Dell XPS 15 review 2017: Is Dell’s portable powerhouse still the perfect Windows 10 laptop?

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Dell XPS 15: Display

While the £1,399 Dell XPS 15 makes do with a Full HD non-touch display, the pricier models in the lineup (starting at £1,849) add a 4K, 3,840 x 2,160 touchscreen to the laptop’s list of talents. Suffice to say, everything looks razor-sharp, and it hits all the right notes.

The glossy layer of Gorilla Glass 4 across the display might not be to everyone’s taste, but it does give images a tremendously vibrant, punchy look. While skulking through the darkened corridors of Metro: Last Light, the Dell’s Full HD display picks out a huge amount of detail while delivering deep, inky black. It’s simply superb.

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Brightness rises up to a respectable 365cd/m2, contrast reaches to 1,612:1 and it covers an impressive 91.2% of the Adobe RGB gamut. The best news of all, however, is that Dell has done away with the dynamic contrast feature it forced on the XPS 13. Brightness remains stable regardless of what you’re viewing onscreen, which is good news for those looking to use the XPS 15 for reliable photo- and video-editing duties.

The display’s ability to reproduce a huge palette of colours means onscreen colours often look overly intense, which is a common issue with wide-gamut displays, but Dell’s PremierColor app aims to counter that by allowing users to swap between a range of display modes including sRGB, Adobe RGB, Rec. 601 (the standard for SD video), Rec. 709 (HD video) and Rec. 2020 (4K video).

The XPS 15’s default display mode just so happens to be perfectly calibrated for the Adobe RGB spectrum, delivering a superbly low average Delta E of 1.82 – that’s fantastic news for anyone working in colour-managed applications such as Photoshop. It’s exceedingly accurate from the moment you take it out of the box.

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