Dell XPS 15 vs HP Spectre x360: Best 15 inch laptop of 2017

So for another laptop showdown.

Today we’re gonna take a look at the Dell XPS 15 versus the HP Spectre x360.

Which one’s best for you? Stay tuned.

(upbeat electronic music) So we’ve had a lot of requests to do this video, and it’s really interesting because these are two very different laptops.

I understand they’re both 15 inches, but they’re very different regarding design and functionality.

The XPS 15 is hands down, one of the most powerful laptops on the market today that’s not a strict gaming machine.

The x360, on the other hand, is much more flexible.

It’s a two-in-one, it’s a tablet, it has a pen.

These are very different scenarios, so you first have to ask yourself, how are you gonna use this device? And that’ll help guide you.

Alright, let’s talk a little bit about design and build quality.

The XPS 15 is a hybrid device.

It’s metal on the inside, and on the inside, it’s carbon fiber with soft touch paint, and it feels nice.

It does have a metal plate that comes off at the bottom, and overall, it’s a solid design.

Of course, being a traditional laptop, the display only goes back so far, so it doesn’t lay down flat or do anything unique.

That’s even with the touch screen version.

When it comes to the HPSpectrum on the other hand, this is a solid metal device, unibody design.

It’s easily one of the most beautiful laptops I’ve ever used.

It feels very solid, and both of them are very good quality, but it’s gonna feel very different.

The HP seems more like a quality Mac to me, where the XPS 15 is its unique design.

One thing I want to get out of the way, is the processors, one of the biggest differences between these two devices.

On the XPS 15, you’re dealing with a Core i7, 7700 HQ, that’s a Quad-core *.

On the other hand, the HP Spectre has a Core i7-7500U processor; it’s only dual-core.

I tell you, it makes a big difference in benchmarks.

Now, if you’re running justWindows ten applications, you’re not gonna notice a difference, but between gaming video output, the Dell XPS 15 is on a whole different level.

Now related to those CPU differences, if of course, the GPU.

The Dell XPS 15 features a NVIDIA GTX 1050 with four gigabytes of video memory.

The HP, on the other hand, has a GT 940MX GPU, with two gigabytes of video memory.

This is night and day difference between these two things.

1050 is going to be a very powerful GPU.

It’s good for video output; it’s good for light video gaming.

940MX on the other hand, it’s more of a boost for those 4K graphics on the HP.

It’s nice to have, but you’re not gonna get a lot of performance out of it.

And in fact, the 1050will trounce it when it comes to benchmarks.

That’s important to remember, neither one of these are gaming machines, but if you are gonna do some light gaming, you’re gonna want thatGTX1050 on the XPS 15, it makes a big difference.

Now, when it comes to the displays, both of these devices offer4K glossy touchscreen options.

However, Dell offers a fullHD matte non-touch as well, which is what I prefer.

It’s just easier on the eyes, and it gets better battery life.

On the other hand, HP does gave a no Panel display, and it looks good.

It’s more natural; it’s true 4K.

Now, the other advantage here with HP, is, of course, you can use the pen with it.

On Dell, even with the touch screen, there is no pen support.

So you need to ask yourself if you’re gonna use a pen on the device.

If you are, well, HP is your only option here.

Dell, on the other hand, it probably has the best 4K display on the market.

If that’s your thing and you’re into video editing, it’s probably going to be your best choice.

What about when it comes to bezels, of course, Dell uses the Infinity Edge, which just looks amazing.

On the sides and tops, itbasically has no bezel whatsoever.

The downside of that, of course, is the web camera needs to go at the bottom.

If you don’t ever use a web camera, not a big deal.

If you are, however, making a lot of Skype calls, it’s gonna be a big negative.

Again, the HP, you have very thin bezels on the side, but at the top, there’s still quite a bit of bezel.

But that’s kind of okay; they put a goodvideo camera on top there, it’s wide angle.

You also have a WindowsHello camera with IR that works very well.

So, there’s a trade-off there, and it works for HP.

On the other hand, Dell, because it has very thin bezels, has a smaller footprint for the device overall.

Let’s talk about one of the myfavorite topics, keyboards.

The Dell XPS 15 has a pretty solid keyboard; it’s 1.

3 millimeters of travel.

If you saw my review, I didn’t have much to say about it.

It works, it works well.

It’s not my favorite keyboard, but I don’t hate it either.

Just kind of works.

On the other hand, HP, they make one of the best keyboards available.

If typing is your thing, you’ve gotta appreciate what they’ve done with the Spectre.


5-millimeter travel and it doesn’t bottom out as nearly as bad.

Also, the responsiveness is just very even between all the keys.

I like the backlighting.

There’s just nothing I don’t like about this keyboard.

I highly recommend it.

I kind of wish Dell could make this keyboard for the XPS 15, but they don’t, so I’ve got to give the win here to HP.

Let’s talk about trackpads.

