Dell XPS 27

The Dell XPS 27 is a Windows 10 PC. It has excellent display and reasonable performance. More notably, it has the most refined sound system built into a PC, and a UHD 4K display, making it very suitable for home entertainment.

It provides the choice of Core i5 or i7 processors. You can choose a touchscreen display or a non-touchscreen but brighter display. It has a total of 10 speakers(although only 6 is visible) that provide great audio. It can provide extremely loud audio with little distortions. It provides rich, accurate sounds at low volumes, proving its audio system very sophisticated.

Dell XPS 27 AIO (2017)

Price $3720.15
Display size/resolution 27-inch 3,840 x 2,160 touchscreen display
PC CPU 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-7700
PC Memory 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
Graphics 8GB AMD Radeon RX 570
Storage 512GB SSD, SD card slot
Connections 1 x Ethernet, 2 x USB-C/Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A; 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI out; audio out, headphone jack
Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

While it isn’t usually used for gaming, it certainly can be. It can provide midlevel-frame. As long as you aren’t too hung up on the frame rate or need to max the quality settings. You can configure it to deliver decent game play with basic VR capability.

It does have its downsides though. It has cables that run from the back which might be fine for some people, but if you need to use the USB ports regularly, you would face several difficulties. In order to reach the ports, one would need to contort their hand awkwardly to reach it, and one would have to try to reach blindly. Otherwise they would have to rotate the entire PC which is difficult as it has rubber legs that increase friction. It also weighs about 17kg. It doesn’t have the best design for an all-in-one, and the webcam is poorly placed.

Overall this PC has terrific audio quality, excellent visuals and although not designed to do so, it can be used for gaming as well. Though it does has its downsides, I would say that its worth the money and I would recommend it to friends and family if they are in need of a decent PC for a reasonable cost.

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Dell XPS 13(non-touch)

First off, I should clear the confusion, there is another Dell XPS 13 with touchscreen and poorer quality so it is cheaper by $ 300+ but has better battery life (I’ll explain the reasons later on).

Dell XPS 13 has a nearly borderless display and a small body for a 13-inch laptop. It does not have a high-resolution screen and an edge-to-edge glass overlay which makes it not look as slick. It also loses touch screen as the name suggests, which makes Windows 8 harder to use.

The original version has a better pixel resolution and touchscreen and this version has poorer resolution and no touchscreen but with better battery life. The battery life improved from 7 hours to 12 hours. The touchscreen is the biggest sacrifice as the mousepad is one of the laptop’s weakness.

Most of its designs is the same as the original version, with a silver top, gently rounded corners and a circular logo in the centre of the lid.

The inside is basic black with a subtle dark pattern over the wrist rest and black keys in a black keyboard tray. The keys are also nicely spaced for quick typing and responsive. Function keys row is reversed which means that you can adjust the volume and brightness without holding down the function key. The clickpad-style touchpad works well for basic navigating and tapping and clicking but the two-finger scroll is not as smooth as one may expect from a MacBook.

Because of the small body, there is only 2 USB 3.0, audio and SD card ports and nothing else.

In my opinion, you are choosing between battery life and content or a lot touchscreen and better quality and content so do choose carefully

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000

This laptop can play pretty much any PC game you want without spending tons of money on the device. However,It is thick and heavy and has a mediocre battery life. It is a cheap yet has great performance. It works well on games like Fallout 4 and Bloons TD 5 quite well.

However games that require a better processor to play needs to be set to low graphics in order to have a smooth gameplay. I like to think of this is more of a gaming laptop.

The keyboard is responsive despite being shallow but the touchpad does not perform well but most people will use a mouse for gaming anyway so it does not matter.And as I said the battery life is not very good so avoid long periods of constant gaming.The screen does not reflect much light so you will not have any distractions when gaming.

It has a hybrid hard drive which can slow application and game load time But for $850(For better speed),I doubt anyone can find a better gaming laptop than this.

I would purchase this laptop for gaming due to its price and performance and I would also definitely recommend it to friends.Its only has a few shortcomings like its battery life. I do not think battery life is a significant problem unless the laptop need to be frequently moved around.

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Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is a beautiful outstanding laptop with a 15 inch 4k display. It has a great processor and offers wonderful graphic options. All in a sleek and beautiful body. But the keyboard could be bigger and offer a more comfortable typing experience. And the touchpad could generally be improved. Well there is no doubt that the Dell XPS 15 is a laptop that really makes you feel proud when you own it.

One of the reason that the Dell XPS 15 is really great is that it comes with the best processor and comes with stunning graphics. It offers a 15.6-inch 3,840×2,160 touch display. A 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ. As for graphics it uses one of the best which is a  2GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M. And it runs on Windows 10 Home (64-bit).

Well in my opinion you are only going to be getting this if you are avid in watching videos. For example watching youtube, twitch, netflix. If you want to get this for gaming I would not recommend it as there are many much better options.

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Nowadays most budget laptops you find could be of poor quality and is hard to actually find a decent one. This could be your solution with the Dell Inspiron 11 3000.

As expected from budget laptops, they’re hardware are fairly outdated. As this laptop has a low-performance Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of memory and 32GB of solid-state storage, and the 802.11n wifi standard. As for the battery, Dell promises at least 10 hour of battery life for the laptop. This is good if you require to travel quite often and not be able to charge your laptop.

The keyboard on the laptop is pretty decent where the buttons are spread out far enough so that you won’t find it a problem to press other buttons accidentally. The touch pad is quite nice too and isn’t an annoyance to use.

The plastic construction of the laptop feels solid and durable too. However the anti-glaring screen doesn’t have great viewing angles but it isn’t much of a nuisance. If the specifications of the laptop doesn’t sound appealing, you can pay extra for better parts. You can get up to 4GB of memory, 500GB of storage (or a 128GB solid-state drive), and a quad-core CPU.

The laptop also weighs around 1.4 Kg which is fairy lightweight and would not be much trouble to carry around especially if you’re on the move often.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for  a cheap computer where you can use for your office work, then this computer would suit you. This could also be beneficial as a first computer for people who are still studying and requires a laptop to use for education. The computer is currently priced at S$210 at retail price which is easily affordable by most people. Thus if you need a cheap laptop for work or education then this would suit you really nicely.

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