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Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) review: A great alternative to the MacBook Pro

 The XPS 15 OLED is still a great Windows laptop.

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The Dell XPS 15 OLED is one of the great Windows laptops that are perfect for business and graphically demanding games. The whole shebang there.

Positives

Brilliant 3.5K OLED screen
Stately structure
Excellent performance
Large and comfortable keyboard

cons

Poor quality 720p webcam

The 2022 Dell XPS 15 OLED (starts at $1,449; price reviewed: $2,299) isn't an innovative or innovative laptop. It's basically identical to the 2021 Dell XPS 15 OLED save from its updated internals. While this computer doesn't revolutionize anything, it's still among the greatest Windows laptops you can buy.

All editions of the updated Dell XPS 15 are equipped with the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and include Windows 11. An Nvidia 30-series GPU is included in the high-end settings. Dell offers a device with a 3.5K OLED touch screen, similar to last year's model.

Not only is this laptop excellent for everyday use, but it also performs well for video games. Although it is undoubtedly more expensive, it offers excellent performance that is hard to compete with. Almost everything will not hurt him.

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Specifications for the DELL XPS 15 OLED

Pricing ranges from $1,449 to $2,299 (tested)
15.6" OLED Touchscreen (3456 x 2160 pixels)
Intel Core i7-12700H processor
GPU: GeForce RTX 3060 Ti from Nvidia
RAM: 16 GB
SSD, 512 GB of storage
3 Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader serve as ports.
The size is 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.73 inches
Weight: 4.2 lbs.

The Dell XPS 15 is now one of my favorite laptops, and I've tried a lot of them in Tom's guide. I once claimed that the new 2022 MacBook Air could convince me to stop using Windows PCs. But the XPS 15 made me reconsider that situation. Not only is it capable of handling my typical workloads, but it has the same level of power as some of the best gaming laptops for Steam gamers. In this aspect, not even the powerful 16-inch MacBook Pro can compete. Dell XPS 15 offers a more complete product in this aspect. (For a more comprehensive comparison, see our 2022 Dell XPS 15 OLED vs. MacBook Pro 16-inch comparison.)

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) review: Price and availability

Initially it cost 1449 dollars
You have to spend at least $2,199 to receive a 3.5K OLED touch screen.
On Dell's website, the Dell XPS 15 OLED 2022 is currently offered starting at $1,449 (opens in a new tab). This setup has a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1200) 60Hz display, 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12500H processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and Intel UHD graphics.

The most advanced model includes a Core i9-12900HK CPU, Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti mobile GPU, 64GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and a 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2400) fast touchscreen. 60 Hz. The cost of this model is $3,579.

A 15.6-inch 3.5K (3456 x 2160) OLED 60Hz touchscreen, Core i7-12700H processor, Nvidia 3050 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD are included in this model. our reviewer, which costs $2,299. The only OLED option is a 3.5K panel, which looks great in person.

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) review: The design
Elegant and delicate style
Easy to transport
The new Dell XPS 15 features the sleek design aesthetic of the XPS line. It's hard to bemoan the unchanging looks of these laptops, which are among the more upscale Windows devices out there.

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The Dell XPS 15 embodies the term "ultrabook" with dimensions of 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.73 inches. The frame, made of machined aluminum, is sleek and sturdy. Looks great at home, in the coffee shop, or at work. The laptop is devoid of embellishments other than the distinctive Dell logo on the silver lid. It weighs 4.2 pounds, which is a bit of a burden but not much to carry around.

Large keycaps and a spacious touchpad are highlights of the complete interior blackness. The front-facing speakers are the keyboard. The slim bezels of the InfinityEdge display bring another level of elegance to your laptop. The Dell XPS 15 is, for lack of a better word, a hot machine.

