Performance + Style + Battery Life = Dell XPS 15z


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Over the last several days, many of you have been reading about a thin laptop coming from Dell. Today we made it official by introducing Dell’s XPS 15z laptop—the thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet, and the first in a series of new thin and powerful products from Dell to come this year. Dell’s XPS 15z is available today via for customers in the United States and Canada, plus several countries around the world (see the list of countries here).  

Starting at $999.99, the XPS 15z brings performance, style, battery life and craftsmanship together in a sleek package less than one inch thin. Dell designed the XPS 15z for the work-hard-play-hard ‘prosumer’ who needs and wants a high-performance laptop for a great work and entertainment experience, but who also places a premium on portability and style. 

How did we go about making a laptop that prosumers want? We made it thin… 0.97 inches (24.68mm) thin to be exact, and we packed it with performance via dual core second-generation Intel i5 and i7 processors paired with 1 or 2GB NVIDIA graphics cards and a beautiful optional full HD 1080p display. It also has a high-end standard feature set to match, including HDMI 1.4 out, two USB 3.0 ports, a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam and a 7200 rpm hard drive. All in a slick aluminum design that weighs just over 5.5 pounds (2.51kg).  

Dell’s XPS 15z laptop features standard Core i5 and i7 processors—not the low-voltage equivalents. That means this system will chew through processor-intensive tasks like encoding or transcoding true HD video, or editing layers on large RAW images taken from digital SLRs. Beyond the processors, in the United States, we offer it with either 6 or 8GB of DDR3 memory that runs at 1333MHz (places outside the US will offer a config that starts with 4GB). And like I mentioned before, all configurations come standard with 7200 rpm hard drives in capacities up to 750GB. On the software side, all XPS 15z laptops come standard with Dell Stage installed, so your favorite music, photos and videos are a click away.

Customers made it clear that solid video performance is a requirement. That’s why we offer two NVIDIA GPU options, both the 1GB and 2GB versions of NVIDIA’s GT 525M. These graphics card options provide more than twice the performance vs. other laptops using typical integrated video chipsets. Beyond that, all XPS 15z video configurations support NVIDIA’s Optimus technology. It optimizes graphics performance based on the power you need at the time. See NVIDIA’s explanation of the technology for a bit more information. 

Performance doesn’t mean much in a laptop without decent battery life. In our labs, the XPS 15z provides up to 8 hours of via an 8-cell battery according to MobileMark 2007 results. The display itself is also an important factor for our customers. The optional 1080p display (1920 x 1080) is 50% brighter than many other typical laptop displays. You’ll notice it’s easier to read outdoors compared to a typical notebook display. The full HD panel features a new color enhancement technology that produces more realistic and accurate images than any other Dell laptop. I’ll blog more about this sRGB-based display technology in the future – for those who are display technology enthusiasts, it means our optional Full HD display on the XPS 15z is comparable to sRGB standards.

Here’s a video interview with Brian Pitstick, Dell’s executive director for CSMB notebooks, that highlights the XPS 15z’s features and performance:

And like I mentioned in the title, design was a key part of the equation. Much has been written about Dell’s Adamo line and our decision to discontinue it. I agree with outlets like Gizmodo Australia who say that the Adamo line inspired the XPS 15z. No question that the Adamo line paved the way for the XPS 15z. You’ll see it in things like craftsmanship, premium materials such as anodized aluminum, polished and brushed accents in places like the speaker grills and other vents. Other nice touches like the latch-less mechanism to open the display and the standard chiclet-style backlit keyboard definitely shows off the XPS 15z’s Adamo heritage as well. After getting to use one for a few days, I can say the 15z feels like a solid and well-built machine.  

XPS 15z (top-down keyboard view)

Here’s what our Global Design VP Ed Boyd had to say about the design goals of the XPS 15z:

If you’re looking for a 15” laptop packed with features that offers great performance, style and battery life, the XPS 15z brings a lot to the table. And if you’re looking for these attributes in smaller laptops, stay tuned. The XPS 15z is the first in a series of Dell devices that will mix performance with slick form factors designed for mobility. You can read more about it in reviews like the ones on Engadget or PC Magazine, where the XPS 15z claimed an Editors’ Choice award.

I welcome your thoughts or questions in the comment section below. Otherwise, you can check out the discussion on Twitter by following the #dellxps hashtag. If you want to check out more images, take a look at the images that @SusanBeebe uploaded in the XPS 15z Flickr set.

If you just want to check out the XPS 15z highlight video, here it is:

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12 thoughts on “Performance + Style + Battery Life = Dell XPS 15z

  1. WOW! The Dell XPS 15z is a GREAT Laptop. I love the looks, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, Card Reader, WiDi etc. However, for the life of me I can't figure out WHY NO SSD OPTION? I called Dell twice and got conflicting reports. 1. Yes we will have an SSD option soon. 2. No SSD options AND if you put one in yourself it voids the warranty. HUH? I was seriously considering upgrading my Dell Inspiron 6400 to this sleek 15z but not having an SSD in it is a NO GO for me.  Waiting for the SSD option please. Preferably, OCZ Vertex 3 as they are clearly the leader in this technology.

  2. STLsailor: I'm not sure on why Windows Home Premium is the only OS option. I'll check with the team. In regards to Blu-ray… you're right. Meeting the form factor requirements meant going with a slot-load DVD drive.

    Here's the official word from our product team:

    When designing a laptop, we can chose from two different form factors for slot
    load optical drive options in laptops: 12.7mm and 9.5mm (the mm refers to the
    height of the drive). 

    For laptop designs driving for maximum thinness, the 9.5mm
    form factor helps achieve that. Unfortunately none of the optical drive
    manufacturers offer a 9.5mm slot load drive that support Blu-Ray. Both the XPS
    15z and Alienware M14x include a 9.5mm slot load optical drive.

  3. It looks like a great machine. Two questions — (1) why can it not be ordered with Windows 7 Pro rather than only home premium? (2) Why no blu-ray option — is there no BD that fits the thin form factor? Or will that come later? BD is good for backup redundancy.

  4. Lionel, you say it's available, but the links don't agree with you, nor does the Dell website. What gives?

  5. @ianbeyer: I caught up with you on Twitter. Not sure what links aren't working… the links in my post above go to the XPS 15z product page. What site are you trying to get to the product details page from?

  6. this really great laptop from dell i want to ask where i can find this laptop dell xps15z in Israel??

    it's available here in Israel or not?? how much it's cost?

  7. Hello, My name is Pavan. I recently bought Dell XPS15Z after considering several laptops. I even tried to bought Apple Macbook pro 15", but the reason I didn't dare to purchase is, it is very expensive. Dell bought a replacement for Macbook pro 15". I really love the laptop. Thanks for the service and great products offered by dell.

  8. @garymandel: Sorry to hear that Dell made your experience a bad one. I'll reach out to you for more details.

  9. Hi Lionel,

    I just received my  XPS 15z in India ( i5/4GB/500GB/1080p + 3 years CC ) , ordered over the phone .

    I must say, i am impressed with the form factor, and happy that Dell has brought out a thinner version of the XPS range. One reason to pick the 15z was the 1080p display, and the build .

    The display is really bright, and the brightness can be controlled over several steps, however, I am most distressed by the visible pixel boundaries . Viewing text/photos on this screen seems quite distracting as my eye immediately focuses on the mesh pattern caused by the screen .

    For such a high DPI screen , should pixel boundaries be visible at a normal range ? They are not so , on my XPS m1330 or the E178fp !

    Also ,is there any way this screen can be upgraded to the B+GR LED that is offered with the XPS ?

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