Dell XPS 17 review

The Dell XPS 17 9710 is indeed impressive. It is a capable and compelling choice for creative professionals looking for a powerful device for both their intensive workloads and after-hours gaming.

The Intel Core i7-11800H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU are both installed in the Dell XPS 17 9710. These components have all the power required to eat through high workloads, as you may have already figured. This tool can save you a tonne of time if you work on large projects in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, and Blender. Although the XPS 17 isn’t a traditional gaming machine, its setup is powerful enough for high-end games like Far Cry 6, GTA V, and Call of Duty: Vanguard. Even after work, there may still be the rare gaming setup.

The Dell XPS 17 made a major comeback, despite the fact that it’s actually rather trim for its size and provides workstation-grade power in a chassis similar to many 15-inch laptops. And the XPS 17 boasts one of the biggest and most immersive panels you can find on a laptop thanks to its enormous 4-sided Infinity Edge display. The XPS 17 distinguishes itself from its smaller siblings by offering more potent graphics options that are excellent for gamers and multimedia creators. It also has booming speakers and a battery life that is outstanding for a 4K laptop.

The Dell XPS 17 is the only 17-inch laptop you need to consider if you want one with some punch, largely because doing anything else would be a waste of time. The best laptop available is this one. There are other laptops that are more suited for you if you’re not seeking for power, which is completely great, but if you intend to work creatively on a large screen, this is the one to have.

Design

The Dell XPS 17 (9720) retains the same design as its predecessor, the XPS 17 (9710). The top and bottom chassis are still made of CNC-machined aluminum, and the keyboard deck is covered in black carbon fibre. As usual, it is cosy, with the carbon fibre adding some warmth above bare metal. The Dell XPS 15 and Apple’s MacBook Pro range are two laptops that can compete with the XPS 17 in terms of build quality. The hinge features the same dual-clutch construction as the rest of the XPS range, making it possible to open it with only one hand while the display is securely fastened.

The XPS 17 looks just like the XPS 15 and the XPS 13, only bigger, thanks to generations of aesthetic refinement. The same streamlined chassis with elegant and refined angles is present. The silver aluminum and black carbon fiber create a distinctive two-tone effect, while the double-anodized chrome on the sides looks beautiful and offers scratch protection. The Razor Blade 17 has a more simplistic look but is still an attractive machine.

The Dell XPS 17 offers an amazing 93.7% screen-to-body ratio and some of the thinnest display bezels of any laptop currently on the market, just like the rest of the XPS range. This results in a chassis that is shallower and narrower than that of typical 17-inch laptops, though not necessarily slimmer. For instance, the MSI Creator Z17 is thinner at 0.75 inches compared to 0.77 inches, heavier at 6.79 pounds compared to 5.34 pounds, and larger and deeper than the XPS 17 with a 17-inch 16:10 display.

Keyboard and Touchpad

In comparison to earlier generations, nothing has changed with regard to the input devices. The Dell XPS 17 speaker apertures are placed on either side of the center-placed keyboard. It is either black or white since its colour matches that of the casing. The mechanics itself still only provide you a 1.3 mm (0.05 in) key stroke, and the typing experience is just fair overall. But the sound of its clattering is also a contributing factor in this. There is undoubtedly potential for growth in this area, and Dell’s business and workstation versions also feature superior keyboards. Although it works well, the white backdrop illumination cannot be turned on automatically by the brightness sensor.

The big ClickPad, on the other hand, leaves no room for criticism. It not only functions quite consistently, but it also provides a lot of room for gestures using up to four fingers. The capacitive touchscreen in our model can also be used for inputs, and this also works without any issues. However, pen input with pressure levels is not supported.

You can be sure that the keyboard deck is roomy given how large this laptop is. It has the same Chiclet-style keyboard as the XPS 15, and it does require some getting used to because there is actually that much room on the keyboard. When I type, I continually hitting the Caps Lock key for some reason; perhaps it’s because my muscle memory naturally gravitates toward the keyboard’s edge.

Display

It’s a pleasure to use the Dell XPS 17 3840 x 2400 InfinityEdge touch display, which has an anti-reflective coating and 500 nits of brightness. Creative professionals benefit from having 4K resolution on a screen that size since it gives consumers a little bit more screen space. With those improbably thin bezels on both sides, it may not be as excellent as a dedicated monitor in terms of size, but it is unquestionably an improvement over a 14-inch or 16-inch panel.

There are 100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI-P3 color gamut’s available for great color coverage and reproduction, as well as a respectable 1600:1 contrast ratio, for the advantage of creative professionals. Sharp details and brilliant colors are delivered by the display, which does have excellent picture quality. Additionally, the Dolby Vision and HDR (which you can toggle on and off) features work fairly well.

The HDR rating of this laptop is not entirely known by Dell, but it not only illuminates dark moments in movies like The Eternals on Disney+ and Ozark on Netflix, but it also restores a lot of the lost details. Unfortunately, with HDR on, the blacks aren’t as deep; we only wish the contrast was stronger. The touch feature is enjoyable to utilize in other places. The screen itself just feels good to the touch and is highly responsive and intuitive.

Audio

The XPS 17 has a headphone jack, an SD card reader, and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connections, one on each side. Moreover, a wedge-shaped locking port is present. This laptop lacks USB-A connectors and an HDMI port, although you can use adapters if necessary. Waves Nx 3D audio and a quad-speaker setup are included with this laptop. On top are attached microphones. To improve the sound, there are internal woofers and top-facing tweeters as well.

