The latest version of the Dell XPS 15 – like many of the versions before it – is an easy pick for our lists of best laptops for video editing and best laptops for photo editing(opens in new tab) out there at the moment. It's powerful, it looks great, it has a bright and crisp screen, and more besides... but is it the best laptop for your needs? If the Dell XPS 15 has found its way on to your shortlist of potential purchases, we're here to tell you everything you need to know about it. By the time you've finished our guide to the laptop, you should be in a position to make an informed decision about upgrading. When you go shopping for a Dell laptop, you know there are going to be multiple configurations available, and that's the case with the Dell XPS 15. These configurations are refreshed on a fairly regular basis as well, so we'd recommend you going to the Dell website and having a look at what's available right now. You can often also pick up laptops with slightly different specs from third-party retailers too. At the time of writing, you can get the latest Dell XPS 15 with a choice of 12th-gen Intel processors: an Intel Core i5-12500H (12 cores, up to 4.5GHz, 18MB cache), an Intel Core i7-12700H (14 cores, up to 4.7GHz, 24MB cache), or an Intel Core i9-12900HK (14 cores, up to 5.0GHz, 24MB cache). Those chipsets can be paired with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of RAM. Obviously that covers a wide range in terms of power, performance, and what the laptop can cope with – from everyday computing to high-end tasks – so pick your budget and your choice of components accordingly.
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One area the Dell XPS 15 can't really stretch to is top-level gaming and creative tasks: the GPU choices top out at an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. That's a decent mid-ranger when it comes to graphics performance, but you're not going to get the very best frame rates on the very latest games. For the Dell XPS 15, the slimline looks and relatively low weight are more important than gaming grunt. Storage starts from a very respectable 512GB and goes up to a rather impressive 2TB, with a 1TB option in between. That gives you scope for storing large media files and libraries on the Dell XPS 15, though bear in mind that the price of the laptop can start to rise quite quickly as you add more NVMe SSD storage. You get the best Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity on board, as well as Wi-Fi 6 – that's not quite as good as Wi-Fi 6E, but you're nevertheless going to be well covered for wireless internet for years to come.
The Dell XPS 15 comes in two halves: the 15.6-inch screen on the top and then the keyboard and the rest of the laptop attached to it. Part of the appeal of this laptop is how good those two halves look at how well they complement each other – in terms of aesthetics it's one of the best Windows laptops around, and it has a keyboard and trackpad that are comfortable and responsive in use. As with the internal components, there are several screen configurations available here, so you're going to have to figure out what your budget is and which one you want to go for. The resolutions start at 1920 x 1200 and go up from there, with a maximum brightness of 500 nits on offer, and a refresh rate stuck at 60Hz no matter what panel you choose (gamers take note). There are touchscreen and OLED upgrades available for the display, which is surrounded by ultra-thin bezels on all sides. The dual 2.5W stereo woofer and 1.5W stereo tweeter speakers (so 8W total peak) give you plenty of audio goodness, whether that's from movies or music or podcasts. We wouldn't say the sound system is one of the most outstanding reasons to buy this particular laptop, but then it's by no means a reason not to buy it either. The speakers perform a little better than you might expect from their size and configuration, and you can't really ask for much more than that.
When it comes to the key features of the Dell XPS 15 and what makes it such an appealing buy, it's really just the basics done very well: the quality of the screen, the overall look and style of the laptop, the typing and the trackpad experience, and the amount of power you can set up under the hood. There's no flashy innovation here, but then again there doesn't really need to be one – it's just an all-round, premium-level laptop.
By David Nield
Last time we touched briefly on RAM and thank you for the follow up questions we got from some of our readers, we hope we managed to answer all your burning questions and provided a deeper insight into the PC world. This time will look at another Component that works closely with the RAM, the Processor commonly called CPU.
A computer processor is a small chip which sits on our computers’ motherboard (this is a board like device which contains various computer components including RAM). We would like to view this “device” as the brains of the computer. This device is the reason why the computer responds in the way it is intended to when we are using it e.g. if you are working on a document and you press the letter A on your keyboard, you see A on your screen not B or Z. This processor is tasked with interpreting all the things that you want your computer to do i.e. from opening Word to playing a game.
The processor is also referred to as the CPU (Central Processing Unit) meaning an area within the computer where all the processing is down. However nowadays this is no longer correct as there are more than 1 processing units in a computer. The other is the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) but we will do a separate article on it.
The processor is an electric circuit. In simple terms, we can say the processor is a device that requires electricity/ power to carry out its work. This is why your computer sometimes becomes hot when you are using it to run a heavy program e.g. a game. The harder the processor works “thinking and interpreting” and more energy it needs.
I am sure when it comes to processors, you have heard of many terms being thrown around. We will try to explain as simple as possible what the terms mean.
The processor mainly performs 3 main takes which are;
There are 4 main brands of processors on the market, but the 2 well-known brands are INTEL and AMD RYZEN. We will do a separate article on the differences between the 2 brands.
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Everyone who uses or has ever used a computer or smartphone has come across the term RAM. We often judge how a device is better than the other using this term RAM but how well do we know this term, RAM
RAM as most people know stands for Random Access Memory but still this is a far cry from telling us what RAM is all about. I will try to explain what RAM is and why this “thing” is present in every device we own nowadays.
RAM is a small chip like device that is used as a TEMPORARY storage unit in our devices. We have all heard of hard drives or the term “storage” when buying our next computer or smartphone, well look at RAM as smaller version of this storage device. I used the term “temporary” above, this means that RAM only stores information or data only when the device is powered on. Once the device is switched off, all the data that was being stored in the RAM gets lost/destroyed.
So what type of data is stored in this RAM that its okay for it to be lost. RAM stores information/data about applications that the device will be using. This means whenever you open an application e.g. a game, all the data about that game is collected from the hard drive and copied into RAM. This makes it faster for the computer to display the information that you want to see than for it to go to the hard drive and located the application during the application’s usage.
Whenever you are using an application i.e. a game, office, etc, the changes being made will be stored in RAM until you close the application then the new changes or progress (if it’s a game) will be sent and stored in the hard drive, overwriting the previous data stored. This is why RAM is a temporary storage.
Not all RAMs are the same, there come in different sizes (storage sizes). RAMs nowadays are measuring around 4 Gigabytes (light internet browsing, MS Office Apps) to 32 Gigabytes (4K video editing, online gaming). Since we said it a “temporary storage unit” this means the higher the GB size of the RAM the more applications you can run at the same time on your device.
The question then becomes, how do I determine the best RAM size for your PC? F.I Laptops uses the following 3 points;
Usage – This refers to what you intend to use the device for e.g. if it’s a computer for gaming purposes, we would recommend you look into a PC with a RAM size of 8GB for light gaming (CoD, Fifa, NFS, etc) to 16GB for online gaming.
Multitasking - This refers to the number of activities you do simultaneously on your PC.
Patience – By this we mean how patient are you when using your PC, if you are a very patient human being then a PC with 2GB RAM will work for you.
Did You Know: A browser with 10 – 20 tabs open can use up your RAM storage space as much as 2.2GB.
So if you have ever experienced your PC slowing down or dragging whilst you have many browsing tabs open, playing a game, video/ picture editing or programming maybe it’s time you consider adding more RAM to your PC.
Visit F.I LAPTOPS Shop No.24 Shamwari Complex, Belgravia and talk to our technicians on which RAM size best suites your needs.