Dell XPS 15z: Cheaper MacBook Pro alternative?

Dell laptops are well known for their high quality performance and stylish designs and the American multinational information technology corporation is intent on maintaining its pole-position in being one of the world’s leaders in producing top-notch laptops.


Possessing an incredibly slim exterior it is hard to imagine that a laptop could be so ‘media rich’, and according to Dell, who advertise their new XPS 15z as being “one of the thinnest 15” PCs in the world”, ‘less mass’ means ‘more appeal’.

Being the first in a series of new-thin and powerful laptops from Dell this year, the new XPS 15z laptop combines cutting-edge technology with an eye-catching and elegant design to cater for all the needs of every modern laptop consumer.

Talking of its apparently ‘superior capabilities’, Sam Burd, vice president of Dell’s Consumer and Small/Medium Business product group, said:

“The XPS 15z delivers uncompromising performance in our most beautifully designed laptop yet. It delivers all the must-have features – from next-generation Intel Core i processors for incredible performance to optional full HD screens that are up to 50 per cent brighter than standard displays – all in a stunning form factor that makes it one of the thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet.”

Although not everyone is as ‘ecstatic’ about Dell’s ‘innovative new form factor’ as Dell itself. According to Engadget, Dell, in its description of the SPS 15z, failed to mention that its ‘most beautifully designed laptop yet’, looked uncannily similar to the MacBook Pro. Engadget’s thoughts on the size of the XPS 15x, also diverged considerably to those of Dell.

“We’re sorry to say it’s not as thin-and-light – it’s actually a few hairs thinker than a 15inch Macbook Pro, wider, and at 5.54 pounds, it weighs practically the same,” Dell enthusiastically extorted.

Although despite Engadget’s clear refute of the XPS 15z’s aesthetical resemblance to the Macbook Pro, the multilingual technology weblog and podcast had to admit that the Dell XPS 15z also sports the “same exacting attention to detail”, as the Macbook Pro.

One of the XPS 15z’s favourable ‘attention to detail’ must be its mighty battery life. By including NVIDIA discrete graphics with Optimus technology that automatically switches to power-saving integrated graphics under reduced workloads, the XPS 15z boasts a lusciously long battery life for those movie marathon demands on Atlantic-long flights.

In short, despite Engadget’s obvious disdain for Dell’s latest laptop creation being ‘uncomfortably’ close to the MacBook Pro, you would have to pay –according to Yahoo Answers – $1999 (that’s starting from) for a MacBook Pro 15”, whilst a Dell XPS 15z costs a comparatively meagre $999 (starting from). I’d say the Dell XPS 15z is therefore a bit of a bargain!