Dell Xps 15 9500 Review: Hey guys this the New Dell XPS 15 9500. There are so many great laptops but the thing is Dell XPS is one of the perfect laptops for working in everyday life. It offers the perfect balance between portability, power, and well for the sake of alliteration, premium-ness. With the new XPS 15 dell has fixed tweaked and upgraded almost everything I hope they wood. However, one thing that takes away a little bit from the sheen of the new XPS 15 is the New XPS 17. It’s a new flagship laptop from DELL with a faster RTX 2060 graphics card, new vapor chamber cooling, and a few bells and whistles that make the seem.

Well, a little bit exciting of course review the XPS 17 as soon as I can get it on my hand it. Last time we published a comparison between New MacBook Pro 2020 VS Dell XPS 13 inch.

As well as new 10th gen intel processors and faster GTX 1650 TI  Graphics. We are actually getting the biggest design overhaul to The XPS lineup in about four years. It really does feel like the big brother to the XPS 13. They have gone with the same 16 by 10 aspect ratio, the super-thin bezels including getting rid of that chin at the bottom there is no Dell Logo anymore.

And the New XDell Xps 15 9500 also adds a much bigger trackpad, a defined keyboard, richer and more bassier speaker, USB C charging finally. And overall a much sleeker chassis partly as a result of dropping the older USB-A ports. In favor of just having three thunderbolts 3 USB Cs, an SD card reader, and a headphone jack. With these changes though I think more than ever this feels like the windows MacBook Pro.

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Dell XPS 15 9500 Price in US, UK, India

However, before we jump into talking about what it is actually like to use if you should buy it. Let’s talk about the price. In the US the Dell Xps 15 laptop starts at just 1300 which gets you an i5 Gigs of RAM and 256 storage but it misses out on the dedicated graphics. But if you don’t really care about that then actually it is really good value.

If you want a proper XPS 15 with the graphics card then in the UK you have to pay 1600 pounds or in the US $1750. That is quite a lot considering. You still get the same 8 Gigs of RAM and 256 GB of storage and full HD screen as the base model. I mean you can get the Razer Blade 15 with faster graphics and double the RAM for similar money.

But one I have here in Xps 15 9500 with the 4k screen the graphics card, 16 Gigs of RAM, and actually 1TB of storage. Although a similar skew in the US has 512 of storage. It’s really annoying Dell’s website is a pain in the ass and there’s a massive difference between the UK and US versions. Including the fact that you can’t actually customize this, you can’t change the processor or the RAM at least not at the moment.

Read More: Which is better Dell XPS 13 inch or New MacBook Pro?

Anyway, it will cost you $2200 or 2300 pounds. And Price in India, The Dell XPS 15 9500 price starts at $1,299.99. It’s a lot of money. If you are a Mr. Moneybags though then in the US at least you can spec this even higher with an Eight-core i7, the 10850h 64 GiGs of RAM, and 2TB of Storage.

What you can do is upgrade it yourself if you prefer. Using a T5 screwdriver to remove the eight Torx screws you could see The RAM is accessible as well as the m2 SSD, which is under the heat shield. So you could go for the 1750 model which gets the graphics card then upgrade the RAM and SSD yourself.


Sadly though we no longer get the option of having an OLED screen on the Xps 15 9500. They introduced it last year but they seem to have taken it away which is a bit of shame. Because I actually did buy the old one last year. And I really liked it even though you have to forego the touchscreen it was 100 nits less bright than the LCD version. But there was no competition when it came to contrast and it was more color accurate.

So it’s a bit of a weird thing that they’d bring it in and take it away so fast. Perhaps there are issues with the displays. Anyway putting the money to one side for a moment I have been using this for the past few weeks. And I really love this thing.


There is a real wow factor when you first open it up and see the screen. Little things too like being able to open it with one finger or the fact is instantly logged in with the Windows hello face unlock. Besides this, we get the fingerprint reader as well which you can use for banking and online payments.


The keyboard has a new feel. It too compared to last year. You can see the keycaps and the whole keyboard itself has been widened. So it feels more spacious and comfortable to type. On the keys also have a more grubby, less plasticky feel to them last year. And it’s still one of the quickest keyboards as well. But no less tactile or responsive. It’s a great keyboard and paired with this huge new precision touchpad again giving us that MacBook Pro vice. It just feels more modern and refined. It is also lovely to use.


The speakers are also much better than before. And I would say that this comes second only to the MacBook Pro 16. It is incredibly punchy in fact maybe even a little too basic.