Dell uses, of course, a precision touchpad with Microsoft drivers, and it works very well.

It’s probably one of the best trackpads out there besides Surface Book.

HP, on the other hand, has a very wide trackpad, and it looks cool, and the hardware is one of the best out there, but they do not use precision, they use synaptic instead.

Now, it’s not a bad trackpad at all; I just prefer accuracy.

If I had to choose between these, Dell is going to win.

When it comes to audio, both devices have dual speakers.

Now Dell puts them at the edge of the device here.

They’re not quite bottom firing, but they’re not enough top firing either.

They work pretty well, but if you are typing, your hands do block them a little bit, so you’re gonna get a little bit of muffling.

Now looking at the x360, HP rightly, in my opinion, puts the speakers at the top on the side of the keyboard.

I love this design, it’sone of the best out there.

I wish everybody did this.

However, the speakers are a little bit more tinny sounding, and they don’t have as much base or richness when compared to the XPS 15.

Alright, let’s talk about ports.

Now, on the XPS 15, you do have a USB type A on this side here, full HDMI, but it’s only 1.


You do have a USB type C with Thunderbolt, which is really good, except its only two PCI lengths, so there are two restrictions there.

As of course, have your headphone port.

Coming on to the other side, you have a full SD card slot, however, when you put the SD card in there, half of it will stick out.

You also have a USB typeA, so that’s number two.

You have a battery meter, and you also have a Kensington lock.

Okay, HP does things the little bit differently.

You have, of course, a USB type A, headphone jack, your power button, and of course, the grill.

You also have a full SD card slot. However, you can stick the whole card in there.

Coming on to the other side, you have two USB type C devices, and that’s a key difference here.

You have two USB type C’s and one A, whereas at Dell you only have one C and two A’s.

You also have a full HDMI port, but this is an HDMI 2.0, which is real important if you’re gonna run a 4K display at 60 frames per second.

You have the other grill, and of course, volume control since this can also be used as a tablet.

I should also mention that the Thunderbolt three port here is a little bit more powerful than the Dell XPS 15 since it has four PCIlanes instead of two.

When it comes to configuration options, Dell gives you, of course, a lot more choice, but you do need to go through their website.

I should mention, the XPS 15, you can go to 32 gigs of RAM, which is really impressive for developers who also need to use virtual machines.

The HPS Spectre can only do 16 gigs of RAM through its configuration, so it’s a little bit more limiting, but then again, for your average consumer, 16 gigs of RAM is totally enough.

When it comes to storage, the XPS 15 allows you to get up to one terabyte SSD, whereas HP only allows you up to 500 gigabytes.

It’s a big difference, but then again, not everybody can afford or needs one terabyteSSD, so keep that in mind.

So what about Windows Hello and bio-authentication? Well, luckily both of these devices support it, but in different ways.

HP uses an IR camera for facial recognition, where Dell has an optional fingerprint reader for an extra $25.

Both of them are very good.

The face recognition, though, will sometimes fail in different lighting, so you’ll need to tune it up occasionally.

The fingerprint reader on the XPS 15 is very nice, but I think Dell can do a little bit better job regarding the design, but functionally, it works very well.

I had no issue with it.

It’s a no brainer for $25.

What about battery life? This is one of the most important factors on any laptop.

And it’s a little hard to compare here because it depends on the screen type.

Now, if you’re going to use 4K on both of these, actually, your battery life is very similar.

And that’s impressive because Dell has a much more powerful GPU and CPU, but they also have a larger battery.

HP’s battery is not nearly as big, but being an all-metal device, it weighs almost the same as the XPS 15.

Now, if you put the full HD display to the Dell XPS 15, which is what I use, you’re gonna get more battery life significantly.

I put around nine to 10 hours, whereas you’re looking at between six and seven hours with the 4K display on both of these devices.

That’s still really good, but if you need the longevity, go for a full HD version of the XPS 15.

Alright, let’s bring it all home.

What’s the best laptop? Well, it depends on your needs.

The good news here is both of these are two of my favorite laptops for 2017 so far.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either one of them.

It depends on two things, your budget and what you need.

For budget, I think the HPx360 is a little bit better.

At $1499, you’re getting a 4K display, 500 gigs of storage, and 16 gigs of RAM.

That’s really good value right there.

The XPS 15 on the other hand, is a lot more powerful, but it’s gonna cost you a couple of extra hundred dollars for it.

So keep that in mind.

Don’t forget the x360 is also a tablet and two-in-one, with pen support.

Now, if you don’t need that, we’ll go for the XPS 15 if you like to explore that Dell, you can’t go wrong with the x360.

So you have to think about those two things.

Unfortunately, you can’t have it all, so you’re gonna have to choose.

But, no matter which one you get, you’ll be happy with it.

So that means it has no bezel whatsoever.

I can’t say no, no bezel.

So what about storage options? Options.

So what about storage opt (giggles).

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