Dell xps 15 l501x: Dell XPS L501x: An Excellent Mainstream Notebook

Dell XPS 15 L501X

For a widescreen 15-inch laptop, the latest version of the Dell XPS 15 is a huge — if stylish — slab of a machine. The hefty base, with a curved cutout for the dropped hinge and stereo JBL speakers flanking the keyboard, makes the screen look slender by comparison, but this machine is something of a multimedia monster — at a mainstream price. Be prepared for the weight; by hefty, we mean 2.8kg. But packed inside the sturdy magnesium alloy chassis and tucked under the brushed aluminium lid are an impressive range of features, including one of the best screens we’ve seen on a mainstream notebook yet. Many features are optional extras though, so check the spec.

Our quick take

Although you can get an XPS 15 for as little as £529, with Core i5, Bluetooth 3, the combo Blu-ray/DVD burner and the superb 1080p screen the model we looked at is nearly twice the price at £939. You can reduce that by leaving out a few of the options, but it’s the combination of the screen, the sound system and the performance that makes the XPS 15 a winner. The word we keep wanting to use is solid — but in a good way.

Dell XPS 15 L501X — 4.0 / 5

  • The Dell XPS 15 has an amazing — if pricey — screen
  • speakers that deliver sound you won’t be ashamed of
  • good performance and Optimus graphics
  • USB 3 ports and a mostly convenient design
  • It’s clever but it’s also big and the design won’t appeal to everyone; you might miss the VGA port and if you try to take it with you
  • you’ll miss better battery life

The one you’ll definitely want is the 1080p screen on our review model; the 1920 by 1080 resolution and beautiful, bright colours make watching movies or streaming HD content a delight and the Nvidia GeForce 420M can easily keep up. (The Core i5 and speedy 7200rpm hard drive make the XPS 15 a great performer generally. )

The JBL speakers and the subwoofer on the base deliver sound to go with it that’s nothing like what you expect from a 15-inch notebook. There’s more than enough volume and excellent stereo separation (at least when you’ve got the XPS 15 on your lap). The bass in particular is strong and vibrant, the midrange is punchy and details in the music are clear, although even boosted the treble is a touch disappointing (you can also tune the output from the Realtek audio with the Waves MaxxAudio control panel, which has profiles for movies, music and conversation). You wouldn’t mistake this for a high-end hi-fi setup, and we think HP’s Beats audio has a slight edge, but it’s still extremely impressive.

The XPS is what Dell and Nvidia call 3D ready; that means you can play 3D content from the Blu-ray drive (or the small amount of content that’s online so far) if you hook it up to an external 3D TV. DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 mean it’s easy to connect to newer screens, but be aware there’s no VGA port. There is an SPDIF connection for plugging in to stereo components, or you can use it as a second headphone socket for sharing movies (and the excellent viewing angle makes that work well).

The keyboard is almost lost in the case, with a huge wrist rest and an equally large touchpad (at 4-inches it’s nearly the size of the MacBook Pro’s). The keys have a reasonable feel and amount of travel, although this isn’t the smoothest keyboard we’ve used. There’s no flex at all, as you’d expect with something this sturdy, and the keyboard is the standard XPS layout, with a vertical column of navigation keys from Home at the top to End at the bottom. There’s a dedicated key on the function row to turn off the touchpad, and a light to remind you it’s turned off, which is good use of the space available.

The matte surface on the touchpad gives you enough texture to make gestures comfortable; pinch/zoom, rotate and two-finger scrolling were all smooth and responsive and it’s nice to see the full Synaptics control panel with options like momentum dragging (which carries on moving the pointer if you hit the edge of the trackpad — so you don’t slow down suddenly in a game). The two separate mouse buttons are large enough to be usable rather than stylishly slender as well.

One thing confuses us about the mostly well-designed chassis; the battery and hard drive activity lights are on the top of the case — behind the screen where you can’t see them. On the other hand, there’s a second battery indicator on the touch control strip above the keyboard. The Wi-Fi indicator here isn’t a control for some reason — that’s an option on the function keys — and the three touch buttons open the Windows Mobility Centre (complete with plenty of useful Dell controls), the Waves Maxx control panel for the speakers and one program of your choice. Multimedia, volume and brightness controls are on the function keys and although they’re selected by default, it still seems a shame not to have them on the touch strip where you could quickly mute the system.

The SD card slot (which accepts a total of 9 different card types) is conveniently at the front and although the sides are mostly taken up by the heat vent on the left and the Blu-ray drive on the right, it’s nice to have the choice of the USB ports on either side where you can reach them or another one at the back where cables won’t get in the way. And although three USB ports might not seem generous, two of them are USB 3 ports — ideal for a fast external drive for backups or videos — and the other is a combination eSATA/USB port that can charge devices like your phone or MP3 player even when the notebook isn’t turned on.

Dell says the 2-megapixel webcam can do 720p HD and certainly it’s Skype certified, but we found the image and colour fidelity disappointing on most calls, especially in low light (and the video you see depends on what webcam the person calling you has, of course). The bundled software isn’t exciting; Windows Live and Office Starter are welcome, as are PowerDVD 9.6 and Roxio Burn, but the MacAfee security software not only slows the system down — it’s extremely hard to disable in favour of your preferred antivirus solution.

