Larger Display, More Ports – We take a Look at the New Dell XPS 17

23rd June 2020
Dell XPS 17 and Family Blog

Dell’s XPS family of notebooks is growing. Literally!

The all-new Dell XPS 17 9700 ultrabook features a spacious stunning 17″ display. It also features Dell’s updated design language, which they introduced with the XPS 13 9380. A 17″ device may sound daunting to anyone who likes to travel with their notebook but, fortunately, Dell did more than simply scale up the previous generation XPS 15 new design language features. The taller 16:10 aspect ratio virtually eliminates the bottom bezel, as result the XPS 17 is less than an inch wider and about half an inch deeper than the previous already petite XPS 15.

The new design won’t have everyone jumping for joy though, because Dell has done away with USB Type-A ports entirely. Instead, the XPS 17 has a total of four Type-C ports. These all have Thunderbolt 3 with power delivery and display port capability and Dell includes a Type-C, two Type-A, and HTMI 2.0 adapters in the box. There is also a headset/microphone combo port.

Dell XPS 17 side closed view showing ports on the side
Dell XPS 17 showing side of laptop and the ports which is the wedge-shaped lock slot, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 power delivery & DisplayPort and Air intakes/speaker

We do have to give Dell credit for keeping a full-size SD card slot, increasing the form factor and providing space for more powerful hardware. Like the XPS 15, the XPS 17 can be outfitted with a discrete graphics card. The new XPS, 15 9500’s configurations top out at a GTX 1650 TI. The XPS 17 can handle an RTX 2060 Max-Q. This additional headroom not only allows the notebook to chew through more polygons but also unlocks real-time ray tracing support. Dell has brought another very welcome change to the XPS 17, two physical sodium slots. It can be kitted out with an ample 64GB of system memory from the factory, but the lower spectrum configurations can be expanded as needs change in the future.

Dell XPS 17 front open view and also labelling the features around the laptop

The display is a marvel for content creators. It features full 100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI P3 coverage and display HDR certification, Dell specifies a 1650:1 contrast ratio, 500 nit peak brightness and a 0.65% anti-reflective coating to deliver great viewing in any lighting environment. The webcam is properly positioned in the very narrow top bezel and delivers a serviceable 72030 FPS feed like most built in webcams. The sensor does struggle with poor lighting conditions, so we recommend a USB webcam or interchangeable lens camera for serious recordings.

Side view of the Dell XPS 13-9380
The new Dell XPS 17 9700

The keyboard area has also seen an upgrade with a larger trackpad too. The XPS 17, and new XPS 15, both feature user-facing stereo speakers. The speakers leverage waves and X3D audio and the software can leverage the webcam to track your head position and deliver audio accordingly.

The new Dell XPS 17 is available to lease from £24.50 per week +VAT. Our Flexi-Lease includes 3-years warranty, with telephone technical support and accidental damage cover. With affordable monthly payments, you get to hold on to your cash flow while you access the latest tech. And now, with our extended Take Delivery Now, Pay October 2020 option, you don’t have to pay a thing until 1st October!

If you’d like to learn more about the all-new Dell XPS 17 get in touch with our team by calling 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk

The Dell XPS 17 9700 is also available to lease in Ireland from €28.20 per week +VAT. For details of leasing laptops in Ireland, give our team a call on 01 4853026 or email sales@hardsoft.ie