DELL XPS 15 9530 (2014) Review

In this article, I give you my Dell XPS 15 9530 (2014) review with specs included. This is the latest generation XPS model (at the time of writing this) with Intel Haswell fourth-generation CPUs. This is the 2014 edition of XPS 15 that replaces the 2013 edition models.

This is the same 15.6-inch notebook that some people would say competes with the Apple Macbook Retina 15-Inch laptop. Body build materials used are metal for the top lid and carbon fiber for the bottom cover. Full quad-core CPU available inside, dedicated graphics, and 3200 by 1800 resolution display.

As of April 2014, this is the latest and greatest edition of the Dell XPS 15. I would say this is a flagship laptop for Dell. That’s a term I usually use for smartphones but in this case, I think it is kind of their halo product. It is certainly an aspirational laptop and it ain’t cheap either.

Dell XPS 15 9530 (2014) price starts at $1600 and the model I have here (which is pretty nicely decked out) is twenty three hundred and fifty dollars. You do get a lot for your money inside though, I’ll cover at all.

So, this is the 9530 model, for those of you who keep track of generations of Dell machines, that will tell you which one it is. Inside we have the Haswell Intel fourth-generation Core i7 quad-core full mobile CPU. This is not an ultrabook CPU in here even though this is quite thin obviously and not too heavy at four point four pounds.

The CPU is Intel Core i7-4702 MQ (2.2 gigahertz, turbo boosts up to 3.2 gigahertz). It has an Intel HD 4600 and there’s also Nvidia GT 750 m switchable graphics with 1 GB of DDR5 memory. So, you get your dedicated graphics there for a little oomph in video editing, when working in Photoshop, and of course when playing some games.

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