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Dell XPS 17 9720 (2022) Review: Our Opinion

In 2012, Apple discontinued the 17inch MacBook Pro. However, there is still demand for XL laptops aimed at students and professionals. The Dell XPS 17 9720 fills this niche.

This test configuration is priced at €2,919 with a Core i712700H processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Ultra HD screen, and a GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with 6GB of dedicated memory.

The main criticism we have to make in this tech sheet concerns the HD 720p 30fps webcam, which is no longer relevant in the age of remote work. The 14inch and 16inch MacBook Pros, as well as the upcoming new MacBook Air, have been upgraded to Full HD 1080p webcams.

Dell XPS 17 (2022) with 16″ MacBook

The Dell XPS 17 is built on a CNCmachined aluminum chassis combined with carbon fiber. Despite its weight (2.1 kg), we appreciated the ability to lift the lid with one hand or even with one finger. The screen bezels are thin, including the one that houses the webcam at the top. On the other hand, we regret the rather limited number of ports for a 17inch laptop, with just 4 USBC ports and an SD card reader. For HDMI or USBA you will need an adapter. Shame.

work and leisure

If you decide to invest in such an expensive laptop with a very powerful processor and graphics card, it’s probably out of professional interest. Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere users who haven’t opted for a Mac will find it a perfectly satisfying alternative. The Ultra HD screen also makes a big difference, as does its 16:10 aspect ratio, which allows more content to be displayed on the screen. The Dell keyboard and touchpad are among the benchmarks for Windows laptops.

But the XPS 17 has another trick: it’s also a decent gaming laptop. Of course, the GeForce RTX 3060 isn’t going to compete with a similarly priced gaming laptop, but this GPU is perfect for any current or future game on one important condition: stick to 1920×1200 (FHD) or 2560×1600 (QHD) resolution. ) max.

Connectivity Dell XPS 17 (2022) Versus MacBook Pro

We tested several games through Valve’s Steam service, including Chivalry 2, Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, and King Arthur: Knight’s Tale. All of these games worked great in FHD or QHD, but struggled at higher resolutions.

If you’re looking for a 17inch laptop that combines the creativity of a MacBook Pro with the gaming power of a laptop, the XPS 17 is still one of the few laptops that fits.



CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance
/Image: Dan Ackerman/CNET



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