Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 2018 Laptop Review and Benchmarks
It'S got a cable 8g processor which features an Intel quad core CPU, with AMD Radeon Vega, graphics on the same package, so let's check it out and see. If it's a laptop, you should consider let's start with the specs of this unit for the CPU we've got Intel's i7 8 705 G, cable, 8 g processor, with 4 cores 8 threads, a 3.1 gigahertz base clock and 4.1 gigahertz single core turbo boost speed. Although the lower end models come with the i5, 8, 3 or 5g we've also got AMD Radeon Vega, MGL graphics, with 4 gig of HP m2 memory on the same package, making this an interesting combination. It'S not often we see Intel an AMD teaming up the 16 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2400 megahertz, which is the highest available option, although it's also available with 8 gig. Unfortunately, it's sold it to the board so make sure to pick the amount of memory you need for storage, there's, a 1 terabyte m2 and VM a SSD, but it starts a 128 gig. While the screen is a 15.6 inch, 4k IPS panel at 60, Hertz with slim bezels for the network connectivity, their support for 802, 11 AC, Wi, Fi and Bluetooth, no Ethernet port here as the body's too thin you'll need to use a USB type c adapter. For that, the body of the laptop is CNC machined, aluminium and I've got the Platinum silver model here, but there's. Also, the brushed onyx model, which is black, the interior, is a smooth carbon fiber composite and overall, the laptop felt really nice.
Definitely high quality and premium materials, the dimensions of the laptop of 35.4 centimeters in width, twenty three point: five centimeters in depth and just one point: six centimeters in height Dell, note that the laptop has a 2 kilo starting weight and mine came in just under this. With the 130 watt power, brick and cable for charging, the total weight increases to 2 point 4 kilos so still fairly. Portable, as mentioned to the touchscreen, is a 15.6 inch. 60 Hertz 4k IPS panel. The bezels are just 4.7 mm. Meat is thin with what Dell is calling their infinity edge, anti reflective touch display, and I think it looks great. The viewing angles were perfect on any angle, still clear with excellent colors. The screen gets fairly bright Dell listed as 400 nits with a 1500 to 1. Contrast ratio and I measured it at 497 nits at 100 brightness with the 1'2 1 contrast ratio, I've also measured the current color gamut using the Spider v Pro and my results returned 100 of srgb, 91 of NTSC and 97 of Adobe RGB. So some excellent results here, I've performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display knee bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test there's, some minor imperfections that the camera was able to pick up mostly toward the bottom and top right corner.
However, to my eyes I wasn't able to see anything even in a dark room. It looked good to me, but this will of course vary between laptops. There was almost no flex at all, while moving the display. It felt very sturdy as a solid metal with thick steel hinges towards the corners it can't quite be opened up easily, with one finger demonstrating that there seems to be more weight up towards the back. The hinge is fairly sturdy and the screen can be flipped fully over to use it in tablet mode. Hence the two in one name in tablet mode. You can use the included del active pen, which has 4096 pressure sensitivity levels and when you're done, you can easily attach it magnetically to the left hand side. Personally, I found it a bit heavy and large to use in tablet mode, at least while holding it I'd. Probably prefer the 13 inch version for that below the display in the center is a 720p camera. It'S got infrared, giving us Windows, hello, support the camera, doesn't look too bad, but you do get that up for nerds. Look due to the lower placement and if you need to use the keyboard, fingers are easily visible. Microphone sounds alright, but you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The keyboard has white LED backlighting, which can be adjusted between two levels of brightness or turned off using the button on the keyboard. The keys themselves are maglev uses magnets to allow for a thin form factor.
They have hardly any key travellers old. Personally, I didn't really like them and would prefer a more traditional laptop keyboard. They still felt a little clicky for the small amount that they move here's. How they sound to try and give you an idea. The keyboard had minimal flex while pushing down fairly hard, quite solid overall and definitely not an issue during normal use. The touchpad felt extremely smooth to the touch. It seems to have precision drivers and worked really well. It'S also got left and right click buttons toward the bottom. Moving on to the io on the Left, there's two four lane Thunderbolt three type c ports, both with DisplayPort support, which allows you to run up to two 4k displays microSD card reader and a button to show the battery charge level on the bright. There are two USB 3.1 type c ports which also have DisplayPort support: 3.5 millimeter, audio combo jack and noble, lock slot. You can also charge it using any of the four type c ports. The air exhaust vents can just be seen on the back. While the front has the four irate microphones and a status LED in the center on the silver metal, lid there's, a Dell logo in the center, with the mirrored finish, it's difficult to save fingerprints on the silver finish. But they show up quite easily on the carbon fiber interior, although, as a smooth surface they're pretty easy to clean the power button.
What the top right is also a fingerprint scanner, and I found it to work very well underneath there's some rubber feet which do a good job of preventing the laptop from sliding around, while in use as well as some air intake vents towards the back. The two one watt speakers are found underneath towards the front left and right corners. They sound pretty good for laptop speakers fairly clear at higher volumes with little bass. The laptop can be opened up easily with a Torx screwdriver. After removing the panel, we get easy access to the single m2 slot. As mentioned, the RAM is soldered to the motherboard. So you will need to keep that in mind, while buying as it can't be upgraded powering. The laptop is a 6 cell 75 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching youtube videos. With the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for 4 hours and 52 minutes while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings. It was able to run at 32 FPS on battery power and the battery lasted for one hour and 27 minutes. Overall, the battery life was pretty decent. Family esting was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, it's cold here at the mermen as it's winter in Australia, so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment also remember that the CPU and GPU are on the same package, so they share heat pipes, Meaning a change in temperature of one component will affect the other.
