Dell XPS 15 9520 Premium-Class Laptop

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Specifications of the Dell XPS 15 9520

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Brand Dell
Laptop Type Standard non-convertible laptop

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.

Premium-class laptop

It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
Performance High performance

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.
Screen Size 15.6-inch

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 1920x1080. However, these resolutions aren't as good as the premium-class 4K Ultra HD and similar.

3456x2160 pixels

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 type

OLED display type provides wide viewing angles, low power consumption, and deeper blacks than on IPS type.

Anti-glare coating

Anti-glare coating reduces ambient light reflections, as opposed to the glare-type displays with more vivid colors.
About Laptop Display 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 12th Gen

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 RAM

16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.

32GB RAM

32GB is recommended for extremely heavy multi-tasking and special applications. For most users, everything above 16GB is an overkill.

64GB RAM

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

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.

Touchscreen (optional)
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.

Face-recognition camera

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.

Bluetooth

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

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.
Weight 4.1 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 13.6"
Depth 9.1"
Casing Material Carbon-fiber base

Glass-fiber base

Aluminum lid
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.
Warranty 1-year

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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