Dell XPS 15 9520 Premium-Class Laptop
Specifications of the Dell XPS 15 9520
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|Laptop Type||Standard non-convertible laptop
This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.
It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
The laptop offers high performance needed for heavier tasks like multimedia creation or design. On the negative side, high-performance laptops tend to consume more battery power than the standard ones. Read more about performance of this notebook in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
|Touchscreen||Finger multi-touch input (optional)
The device optionally comes with touchscreen capability.
|Screen Resolution||1920x1200 pixels Full HD+
This screen resolution provides a decent image sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and programs. It's similar to the popular Full HD. However, these resolutions aren't as good as the premium-class 4K Ultra HD and similar.
This is a very high display pixel count. It delivers similar picture characteristics to the ultra-quality 4K 3840x2160 resolution.
3840x2400 pixels Ultra HD+, 4K+
This top-tier resolution is extremely sharp and delivers a lot of space for display content. It's similar to the more popular 4K Ultra HD.
|Other Display Specs||IPS type
Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
OLED display type provides wide viewing angles, low power consumption, and deeper blacks than on IPS type.
Anti-glare coating reduces ambient light reflections, as opposed to the glare-type displays with more vivid colors.
3:2 aspect ratio
The 3:2 aspect ratio makes the screen taller than the common 16:9 ratio. 3:2 is more suitable for document editing and productivity than the video-centric 16:9.
|About Laptop Displays||Learn about laptop PC displays here.|
|Processor (CPU)||Intel Core i5-12500H
The 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12500H is a powerful processor for gaming and other high-performance laptops. The i5-12500H, however, isn't as power-efficient as the mainstream laptop processors and it's slower than its Core i7 H-series counterparts.
Intel Core i7-12700H
The 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H is among the fastest laptop processors. It's commonly used in gaming and other high-performance laptops. Computing speed is the top priority of the i7-12700H, meaning it isn't as power-efficient as the ordinary laptop processors.
|About Processors||The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.
The multiple CPUs listed above mean you have multiple CPU options at the time of the laptop purchase.
|Graphics (GPU)||Intel Iris Xe graphics
The Iris Xe graphics of the 11th Gen Intel Core G7 and 12th Gen Core P processors delivers an improved, yet still basic, 3D gaming performance over the widely used Intel UHD. But, it greatly lags behind the gaming-class GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX / RTX series found in gaming-class laptops. Overall, the Iris Xe is suitable only for light gaming.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 4GB
The GeForce RTX 3050 is a real dedicated gaming-class video card. It's much more powerful than the basic and common integrated graphics processors and capable of running smoothly all modern PC games. However, there are even faster GPUs in the RTX lineup - the RTX 3050 Ti, 3060, 3070 and 3080. You should consider them if you want to maximize performance for gaming on high resolutions and high detail settings.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB
The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is much more powerful than the basic and common integrated laptop graphics processors. It's capable of running smoothly all modern PC games. It's also slightly better than the standard non-Ti RTX 3050. However, there are even faster GPUs in the RTX lineup - the 3060, 3070 and 3080. You should consider them if you want to maximize performance for gaming on high resolutions and high detail settings.
|About Graphics Processors||Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
The list above with multiple GPUs means you have multiple GPU choices at the time of the purchase.
|System Memory (RAM) Size||8GB RAM
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2022. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.
32GB is recommended for extremely heavy multi-tasking and special applications. For most users, everything above 16GB is an overkill.
64GB RAM size is the top-tier one. It's used for extremely heavy multi-tasking and special applications. For most users, this size is an overkill.
|About RAM||System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.
The multiple options above mean you can configure the notebook's RAM at the time of the purchase.
Learn about RAM of laptop PCs here.
|Data Storage||512GB SSD
512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.
1000GB (1TB) SSD
1TB is an excellent storage capacity. The sizes above 512GB, including 1TB, are recommended for those who store a lot of large files.
2000GB (2TB) SSD
2TB is a huge storage capacity and rarely used in laptops. The size is for those who store a lot of large files.
|About Data Storage||Storage capacity determines how much data you can store locally on your laptop. SSD storage is much faster than HDD storage.
The multiple storage options above mean you can configure the notebook's storage at the time of the purchase.
Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
|Keyboard & Input||Keyboard without dedicated number pad
The laptop has no separate numeric pad you can typically find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.
Keyboard backlight makes typing in dark environments easier.
Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
|Speakers & Audio||Quad speakers
The device has four speakers instead of the usual two speaker system.
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
|Camera||Front-facing web camera
Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
HD 720p resolution
This is the most common web camera resolution in laptops. However, it's low in comparison to camera resolutions of modern smartphones, so it can't produce as sharp picture.
The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
|Wireless & Networking||Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX wireless
The 802.11AX is the latest Wi-Fi wireless networking standard. It’s also known as Wi-Fi 6. When connected to 802.11AX-compatible routers, the 802.11AX modules in laptops bring improvements over the older standards in terms of data transfer speeds and multi-device connectivity.
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to wirelessly connect the computer to Bluetooth peripherals like Bluetooth mice and keyboards, as well as to smartphones, and other compatible devices.
|USB Ports||3 x USB-C
Three compact Type-C USB ports.
|Video Output Ports||Video out via USB-C
The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
|Media Card Reader||SD card reader
The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
|Other Features||Fingerprint reader
This laptop has a built-in fingerprint reader. It improves security and enables easier system log-ins.
Thunderbolt 4 is a high-speed peripheral connectivity technology for compatible devices. The Thunderbolt connection goes via USB-C interface.
|Battery||56 WHr capacity
86 WHr capacity
|About Battery||Both battery capacities are excellent. However, the notebook's powerful components can consume a lot of power, especially under heavy load.
The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
|Casing Material||Carbon-fiber base
|Casing Color||Silver and black|
|Windows Version||Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition.
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Pro version adds some business-specific features in comparison to the standard Windows 11 Home.
A typical laptop warranty length.
|Year of Release||2022|
|Country / Region||Worldwide
The listed specs are general / worldwide specs of the model. Some of its specs may vary depending on the particular configuration and region.
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