If you’ve installed macOS instead of Windows, then the Dell XPS 15 9500 or the 2020 XPS 15 deserves an unrivaled laptop on the market.

Dell XPS has always been listed as one of the most desirable laptops on the market, from design, performance through to other features. It is also Windows’ most popular which can place next to the MacBook. This product range has been expanded to a new standard with the Dell XPS 15 9500.

Previously, the XPS 15 had inherently thin bezels, but with the XPS 15 9500, Dell was able to make the device 5.5% smaller while the screen area increased by 5% compared to its predecessors. If you’re wondering why the size is larger, why is the area bigger? The reason is because Dell has switched to a 16:10 aspect ratio like the MacBook instead of 16: 9 as before.

Increasing the height of the screen helps Dell take full advantage of the lower edge of the screen, turning this into an extremely impressive laptop, all four sides are thinned to the maximum. Inside the sexy appearance, the Dell XPS 15 9500 also packs the power of the recently released 10th-generation Intel processor and discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics.

Shortly after launch, this product was also evaluated by LaptopMag, a website specializing in details, with many compliments. Here we find out, in addition to the design, there are other points that make this laptop so attractive.

Configuration and price

Dell XPS 15 9500 is equipped with Dell’s latest 10th-generation H-series processor from Intel with the promise of much improvement compared to the previous 9th generation. The basic configuration of the XPS 15 9500 will have Intel Core i5-10300H 2.5 GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, Intel UHD GPU and a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1200 screen. This version will be suitable for writers. room needs a large screen laptop, high performance or image editing, video collage gently.

The price of this version is 1,299 USD. There are also many other options like:

  • Core i5-10300H, 8 MB Cache, 4 Core, 2.50 GHz to 4.50 GHz
  • Core i7-10750H, 12 MB Cache, 6 Core, 2.60 GHz to 5 GHz
  • Core i7-10875H, 16 MB Cache, 8 Core, 2.30 GHz to 5.10 GHz
  • Core i9-10885H, 16 MB Cache, 8 Core, 2.40 GHz to 5.30 GHz

RAM from 8GB to 64GB, SSD up to 2TB, optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q discrete card – 4 GB GDDR6. 56Wh or 86Wh battery, Full HD or 4K touch screen.

The version used for the evaluation in this article costs $ 2,399 and has a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-10750H CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, an Intel UHD + Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of RAM. , 15.6 inch, 3840 x 2400 touch screen.

Design Dell XPS 15 9500

The XPS 15 9500 wowed the outside with its platinum aluminum aluminum lid and prominent Dell logo. When opening the screen, almost all the armrests are covered in carbon and a touchpad is very large.

Design Dell XPS 15 9500

With the 86Wh battery version, the XPS 15 9500 weighs 2.05 kg, which is equivalent to the 16-inch MacBook Pro . It measures 18 mm x 344.72 mm x 230.14 mm, actually 5.5% smaller than the previous XPS 15.

Dell XPS 15 9500 display

Raising the aspect ratio to 16:10 also increases the screen resolution to 3840 x 2400 and makes it the laptop with the highest resolution on the market. A layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 also protects the device’s screen for sure feeling, and touch operation is more natural too.

Dell XPS 15 9500 display

The Dell XPS 15 9500 4 K edition offers 132 percent of the sRGB color spectrum in terms of display quality, which is 123 percent more vibrant than the typical high-end laptop. The result is also better than the MacBook Pro’s 114 per cent. The machine also reached 434 nit in terms of brightness, 367 nits higher than the average and slightly higher than the MacBook Pro 429 nit.

Dell XPS 15 9500 connector

Like the 13-inch model, the Dell XPS 15 9500 no longer has a traditional USB-A port but three Type-C ports to replace it. Three of them back up Thunderbolt 3.

Dell XPS 15 9500 connector

It has its own power port and also has an audio jack of 3.5 mn which is essentially identical to the MacBook Pro 16-inch. But there’s a point that semi-professionals who take pictures would definitely like it’s still maximum SD card space.

Keyboard – Touchpad

Like the XPS 13, the Dell XPS 15 9500 2020 also made bigger keys but still maintained an even distance between keys, nice bounce, fast response for relaxed typing. Overall, the Dell XPS keyboard has been widely praised, although it’s not as nice as the iconic ThinkPad, but it still suits demanding users.

Keyboard – Touchpad

As for the Touchpad, which measures up to 15 x 8.9 cm, one of the biggest Touchpad laptops on the market is the Dell XPS 15 9500. While still slightly smaller than the MacBook Pro 16 (15.5 x 9.9 cm), it will help you manipulate the entire screen comfortably without ever touching the Touchpad edge. The Touchpad experience on the old XPS is still compared with the MacBook, combined with the significant size increase, now the XPS 15 9500 experience is almost comparable with the legendary MacBook trackpad. But of course it still loses the Software’s optimization capabilities in terms of Force Touch.


On the Geekbench 4.3 check the XPS 15 scored 25.934, a pretty high number. But since the configuration used in the review is just the i7 with 6 cores, it still can not match the MacBook with the i9 configuration, with 8 cores reaching 31,178 points.In 10 minutes and 6 seconds the XPS 15 9500 has decoded 4 K video to 1080p. That’s much faster than the average of 18:44 minutes but the MacBook Pro is much faster, taking just 8 minutes.


The XPS 15’s PCIe 512 GB SSD doubled 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 8 seconds at 726MB / s, in terms of hard drive checking. The 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD for the MacBook Pro reaches 1.017.9 MBps. If the MacBook results can be absolutely exceeded by the XPS 15 9500 2 TB setup.

The XPS 15 9500 is not a laptop born to play games in terms of the graphics output. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card is suitable only for moderate design, image editing, and video editing requirements. The XPS 15 reached 42 fps at 1080p with GTA V, when checked with a variety of games.


XPS 15 9500 is fitted with up to 4 Waves NX 3D speakers. Including 2 full range speakers and 2 tweeters, it offers outstanding sound reproduction, vibrant 3D sound and is considered one of LaptopMag ‘s best laptop speakers of today.

Battery life

It’s quite surprising that the XPS 15 9500 has a 4 K screen, but in LaptopMag ‘s battery test it can pass 8 hours (continuous web surfing at 150 nits of brightness via Wi-Fi). However, the 16-inch MacBook Pro (10:55) which has lower screen resolution and higher battery capacity still can not match.

In terms of temperature, testing the LaptopMag is pretty cool when using light tasks like watching videos, but we have to wait for more detailed temperature tests after running heavy tasks like rendering on i9 ‘s highest configuration version knows whether or not the machine’s cooling system is working properly.