Dell XPS 15-8949sLV Review


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Dell XPS 15-8949sLV

    Pros & Cons:
    Pros:

  • Intel Core i7-4712HQ
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 16 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics
  • QHD+ screen resolution
  • Cons:

  • Cost
  • No optical drive

Sometimes more is more. The Dell XPS 15-8949sLV has it all: speed, power, long battery life, lightweight, and it looks good too. It comes at a price, but if this combination of features is what you need, you will find it right here. The operating system is Windows 8.1.

The screen is a beautiful 15.6” QHD+ Widescreen LED backlit 3K display with Truelife and 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution. The processor is the fourth generation Intel Core i7-4712HQ, a high end quad core processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. It was released in April
2014. The four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel due to Hyperthreading. The base speed is 2.3 GHz, and it can increase to to 3.3 GHz through Turbo Boost. For graphics, this laptop uses NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics with 2 GB GDDR5. Amazingly, with all this power, the laptop still has a 9 hour battery life. It charges in 1 hour.

The laptop comes with 16 GB DDR3L RAM, which allows for excellent multi-tasking. This is 400% more than what is typically found in today’s modern computers. You will be able to have multiple programs running at once with no problems.

This laptop has a 512 GB solid drive. This is typical of the size of hard drives found in today’s modern computers. It is large enough that you could use it to store as many as 160,000 high definition photos or 8,300 hours of music. While its size is typical, its speed is not. Not only will you be able to access files more quickly, but the startup time for the machine will be minimized. For connecting devices, there are four USB ports, three of which are USB 3.0, which transfers data ten times faster than USB 2.0. For wirelessly connecting peripherals, the machine has Bluetooth. You could, for example, connect external speakers wirelessly using Bluetooth. The machine has a DVD drive but not a Blu-ray player. You could purchase an external Blu-ray drive and connect it using one of the USB 3.0 ports. The computer weighs 4 lb. It is also thin, at under an inch in thickness. The sound is enhanced with Wave Maxx Audio 5.0.

The Dell XPS 15-8949sLV is a modern and powerful 15.6” laptop that is well-suited for the most demanding computer tasks. It is a gaming machine, and it will handle high intensive graphics processing. It is a modern laptop in every sense, and it will easily meet your computer needs for several years. Dell prides itself on manufacturing reliable laptops – those that will survive your lifestyle. If you can afford it, this is an amazing laptop.

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