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Dell XPS 17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of Dell XPS 17. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and price. The keyboard and screen also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the battery and usability. The size and portability get critical reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS 17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 17

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell XPS 17 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the durability and reliability. The design and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and size. There are some mixed reviews about the battery.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Review Dell XPS 17 Notebook (i7-2630QM & GT 555M)

 

Hot blooded dandy. Dell has quite a few plans for its XPS 17 refr

Bright and contrast rich display with vivid colors; Clever port distribution; Very good application performance; Matt case surfaces; Excellent sound system; High-end materials; Perfect manufacturing; Keyboard light; Good gaming performance; Large...

High temperature and noise development during load; Unfavorable loudspeaker placement; No FireWire and ExpressCard; Slightly spongy keyboard; Moderate battery life

17 inch multimedia laptops with a good graphics card, such as Acer Aspire 7750G, the Packard Bell EasyNote LS11 or the Schenker XMG A701.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Review Dell XPS 17 Notebook

 

Bigger, faster, better? After recently looking closer at the 15 i

Resistant case surfaces; Excellent application performance; Clever port distribution; Reference-worthy sound; Good battery life; High-end materials; Pleasant touchpad; Perfect workmanship; Good gaming performance; Two USB 3.0 ports

Poor display contrast, black value and viewing angles; Adverse loudspeaker placement; Clattery & spongy keyboard; No ExpressCard, VGA or FireWire; High emission rates under load; Creaking wrist-rest

Other 17 inch notebooks with multimedia or gaming ambitions, such as the Acer Aspire 7745G, the Acer TravelMate 7740G, the Asus N73JQ, the Asus G73JW, the Dell Vostro 3700, the Medion P7615, the Packard Bell EasyNote LX86, the Samsung RF710 or the...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Dell XPS 17 3D

 

Dell isn't letting the 3-D craze go quietly into the night, and with its XPS 17, there's a case to be made that maybe it...

Great performance and a top-notch 3-D experience. High-end feature bundle, just as you’d expect at this price level. One of the best LCDs on the planet

Gets moderately warm to the touch even under minimal load. Huge fan noise. Questionable keyboard design. Overloaded with Dell shovelware and an unnecessary quick-launch system. Pricey. Awfully heavy

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Dell XPS 17 3D Review

 

Like its smaller brother, the XPS 15, the Dell XPS 17 3D delivers one of the richest multimedia experiences yet. Its bright and crisp display and excellent audio makes it a powerful system for those who want to play and watch content in 3D. However,...

Fast overall performance, 1080p display offers wide viewing angles, Great JBL speakers and sub-woofer, Two USB 3.0 ports, Capable 2-MP webcam

Gaming frame rates drop with 3D activated, Below-average Wi-Fi throughput, 3D glasses sold separately, Expensive

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Dell XPS 17 3D

 

The adoption rate of 3D TVs may be slow, but that's not discouraging notebook makers; Dell is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon with the XPS 17 3D. But a 17-inch, 1080p 3D display is just the start for this beast of an entertainment system....

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Kenneth Butler (laptopmag.com)

Dell XPS 17 (2011)

 

The 3D-enabled version of the Dell XPS 17 is a fully stocked multimedia powerhouse with superb sound.

Like its smaller brother, the XPS 15, the Dell XPS 17 3D delivers one of the richest multimedia experiences yet. Its bright and crisp display and excellent audio makes it a powerful system for those who want to play and watch content in 3D. However,...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Loyd Case (pcworld.com)

Dell XPS 17 3D: Speedy, and in Stereo

 

It seems like only yesterday that a Dell XPS 17 last passed through the PCWorld Labs, yet here we have another one. That always seems to happen when a new CPU generation launches. Toss a capable GPU and 3D stereoscopic capability into the new model,...

Stereoscopic 3D capability works well ; Audio quality is transparent and pleasing

GPU a little limited for stereoscopic 3D gaming ; Bulky and heavy

Dell updates the XPS 17 with Intel's spiffy new Sandy Bridge CPU and stereoscopic 3D capability, but the latter is better for 3D Blu-ray than for gaming.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Loyd Case (pcworld.com)

Dell XPS 17

 

Dell's latest version of its long-running premium XPS 17 notebook features a revamped look, a quad-core CPU, and discrete Nvidia mobile graphics. The net result is a system that offers average performance in WorldBench 6, but surprisingly good gaming...

Superb keyboard offers excellent typing experience ; Even high-end games are playable

Fan noise gets noticeably loud on occasion ; Should have a 1080p display

Dell's latest XPS 17 offers a solid gaming experience coupled with a keyboard and ample storage, but the lack of 1080p resolution seems odd.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Dell XPS 17

 

The Dell XPS 17 media center laptop packs a huge performance punch and delivers features no other laptop has matched, but it's not perfect—yet.

One of the fastest laptops available. Obscene graphics power. First HD webcam on a laptop. Excellent keyboard. Backlit option. Soft mouse buttons. HDMI and Displayport. Long list of processor options.

Heat is an unfortunate side effect of the graphics chip. No 1080p resolution.

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Dec, 2010

Expert review by : PC Perspective (pcper.com)

Dell XPS M1710 Metallic Black 17-inch Notebook Review

 

Most gamers are computer geeks who would sooner build their own computer with the parts and configuration they want, rather than having to be locked into a restrictive list of parts and upgrade components from large vendors. While this is predominantly...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Audio system:Door JBL / HD / HDA / JBL 2.1 / JBL 2.1 + Waves MaxxAudio 3
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 3
Speaker Power:22 / 5
Speakers manufacturer:JBL

Battery

Battery Capacity:2600 / 2800 / 56 / 90
Battery capacity (Watt hours):56 / 90
Battery life (max):4.25 / 5 / 5.22 / 5.3 / 7.32 / 7.5
Battery performance:2600 / 2800
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.1
Number of battery cells:4 / 6 / 9

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Black / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver / Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / Y
3D compatibility:No / Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:17 / 17.3
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD / HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.00783 x 0.00783 / 0.00940 x 0.00940
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:130 / 150 / 45

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2 / 3
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 435M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 445M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 3 / 3.072
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500 / 650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200 / 1300 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard Layout:Alphanumeric / QWERTY
Keyboard type:Alphanumeric / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:12 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / Y / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX: Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: Yes

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:BD-R, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:Door JBL / HD / HDA / JBL 2.1 / JBL 2.1 + Waves MaxxAudio 3
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Internal modem: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Speakers:JBL 2.1
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:7.41 / 7.72 / 7.78
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:130 / 150 / 45

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express / Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM67 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):13 / 19 / 20 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express / Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM67 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 774
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processing die size:296 / 81
Processor:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-460M / I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM / I7-740QM
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 2.9 / 2.93 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.73 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.53
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-460M / I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM / I7-740QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1288 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B1 / D2 / J1 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 5
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:49024 / 50179 / 52219 / 52224 / 53450 / 53452 / 53470
Processor code:SLBQG / SLC22 / SR02S / SR02Y / SR04W / SR04Z
Processor package size:31 / 34 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Fingerprint reader: No

Software

Bundled software:Office Starter
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee / McAfee (6 month) / McAfee 30d

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, MSXC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / MMC, MS PRO, MSXC, MicroSD (TransFlash), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 500 / 640 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11 / 11.3
Depth (imperial):11.3
Height:1.29 / 2
Height (front):1.29 / 1.3
Height (front) (imperial):1.3
Height (rear):1.52
Height (rear) (imperial):1.5
Weight:7.41 / 7.56 / 7.72 / 7.78 / 7.94 / 9
Width:16 / 16.3
Width (imperial):16.3