The Best Windows Laptop. Period. - Dell XPS 15 & 17 Review
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  • Fozan S Haque
    Fozan S Haque

    IF anyone likes the XPS 15, it is in sale on black friday, dells website

  • Josh Ferry
    Josh Ferry

    Hey Dell! I know you watch this. He is right about the illuminated Dell logo on the back. It's just a LED. I want to gaze at the most bad ass laptop in the world with a shiney logo! ;) (Note: I am not kidding!)

  • Dalton

    If my slightly older XPS (7590) had and AMD 4000H series CPU and maybe a faster display with a numpad it would be near perfect... though one more USB A and perhaps another USB C would be nice.... though for some reason my full size HDMI works on my projector and monitor but I'm 0/2 for working with TVs owned by my family... have to use my dock for that. I like having USB C ports since they're coming but I still want at least one USB A ideally with USB 3 support since most equipment I have still uses USB A and I hate dongles. My favourite feature of the XPS line up is the ability to charge on USB PD while on or off and even off a dumb USB if powered down which is great for not carrying a heavy power adapter or even charging in a vehicle. Though if the HDMI is that bad maybe a miniDP and a second USB C or even a full size DP would have been nice.

  • Swee Peng Ko
    Swee Peng Ko

    hahahaha, you have too many request from Dell, but i like it

  • Desert Raid GTS
    Desert Raid GTS

    Actually the good news is Dell are beginning to ship a LOT more AMD in their product line this year considering we got the G5 SE and Alienware Aurora Ryzen edition so hopefully we can get an AMD version of the XPS in 2021 fingers crossed.

  • Georgie

    Damn i was so ready to buy.. then I saw it was £3100 😭

  • Abby O
    Abby O

    I got the dell xps 17 without any qc issues 💯

  • Jan Ziska
    Jan Ziska

    Watching on XPS 13 from year 2015 on a 3200x1800p screen. I swapped new battery and new bigger M2 disk, and everthing works perfect as a secondary presentation and travel machine. The matrial finish on these laptops is really nice.

  • Chaitanya Dinkar
    Chaitanya Dinkar

    Does anybody face heating issues on XPS 15? 😖

  • Jon Lester Malanog Aves
    Jon Lester Malanog Aves

    the wallpaper on the intro HAHAHAHA

  • Kevin Parker
    Kevin Parker

    Not sure how he can rate these as the best windows laptop when the quality was terrible on 2 Dell XPS 15" units I bought in September. Both had loose wobbly trackpads and were refunded in full.

  • Pilly

    I'm too un-techy for this. lmao

  • C J
    C J

    13:56 to 14:25 you read my mind XD

  • Dr Peter jones
    Dr Peter jones

    Linus this is not one of your best videos. Drop this machine due to small bezels means your two thousand pounds will be a mess on the floor,try updating it? The white list in the bias stops you, replacing the battery not easey, supply it with linux or unix? Microsoft and dell tries to stop you. A very small buyer appeal for the non professional buyer.

  • yula ajdu
    yula ajdu

    It`s interesting, I bought a Dell g7 7700 laptop which was the best value and the best quality for this price but figure what...? After an automatic Bios update the usb stick does not boot anymore and the Dell support service made nothing to rectify the situation. So whocan make the best laptop and the worst Bios....nobody else than Dell.

  • Benjamin Robbins
    Benjamin Robbins

    So i guess i screwed up. Got myself pretty sold on the xps 15 touch with the expectations that it was not only a 2 in 1. Obviously stupid mistake... and also that it would support an active pen. I'm getting a new laptop for a computer science and mech engineering degree. Considering the poor performance of the dell xps 13 would it be worth it to stick with the 15 and maybe get the wacom tablet for writing/math? I was very interested in learning how write math problems on a computer.

  • Eoin Parkinson
    Eoin Parkinson

    “Laptop is good but also is not good, but it is in someone’s wet dream x”

  • Entropy Wins
    Entropy Wins

    Buying the 17" with 4k touch and 2060. Have another 2tb nvme on the way and 32gb of ram on the way as well.

  • Jayro Gil Fabian
    Jayro Gil Fabian

    You look a totally different person with beard! 😁. Dell will get it one Day! 🤑🙌

  • renz

    I'm saving to buy this for December. Wanna upgrade to a top tier one. Is there a non-touch display? Cause that is useless for laptops.

