Dell XPS 16 Review: Balancing Performance with Premium Style Costs

The Dell XPS 16 is recognizable for its sleek design, sturdy build, and excellent OLED display. The laptop features impressive CPU performance and great battery life. However, the GPU performance is hampered by design, and the laptop’s port selection is minimal for its size. Additionally, the Dell XPS 16 is considered expensive for the parts it offers.

The machine is equipped with Intel’s new Core Ultra processors and offers discrete GPU options, making it a great choice for those in need of more power. However, its weight and price put it in competition with both lighter ultrabooks and more powerful workstations and gaming laptops.

The Dell XPS 16 comes in a variety of configurations, offering options for different CPU, memory, storage, GPU, and display capabilities. The base model starts at $1,899, while our test unit came in at $3,399 with various upgrades.

The laptop’s design and build quality reflect Dell’s attention to detail, but some design choices have been met with criticism. The keyboard and trackpad have seen significant changes, with the trackpad being notably large and the keyboard feeling stiff and having tight gaps between keys.

On a positive note, the XPS 16 boasts a gorgeous 16.3-inch OLED display with a wide color gamut and Dolby Vision support. Its speakers deliver excellent sound quality with robust bass and compelling stereo separation.

In conclusion, the Dell XPS 16 offers impressive performance and a stunning display, but some design choices and the high price may deter potential buyers looking for better value.