Dell XPS 15z (2011) review

Ridiculous power in a beautiful and highly portable body

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Dell xps 15z

As big fans of the Dell XPS 15, we were looking forward to checking out the XPS 15z. The powerful specs and slender new body on this 15-inch laptop are immediate draws, forming a combination that could be a real winner if executed right.

We liked

The slimmed-down chassis is solidly built and desirable, with a gorgeous minimalist design. The Dell XPS 15z is slender and light enough to carry around when needed, while the battery lasts for over three and a half hours even when playing HD video on the highest power settings.

Usability is another highlight, thanks to the firm isolation-style backlit keyboard and wide touchpad. A whopping 750GB of storage means you can carry around everything you need, and there are plenty of ports to keep you connected.

Dell xps 15z

If you need a PC laptop to consume your media, the full HD screen and powerful integrated speakers are a perfect means of enjoying films and photos.

You're not just limited to watching, however. With a powerful Sandy Bridge processor and dedicated Nvidia graphics on board, you can edit your home movies and indulge in some frantic gaming sessions any time you like.

We disliked

After racking our brains for ages, the best we can come up with is the power cord, which is a little too short. If we wanted to get really picky we'd complain that the screen doesn't tilt back far either, but the excellent viewing angles make it a moot point.


Quite simply, the Dell XPS 15z is one of the best portable laptops we've had the pleasure of reviewing. Masses of power tucked into a slim and portable chassis, with an excellent keyboard and a sharp and vibrant screen. If you're looking for a capable laptop and can afford the £900 price tag, look no further.

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
Marketing Information

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)