• CPU: Intel Core i3-6100H
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Display: 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 32GB SSD + 500GB HDD
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Weight: 2.00 kg (4.4 lbs)

Pros

  • Exemplary build quality and design
  • Incredibly thin (11-17 mm), light (2.0 kg for the touch version) and mobile chassis
  • Great input devices (comfortable keyboard, accurate and responisve touchpad)
  • Impeccable screen quality with 100% sRGB and Adobe RGB color gamut coverage, high contrast, high brightness etc.
  • USB Type-C connector and M.2 PCIe SSD slot for ultra-fast data transfer
  • The cooling system manages to keep the exterior cool even under extreme conditions
  • The screen doesn't use PWM above 25% screen brightness (it's quite unlikely to use the screen under 80 cd/m2 anyway)

Cons

  • Reduced performance and even throttling when running CPU and GPU-intensive tasks
  • The fan in the cooling system is louder than we would like
  • The soft-touch matte plastic used for the interior attracts fingerprints and smudges
  • A bit too pricey even if go for the Core i3 variant
  • When the volume is turned up, there's a metal rattling sound
  • The configuration with HDD offers sub-par battery life (4.5 hours of surfing with 120 cd/m2 brightness)

Dell XPS 15 9550 - Specs

CPU Performance #119
  • Intel Core i7-5600U 0.2%
  • Intel Core i7-4510U 0.2%
  • Intel Core i3-6100H
  • Intel Core i7-5500U
  • Intel Core i3-7130U 0.1%
GPU Performance #203
  • AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo-L)
  • AMD Radeon R5 M430 (2GB DDR3)
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel UHD Graphics 617 0.2%
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000 0.2%
Display
15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
panel 1
Sharp SHP1453-LQ156M1
Color accuracy 5.0 -> 1.6
HDD/SSD
32GB SSD + 500GB HDD
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 PCIe NVMe
RAM
8GB
OS
Windows 10 Home
Body material
Aluminum, Plastic
Dimensions
357 x 235 x 11 - 17 mm (14.06" x 9.25" x 0.43")
Weight
2.00 kg (4.4 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack headphone/microphone
Features
  • Web camera
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

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DISPLAY: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS

Name Sharp SHP1453-LQ156M1
Diagonal 15.6"
Pixel density 141.21 ppi
Brightness 393 cd/m2
sRGB 95%
PWM frequency No PWM (Flicker-Free)
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 24 inches (62 cm)
Contrast 1700:1
dE Color Checker 5.0 1.6
PWM Rating 10.0: (safe)
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Dell XPS 15 9550 in-depth review

The new XPS 15 differs from its little brother in so many ways, not only in size. The 13-inch version, which we reviewed a couple of months ago, is more of a business-oriented machine - it's ultra-portable, light, has great battery, at least, the FHD version, and the keyboard is just right. Although, the touchpad performance was kind of wacky at times. Luckily, the 15-inch version improves that. So the XPS 15 is more powerful, has bigger screen, obviously, yet it's not much heavier or thi[...]

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i3-6100H

Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
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GPU Performance: Intel HD Graphics 530

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