Dell XPS 15 9520 Review – Performance on the rise – LaptopSpirit

Iconic model from the Texan giant, the Dell XPS 15, gets its annual update. A timid evolution, with the only novelty on the component side being the integration of the latest 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors.

Faster with 12th Gen Intel processors

People who are already equipped with a previous generation XPS 15 will probably move on. But for others, it’s a welcome update.

Indeed, the Core i5-12500H, Core i7-12700H and the Core i9-12900HK are significantly faster than their predecessors, even if they cannot reach their full potential due to a cooling system that flirts with the thermal limits with durability. On the GPU side, no change, the GeForce RTX 3050 (or RTX 3050 Ti depending on the version chosen) are still in the game.

Enough to meet the needs of casual gamers, but also and above all photographers, videographers and other content creators who use more and more software (Lightroom, Première Pro, Davinci Résolve, etc.) that can rely on a graphics card intended to speed up certain tasks and renderings.

The latter will also be seduced by the presence of a full-size SD card reader, and the UHS-II standard is also faster. A now rare feature on a laptop. That compensates for the choice for a full USB-C / Thunderbolt 4. Handy for expanding storage via an external SSD without sacrificing speed. But for less daily worries, it is also possible to add a second SSD (m2 format) internally.

Premium chassis, screen among the best

In addition to performance, choosing an XPS 15 means choosing a premium computer. Aluminum chassis with impeccable finish and rigidity. A sober appearance, able to blend into a sleek interior and follow you during professional meetings.

Outside in any case, because inside the carbon finish will not be unanimous. And after testing the Dell XPS 13 Plus, how not to hope that the minimalist design will be available on the other XPS 15 and XPS 17 in the future.

In addition to its other strengths, the Dell XPS 15 can count on a comfortable autonomy (about 8 hours) and keyboard, but also the possibility to choose between an OLED screen (404 cd / m2, RGB / DCI-P3 spaces covered ) or panels IPS (Full-HD or UHD). They all share good brightness (at least 400 nits) and accurate colorimetry. A necessity to seduce amateurs and professionals of the image.

Our review of the Dell XPS 15 9520

The new XPS 15 9520 doesn’t revolutionize Dell’s star ultrabook. It is difficult to reinvent a laptop that already wants to be a reference in its segment, it is true. Often cited as the best Windows alternative to the MacBook Pro 16, the Dell XPS can count on superior modularity and more affordable (albeit premium) pricing.

But the competition is now more present, especially with Asus and MSI who intend not to give up their place in the niche of premium laptops intended for creative people (allergic to laptop gamers). Dell will therefore not be able to content itself much longer with updating its XPS 15 by simply integrating the latest Intel processors (and/or Nvidia graphics cards). Meanwhile, nothing stands in the way of giving in to temptation if it meets your needs.

4 out of 5 stars

The Dell XPS 15 9520 scores 4/5

16:10 OLED display (or UHD IPS)
audio system
Keyboard / Touchpad
UHS-II SD Card Reader
Windows Hello (facial and digital recognition)
Internal temperatures
Just reasonable webcam
Connectivity in all USB-C
(carbon finish not to everyone’s taste)

Compare and Configure the Dell XPS 15 9520

For more details, we invite you to consult our test of the Dell XPS 15 9510.

Dell XPS 15 9520 Specifications

Screen 15.6-inch OLED multi-touch 400 nits (3456×2160 px, glossy anti-glare)
Processor Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores: 6P 2.3GHz, 8P 1.7GHz, 45W)
RAM 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 4800 MHz, 2 slots
Storage area 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, second slot available
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3050 Ti 4GB Dedicated GDDR6, Intel Iris Xe
Network WiFi 6 1675 (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2
connectors 3 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 4, SD/SDHC
Weight / Dimensions 1.96kg / 344.7 x 230 x 18mm

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