Dell XPS 17 review (2020)

Dell XPS 17 review (2020)
It’s crazy how much laptops have evolved since Dell’s last XPS 17 a decade ago. They’re thinner and lighter, of course, but they can now offer the versatility and performance you’d expect from a desktop. So what better time for Dell to go big again. The new XPS 17 delivers everything we loved about the XPS 13 and 15, while adding a towering screen that shows just how much Dell has perfected its borderless Infinity Edge technology. While it may be a bit excessive for many users, it’s a compelling option for anyone who wants the most laptop real estate to edit video, stream movies or multi-task with near desktop-like freedom.
Of course, one does not just simply walk into Best Buy to get a 17-inch laptop. This is nothing like weighing the difference between a 13-inch or 15-inch machine, both of which are relatively easy to carry around town. It’s a deliberate decision. You’ve made peace with the enormity of the system. A 17-inch notebook is a commitment. I figure that’s why we haven’t seen many flagship models in recent years, aside from hefty gaming rigs
Another plus? It starts out relatively cheap at $1,400, though that will only get you a Core i5 CPU, integrated graphics and 8GB of RAM. We’d recommend the $1,900 model at a minimum, which includes a Core i7-10750H and a GTX 1650 Ti. That’s a good deal cheaper than the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $2,400 with a beefy 6-core CPU and Radeon Pro 5300M graphics. And if you want to replicate our benchmark experience, you’d have to jump up to the $3,000 model configuration with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD.
Not everybody needs a 17-inch laptop. But the XPS 17 is a reminder of just how useful such a big screen can be, as well as how far modern laptop designs have come.

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