Dell XPS 15 7590 – Is It Actually Any Good? Full Laptop Review!
In this detailed review Ill show you the good and bad aspects of the XPS 15 and help you decide if its a laptop. You should consider. For the specs mine has an Intel: i7, 9750H CPU Nvidia, GTX, 1650 graphics, 32gb of memory in dual channel, a 15.6 4K OLED screen and a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD. For network connectivity, its got WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5, but its too thin for An ethernet port, so youll need to use a dongle if you need it. Its also available with i5 or i9 CPU. You can find examples of other configurations and check, updated pricing. In the description.. The chassis is CNC machined aluminium. The lid is silver metal, while the interior has a black carbon fiber composite with a sort of rubberised feeling texture.. There were no sharp corners or edges anywhere and the whole laptop felt extremely well built and premium in terms of materials and design.. The weight is listed at 2kg for the larger battery option. Ive got and mine was right on this. With the 130 watt power, brick and cables for charging the total weight rises to 2.4kg.. The dimensions are 35.7cm in width 23.5cm in depth and 1.7cm in height.. This thinner footprint allows it to have 8mm thin screen bezels on the sides.. The 15.6 4K 60Hz OLED screen has a glossy finish and looks excellent. However, its also available with a 1080p 60Hz 500 nit IPS screen too or a 4K IPS touch screen.
Ive, measured the colour gamut of the panel using the Spyder 5 Pro and got 100 of sRGB 95 of NTSC and 98 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 508 nits in the center and with a 5000001 contrast ratio, so extremely impressive results for a laptop panel perfect for content creation. As each pixel is lit individually, theres no backlight, so backlight bleed does not exist with OLED.. There are some downsides to the OLED screen though.. The main issue is that it uses pulse width, modulation or PWM to adjust brightness.. I dont have the tools to properly measure this. However, I could pick it up on camera with a high shutter speed.. This can cause eye strain for some people over long periods of time. However, I didnt personally have any problems.. The other potential issue is burn in over time, though apparently that takes a long time to develop with these new generation panels. But unfortunately it is not something Im able to uncover in just a few weeks.. Otherwise, the glossy finish can be distracting in a well lit room as it easily shows reflections.. There was almost no screen flex its solid metal and the hinge running along most of the space below the screen made. It feel very sturdy.. It wasnt possible to open up with one finger, not the end of the world, but it does help, show theres more weight towards the back. It felt fine on my lap though.
Despite the thinner bezels, the 720p camera is found above the display in the center. No Windows, Hello, support, though.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like on the Dell XPS 15.. The webcam is a bit below average and quite blurry, and the audio is about average.. The chiclet keyboard has 1.3mm of travel and white backlighting, which can be adjusted between two levels of brightness or turned off with the F10 shortcut key.. It illuminates all keys and even secondary key functions. However, by default I found it would turn off pretty quickly after just 10 seconds., You can adjust the timeout period in the BIOS, though with different limits for AC and battery power.. Overall, I liked typing on the keyboard. Its got no numpad, which some people may not like. Personally, I only didnt, like the small arrow keys, which Dell always seem to use. Heres, how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. Theres an optional fingerprint scanner in the power button which is found on the top to the right of the keyboard And I found it to work very fast.. There was only a little keyboard flex when pushing down hard overall, the body felt very solid, and I found the letter keys needed 61 grams of force to actuate. The glass touchpad uses, precision, drivers and worked very well. It feels very smooth gives a satisfying click and has all the usual gestures.. I liked its size and had no problems using it.
, Fingerprints and dirt show up on the black interior but theyre harder to see due to the carbon fiber pattern and despite it being kind of rubbery feeling, it was easy enough to clean. On the left. From the back theres, the power input USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port HDMI 2.0 output, which goes via the Intel, graphics, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port, which also offers Thunderbolt 3. With 4 PCIe lanes, power, delivery and DisplayPort 1.2 output, followed by a 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right from the front, theres full size, SD card slot, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port, a button. You can press to show the battery charge level and a wedge lock, slot. Theres, nothing at all on the back air is exhausted out below the screen. While the front has holes for the microphones and white light in the center.. The metal lid is all matte silver. With the Dell logo in the center, with a shiny mirrored finish. Underneath is pretty clean. Looking there are just air intake vents towards the back. To get inside. You need to remove 10 TR5 screws, then underneath the XPS logo theres, two Phillips head screws., The flap uses magnets to stay closed to keep the bottom. Looking clean., Once inside weve got the WiFi 6 card up the top left corner single M.2 drive on the left. In the middle battery along the bottom and two memory slots in the middle just below the heatpipes.
