If you need a serious work laptop with the specs to support processing-heavy tasks, the Dell XPS 15 is a model to consider.
The top-end device in the range packs a Core i7 processor, which should make light work of your most demanding programs and functions.
The star of this show, so to speak, is a virtually unbezelled touch-screen display that Dell calls InfinityEdge. The bezel is just 5.7mm. Resolution-wise, it offers 3,840 x 2,160p, on a 15.6inch screen (more than 8m pixels). There is also a full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 display option.
The screen is noticeably more elongated horizontally than that of most laptops, giving it quite a distinct, rectangular look — and allowing Dell to make the claim that this machine has the world’s smallest 15.6inch screen (packed into a laptop closer to the size of a 14-incher). It’s a bit of an odd boast, but either way the screen quality is excellent: sharp detail and deep colour. And Dell has saved on weight, too. The heaviest device in the range comes in at 2kg.
At almost R36,000 for the i7 model this is certainly not a plaything. But it does lend itself to entertainment: watching movies on the screen is fantastic as far as laptop-watching goes, with a 170° wide viewing angle and 350nit brightness.
In terms of build, the XPS 15 looks premium too. It is covered in a matte aluminium outer chassis and its profile tapers from 17mm to just 11mm. Despite this, Dell has squeezed in an HDMI port, headphone jack, power port, SD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port that supports PowerShare and 40GB/s bidirection data transfer.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to the top option, you can order the XPS 15 with i3 and i5 processors, the hard drive and solid-state drive versions, with or without touch-screen capability.
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