If you like the design of the XPS 15 you’ll call it understated and slab-like; if not, you’ll call it boxy. Either way the size and weight mean you may not carry it around that much. That means the slightly disappointing battery life may not be an issue. Because of the Nvidia Optimus auto-switching technology, the battery life you see varies significantly with what you’re doing; stick to surfing the Web and using Office and you’ll see the 5 hours plus that Dell claims. Crank up games, videos, Blu-ray movies, HD Skype video calls and the screen brightness and you’ll be done in about half that time. If you do want to use the XPS 15 on the go, you’ll want the optional 9-cell battery instead.

To recap

We love the screen for watching movies and the speakers definitely impress, the performance is good enough for gaming and what you get for the price makes this a good all-rounder

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The Dell XPS 15 (L501x) is a notebook that competes with the Apple Macbook Pro. It has a 15.6in, Full HD (1080p) screen, an Intel Core i7 processor, a fast 640GB hard drive and all the trimmings. It’s not as attractive or as well-built as an Apple laptop but it’s cheaper and more powerful.

The Dell XPS L501x has a quad core Intel Core i7-740QM processor, which is a good chip, and comparable to the one in a base-level 15in Macbook Pro. The device ships with 8GB of DDR3 RAM and the internal 7200rpm, 640GB hard drive is a zippy performer. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M graphics card is a mid-range model — it’s more potent than the Macbook Pro’s GT 330M, but there are significantly more powerful chipsets available in gaming notebooks.




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Optical Drive


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15. 6in.

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GTX 420M

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Windows 7

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i7 10750h/16GB/SSD 512GB/GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max Q 4GB/15.6 «IPS/FHD+/Win10home/Silver/WiFi/BT/CAM

Dell XPS 15 Combines a stylish designed designed designed designed design

    • Part Number


    • Line

      XPS 15

    • Processor

    • Processor range

      Intel Core i7

    • Processor Model


    • Number of cores


    • Process

      14 nm

    • Frequency

      2. 6 GHz

    • Maximum frequency in Turbo Boost / Turbo CORE mode

      4.8 GHz

    • Hyper Threading


    • SMT (Simultaneous multithreading)


    • L1 cache

      384 kB

    • L2 cache

      1.5 MB

    • L3 cache

      12 MB

    • TDP

      45 W

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      Intel Core i7-10750H

    • System board

    • Chipset

      No (SOC)

    • Socket


    • System bus frequency

      100 MHz

    • Audio chipset

      Waves MaxxAudio Pro

    • RAM

    • Maximum frequency

      2933 MHz

    • Frequency of installed memory

      2666 MHz

    • Minimum frequency

      2666 MHz

    • Volume

      16 GB

    • Type


    • Number of used slots


    • Number of slots


    • Maximum volume

      64 GB

    • Storage devices

    • Storage type


    • Number of SSDs

      1 piece

    • Total SSD

      512 GB

    • SSD interface

      PCI Express

    • Optical drive


    • Expansion slots

    • Memory card reader


    • Memory card type

      SD, SDHC, SDXC

    • Display

    • Diagonal

      15. 6″

    • Widescreen


    • Permission

      1920×1200 (WUXGA)

    • LED lighting


    • Touch


    • Matrix type

      TFT IPS

    • 3D support


    • Number of colors

      16. 7 million

    • Brightness

      500 cd/m²

    • Contrast

      1600 : 1

    • Frequency

      60 Hz

    • Second display

    • Display


    • ScreenPad

    • ScreenPad


    • Chamber

    • Webcam


    • Effective number of pixels

      1 MP

    • Video Resolution

      1280×720 pix

    • Photo resolution


    • Graphics adapter

    • Integrated Graphics Chipset

      Intel UHD Graphics 630

    • Discrete Graphics Chipset

      nVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti MAX Q

    • Video memory type


    • Video memory size

      4096 MB

    • Interfaces

    • Thunderbolt 3

      2 pcs

    • USB 3. 1 Type-C

      1 piece

    • Audio connectors

      Combo audio jack

    • Dock connector


    • Network interface


    • Wireless interfaces

    • Bluetooth


    • Bluetooth specification


    • WiFi


    • Wi-Fi standards

      IEEE 802. 11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ax, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

    • Installed software

    • Operating system

      Windows 10 Home

    • Other devices

    • Speakers


    • Integrated microphone


    • Positioning devices


    • Fingerprint reader


    • Lock slot


    • Battery

    • Type


    • Tank

      86 Wh

    • Number of cells


    • Operating time

      up to 9 hours

    • Charge time

      up to 3 hours

    • Performance data

    • Operating temperature

      0 to +40°C

    • Storage temperature

      0 to +40°C

    • Operating humidity

      10 to 90% (no condensation)

    • Storage humidity

      10 to 90% (no condensation)

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    • Dimensions

      344 x 18 x 230 mm

    • Additional features

    • Bag included


    • Equipment

      Notebook, power supply, documentation

    • Net weight

      1. 8 kg

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