  • Ian Davies
    Ian Davies

    I think I found out today while testing the keyboards on various XPS laptops that some models have a different keyboard than others. I was typing on two XPS 15's side by side. One had the FHD display and the 4K display. The FHD display had a looser more clicky keyboard and the 4K display had a softer more cushy keyboard. The difference was subtle but still immediately noticeable. I then did the same test on two XPS 17 laptops that were side by side and noticed the same issue...however, both XPS 17 models had the same screen but on was i7 and the other i9. I can't imagine why these keyboards would feel so it possible that they are using two different sets of parts for different configurations?

  • justin tetford
    justin tetford

    I have the XPS 15, i9-9980HK CPU @ 2.4 GHZ, 4k screen, gtx 1650, 64gb ram and 2tb hard drive. I have to say it was the best laptop ive had in my entire lifetime. How well it can run games, use for school/work and the beauty of the screen.

  • Jens Schneider
    Jens Schneider

    Please review the laptop again in a year or two -- had nothing but issues with my older Dell XPS15. MaxxAudio is crap, Killer WiFi in a business laptop, speakers and fans died rather soon, Dell customer support is... abysmal? Oh, also coil whine under load on 9570.

  • Brian Løfqvist Jensen
    Brian Løfqvist Jensen

    great laptop, but god it sucks they haven't fixed the touchpad wobbly issues

  • Richard van der klooster
    Richard van der klooster

    I thought LMG always did honest reviews. This is a straight up commercial. The way they showcase the dell dock? There's so many that can do that. The commercial style clips of the internals? Come on dude. First youtube shows ads before the video, then linus dumps an add at the beginning of the video and then the entire video turns out to be an add. RSloft really is starting to become a festering pit of this shit and it won't take long for everyone to be fed up with this shit.

  • Uzi Kalashnikov
    Uzi Kalashnikov

    This video was great because the laptops are amazing and linus doing the review on them is amazing.

  • blue gravity
    blue gravity

    Anything but dell

  • A Szalma
    A Szalma

    Can someone tell me whic laptops are the best for like 700euro . Because im searching for one but im not realy in this "laptop world" whats good for a laptop and whats bad. Lets say i want a laptop that can run games in medium performance. If anybody knows something pls help.

  • Charlotte Wakefield
    Charlotte Wakefield

    I can brag that I have the Dell XPS 15 with the Intel Core i9 10th Gen and I can safely say it does everything I need it for and more. I use it for graphic design and all of my subjects and school, and usually it has a battery life of about 2 hours (but due to the battery saver feature this can be extended). Furthermore, it's a great laptop for running games such as minecraft, Valorant, The Sims 4 and Genshin Impact (with a slightly lowered graphics setting).

  • Mostafa Khalifa
    Mostafa Khalifa

    should i get the XPS 15 the i5 or the i7 ver for coding , i will only be using it for coding and educational purposes , it would be my daily driver for about 3-4 years . so is the i7 upgrade worth it

  • KH C
    KH C

    the problem with Dell is its logo...


    I still miss the numpad & the big up and down keys

  • Adam Celkaren
    Adam Celkaren

    11 Gen

  • LJW Studios
    LJW Studios

    Great review from Linus Tech Tips as always, the wobble on the trackpad still has not been sorted by Dell UK as of October 2020. But I'm sure they will fix it. I'm going with the older XPS 15 (7590) for the moment. - Liam

  • Sierra LVX
    Sierra LVX

    10:58 That exact thing happens with my asus tuf gaming fx504 laptop all the time. If I'm playing a game with my laptop plugged in and it's processing alot, I get the 'on battery' and then the 'plugged in' icon on my screen for a second, like I've physically unplugged then plugged in the charger when I haven't. I've wondered if this was because I'm overclocking my laptop (which I'd be surprised by because it's got a 1050 ti and an i7 870h) but to hear even brand new laptops are having this issue is surprising.

  • Marvin Marker
    Marvin Marker

    What about the HP ENVY x360 with 4700U ? Just wondering, it's cheaper too..

  • Michael Bradley
    Michael Bradley

    MBP in Boot Camp is better and it can be a Mac too :)

  • Eduardo Real
    Eduardo Real

    I have the 15 and better than macbook. I can expand the memory and expand and add another ssd. You cannot say this with a macbook.

  • C He
    C He

    I´ve recently cut my index finger quite badly and I just got some PTSD flashbacks there 3:53 XD

  • TheGreatLoco

    Where’s the numerical keyboard on the XPS 17”?


    I HATE Laptops. It's Difficult to Pick One 😭💔 I Want: Best Battery Life + SATA Port (To use my current SATA SSD) + Charging via USB-C. I don't CARE about Screen Size, Price or Performance or Luxury. Again: SATA Port (Not M.2) and Best Battery Life charged by USB-C.

