Dell XPS 15 9575 2-In-One Laptop Review
We’re no strangers to Dell’s 2-in-1 laptops. We’ve seen a couple of them so far and have been very impressed by the products. Now it’s the 2019 Dell XPS 15 9575’s turn on the table, with its i7 processor, new keyboard style and AMD Vega graphics, making this a truly capable little machine.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 looks to have been built inside a very premium chassis. The external case is made fully from a brushed metal which is very soft to the touch. The outside perimeter has a glass fibre finish. It’s pretty much identical to last year’s model, which isn’t a bad thing in my eyes. Why change an already beautiful design? A great sign is that it doesn’t pick up fingerprints very well, which means it would continue to look fresh every time you use it. However, the review unit I received had a couple of blemishes on top, but that’s pretty much expected as these units get passed from pillar to post on the rounds.
On the bottom are two large rubber feet to keep it raised from the desk for optimum airflow, because here is where you will find the grill for fans. You can also find two speakers that fire out the sides on an angle, but more on the sound later.
Down the sides you will find two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left and two USB-C 3.1 ports on the right, that will require adapters to get the most from them. The laptop is also powered through one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports which is very in-line with the newer Macbook Pros on the market. In the box I was supplied a single dongle to convert a thunderbolt port to USB 3.0. I’m not sure if any other dongles are supplied when purchasing new. I hope so, because there’s a lack of an Ethernet port for wired internet connections. I have to use one of those dongle adapters for work to get an Ethernet port, so I’m thinking you’ll need to purchase an accessory like this to get the most out of the ports.
The laptop is also very thin, with its fattest section towards the back when closed sitting at 1.5cm. It makes for a decent sized laptop to carry around with you as it’s weight is kept to around 2kg.
Opening up the laptop you’ll straight away notice that the hinge doesn’t stop. It carries on until it lays flat against a table, and can even then continue round to fold back on itself. This is its 2-in-1 design. It’s a laptop which can also be used as a tablet. It’s funky, but I’m not sure how many people would actually use it as a tablet. The only time I can think it’ll become useful is for using video calling apps like Skype, as the webcam when using it as a laptop is positioned at the bottom of the screen, giving viewers a lovely video of your nostrils. It’s a horrific design choice, and one that Dell keep making time and time again. Please Dell… just stop this now, it’s getting a bit ridiculous! It uses Windows Hello though for facial recognition and security.
But rant aside, the inside of the Dell XPS 15 9575 is glorious. Its carbon-fibre styled finish along with a low profile keyboard and a decent sized trackpack make this laptop a pretty worthy contender for best looking laptop on the market. The keyboard is also pretty interesting. It uses something called Maglev tech, which use magnets to give the keyboard its resistance. Dell have removed the rubber domes all together which is a breath of fresh air, which in theory, should make the keyboard last a lot longer. The typing experience on this laptop is far superior than most I’ve tried so far, including older models from Dell, and the 0.7mm travel distance and heavy tactile click make this wonderful to type on. The glass finish to the trackpad giving it a really smooth finish and again some decent tactile bumps to the mouse clicks make this an all-round winner in my eyes. It also has a fingerprint sensor which doubles up as a power button on the top right hand side for faster login times to Windows.
Now, where would Dell be if they didn’t have their beautiful Infinity-Edge displays? I’m joking of course, the laptop is proving itself up to this point, but the Infinity-Edge 15″ panel is basically the cherry on top to an already great laptop. The screen is capable of hitting a 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 but there are 1080p resolution models available too if you didn’t quite need that kind of resolution.
Using the laptop to watch some of Our Planet on Netflix, colours looked absolutely superb and very rich. To be honest I’m not sure there is a bad thing to say about Dell’s screens. They are an absolute pleasure to use, especially for someone like me who generally uses a single laptop for video editing our tech reviews, watching Netflix in an evening and playing games.
What is impressive is the fact that it can hit up to 85% of DCI-P3 colour gamut and also 94% Adobe RGB. If you’re a creative looking for a new laptop to colour grade your footage or colour correct your photographs, then this is definitely a laptop for you.
In usual Dell fashion, there’s a few different variants that you can choose from on their website at different price points depending on the processor, RAM and hard drive you want installed. We got sent a model with an Intel i7-8705G clocked at 3.1GHz with 16GB RAM. It’s got a Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics chip with 4GB HBM2 Graphics Memory and a 12GB total memory as well as a 461GB M.2 SSD. The confusing part is that depending on where you live, being in the UK or USA, the maximum hard drive size changes. In the US, the biggest you can get is 256GB, while in the UK you can opt for a 512GB.
Geekbench 4 threw back a score of 4840 on a single core and 16,364 on a multicore. These fall in line with the processing score of a new Macbook Pro and just above a Surfacebook Pro. Similarly when running a PCMark 10 scores threw back were on par with the laptops mentioned above. Pretty good scores that’ll put it nicely on par with the likes of higher tiered modern ultrabooks on the market.
When I run a Heaven benchmark I initially ran it with all the bells and whistles you could expect from a gaming laptop. However, this did not work and I will stress that this laptop is not for gaming. I had to literally set everything to a minimum to get a playable frame rate from Heaven. Resolution was knocked down to 1080p, even though this is a 4K display, the quality was on low, there was no anti-aliasing, tessellation was turned off and so on and so forth. Granted the spec will probably get you through a game of League of Legends or Hearthstone with no issues, but don’t bank on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, although very playable at around 40fps at 1080p, looking any good. But to be fair, I wouldn’t consider this ultrabook if I was after something I could game on the go with. You’re going to be looking towards one of the Razer Blade laptops for that kind of thing.
Where I felt it did shine, was with its editing capabilities. To test its rendering times, I took a previous TechNuovo video review, the KEF LSX speakers. I filmed the entire thing in 4K and exported it using the YouTube 1080p preset that comes with Premiere Pro. The video is just under six minutes long, and it took 20 minutes and 23 seconds to render out.
One thing when it comes to its performance though is the fact that it’s quite loud when performing intensive tasks. Fans seem to whirl up in a big way. I couldn’t go as far as saying there’s any kind of coil whine, but it is certainly on par with some larger desktops rocking several case fans. If you’re in a quiet public library playing a game of Overwatch, people are going to know about it.
With a 75WHr battery life inside, you’re probably looking at around half a working day with heavy use. I’m talking video editing sessions or long Netflix binges. However, if you’re a word processor and web browsing type user, then you could probably stretch that to around six to seven hours.
Luckily enough the charger supplied is relatively small and light so carrying that in a pocket in your laptop bag shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Should you Buy?
The Dell XPS 15 9575 is a pretty solid all around laptop. It’s got great design, superb performance and if you’re a creative, it can run just about everything you could throw at it relatively well. However, the battery life is a little sub par so be prepared to carry a charger. If you’re more traditional and want to shy away from the 2-in-1 design, there is an original XPS model you can check out too. If you do require more information, then check out the Dell UK website.