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Dell XPS 17 (2020) detailed review: Strong performance, top-notch quality, ‘last boss’ of 17-inch laptop


After years of standing still, by 2020, Dell’s XPS 17 laptop line has returned with many new changes. Dell XPS 17 (2020) is considered the most compact laptop in the 17-inch segment, with strong performance but equally slender and luxurious design. Let’s review the Dell XPS 17 (2020) in detail in this article.

Article translated from the technology site: Tom’s Guide.

See also: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020) review: 11th Gen Intel chip, powerful integrated graphics card fit in a flexible chassis

Configuration parameters of the machine

  • CPU: Intel thế hệ 10 Core i5-10300H/Core i7-10750H/Core i7-10875H.
  • RAM: 8 GB/16 GB/32 GB/64 GB.
  • Internal memory: SSD NVME 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB.
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics/Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti/RTX 2060.
  • Screen: 17 inches, InfinityEdge Display (FHD 1,920 x 1,200 or 4K 3,840 x 2,400).
  • Pin: 97WHr.
  • Dimensions: 37.4 x 24.8 x 1.95 cm.
  • Weight: 2.1 – 2.5 kg (depending on configuration).
Dell XPS 17 (2020)
Design Dell XPS 17 (2020). Source: Laptop Mag.

The elegant appearance of the Dell XPS 17 (2020) is hardly unmistakable

With the same sharp design language as the XPS 13 and XPS 15 brethren, the Dell XPS 17 (2020) is the most elegant 17-inch laptop I’ve ever seen. Everything that makes the XPS branding is kept intact on Dell’s largest machine.

The case is machined in silver aluminum metal, with a smooth keyboard surface and an almost bezel-less InfinityEdge screen to create a well-balanced, luxurious overall. Unfortunately, the inside of the machine does not have the Arctic white option as on the XPS 13 model, black is very nice anyway.

Dell XPS 17 (2020) features an elegant, sharp design
Dell XPS 17 (2020) features an elegant, sharp design. Source: Laptop Mag.

The device measures 37.4 x 24.8 x 1.95 cm and the weight ranges from 2.1 to 2.5 kg depending on the configuration. Over 2 kg is quite a heavy weight for a laptop but remember this is a high performance 17-inch machine, even the XPS 17 (2020) is only slightly larger and heavier than the 16-inch Macbook Pro. Please note that the machine will take up quite a lot of space on the desk and in the backpack.

Ports of the machine include: 4 USB-C ports, all with support for Thunderbolt 3, charging and DisplayPort; one SD card slot and 1 3.5mm headphone port. So the XPS 17 (2020) is better than the 16-inch Macbook Pro with one SD port. If you need to connect more peripherals, a USB-C to USB-A adapter and an HDMI 2.0 adapter are included. It can be seen that Dell has added the above to make the XPS 17 (2020) achieve class thinness.

The left side of the machine includes 2 USB-C ports and Kenshington key hole
The left side of the machine includes 2 USB-C ports and Kenshington key hole. Source: Tom’s Guide.
The right edge of the device includes 2 USB-C ports, an SD slot and a headphone port
The right edge of the device includes 2 USB-C ports, an SD slot and a headphone port. Source: Tom’s Guide.

The screen of the Dell XPS 17 (2020) has the ability to display extremely quality

The three brothers XPS 13, 15, and 17 (2020) all inherit Dell’s new InfinityEdge displays. This screen cuts the size of every bezel, including the thick bezel at the bottom, resulting in an ultra-thin bezel display and a 93.7% screen-to-body ratio. This is the perfect ratio for multitasking with multiple windows or simply immersing yourself in your favorite movies and shows.

The display on the XPS 17 (2020) produces bold and beautiful colors. The pure black color is clearly shown on each letter in the text, making it easier for you to read, the blue color of the sea is extremely flattering and prominent. When watching the live-action version of The Lion King, I can clearly see the wrinkles on the face of Rafiki’s character or the real mane of Mufasa and Simba. The visibility of colors is excellent: The blue skies contrasted with the lush green meadows and dark brown cliffs in the movies are all brightly displayed on this screen.

