Dell XPS 15 7590 REVIEW – The best laptop for content creators or gaming?


>>Hello, everyone
and welcome to Orange83. In this video, I’m going to review
the new Dell XPS 15 from a content creator’s perspective. Although the design
hasn’t changed that much in the last four iterations, the Dell XPS is still
a good looking, thin but powerful laptop. It also has some good
connectivity options like USB 3, HDMI, a headphone jack, thunderbolt 3 and an SD card
reader built-in as well. So, Dell has clearly
chosen this strategy to don’t fix anything
that ain’t broken. But the question is
did they fix the things that were broken? Well, they at least
fixed one thing and that’s the position
of the webcam. In the latest version, they’ve moved the webcam
to the top of the screen, which is a lot better
in my opinion. And it now also has
a fingerprint reader to unlock in the power button, and this works
pretty well, actually. And they have also
upgraded the Wi-Fi card. Now, they use a Killer 1650x. It is a big improvement
to the previous version and it also supports Wi-Fi 6. There’s one thing that they didn’t change
and that’s upgradability, and I’m very happy with that. Of course, it’s all
at your own risk, but it’s really easy to upgrade
the memory, SSD or Wi-Fi card in this Dell XPS laptop, and that’s also
exactly what I did. I bought the Intel i7
9th gen model with 16 gigs of DDR4 memory, and I manually upgraded this
to 32 gigabytes afterwards. To do this, simply remove the screws
on the back, unplug the battery
and then replace the memory. I’ve also replaced
the pre-installed version of Windows 10 home with a clean installation
of Windows 10 Pro. And for this all together,
I spent around 1640 Euros, which is about $1,800. If you compare this
with a MacBook Pro or a Microsoft Surface Book
with similar specs, it’s relatively affordable. Before we dive into
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in the video description. So how about performance? A thin and lightweight laptop
often comes with a trade-off and that is thermal limitations, and it’s no different
with the Dell XPS. And that’s one of the reasons
why I bought the i7 instead of the I9, which needs even
more cooling capacity. And that is also why I
wouldn’t recommend to buy this laptop for gaming only. It simply cannot play games to the full extent
of what this hardware should be capable of due to
its thermal limitations. Don’t get me wrong. It does play games, but you will get a lot
of dropped frames if it all gets too hot. And the games that are not very demanding like
Fortnight will run just fine. There are ways to improve this
like undervolting the CPU, but that’s something that the average user
probably won’t do. But on the other hand, the same goes for upgrading
memory in a laptop. So if you’re into
that kind of tweaking, you can boost
the performance significantly by undervolting the CPU. That’s it. Although it has
some thermal limitations, it still performs very
well with the photo and video editing apps
like Adobe Premiere Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop. Editing 4K footage in Premier runs
surprisingly smooth and even if I put the playback
at full resolution, it still doesn’t
drop any frames. Also if you run CPU and
GPU intensive tasks, it still stays very
quick and responsive. I’ve also done an exporting
comparison in Premiere Pro on my full-blown PC, my Surface Book 2
and the Dell XPS. On my PC, this took
6 minutes and 51 seconds. And on the Surface Book 2, It took 10 minutes
and 2 seconds. And exporting the same project
on the Dell XPS took 8 minutes and 43 seconds. I know that these are
all different devices with different specifications, but it’s good to have some real
life performance numbers instead of benchmarks. Speaking about real
life performance, the NVME SSD performs very well with read
speeds up to 3 gigabytes and write speeds up to
2.8 gigabytes a second. I also really love
the display of this laptop. It has very small bezels. And the screen hits
up to 500 nits of brightness and it’s high brightness means that you can use
this almost anywhere. There are a couple of versions available
like the OLED 4K touchscreen, but I chose
the full HD IPS panel. This full HD panel is
really sharp and you probably won’t notice the difference
next to a 4K screen. This screen also covers
a hundred percent of the SRGB color space, which is what I use most
for my online content. But if you need
hundred percent coverage of the Adobe RGB Colour Space, you might want to check
the 4K IPS panel, which has even
better color accuracy. But still the full HD panel
is a lot more affordable and the lower resolution
will also save you some battery. Oh and by the way, my screen has got
some minor backlight bleeding. It is nothing noticeable
in daily usage, but it’s worth mentioning. Next, we also need to talk
about the keyboard. The XPS 15 has
a really nice keyboard. It’s definitely one of the best that I’ve used
on a laptop so far. The key layout is great, its backlit and there’s
enough key travel and feedback. To be fair,
I didn’t expect it, but the carbon fiber interior
feels really good. It’s a little
sensitive to fingerprints, but it can easily be cleaned. And the trackpad is also good. It’s very responsive, but I would have appreciated
a bit more room for performing gestures. Then a few things that need improvement
in my opinion. Let’s start with
the power connector. Lots of modern laptops
have a magnetic connector. So if someone accidentally
get stuck behind the cable, it just releases instead
of breaking the connector or dragging the laptop
from the table. The dell XPS still has
this old-fashioned connector. It’s not a big deal, but I hope they fix this
in the next version. Another minor thing is
the way this laptop opens. Its kind of stiff
and you need two hands to do it. Again, not a big deal, but this could have been
better in my opinion. And there’s one thing
that you should avoid if you buy this laptop and that’s the Dell
support assist tool. This app made by Dell
makes the laptop unusable. You will get a lot
of blue screens if you use this. I almost got to the point
of returning this laptop, but luckily, it was only
a matter of uninstalling this app by Dell. And that’s it for my complaints. Let’s move over
to the conclusion. So to summarize, the Dell XPS 15 is a well-built,
good-looking laptop that performs excellent
with content creating apps, but struggles with
gaming because of its thermal limitations. It is relatively affordable and it’s easy to upgrade
hardware components. The screen is beautiful. The keyboard is great and no complaints
about connectivity options. I would like to see
some minor improvements in the next version, but for now I can highly
recommend the XPS 15 for content creators. And that’s it for this review. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did,
then please like the video. Thanks again for watching. See you next time on Orange83. [MUSIC]

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