, The two speakers are found down the front on the left and right.. They sounded quite clear even at higher volumes with a little bass Id say theyre above average for laptop speakers. At maximum volume. They can get pretty loud. However, the latencymon results werent looking good., The XPS 15 is powered by either a 3 cell 56wh or 6 cell 97Wh battery Ive got the larger 97Wh option here so expect lower results with the smaller battery. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps. Disabled and keyboard lighting off., While just watching YouTube videos, it lasted for 8 hours and 11 minutes, and it was using the Intel, integrated graphics due to Nvidia Optimus.. This is one of the best results Ive ever had with this test, especially with this level of hardware.. While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS, the battery lasted for 1 hours and 45 minutes and it ran at 30 FPS for the whole test without any dips so well. Above average battery life and good results.. The 130 watt power, brick thats, included with the XPS 15, seemed to be adequate in terms of there not being any battery drain, while gaming or under heavy stress test, though as well, see next. That may just be due to harsh power, limitations. Ill. Only briefly cover thermal performance. You can check out the detailed thermal testing with the card in the top right.
If you want all the juicy details. The Dell power manager, software allows us to select from four different performance modes. When under combined CPU and GPU stress test. I found that the temperatures were on the lower side.. The exception was, with the highest ultra performance mode, in use for the first 3 minutes, where I saw higher temperatures, but these dropped down after the first 3 minutes.. This was because the CPU power limit was capped to 30 watts for the first 3 minutes, or so after this PL1 drops down to 15 watts which results in less performance in terms of clock, speed for long term workloads., CPU performance outside of combined CPU and GPU Workloads was a different story, though. The power limit for CPU only load was 56 watts, and the limitation was thermal throttling, as the fans dont get very loud heres how they sound. To give you an idea.. The fans were silent at idle and even when under heavy load, the fan noise was considerably quieter compared to most laptops, I usually test, which generally exceed 50 decibels. Easily. The keyboard area was comfortable to use when under heavy load, only the parts between the keys showed up as hitting around 50 degrees Celsius. The actual body and keys were just a little warm.. The main limitation seems to be that power limits are dynamically, adjusted after around 3 minutes, which results in lower levels of performance while under combined CPU and GPU workloads.
. This does, however, have the advantage of offering cooler temperatures for sustained heavy load, while short duration burst style. Workloads were able to perform better for the first few minutes., Based on the performance that I saw with the XPS 15. I find it difficult to recommend the 500 upgrade to get the 8 core i9 CPU. Dell seem to be prioritizing cool and quiet operation and given were not getting the most out of the i7. An i9 just feels like a waste. Unless you do a lot of multicore work and dont mind lower clock speeds than what other laptops could offer.. Although the XPS 15 isnt designed to be a gaming laptop given weve got GTX 1650 graphics, it should still be capable of playing some games. Battlefield. 5 was tested in campaign mode and it was still possible to run with above a 60 FPS average with medium settings. However, in my testing I still thought high and ultra were quite playable, probably as there was minimal difference between 1 low performance. Control was very playable. With low settings, which is the setting preset that was required to play with 60 FPS averages. Medium settings felt a bit worse and I wouldnt want to use ultra on this hardware. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum or all settings on the lowest Possible values, as it doesnt have predefined setting presets. In this game. Even with all settings maxed out, it was still a playable experience.
Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and as a less demanding game, even epic settings was playing with 60 FPS, so definitely usable and honestly, just fine given weve got a 60Hz screen anyway. However, much higher was possible with lower settings. Should you wish to further reduce input? Lag. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark and as a game that depends primarily on CPU power. The results arent all that much lower compared to a laptop with higher graphical power. Dont, get me wrong. There is a difference, its just smaller, compared to most other games. Rainbow. Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark.. Even the maximum ultra setting preset was able to hit 60 FPS for the 1 low and thats with a 100 render scale. So another game that should play quite nicely on this machine. PUBG was tested using the replay feature and high settings was still able to run over 60 FPS with very low settings. It was still possible to reach 100 FPS and above.. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane and as another primarily CPU heavy game. The results at lower settings arent really that much different compared to other laptops with the same CPU. At ultra settings. Where were presumably a bit more GPU bound, it was a little lower. Now, however, 150 FPS is still plenty for this game.. If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner, where Ive tested 20 games in total on the XPS 15.
Lets. Also, take a look at how this config of the XPS 15 compares with other laptops use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. In Battlefield, 5 Ive got the XPS 15 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines.. I havent tested that many GTX 1650 laptops yet, but out of the ones I have covered. Surprisingly, the XPS 15 was out in front, at least in terms of average FPS.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. This time the XPS 15 was behind the Aorus 5 with same specs.. This kind of makes sense when we consider the lower CPU performance of the XPS 15 noted earlier.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings.. Its only just 1 FPS behind the Aorus 5, with similar specs now and 1 FPS ahead of the L340 so quite similar when compared to the other 1650 laptops that Ive covered on the channel., Despite not being a gaming laptop, the GTX 1650 graphics is definitely making The XPS 15 capable of gaming., Although most modern games at higher settings, didnt go too well low to medium settings was definitely playable in most titles. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark. Just pause the video, if you want a detailed look at these results.
Ive, used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD was performing well. However, this will vary based on your drive selection.. The SD card slot was also performing very nicely with my V90 card. For updated pricing check. The links in the description as prices will change over time as Dell frequently run sales. At the time of recording in the US. The XPS 15 starts at 1000, USD, although thats, with i5 CPU and without any discrete graphics.. The specific configuration Ive tested in this video goes for 1850 USD, but its around 500. More. If you want the 8 core i9 CPU. Here in Australia, my configuration is over 4300 AUD, though it starts under 1900 for the i5 and no graphics.. With all of that in mind. Lets conclude by looking at the good and bad aspects of the Dell XPS 15 laptop. Overall, the XPS 15 is a nice looking machine. It feels like its built very well with quality materials.. The OLED screen looks amazing, though its not without its drawbacks, which include glossy finish: use of PWM to adjust brightness and potential burn in later on., Despite not being a gaming laptop. The GTX 1650 is definitely capable of running modern games well with low to medium settings.. Itll also be a nice addition for other GPU accelerated tasks like video, editing or 3D modelling.. The actual performance when under CPU and GPU load left a bit to be desired, at least when compared against other laptops, Ive tested on the channel that are available for less money.
, Based purely on the specs. The XPS 15 ticks off a lot of boxes for a laptop Id want to use personally for video editing, while travelling. Its got the SD card slot good screen large battery even Thunderbolt 3. However, the lack of performance under heavy load has put me off it.. The plus side of this, though, is that in general, it tends to run on the cooler side, with the fans being relatively quiet compared to other laptops, even under worst case stress testing.. If cool and quiet is your preference, the XPS 15 could be a consideration., Then theres the price. Even if I got half the memory and half the storage space, you could still get something like the MAG 15 from Eluktronics for less money with a GPU that will blow the 1650 away. Sure you cant get the MAG 15 with an i9 or OLED screen, but Based on the performance with the i7 in the XPS, I seriously doubt its worth paying 500 USD more to get the i9 anyway.. That said, in my opinion, the build quality of the XPS 15 is a level above the MAG 15 and yeah. If you really need the OLED screen, then it could be worth considering, but then the Gigabyte Aero 15 also becomes another option again for less money and a much better GPU.. Of course, if youre, just after a laptop for gaming, there are much cheaper options without all the extra features on offer from these machines.
. So, to summarise, I think the XPS 15 is a decent laptop, but for the price, its lacking performance compared to the competition., The superior, build quality and cooler and quieter operation wouldnt be enough for me to pick it over an Aero, 15 or MAG 15.. Let me know what you thought about the XPS 15 laptop from Dell down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.