Dell XPS 15z (2011) review

Ridiculous power in a beautiful and highly portable body

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Dell xps 15z

Once you finish drooling over the gorgeous body, you'll probably want to turn the Dell XPS 15z on. As soon as Windows boots up, you'll notice how incredible the screen is. This launch laptop is a 15-incher, but Dell told us it's planning both smaller and larger models for release soon.

With a full HD 1080p resolution, everything looks sharp as a tack. Even the tiniest fonts are readable, while viewing angles also impress. But flick through your photos and you'll be truly wowed. Images are rendered beautifully, with rich colours and perfect contrast bringing everything from landscape shots through to family scenes to vivid life.

You can carry around a lifetime's worth of photos on the 750GB hard drive, as well as thousands and thousands of songs and plenty of films. There's also a slot-loading DVD drive.

Dell xps 15z

Entertainment is definitely a key selling point of the Dell XPS 15z, between the brilliant display and the powerful built-in speakers. We don't usually big up a laptop's speaker system as, frankly, they're often rubbish, but the other half actually told us to shut up when we blasted some music on them. Thankfully we could barely hear her complaints over our playlist.

As expected, 802.11n Wi-Fi support allows speedy wireless browsing, with dual-band support. You also get an SD Card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and a SATA port that doubles up as a sleep-and-charge USB. If you want to hook up an external display or projector, DisplayPort and HDMI connections are available.

You also get a built-in HD webcam on the Dell XPS 15z that can shoot photos and video up to 1280 x 1024 resolution. We appeared sharp during web chats, although there is slight motion blur.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time8.36 Hour
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyXPS 15z
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
ColourElemental Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameDell
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.51 kg
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM67 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height24.6 mm
Width384.8 mm
Depth260.4 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series15z
ManufacturerDell, Inc
Product ModelX15Z-5834ELS
Product NameXPS 15z Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineXPS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberX15Z-5834ELS
Manufacturer Website Address
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Less mass. More appeal.

XPS 15z delivers the power you need inside the thinnest 15" PC on the planet. Easy-to-use Dell Stage software keeps the things you care about at your fingertips, giving you the best of everything while sacrificing nothing.

The computer you need inside the laptop you want

Starting at only 5.54 lbs (2.51 kg), the incredibly thin, superportable XPS 15z will keep you on the go for up to 8 hours.

Unmatched sophistication

From its anodized aluminum case to its backlit chiclet keyboard, XPS 15z blends classic craftsmanship with contemporary design. It's a difference you can truly feel.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)