This year’s Dell XPS 17 is back with a drumroll, proffering workstation-grade performance in a chassis that’s parallel to many 15-inch notebooks. This huge XPS 17 laptop offers the largest and most immersive screen you’ll find on a laptop thanks to its massive 4-sided Infinity Edge display. For content creators and gamers, the XPS 17 stands out from its smaller siblings with more powerful graphics options. In addition, it offers excellent battery life for a 4K laptop, as well as booming speakers. The XPS 17 can be quite expensive once you start upgrading it, but if you’re looking for beastly performance and a gorgeous display in a stylish package this is one of the best laptops to buy. Unfortunately, the XPS 17 is still using Intel’s 10th Gen processors. This means our biggest XPS laptop is still waiting for Tiger Lake CPUs. Nevertheless, we hope Dell won’t let 2021 pass without updating the XPS 17 with 11th Gen Intel CPUs.
At least some versions of the Dell XPS series have been able to outperform the MacBook Pro’s performance in a portable chassis. Despite its larger size, the Dell XPS 17 focuses on providing excellent performance and an excellent display for folks who need something a bit more robust for work.
- The display is stunning and immersive
- Powerful CPU and graphics
- Easy to use keyboard
- Beautiful, slim design
- Weak webcam
Price And Availability
Dell’s Core i5 variant of the XPS 17 lists for under $1,400, but it’s currently on sale for $1,273. The Core i5-10300H with 8GB and 256GB SSDs on offer here are the cheapest on the market.
It’s a very powerful laptop. With a price tag of $2,949, the configuration to the right is a little more accessible. It might sound nice to have a 4TB SSD in the top-end version, but it’s not worth the additional $800 – especially if you can upgrade it later.
Design And Display
The Dell XPS 17 boasts a razor-sharp chassis that borrows features from its older XPS 13 and XPS 15 siblings, making it one of the most elegant 17-inch laptops. Dell’s largest laptop features all the unique features of the XPS series, including its attractive silver aluminum exterior, its smooth soft-touch deck, and its nearly bezel-less Infinity Edge display. The XPS 17’s black interior looks great, but I wish it was also available in the same stunning Arctic White color as its smaller brother.
The XPS 17 is a large laptop that measures 14.74 x 9.76 x 0.77 inches and weighs between 4.65 and 5.53 pounds, depending on your choice of display and battery. You’ll have room to spare on your desk or in your bag because it’s larger and heavier than the MacBook Pro 16-inch.
Dell XPS 17 comes with four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, each of which can be used as a charging port and supports DisplayPort. Additionally, a 3.5mm headphone jack is included, as well as a full-size SD card reader. XPS 17 comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter, as well as an HDMI 2.0 adapter, in case you need to use legacy peripherals. Although power users may need a USB hub to connect all their monitors and peripherals, the XPS 17’s ports and included adapters offer a good compromise between functionality and design.
Dell’s revolutionary 4-sided Infinity Edge display, which eliminates the heavy bottom bezel for a seamless display that is practically all-screen, is available on the XPS 13, 15, and 17. And that style pops even more on the XPS 17’s stunning 17-inch 3840 x 2400 display, which has a 93.7 % screen-to-body ratio. That’s perfect for serious multitasking as well as losing yourself in your favorite movies and shows.
Performance, Software, And Features
Thanks to the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor, 32GB of RAM, and 1TB NVMe SSD, the XPS 17 handled all the tasks I’ve been working on. Opening more than a dozen Chrome tabs simultaneously while switching between Slack and Spotify was never an issue for me, and I never experienced any lag.
Since this is a Dell, it comes loaded up with a variety of software. Most of this will not affect you, and you will only need to connect or update when necessary. It also comes with a trial version of McAfee, which we had to uninstall since we kept getting popups asking us to subscribe. Once you get that out and replace it with one of the best antivirus programs, you can pretty much just use the laptop as you like. In addition to Windows Hello, the Dell XPS 17 also features a fingerprint scanner so that you can use whatever kind of biometric login you prefer. In our experience, both are extremely quick to unlock, and the fingerprint scanner is the same button that turns on the laptop, so you don’t have to move your hand too much to start using it.
- Graphics: In comparison to its smaller brethren, the XPS 17 offers discrete Nvidia graphics. The XPS 17 turned in outstanding results on our graphics test, equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU capable of ray tracing – and can double as an excellent gaming laptop.
- Audio: With its large stereo speakers and Waves MaxxAudioPro software integrated, the XPS 17 brought rich, booming sound to my place.
- Keyboard and touchpad: Dell’s latest XPS series keyboards all feel great, but I think the XPS 17’s is my favorite. The XPS 17’s keys were a pleasure to type on throughout hours of working on work documents and emails thanks to their deep 1.3mm travel, soft-touch coating, and snappy feedback. With 102 wpm (words per minute) and an almost-perfect accuracy rate, I breezed through the 10fastfingers typing test while my fingers danced quite comfortably around Dell’s keyboard. The large 6 x 3.5 touchpad on the XPS 17 felt similarly comfortable, letting me perform multi-finger gestures easily.
- Webcam: Dell has crammed a full camera into the tiny top bezel of its latest laptop, and its webcam is perfectly serviceable. Yet, as video conferencing becomes more and more common, I hope that Dell and other leading laptop makers would step up their efforts in this area. Although this camera will work well for quick calls, you’ll need a better webcam if you plan on streaming to Twitch or staying on Zoom calls for hours on end.
On a charge, the XPS 17 lasts impressively long for a laptop with a 4K display. Dell’s laptop lasted for 9 hours and 4 minutes straight on our battery test, which involves continuous web surfing. While the XPS 17 provides more than a workday’s worth of battery life, the MacBook Pro lasts even longer at 10 hours, 55 minutes. The XPS 17 had a longer battery life on our tests than its smaller XPS 15 sibling, which lasted just over 8 hours.
Although the Dell XPS 17 is huge, it does not feel like one. Featuring one of the largest, most immersive 17-inch displays you can find on a laptop, this elegant beast packs blistering 10th Gen Intel performance and advanced Nvidia graphics into a sleek design. This compact powerhouse features an impressive sound system, a fast SSD, and a battery life of more than 9 hours. The XPS 17’s power and display come at a high cost, especially when you add a 4K display and RTX graphics. XPS 13 and XPS 15 are both excellent choices if you don’t need as much space or graphics power.