ByFelicity Rosa 2019-05-13 2509
The current Dell XPS 15 is a hard-to-recommend laptop. It was already at the exit and it is even more so now; on the one hand the competition presented machines more modern (in everything, from the internal design to the choice of fundamental components such as the screen), on the other hand the Dell software updates have introduced bugs penalizing for the user experience.
For example, the one that sends the 1050Ti GPU in thermal throttling to just 48 ° C, first denied and then "corrected", or the hang-ups with the Modern Standby , unstable when the laptop is closed and difficult to get around due to the standby S3 (the one traditional) deactivated. Added to all this is the block to the BIOS downgrade , some annoyance with the touch screen after waking up, and other details missing at the output but a consequence of software patches.
There is more: Dell XPS 15 9570 continues to have a high DPC latency (Deferred Procedure Call), more than desired by those who have to do audio production, it continues to receive quality controls that make users deliver laptops with screen (for example) installed in an approximate way, continues to suffer from coil whine on certain specimens. Clear, this is not the norm; but there are so many feedbacks online to suggest that it is not just bad luck.
Dell XPS 15 edition 2018 also has a structural defect in the positioning of the VRM (Voltage-regulator Module, the chip for supervising the current supplied - the same discussed in the problems on MacBook Pro 15 Core i9 ) to the point of pushing more experienced users to add a little thermal paste in that unfortunate "hot zone", halfway between the two fans.
For these reasons Dell XPS 15 9580 should be a completely new laptop instead of an upgrade. The design must update with multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports to better support docks, monitors and eGPUs; the screen must respond to competition from companies like Razer and Asus, where there was the introduction of 144 Hz panels . Even without becoming a gaming laptop, you should offer a higher refresh display as an option - at the same level as it will hopefully happen for the OLED variants shown a few days ago.
The hardware platform can follow the Intel and Nvidia releases of the moment, even if a variant with second generation AMD Ryzen Mobile , especially in the form of the 35 watt Ryzen 7 3750H, would give more choice to the end user without increasing the list price . It remains to be seen when Dell will publish the first details. It is likely that there is not much to miss.
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