I'Ll also note that I wasn't able to manually max out the fan speed here at idle. The CPU and GPU were a little warm at 42 and 49 degrees Celsius respectively, while playing pub G at high settings. We can see that the temperatures rows are shown in green by under bolting the CPU by 0.14 volts, as shown in yellow the temperatures don't. Actually, change at all, but we'll see how this affects clock speeds. In the next graph, the full load stress tests were run using a 264 and the heaven benchmark. At the same time, and again, the temperatures are very similar, even with the undervolt applied. These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests for the temperatures just shown it wasn't possible to reach the full 3.7 gigahertz or quarter no speed in any of these tests. Due to power limit throttling, we can see that the CPU wonderful did improve this. Quite a bit but wasn't enough to completely remove the throttling. These are the clock speeds. I got while just running CPU early stress tests without any GP load at default. We were seeing intermittent power limit throttling, but it was possible to remove this with a minus 0.1. 400 volt under multiply it getting us to the 3.7 gigahertz all core turbo speed in a 264, as for the external temperatures will actually be putting your hands at idle. The body of the laptop is sitting in the high 30s in the centre towards the back while gaming.
This increases to the mid 40s in the centre and towards the left hand side, while we're seeing similar results, while under stress tests. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop while they you ever listen to some of these tests at idle, it was silent which explains the warm idle temperatures just shown, even while gaming, or with the stress tests running it, wasn't, actually getting that loud quieter than Pretty much any gaming laptop I've tested as it wasn't getting that hot I'll also note that there was no noticeable call whine while testing in my unit. Finally, let's take a look at some benchmarks. Well, first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools, as the XPS has a 4k 60 Hertz display and the AMD graphics, aren't too powerful I've only tested games at 1080p, as that makes much more sense. Fortnight was running well at high settings or below. It felt a bit laggy to me at epic, but keep in mind that the results will vary quite a lot in this game depending on what other players are doing. Ever watch was tested playing with the buds and I found it to run quite well at Ultra settings or below, but still playable in epic settings. Pub G was tested using the replay feature as usual. The 1 lows are a fair bit below the averages, which seems normal in this game, but, of course, take the results with the grain of salt.
As like, the previous two games, results will vary based on what's, going on in the game. Csgo was running fairly well. The averages in this benchmark are pretty good with low 1 lows due to the smokes in this test Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and even the 1 lows at Ultra were around the 60 FPS mark. So it should work nicely. I'Ve tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark and the results aren't. Anything special as expected on this hardware still playable at lower settings, Assassin's Creed origins was also tested with the built in benchmark and again should be playable at the lowest setting levels. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario. Realistically, you'll probably get better results in this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test. The averages are looking pretty good for this game testing battlefield 1. In the first campaign, mission ran well for me, even with ultra settings, no noticeable problems here, as shown by the 1 lows, which aren't too far behind the averages at the highest settings rise of the Tomb. Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and were able to average around the refresh rate of the display at about medium settings. Doom was tested using Vulcan and even at Ultra settings a trent smoothly for me just a little under the 60fps sweet spot, but still very playable I've got a few more games covered in the dedicated gaming benchmark video.
If you're interested now under the benchmarking tools, I've tested Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time, spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results for the most part performance, was generally in between the nvidia, 1050 and 1050 Ti, so it's still able to get some pretty nice results for 1080p gaming. Although for more demanding Triple A games, you'll need to run with lowest settings here, while West demanding games like overwatch Ren great, even at higher settings as for overclocking, it was possible to overclock the i7 8 705 G using Intel X. To you, I tried putting all four cores to 4.1 gigahertz up from the default 3.7 gigahertz, and even with the 0.14 revolt CPU under vault and boosting the power in X to you, we were still hitting power limits, but all cores were able to reach 3.9 gigahertz Under stress test now I was also able to boost single core speeds from 4.1 to 4.2 gigahertz, and I wasn't able to overclock the graphics. I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here, and we can see that out of the box, it's actually not performing quite as well compared to the 7700 HQ, which is also a quad core CPU from the last generation. However, once we, under both of the multi core performance, is a little ahead with the overclock applied, we can also get an additional boost with both the CPU under vaulted and overclocked.
I actually saw slightly West performance in games as the power limit was being hit sooner. So it doesn't seem to practically help in games, but might give you a little boost in CPU specific applications in Crystal disc mark the one terabyte m2 nvme SSD. He was performing pretty well over 2.6 gigahertz in sequential reads, and around 1.3 gigahertz for sequential writes as a thin. A laptop there's, no 2.5 inch drive bay here, so no option to install hard drive. I haven't tested the microSD slot, as I don't have any fast microSD cards. As for the price, the Dell XPS 15 2 amp 1 with these exact specs, goes for around 4200 Australian dollars here in Australia at the time recording but starts at 2900 Australian dollars with Lois Beck's. All for my international viewers starts at twelve hundred and fifty US dollars check the links in the description for updated pricing. Sir. What did you guys think of the Dell XPS 15 two and one overall, I think, it's, a really impressive machine, it's clearly well built with premium materials and design, but that of course, is attached with the premium price. The only issues I had with it with the Maglev keyboard, I just wasn't personally a fan of the shallow key presses. It would have been nice to have a USB type, a port for backwards compatibility, but I guess we've got to start the move to USB type c some time and it did come with the Type C to type a dongle when using it in tablet mode.
It was a bit heavy and sometimes difficult to hold due to the thin bezels as a laptop, though it worked great and has an exceptional screen, it would be a pretty good choice for creatives. It was interesting to check out a KB Lake G laptop with the combined Intel, CPU and AMD Vega graphics, as we've seen. It actually performs quite well and will be interesting to see where this goes in the future. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.