,201).
XPS took 17 six seconds to copy 4.97 GB files at a rate of 848.2 MB per second. It is aero-like, but the MacBook Pro was 1017.9MB / s faster.
The XPS 17 completed the handbrake video editing test in 8 minutes, 41 seconds. In this test, the laptop converts 4K video to 1080p. The MacBook Pro (8:00) and Aero 17 (7:58) complete the task more quickly.
Performance endurance testing involves running the Cinebench R20 in a 15 bar loop. The grades, after the first round, were in the range of 2900–3000, although there was a slight bump at the end, consistently behind the ring.
The CPU operates at an average clock speed of 3 GHz and an average temperature of 80.6 ° C (177.1 ° F).
Gaming and Graphics for Dell XPS 17 (9700)
The Dell XPS 17 is not touted as a gaming machine, but it is possible to play some games with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. Don’t expect to take advantage of the 4K + display in our review unit, but you can get decent frame rates at 1080p.
We also ran a gaming stress test, which runs the Metro Exodus on the RTX preset 15 times. The game ran at a rate of 37.4 frames per second. Most courses ran at 37 fps, while some ran as low as 34 or 38 fps.
During this test, the CPU averaged 3.1 GHz and measured 76.6 ° C (169.9 ° C). The average GPU clock speed was 1,308MHz and the average temperature was 71.2 ° C (160.2 ° F).
The 17-inch screen on the XPS 17 uses a 16:10 aspect ratio. Most laptops work in the ratio of 16: 9, but 16:10 allows for a bit more vertical space to work with, which is very welcome. We reviewed the 3840 x 2400 touchscreen version (slightly over 4K), although the FHD (1920 x 1200) is a closer non-touch version. Our review unit was very bright and showed vibrant colors when I saw our short 4K film Tears of Steel.
The XPS 17 is also the brightest in the group, with an average brightness of 505 nits. This is fantastic compared to a MacBook Pro (429 nits) or Aero 17 (466 nits).
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard on the XPS 17 is the perfect blend of quiet and click. It is not very loud, but it does not sacrifice much on the way to the journey. It has a slight bouncy feeling; I never had access to the keys, because I was always up. On the 10fast finger.com typing test, I averaged 106 words per minute with a 2% error rate, all of which are very common to me.
One might think that a 17-inch laptop could fit into a full-size number pad, but Dell chose not to add the number pad. I prefer the center keyboard on the go, but I can recall the number keys to