Dell XPS 17 (2020) has a stunningly beautiful display
Dell XPS 17 (2020) has a stunningly beautiful display. Source: Tom’s Guide.

The score of this monitor proves its greatness. The color range measures up to 171.6% sRGB along with a high brightness of 504 nits. Those numbers are impressive, especially when compared to the 113.9% sRGB and 429 nit brightness on the 16-inch Macbok Pro rival.

It’s slim, but the performance of the Dell XPS 17 (2020) is still formidable

With Intel Core i7-10875H high-performance CPU, the XPS 17 (2020) can handle any task beautifully. I often work with split screen mode, open more than a dozen Chrome tabs and constantly switch between Slack and Spotify, and I still do not feel the device is slow or laggy when handling so many stacked tasks.

Geekbench 5 score of the XPS 17 (2020) is 7,740 points. Dell’s machine can quickly convert video from 4K to 1,080p in 8 minutes and 41 seconds, exactly 41 seconds slower than the 16-inch Macbook Pro. The 1 TB SSD drive of the machine also transfers files very quickly, 26 GB of data is transferred in 34 seconds at a rate of 789.6 MBps, which is still a bit slow compared to the speed of 2,805 MBps on the Macbook Pro.

Dell XPS 17 (2020) has great performance despite its slim look
Dell XPS 17 (2020) has great performance despite its slim look. Source: Laptop Mag.

In terms of graphics performance, the XPS 17 (2020) has the advantage over its smaller siblings because it can be equipped with RTX 2000 series graphics cards. With the RTX 2060 Max-Q card that supports Ray Tracing, Dell’s machine achieves high scores in graphics tests, even twice that of many gaming laptops. Thanks to this graphics card, the XPS 17 meets the Nvidia RTX Studio standard, which means it is qualified for basic graphics work, photography and music production.

It can also handle AAA titles at Full HD resolution and still achieve an impressive number of frames, including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (42 fps), Borderlands 3 (47 fps) and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (48 fps).

The other components of the Dell XPS 17 (2020) are also well done

The keyboards and touchpads of every XPS line have been quality perfected, but Dell seems to do even better on the 17-inch version. The keypad has 1.3 mm travel, smooth, fast and responsive key recognition. I was able to type at a rate of 102 words per minute with near-perfect accuracy due to the great typing experience of the keyboard. The touchpad of the device is also relatively large, helping me to perform many hand gestures flexibly, comfortably and without feeling hissing.

The machine has a speaker system on the top, located 2 sides of the keyboard. Thanks to the Waves MaxxAudioPro software, the machine can produce a rich, rich sound. Different sounds of a piece of music such as bass of bass, electronic drums, guitar. The emphasis on the instrument sometimes overwhelms the singing, but not so bad that I can still hear the lyrics and melody clearly.

Dell XPS 17 (2020) owns a trio of high-quality keyboard, touchpad and speaker system
Dell XPS 17 (2020) owns a trio of high-quality keyboard, touchpad and speaker system. Source: Tom’s Guide.

Webcam of the machine can be said to be acceptable, the resolution of the webcam is still not clear because we noticed that the image is blurred and pixelated phenomenon. Perhaps Dell and others still need to work harder on this component.

The battery life of the machine is extremely impressive for a large machine, great performance and 4K screen like this. It can operate for 9 hours and 4 minutes in battery test, with continuous web surfing and Wi-Fi on. This battery life beats its brother XPS 15 (2020) (8 hours) but is still far behind by the 16-inch Macbook Pro (almost 11 hours). But for someone who works in the office 9 hours seems to be quite enough.

Its battery life is enough for you to work all day
Its battery life is enough for you to work all day. Source: Tom’s Guide.


With a starting price of $ 1,371 (VND 31.6 million) and can easily climb over the $ 3,000 threshold at maximum configuration, the Dell XPS 17 (2020) must be recognized as a very expensive laptop, but also very good value for money. At this price range, you can have a powerful yet elegant, upscale, and comprehensive machine in almost every respect.

Is the Dell XPS 17 (2020) enough to appeal to you? Feel free to leave your comments below as always.

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