Now as for the webcam. Well, the good news is it’s in a good place but it is on the top bezel. Unlike XPS is from a couple of years ago where it was on the bottom. And it would look up your nose quality is pretty decent. It’s a little bit noisy. It’s not the brightest but of course, it all comes down to lighting rally. In terms of audio quality, it was good as well. This is crazy we live in web chats, video calls, and all that stuff is a lot more important. So hopefully this has given you an idea of the webcam quality.

Touch Screen

As for the screen itself, I have got the 4k touch version here and I love the fact that we now get this 26 by 10 aspect ratio. I really wish more laptops had this. And while you get slightly bigger letterboxing when watching videos everything else is just much nicer and less claustrophobic to use than a typical 16×9.

It really does make a difference. While I am sad I am there is no OLED option. The LCD option is stunning brightness peaks at 500 nits. It supports display HDR400 and it covers an impressive 100 SRGB, 100 Adobe RGB, and 93  P3 color gamut. So it’s differently above average for color accuracy.

Dell XPS 15 9500 Performance

Alright, let’s talk about Dell Xps 15 9500’s performance and much faster the new 2020 Dell Xps 15 9500. Let’s bring last year’s model that was the specs side by side. So it will be interesting to see how much faster the 10th gen i7 is. And if the GTX 1650 ti is really that much of an upgrade over last year’s 1650. The new XPS 15 is nearly 26% faster. In Cinebench 5 single-core test and 19% faster in multicore.

Moving on to the graphics and again using Geekbench 5 the New Dell Xps 15 9500 is nearly 9% faster in OpenCI and about 9.5% faster in Cuda. In 3D mark time SPY which tests both the processor and the graphics, we see a huge 35% boost. But how does all this translate into real-world use?

The Tech chip

While jumping into a bit of Call of Duty playing Warzone at 1080p on last year’s XPS and 1200P on the New XPS 15. With high settings, I averaged 46 and 57 fps respectfully. So an impressive 24 boost. In Rainbow Six Siege again with a high setting, we are at 106 versus 113 fps. So only a 6.5% increase. And Finally Fortnight we get 72 fps and last year’s model versus 79 on the new one. That’s almost a 10% jump.

Video editing

But it is sorry to say I don’t have a ton of time for gaming anymore. So more importantly for me how it handles video editing in Premiere Pro. Just scrubbing through the timeline feels pretty similar on both the New Dell Xps 15 9500 nads last year’s model.

But when comes export times at q0 minutes h264 4k video took 5.26 minutes and last year’s Dell Xps versus 4:36 minutes on the new one. That’s a fairly substantial 15% faster export time.  Although it is worth mentioning that even the newer 1650 Ti doesn’t have Nvidia’s newer end bank encoder. So it doesn’t benefit as much from their recent driver update that boosts performance with Adobe.

Our Experience

However, The XPS 17 with the RTX 2060 will support it and this is the point in the review. Just like every year with the XPS 15 where I have to talk about throttling. For example, in CineBench we start about 4.3GHZ then within 30 seconds or so it’s down to as low as 2.8. As it throttles to cool down and then I run CineBench twice in a row the score drops by 20%.

And I measured the processor of temperature going above 95 degrees celsius and even hitting a hundred on the outside using my handy laser thermometer. I recorded nearly 50 degrees in the center of the keyword. So while I using keyboard shortcuts while video editing. After 5 or ten minutes under load can get uncomfortably hot.

So what I said, I’d love to see a version of the Dell XPS 15 with a new AMD Ryzen 4000 series chip. I think that could be really interesting.

Battery Life of New XPS 15 9500

So what about battery life? Because presumably to fit in this new factor Dell actually reduce the size of the battery from 97 watt-hours down to 86 watt-hours. And it is a bit disappointing especially, for example, the MacBook Pro 16 manages to pack in a massive 99.9 watt-hour battery.

Despite this though battery life in my experience is similar to the last year’s 4k model. One hour at YouTube at 50% brightness uses 15% of battery. And with normal use, I am getting about 6 hours from 4k Dell Xps 15 9500. As usual, though battery life is important to you then save $300 and go for the full HD Plus mode. It will get you probably between 10 to 12 hours.

Bottom Line

So with all that said you but the New XPS 15 9500. Well, as a package with a fresh new design, taller screen, USB-C charging, better speakers, a more special keyboard, and a huge trackpad. Plus with an average 19% performance boost, the Dell XPS 15 9500 is an incredible laptop. But I do highly recommend it.

However, it is still down by overheating and trotting plus with the price increase while it’s still cheaper than MacBook Pro 16. It’s a lot of money but if you can effort it, or if you even buy a cheaper one upgrade The RAM and SSD yourself you won’t be disappointed.  And as for the question which I know you guys have read all the way through just for me to answer.

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