Dell Quietly launches the New XPS 15 in Australia, featuring a 3200 x 1800 Screen Resolution
Australian’s have been waiting for a Mac Book Pro competitor for sometime, that will match it in specs and screen, and it seems Dell have finally thrown out a competitor worthy of being compared to the great Mac Book Pro, with the New XPS 15. In case you were wondering, that is the actual name of the machine – New XPS 15, not to confuse it with the older XPS 15 still for sale on the Dell stores. The New XPS 15 is of course the consumer version of the business orientated M3800 which has generally the same specs, but is 0.2 kg lighter, and has a slightly slower graphics card which is focused less towards gaming, and more towards business orientated programs. The M3800 has yet to be released in Australia so we couldn’t find a pricing difference, but the New XPS starts as $1,799 (though for this price you only get a 1080p screen, a slightly slower processor, and 8GB of RAM versus 16GB). The cheapest 3200 x 1800 model starts at $2,499, but only comes with a 1TB 5,400 RPM hard drive (we feel that businesses should NEVER give anything below 7,200RPM in the hard drive speed department). If you want the 512GB SSD version (mSATA), you’re looking at a base price of $2,899 inclusive of taxes. That’s quite the hefty price, though to be fair, the Macbook Pro’s starting price is $2,499 in Australia (and comes with lower specs) – but Apple should never be considered a benchmark for pricing in the computer department. (All prices are in Australian Dollars).
Specs aside, it looks like a well built laptop, which only weights 2.02 kg, and tops of at 18mm in thickness. Again, the strong point here is the resolution of the top end models with a 3200 x 1800 QHD+ LED Touch Display, which is actually higher than the MBP’s 2880 x 1800 display on the similar 15-inch model. At top specs, they both have and i7 4th generation Intel processor, a Nvidia GT 750m 2GB, and even 16GB of RAM (optional of course). However, the difference is the MacBook Pro high end model costs a cool $3,199 which is a little more than the Dell high end version.
Would we recommend one over the other? Not exactly – they’re compeitors yes, but the Windows vs Mac argument is an ever lasting one, and we can’t compare till we try out Dell’s model. If you are thinking of picking one up, head on over to Dell to check out the models. Our question is – is a resolution that high even required? If it is, then this might be the laptop for you. If it isn’t, there are plenty of other 1080p offerings on the market with similar specs.