 Ports review  Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022)

3 USB-C ports
Ethernet and USB-A adapters are provided.
Along the left edge, the Dell XPS 15 has a Kensington lock security slot and two USB-C ports. On the right, there's a second USB-C port, a full-size SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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There are three USB-C ports, a Kensington lock slot, a headphone connector, and an SD card reader on the Dell XPS 15 OLED. (Photo courtesy of Tom's Guide)
Undoubtedly, there are not many ports on a laptop. But with the XPS 15, Dell has included a USB-A and Ethernet adapter. While this may still not be enough for some, it was more than enough for my daily use. I expect most users of this laptop will experience the same.

Dell XPS 15 (2022) OLED Monitor Review

The InfiniteEdge display is immersive and vibrant
Video games and streaming content look great.

The 15.6-inch 3.5K OLED 60Hz InfinityEdge display looks stunning when playing both streaming entertainment and video games. The 16:10 screen size and brightness make it ideal for working and browsing websites.

I was amazed at how cinematic Wakanda Forever looked on a screen that was only a fraction of the size of a cinema screen. Particularly in some of the battle sequences with Namor the Submariner, practically all the different colors popped up on screen. A brief shot of the sun sinking over Wakanda showed a variety of bright orange hues in contrast with thick shadows.

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On our light meter, the XPS 15 measured an average brightness of 382 nits. That's marginally less expensive than the 2021 Dell XPS 15 OLED (398), but significantly less expensive than the Alienware m15 R4 (460) and the 16-inch MacBook Pro (520 nits).

The XPS 15 achieved 86.9% of the tougher DCI-P3 color space and 122% of the sRGB color gamut in terms of color reproduction and accuracy. It outperforms the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which scored 109% and 77.4%, respectively.

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The touchscreen was responsive to those on higher-end tablets, in my opinion. All taps, pinches and zooms have been recorded. To select and click items, I often switched between using the touchpad and the touch screen. Simply put, using the touch screen is easy and natural.

 Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022)  audio review

High quality sound
Even at maximum volume, the lows and highs can be heard.
Some of the greatest laptop speakers you'll ever hear are on the XPS 15 OLED. The powerful speakers have enough volume to fill an entire room and maintain clarity even at high volume levels. Laptop bass often isn't great, but the XPS 15 didn't fall short in this regard.

Everything from thunderous gun blasts in Doom Eternal to urban ambiance in Cyberpunk 2077 were handled by the loudspeakers. On Court of the Dragon by Trivium and Nevermore for Symphony X, for example, it sounded a little weak on the high end but retained its strength on the bass end. I didn't find much that didn't sound great on my laptop speakers, including games, music, and podcasts.

The XPS 15 includes Waves Maxx Audio Pro technology and professional tuning, plus a variety of EQ presets in the available companion app. This enhances the audio experience. The presets do a decent job of improving the sound, especially when used with different musical genres. I was particularly surprised by how amazing movie trailers turned out when the movie preset was turned on. If you do not wish to rely exclusively on the default settings, you are free to change the EQ as per your choice.

 Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022)  General Functionality Review 

Shared Computing
Fast video encryption and file transfer

The XPS 15 is more than capable of handling demanding tasks with a 12th Gen Intel Core CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Even with 20+ active tabs on Chrome, watching a movie on YouTube, and chatting on Slack, the laptop never slowed down or stuttered. This thing can do it all.

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The XPS 15's multi-core score on Geekbench 5.4, which measures overall performance, was 11,258. The Alienware x14 got 13,353 points, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro got 12,683 points.

The Dell XPS 15 required 5 minutes and 42 seconds to finish our Handbrake video-editing test, which entails downsizing a 4K video to 1080p. That's a little faster than the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, but slower than the 16-inch MacBook Pro (4:48). (5:58).

When asked to copy 25GB of multimedia files, the XPS 15 OLED is capable of doing so at 1637MB per second. This beats the Zephyrus G14 (1,260.45MBps) and the Alienware x 14 in terms of speed (1,156MBps).

