The Dell XPS 15 is a storied laptop, with several generations and design improvements. The last time we looked at the XPS 15 we liked everything except the CPU throttling-- a sometimes necessary evil with incredibly thin and light designs. This time, Dell has gotten it right, and the XPS 15 (9530) is the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display for Windows users. The XPS 15 is a metal and carbon fiber-clad high end ultraportable 15.6" machine that weighs just 4.4 pounds.
The price starts at $1,600, but what you really want is the $2,000 configuration or even better our $2,350 model that has a 3200 x 1800 gloss touch screen with wide color gamut, the beefier 91 Wh battery, a full mobile quad core Intel Core i7-4702MQ CPU, and NVIDIA GT 750M switchable dedicated graphics with a gig of dedicated memory. Other goodies include 16 gigs of RAM and a 512 gig Samsung SSD on our luxe model. For $2,000 you forego the SSD drive but keep the QHD+ display, dedicated graphics and quad core CPU. You could call this a desktop replacement in terms of horsepower, but it's too thin and light to hang in that generally bulky category.
As usual for the XPS line, build quality and materials are excellent, and the backlit keyboard is one of the best on the market. The laptop had dual band Intel 7260AC 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 and a good Synaptics trackpad. We particularly like that you can remove the bottom panel (ah, those annoying Torx T5 screws) and gain access to the mSATA drive bay, two standard RAM slots (nice!), socketed wireless card and battery. Take that, you impossible to open and upgrade 15" Retina Mac!
Here's our 2014 Dell XPS 15 video review. Our full written review will follow.