Professional assessments of the Dell XPS 17’s audio quality state that the sound is actually rather decent. At 100%, the music is loud and clear, but the bass is occasionally muddy. The XPS 17 has a headphone jack, an SD card reader, and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connections, one on each side. Moreover, a wedge-shaped locking port is present. This laptop lacks USB-A connectors and an HDMI port, although you can use adapters if necessary.

Waves Nx 3D audio and a quad-speaker setup are included with this laptop. On top are attached microphones. To improve the sound, there are internal woofers and top-facing tweeters as well. Professional assessments of the Dell XPS 17’s audio quality state that the sound is actually rather decent. At 100%, the music is loud and clear, but the bass is occasionally muddy.

Graphics

With the Dell XPS 17 , Dell is aiming its products towards creative workers. In order to achieve this, the business installed a 6GB VRAM Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU in the laptop. For those times when you aren’t playing games or editing videos, the notebook also boasts an integrated Intel UHD Graphics GPU. The laptop produced some respectable gaming results, to be honest. The XPS 17 produced 112 frames per second at 3840 x 2400 when we conducted the Dirt 3 test.

That was sufficient to outperform the 65-fps benchmark for premium laptops. With 105 frames per second, the Envy 17t (GeForce GTX MX330 GPU) wasn’t far behind. The Dell XPS 17 outperformed the 41-fps category average by achieving 48 frames per second at 1080p on the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark. The frame rate dropped to 12 fps at 4K, falling one frame short of the 13 fps category average. The XPS 17 easily outperformed the 70 fps category average while running the Hitman test at 74 frames per second in 1080p. The laptop’s 4K frame rate of 36 fps beat the industry standard of 35 fps.

Performance

The Intel Core i7-12700H in the Dell XPS 17 has the same number of cores as the flagship Core i9 processor from Intel’s most recent 12th Gen Alder Lake CPU family, with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores. It just operates at slightly slower clockspeeds, which is barely noticeable. This laptop has the best CPU performance you could hope for. Everything from video encodes to 3D renders will be easily handled by it. The world-beating single-core speed of Alder Lake also ensures that this laptop feels responsive when performing routine chores like web browsing.

In fact, you won’t often run out of memory with 32GB of RAM, which makes multitasking a snap. Application data swapping to the SSD won’t happen very often with that much RAM. If there is an exception, it has to do with games and visuals. The Nvidia GeForce RTYX 3050 mobile GPU with 4GB of video memory powers our review item as tested. To be sure, it represents a significant improvement over basic integrated graphics.

Our benchmarks demonstrate that 1080p frame rates are playable in contemporary games. But just barely. It isn’t a GPU for gaming that performs at a high level. The RTX 3060 is an option that will increase your frame rates. However, even that GPU lacks the necessary ability to run games at the XPS’s native 4K or higher screen resolution. Even the RTX 3080 Ti, Nvidia’s fastest mobile GPU, is just just able to do that.

Battery life and Heat

The Dell XPS 17 Battery life is another area where powerful notebooks have historically fallen short. However, it outlasted the ASUS ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED by more than 5 hours on our battery test for video playing, lasting an incredible 11 hours and 37 minutes. Although the XPS 17 may easily last a working day with light usage, notebooks designed for greater “road warrior” usage like the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15.6in, Apple M1-based notebooks, and the Asus ExpertBook B94550F can last even longer. It would probably be much less if you were rendering out 3D, but this doesn’t have to be a desktop replacement that you can only move from workstation to desk and plug into the wall.

As long as you aren’t taxing the CPU with activities like video editing and you keep the screen brightness far below its maximum setting, you should be able to go through a workday with the XPS 17. Dell’s large-screen XPS lasted 8 hours and 29 minutes on our battery test, which continuously streams video, browses the web, and does graphics tests while connected to Wi-Fi and with the display set to 150 nits of brightness.

Configuration Options

The best value can be found on Dell’s website because you can customize the machine to your preferences and price range. The starting price has increased to $1,600 from the previous 9700 model’s $1,350 price. However, Dell XPS 17 longer sells the inferior 56WHr battery variant and now only provides the superior 97WHr one. It also switched from 256GB to 512GB of storage.

That particular model is pretty potent because it boasts a Core i5-11400H CPU, Windows 10 Home, 8GB RAM, Intel UHD graphics, and a full HD+ (1920×1200) display. For $2,950 (Dell sells it for $100 less at $2,849), Best Buy offers a higher-end model with Windows 10 Home, an RTX 3060, a UHD+ (3840×2400) display, 1TB of storage, 16GB of RAM, and the same Core i7.

It costs an eye-watering $5,495 when fully equipped with an 11th Gen Core i9-11980HK, Windows 10 Pro, 64GB RAM, 8TB of storage, an RTX 3060 GPU, and a UHD+ (3840×2400) display. If you’re on a tight budget, you can still locate the older 9700 model with 10th Gen Intel and last-gen RTX 20xx graphics, which may be less expensive. The Windows 11 upgrade scheduled for October 5, 2021, is compatible with the XPS 17 9700 and subsequent 9710 versions.

Final Words

We hope you enjoy our review on Dell XPS 17. Despite being a sizable laptop, the Dell XPS 17 doesn’t feel it. This stylish beast of a notebook has one of the biggest, most immersive 17-inch displays you can find on a laptop, along with powerful 10th Gen Intel processing power and cutting-edge Nvidia graphics. This small powerhouse is perfect for everyday multitasking, serious content creation, and even AAA gaming because it has surprisingly powerful speakers, a quick SSD, and more than 9 hours of battery life.

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