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) review: Gaming capabilities

Reliable gaming performance
equals gaming laptops
The XPS 15 comes with Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti laptop graphics, which makes it suitable for use as a gaming laptop as well. Sid Meier's Civilization VI on the laptop was benchmarked at 3.5K and 40fps. The game's 1080p frame rate was 60fps. While this particular game isn't particularly technical, it's still respectable frame rates that the majority of non-gaming laptops can't match.

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I launched God of War and Doom Eternal for a personal test. I didn't find it surprising that Doom Eternal ran at medium settings between 85 and 100fps given how optimized it is. Even when the fighting got hectic, everything was running smoothly. God of War for PC maintained a frame rate between 30 and 40. Although it does not hit the 60fps preferred by the majority of PC gamers, this is comparable to how it runs on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

The Dell XPS 15 is a capable gaming laptop even if it's not explicitly promoted as one. Performance-wise, it's almost on par with niche devices like the Alienware x14.

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) Keyboard and Touchpad Review

Large keyboard with palm rest
Flexible touchpad
Since laptop keyboards don't feel as good to type on as mechanical keyboards, I've mentioned this in almost all of my laptop reviews. Having said that, I love the nice, spacious backlit keyboard on the XPS 15.

My favorite component of the keyboard, aside from the quiet scrolling that made it easy for me to type, was the soft-textured carbon fiber used for the palm rests. Given how fun it is to type on the laptop, using it for extended periods of time was a joy.

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I also had enough space to work thanks to the spacious touchpad. He easily recognized all my punches and movements. This was a simple experiment because the cursor always went in the direction I wanted.

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) Camera Review 

The bottom camera is 720p
Although the XPS 15 exudes excellence in every way, its mediocre 720p webcam is an exception.

I looked washed and grainy even in a well-lit environment. A webcam of this quality is unacceptable given the importance of video conferencing in the last 2.5 years. In order not to look like a patterned mess to those you video chat with, I advise you to use one of the best cameras.

 Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022)  Heat and Battery Life Review 

The battery life is 10 hours
Runs a little snug
The Dell XPS 15 2021's 7-hour battery life disappointed us. Fortunately, the model from this year lasts longer. The newer XPS 15 doesn't have the same long-lasting battery life as the MacBook Pro M2, but it should still be enough to last you through a workday.

The XPS 15 lasted 10 hours and 5 minutes on the Tom's Guide battery test, which entails continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness. In the same test, last year's Dell XPS 15 OLED 2021 lasted just under 8 hours, so that's a significant increase. The 2022 model now beats the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 (8:06) and completely destroys the Alienware x14 in our battery test (5:35). With a battery life of 15 hours and 31 minutes, the 16-inch MacBook Pro beats it.

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The XPS 15 liner reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit in our normal heat test, which entails running a heat gun over the device after streaming 15 minutes of Full HD video. Temperatures above 95 degrees are usually considered uncomfortable. The heat generated by your laptop won't be a problem, if you have it on a desk.

 Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022)  Final Review 

Long considered the pinnacle of mobile Windows computing, the Dell XPS brand of laptops. This legacy of excellence continues through the Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022). Even if it does not have any flagship capabilities, it is nevertheless a reliable computer that is ideal for both high-end games and everyday use.

Consider the 16-inch MacBook Pro instead if you're not sure the XPS 15 is right for you or don't want a Windows laptop instead. It's about $50 more expensive than the XPS 15 we reviewed. Apple's first-class laptop is excellent for everyday tasks and serious photo/audio/video editing, but it's not great for gaming (unless you play games from Apple's macOS/iOS app stores).

The Alienware m15 R4 and Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) are also good choices if you're looking for a gaming laptop compared to the XPS 15 OLED. The Alienware x14 is a good choice if you're looking for a less expensive alternative, though it doesn't have an OLED screen.

However, there is something to be said for a solid laptop that performs the necessary tasks. Even though the Dell XPS 15 OLED is more than that, it's still absolutely gorgeous. This is the very best Windows operating system available.






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