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Long-term review: The Dell XPS 15 Touch is the laptop to beat

Scot Finnie | Feb. 3, 2016
Dell's latest Windows 10 laptop is lightweight and powerful, with one of the best displays around.

In fact, the Dell XPS 15 9550 is the finest Windows notebook I've ever used. Getting a beautiful 15.6-in. 4K touchscreen in a package that feels hardly bigger than a 13-in. machine is a serious advantage, and the Precision Touchpad has been a contributing factor in why my MacBook Pro has collected a thin layer of dust over the past two weeks.

I didn't make a conscious decision, but I may have switched back to Windows without realizing it. Time will tell. One thing that's sure, Dell has built the laptop to beat. If there were a Super Bowl for laptop computers, the XPS 15 would be the champ.

At a Glance

XPS 15 Touch


Price (as tested): $2,230

Features (as tested): Ultra HD touchscreen display, "Skylake" 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core CPU, 16GB of RAM, Samsung PCIe NVMe 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5, Intel HD Graphics 530 video, Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Pros: Skylake quad-core processor; impressive 4K touchscreen; 15.6-in. display in a 14-in. form factor; USB-C/Thunderbolt 3; Precision Touchpad

Cons: Touchpad driver is a work in progress; lacks DisplayPort and Ethernet ports; HDMI port 1.4 (not 2.0); accessory dock is more requisite than optional


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