  • A G
    A G

    This sounds like BS bought a dell and lasted for about 20 turn nos the CPU failure, customer service sucks, they don’t back up their products

  • Alvira Rahman
    Alvira Rahman

    This is what's keeping me off Dell. They don't come with AMD Ryzen Processor.

  • Von Mark Bedayo
    Von Mark Bedayo

    Every time a laptop gets reviewed, G14 gets a segway. G14: Imma end this guys career! 😂

  • Tom Recane
    Tom Recane

    9:37 "...straight from the wet dream of a thermodynamics professor".

  • Pere Garcia
    Pere Garcia


  • StupidThingsYouWatchWhenYou'reBored!

    Last year's xps 15 had up to a 97wh battery and this year's only has 84

  • zubin cannivady
    zubin cannivady

    6:01 who else thought this was a segue into another sponsorship 😂😂😂

  • Lucas Edwards
    Lucas Edwards

    Well, being a user of Dell XPS for 3 years I can't recommend it to anyone. After one year it seems like they dump almost every effort to sustain their effectiveness. There's an elaborate list of short comings. Top of my head: multiple thermal throttling issues, annoying bloatware because they cheap out on certain essential hardware parts, mismanaged hardware power (simple explanation).... I can go on and I wont bother you with the details. I'm not joking, a 2009 13 inch macbook pro plays minecraft better than my Dell XPS 15. The overall hardware configurations are always impressive, but HIGHLY ineffectively managed (to the extent of obsolete) after approximately one year of use. I'm a professional architect - and after spending tons of time trying to fix these short comings one thing has become really apparent to me. This is really bad engineering, and I'm not even an engineer although I have a very capable understanding and knowledge. A super car is useless if you have bad brakes and can't steer. The XPS is simply the case of this. Too many things are too badly maintained; and it's simply not anything you can expect a user to try and solve. The time spent on dealing with future issues is not worth it. If you want a good computer as a kid, a student or even as a professional; save up that extra cash and buy something else. Today I use only windows which is great... but I'm thinking of going back to the macbook as my portable device, just because they are so god damn stable. It's much cheaper in the long run and worth the investment. If you want to play games and have a good rig, go buy a console or have fun building your own desktop pc! You can thank yourself later.

  • Radim Tichý
    Radim Tichý

    8:58 "we did say it was a MacBook competitor" killed me

  • dee moo
    dee moo

    not exactly a macbook , apple is the best

  • ChicoFishBanana

    A laptop so powerful it's barely allowed on planes

  • globalSchelmuffsky

    dell is still delivering the xps with Killer network cards, even though there have been known issues for years. things like that are the reason i won't buy any more dell stuff for some years

  • Not like that
    Not like that

    the Huawei matebooks are the same and cheaper

  • Max Zou
    Max Zou

    that webcam isn't even that bad... it looks perfectly usable for zoom and stuff to me


    honeslty i've never cared about the webcam. If im doinga video call, im using my phone.

  • andrei ka
    andrei ka

    yeap, $2k laptops are that 20% jobless america needs the most in 2020 :-P

  • Ricardo Duarte
    Ricardo Duarte

    Am I the only one who believes that the 17-in needed a full number keypad....

  • Aaron B
    Aaron B

    Just picked up one of these. Took a month to get to me from Dell (I'll forgive because of the pandemic) but it came with the track pad issue. Looks like going forward, it is still an issue.

  • Nathan Miller Video
    Nathan Miller Video

    Nice! Definitely looking at this or the razor blade 17 but more this. The 500 nit 4K screen is a huge selling point. Looking to upgrade from my razor blade 13 only because the screen simply isn’t bright enough. I only have a laptop for DIT and social media editing for weddings and events. Other than that my tower does all the heavy work.

  • RiceCube Tech
    RiceCube Tech

    Dream Laptop, RTX 3060 when it comes out (lower power consumption over the 3070 likely), 32GB of 3600mhz ram, Ryzen 4900HS, 16:10 display, 4K, Thunderbolt with UHSII card reader, and 1TB of SSD for like 1500-1900. Anything over doesn't make much sense.

  • Sp3EdStR

    Looks like Dell listened! There is now a 1920x1200 InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-nit Display!

