The XPS machines are particularly known for reliability & performance. Dell’s latest XPS 15 was in our test center for over 2 months. While most of them focused on initial impressions, we decided to wait for a little & thoroughly explore the new XPS 15.
Dell has very strangely named the 2019 refresh as XPS 15 7590 – which is so much confusing. The older generation XPS followed a 95XX naming rule. Keeping all that aside, lets jump into the review.
Design-wise nothing has really changed,in fact if you place an XPS 15 9570 & XPS 15 7590 together-you can’t spot the differences. There are only minor changes like the Dell Logo is now chrome-plated. The finish is a bit carbon fibre-esque and is prone to fingerprint smudges. You’re better off keeping your palms clean.
The webcam is now back to the top. Dell has listened to user comments & numerous amount of feedback about how camera points to their noses while video conferencing etc.
The display is an InfinityEdge display which is nearly falling into bezel less category. Apart from that, there’s no way to tell which one is XPS 15 9570 & XPS 15 7590.
The new XPS line-up brings the 4K OLED option. We’re reviewing the 4K OLED version. The colors are more saturated with deeper blacks. The Display is a Samsung OLED panel with DCI-P3 100% rating and 100% sRGB. A 400 nits brightness level ensure those vibrance is not washed out.
On a noob user level, the viewing experience is on another level-watching movies, playing graphically detailed games become a visual treat due to the display. That means good for the ones who edit videos and do photo manipulation work on their PC.
Keyboard & Trackpad
There isn’t any change in keyboard section for the new XPS-no number pads this time too. It’s backlit with two step brightness control and has decent key travel of 1.3mm. Dell has implemented an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of strategy.
The trackpad is very responsive and supports Windows Precision drivers for smooth scrolling & gestures.
Connectivity & Ports
The XPS 15 7590 has a plethora of ports. It has a USB Type-C Thunderbolt port with Display Out support. Also has two USB3.1 Gen1 ports which is an upgrade from the USB3.0 present in the older XPS 15. Apart from this it has a HDMI 2.0 port, an audio jack & an SD Card Reader.
Another interesting XPS only feature is the charge indicator LEDs on the right side of the laptop. Thus displays the remaining battery % even if the laptop is fully shut down.
It comes with a Killer AX1650 wireless card. If you guys remember- the XPS lineup had the worst wireless cards out of the box, especially the Killer ones. But this one changes some issues, it is still not in the same league has Intel Cards but doesn’t have issues like previous gen Killer cards.
You can’t compromise on performance with a premium laptop like this one. And true to the price, the XPS 15 7590 packs in a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H (there’s an i9-9980K variant,but considering the thermal issues of i9 powered laptops,we decided to review the i7 variant) and pairs it with 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM-ensuring blazing fast computing.
We however found out that the NVMe SSD inside the XPS 15 7590 is a bit slower-it isn’t a Samsung SSD as we’d hoped for,instead an Intel one with lower speeds.
Graphics are taken care by Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB VRAM It falls below a GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design but ahead of GTX 1060 in Geekbench. Dell has heard enough complaints about heating issues & throttling in previous XPS-that they decided to include a heatsink for the soldered on VRAM chips inside.There’s integrated UHD Graphics 630 for the light processing works.
We thought that with the inclusion of a 4K OLED Display, battery life might take a hit, but guess what? It doesn’t. The 7590 goes well over 7 hours with medium brightness and mixed web browsing with YouTube playback.
In fact, the OLED display actually helps save battery life if you use WIndows built-in dark theme. During install if Windows detects that the display is OLED – it enables dark theme by default. And this helps to save battery.
If you are a content creator – if you edit videos then we did a test on how well battery performs while working in Adobe Premiere Pro or Davinci Resolve 16. The battery lasted for 4-4.5 hrs while working on a 4K edit timeline.
Why we waited so long for this review
The short answer is – Thermal throttling!
Every XPS had this thermal issue out of the box, but users solved it by undervolting their CPU & GPUs. Another big issue was the initial connectivity hiccups for Killer wireless card. We feared that this XPS may also turn into its older past.
But Dell was quick enough to note this & after 3 BIOS updates, the thermal issues were fixed & wireless card drivers were a little more optimised, we felt. At this point of time, we can guarantee that there’s absolutely no sign of thermal throttling in the XPS 15 7590.
Verdict – Buy or Do not Buy?
The XPS 15 7590 is the latest heir of a great family of performance laptops. It fixes a lot of issues plaguing the older generation models like thermal throttling & network connectivity. The newest display option 4K OLED is a blessing for content creators as it helps in better color grading & battery life. Overall, if you wanted a laptop that handles almost anything you throw at it, the XPS 15 7590 is the one.