Dell’s XPS 15 (9520) checks all the boxes, and it’s also an excellent choice for art and design students who need to use software such as Blender, Unity, or Adobe.
Reasons to buy
- 6-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio, optional OLED
- Powerful 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs, dedicated NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti GPU
- Gorgeous aluminum chassis
- Huge 86Wh battery
- High-end audio from quad speakers
Reasons to avoid
- Not as versatile as a convertible
- RTX 3050 Ti might still be a bit too weak for some work
Dell’s XPS 15 (9520) is the latest powerhouse 15-inch Ultrabook from Dell. It has up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HK CPU with 14 cores, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti discrete GPU, 64GB of DDR5-4800MHz RAM, and 2TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe storage. You get ray tracing and DLSS capabilities from the GPU, and the massive 86Wh battery holds its own during a long day of studies.
The 15.6-inch display comes in three different flavors. The most affordable has a 1920×1200 (FHD+) resolution, boosted by the taller 16:10 aspect ratio. It’s non-touch, it has an anti-glare finish, and it hits 500 nits brightness. Next up is a 3.5K OLED display with touch, anti-reflective finish, and 400 nits brightness. If you’d like the most pixels possible, the UHD+ version is touch with 500 nits brightness and anti-reflective finish. All screens offer Dolby Vision, and all have a thin bezel around all four sides.
Quad speakers (two on top, two on the bottom) pump out quality audio, there’s an IR camera and fingerprint reader for extra security, and the entire thing is just 0.73 inches (18.5mm) thin. Check out more of the best Dell laptops if the XPS 15 isn’t quite what you’re looking for but love what Dell is doing with its PC lineup.