  • Ivz

    Retyping this.. fuck youtube for messing my comment up beyond recognition. I have been using these laptops for a couple of years.. and well idk.. Don't get me wrong these laptops are freaking awesome when they work but you *CAN* experience: - Battery swelling (might cause trackpad to swell/pop out) - The trackpad having tracking issues (might be because of battery swelling) - The spacebar not working unless pressed in the middle (might be because of battery swelling) - Ram issues preventing it from booting (might be fixable by reseating the ram DIMMs) - Problems while going to sleep or hibernation (Dell recommends just shutting it off... Uhm what!?) - The screen having a dynamic backlight that is hard/impossible to disable - Fps capping at 30 fps when on battery even when you disable v-sync and change power settings - Loud fans while idle/under load unless you set them to silent mode with Dell Power Manager - Audio issues (might be fixable by enabling MaxxAudio but disabling the filters) - The power button having to be pressed for at least a second or two - Slow updates using Dell Update

  • Indra exe
    Indra exe

    Wtf i just saw a Gateway laptop with a trackpad of this size

  • 848 W6sq3
    848 W6sq3

    The keyboards falling apart , not being able handle work! Loads without crashing, very close my face making worthless, hinge creaking failing, common laptop,

  • mohammed mashud
    mohammed mashud

    With solidworks, there are certain functions which are a lot more stressful for laptops or desktops, think it was shell which fucked up my work rate

  • Monkey D. Luffy
    Monkey D. Luffy

    4:28 my mom when she finds out what inside my 288 gB homework folder.

  • Guy Morad
    Guy Morad

    Linus: 'i deliver the best sponsor segways on the market' Me: hehe yeah you do, still gonna skip it tho

  • Jack Dolah
    Jack Dolah

    The bqck of that laptop is so chunky and ugly

    • De00pro LazR_
      De00pro LazR_

      @Jack Dolah Apple fanboy, get outta here and do not forget to enjoy your thermal throtteling

    • Jack Dolah
      Jack Dolah

      De00pro LazR_ comoare to Macbook it's ugly man

    • De00pro LazR_
      De00pro LazR_

      it is super clean

  • Sue Donnery
    Sue Donnery

    The problem with a big track-pad is it JUMPS your cursor while you're typing, as your palm touches the corners of the track-pad. I've lost massive paragraphs from this, as it can sometimes highlight your text while it jumps the cursor.

  • Daniel Dougan
    Daniel Dougan

    Linus holding up that laptop by his fingertips is terrifying.

  • Sam Fox
    Sam Fox

    When u talk about things like the adapter and how u wish the customer could decide which adapter they want It just feels like u dont know what regular people care about in there laptop

  • Karl Frank
    Karl Frank

    Add to the list of improvements: A black-ish version! Only then i would really consider buying one.

  • Keaton Blazer
    Keaton Blazer

    Thank you Linus!

  • bentlikeitsmaker

    What pissed me off is they pulled the amd based laptops lately bought one for my kid now I can no longer order it either

  • J.Jarvis

    I purchased the xps 15 for business. returned it shortly there after to amazon. it's full of glitches and bugs. also it slow.

    • Rohan Saridena
      Rohan Saridena

      What issues did you have. Purchased one for freshman in computer science engineering. Arriving in a week

  • Shay Eidin
    Shay Eidin

    Whats the name of the calibration tool he uses ?

    • De00pro LazR_
      De00pro LazR_

      Spyder 5 i think

  • M. Alif Zhorif Arachdin
    M. Alif Zhorif Arachdin

    What is the purpose of using lemon for measuring the size of the trackpad?

  • Meanwhile In russia
    Meanwhile In russia

    Linus is a good boi.

  • Chandra Shekhar Bhoga
    Chandra Shekhar Bhoga

    Can you please advice on heating issues & fan throttling as of today in DELL XPS 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-10885H (16MB Cache, up to 5.3 GHz, 8 cores), 64GB DDR4-2933MHz, 2x32G . I'm planning on to buy one but need it to still be a laptop (put it to work on my lap at times) when I'm around hot countries like India. I'd assume DELL made some great improvements to keep the machine cool. Thanks.

  • Glitch

    ill switch to dell from mac pro if they add thunderbolt.

    • De00pro LazR_
      De00pro LazR_

      they have Thunderbolt 3

  • Vovical

    it's a "professional" laptop with no USB A's. Thinkpad is a far better choice, x1 carbon extreme

  • C J
    C J

    2999.99 close to 3K? I think if you telling truth u might get more subs

    • C J
      C J

      De00pro LazR_ so that makes him never bluff?

