It’s insane how many laptops have changed since Dell’s last XPS 17 ten years ago. Thinner and lighter, of course, but now they offer the versatility and performance you’ve come to expect from a desktop. What better time is there for Dell to make it big again? The new XPS 17 includes everything we loved about the XPS 13 and 15 and adds a sky-high display that shows just how much Dell has perfected its borderless Infinity Edge technology. While it may seem a bit over the top to many users, it is an attractive option for anyone who wants to edit videos, stream movies, or perform multiple tasks with almost desktop-like freedom in most laptop homes.
Of course, you don’t just go to Best Buy for a 17-inch laptop. This is nothing more than the difference of weighing between a 13-inch or 15-inch machine, both of which are relatively easy to transport around town. It is a conscious choice. You have made peace with the size of the system. A 17-inch notebook is mandatory. I guess that’s why we haven’t seen many flagship models in recent years, other than hefty game rigs.
Dell’s largest XPS laptop in years appeals to anyone who needs the greatest possible performance and a huge screen. It’s a bit hefty, but still a lot smaller than 17-inch laptops from years ago.
The redesigned XPS 17 joins a new wave of laptops looking to make large screens more attractive. There’s LG’s 3-pound-gram 17 that’s under-challenged, but a remarkable engineering feat. And I’d even include the 16-inch MacBook Pro in that group, which at £ 4.3 cleverly balances the best of 15- and 17-inch notebooks. The XPS 17 starts at 4.6 pounds and goes up to 5.5 pounds with a touchscreen and the largest battery option, making it the heaviest of the range. But even the heaviest configuration we’ve reviewed is still a long way from the 7.5lb XPS 17 of 2010.
It’s easy to see why Dell decided to bring the XPS 17 back from the dead. It’s basically an enlarged version of this year’s XPS 13 and 15 with the same sleek metal body, handy design, and minimal bezel. For the first time, Dell has managed to completely remove the bezel underneath the displays so that they can be positioned almost flush with the keyboard. That gave it room for a 16:10 17-inch screen while being only slightly heavier than the 4 to 4.5 pounds XPS 15. The larger chassis also means it fits NVIDIA’s powerful RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU. , which is useful for both gaming and display tasks.