XPS 15z: Why you should not buy a premium Dell laptop
Which one gives best bang for the buck? Price to performance ratio is one thing I always consider while looking for new computer. So I decided to configured and compare a high spec Dell XPS 15z against a similar configuration of MacBook Pro 15 inch on their respective official websites. Both of these configurations can be purchased in the US as of today (28th May 2011). Since the MacBook Pro price shoot-up to $3000 range, I also checked which laptop I can buy from Apple for a similar price-tag as Dell XPS 15z. (MacBook 13 inch) MacBook Pro 15 was released on February 2011 whereas Dell XPS 15z was released few days ago (May 2011). So this is not like I compare 2007 product line against a 2011 release.
Head-to-head comparison of Dell XPS 15z and MacBook Pro 15 specifications (chiefly hardware)
Well, I saw this as an option for XPS 15 configuration (not XPS 15z).
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz [Included in Price]
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2620M processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.40 GHz [Add $95.00 or $3.00/month]
That means, Quad core i7-2630QM is $95 cheaper than i7-2620M dual core processor?! Okay, that Quad core has slower clock speed than dual core. (2.00 GHz vs 2.70 GHz)
Now this YouTube video explains the logic:
Intel i7 dual core more $$$ than an Intel i7 quad core???
Here's a processor comparison from Intel:
Cache per core is same (8 MB for Quad core vs 4 MB for Dual Core)
**UPDATE: SSD option is available now (June 2nd, 2011)
UPDATE: June 5th, 2011
Okay, after a week of research, I'm going for the $1499.99 option, which I feel suits my needs and worth the money.
Config: i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB 7200 rpm HDD, 2GB Nvidia GPU, 2 years Advanced warranty (damage/spill/screen break all covered for two years), higher and instant customer service with direct Dell rep phone number (no wait time for support).
UPDATE: Sept 3rd 2011
Dell XPS 14z is on the horizon
Check out the pictures for a visual comparison:
Pics Or It Didn’t Happen: The Dell XPS 15z Vs The MacBook Pro
Dell XPS 15z vs. 15-inch MacBook Pro (2011)
Review of Dell XPS 15z on the web
Official product video from Dell
Dell XPS 15z - Less mass. More appeal.
Dell XPS 15z: Thinnest 15″ PC on the Planet, Takes on MacBook Pro
PCMag review on Dell XPS 15z
PCWorld video review
Dell XPS 15z Preview: A MacBook Pro Rival For Far Less Money
Slashgear review: Dell XPS 15z notebook unveil tomorrow to fight MacBook Air
Engadget review: Dell XPS 15z review from Engadget.com
NYTimes: Dell Tries Again With a Thin Laptop
Official Blog from Dell:
Performance + Style + Battery Life = Dell XPS 15z
The official webpages of Dell XPS 15z and MacBook Pro 15
Dell XPS 15z specs from Official website
MacBook Pro Specs and options from official Apple website