    • De00pro LazR_
      De00pro LazR_

      he has 12 Million subs

  • John Linkletter
    John Linkletter

    I was looking at the 13’s until you said the 15 had a 1650 and dual m.2s

  • Máté Tarjányi
    Máté Tarjányi

    I have a Precision 5510 and a 5540. The 5510 might be the worst notebook I've ever had. It started falling apart after 3 years, constantly overheats and throttles and had really bad driver problems from the get-go. Needless to say, if I had to pay for it, I'd have killed someone. Now, due to Lenovo not offering any sort of configurability for our company, I went with a 5540. i7 9th gen, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, a 4GB GPU and a 4K touch display. I am in love. It doesn't have any of the defects that the 5510 had and it's extremely comfortable. The speakers are incredible for a laptop, the screen is amazing, the fp sensor is my fav tho. It's every bit as premium as its price.

  • Ia •_•
    Ia •_•

    Does anyone else with the XPS have a problem with color banding when using Premier Color?

  • Enrico Maria Dal Compare
    Enrico Maria Dal Compare

    Before lightining it up, I think it's time to change the dell logo

  • Phil Conway
    Phil Conway

    Just returned my XPS 15 9500 after two weeks. List of issues I had: - When charging it would almost be too hot to touch - Random task bar/app freezing that would only fix on restart - Brightness adjuster would slide up/down but brightness wouldn't change - Touchpad would register 2-3 clicks at once - Touchpad would randomly click links nowhere near the curser somehow - Touchpad wouldn't register clicks at all - Touchpad TOO sensitive even on lowest settings. A hair could graze the surface and a click would register. - Woke up to it idling at 97C, despite it being asleep with the lid closed. - Battery life would either be 4 hours or 13 hours, even when doing the same tasks with using battery performance at about 30% screen brightness. - Random screen 'hitching/freezing' (seemed like a gpu issue) Too bad. It was a frost white shell. Looked beautiful, but ran poorly. I'm genuinely disappointed I have to return it but the newer tiger lake XPS 13's released today look nice - might check one of those out.

    • rigbyme

      Tip : use Nvidia optimus

    • David S
      David S

      Thanks so much for the punch list, Phil! It's a real service to people like me - a born skeptic - I'll need to do thorough QA as soon as it's out of the box & before I even bother to fire up my favorite app

  • Seppe Germaux
    Seppe Germaux

    As a warning i received my XPS 15 3 days ago and yet in September they are still shipping XPS's with a wobbly touch pad! Dell Support has been extremely unprofessional towards me even claiming this "wobble " and random clicks where purposefully designed like that...

  • Alex Mayer
    Alex Mayer

    Thunderbolt is coming to AMD.., it’s been released from the cage by intel.

  • lol iwin
    lol iwin

    How many models of XPs laptops are there. And which suck now ?

  • Ak Mikki
    Ak Mikki

    Such blatant marketing

  • G3M1N1

    we're not even suing 4g to the fullest, 5g is totally unnecessary

  • Nathaniel Banks
    Nathaniel Banks

    One thing you didn't check is the microphone! I spent over $2400 on my XPS 15, and had to return it because the microphone hardware was so bad that no one could hear me on zoom. Normally, this wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, but as all of my meetings and lectures are now over zoom or teams, this made the laptop effectively unusable without an external mic (which the laptop oftentimes refused to connect to). As a general laptop, it has great performance and a slick design, but I do think it is pretty flawed for online meeting applications.

    • Yidian Liu
      Yidian Liu

      100% True. Same thing happened to me.

  • Yttrx Stein
    Yttrx Stein

    Linus is lying about how good this laptop is. Kickbacks from dell, eh Linus?

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  • Lightning Film Productions
    Lightning Film Productions

    I love you man

  • Joe H.S
    Joe H.S

    “Just like how I deliver the best sponsorship Segways on the market” Oversimplified: laughs in NordVPN

  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin

    I have the XPS 9500 with the NVidia 1650 GTX with MaxQ and 32GB of RAM. I'm unhappy with this configuration for video editing in Videostudio 2020, and have applied for a return, possibly exchanging for the XPS 9700. Working directly with 4k 60fps video in Corel Videostudio 2020 is exceptionally jerky in the 9500--it's impossible. Working with Smart Proxy Files is better but still jerky and poor video quality. Another way to have a more smooth editing experience is to encode a low resolution Smart Proxy using H.264 (instead of H.265). The XPS 9700 seems to be better than the 9500 for several reasons: better cooling (reduced throttling), NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q (better GPU, particularly for h.265 video). The 9700 also has an extra Thunderbolt 3 port, USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), and DisplayPort 1.4 / HBR2 for better multi-display options. The facial recognition in the 9500 works maybe 1 out of 4 times, and it takes a long time... I'm intrigued with the ConceptD for content creation.

  • ntDasH

    can i manage bandwdith with glasswire like on netLimiter ?