Dell XPS 15 7950 2019 – a big laptop for an even bigger job
4.7Overall Score
Name: Dell XPS 15 7950 2019
Price (RRP): $from $2000 to $5000
Manufacturer: Dell

The Dell XPS 15 7950 2019 is a big laptop – huge even (in a nice way), but it has the legs to finish races that most other laptops would not dare start.

For example (depending on the configuration), the Dell XPS 15 7950 2019 range has 9th generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650/4GB DDR5, 15.6-inch FHD/UHD, IPS or OLED displays and masses of memory and storage options.

And what is best the Dell XPS 15 7950 2019 range starts from $2,123.99 to a tad over $5,000 for the touch screen IPS 100% Adobe RGB 500nits display, and all the bells and whistles.

We set out to see why the Dell XPS 15 7950 2019 is receiving five-star ratings almost across the board.

Dell XPS 15 2019 (7950 Series)

My first impression – lots of grunt – obscenely more than I have experienced in any recent laptop. Second impression – 357 x 235 x 11/17mm x 2kg – yes, it’s a biggun!

Yet, when I look at the edge-to-edge display (top and side have minimal 6mm bezels) I realise that with most other brands you could add an extra 20-30mm width, 10-20mm depth and 10-15mm height so this heavy-weight is really a light-weight. Thanks, Dell.

Specs as tested $3698.99

  • 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) Anti-Reflective InfinityEdge Touch IPS, 100% AdobeRGB, 500-Nits, 1500:1 contrast, Gorilla Glass NBT
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H, 12 MB Cache, 6 Core, up to 4.50 GHz (option i5-9300H or i9-9980H).
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
  • 16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 2666 MHz (Max 32GB)
  • 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive (1TB or more)
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
  • 6-Cell, 97 WHr, Integrated battery
  • Warranty – 1-year in-home service
  • Website here

For our reviews, we use the words FAIL, PASSable, PASS and EXCEED to denote performance in the various paradigms.

Screen – EXCEED

The 15.6” IPS screen is 4K with a 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut. Professionals can take a photo with an RGB setting on their camera, use Adobe software, and see that image on the screen with precisely the same colours. It is not the same as 100% DCI-P3 (for movies) – that is the AMOLED screen’s domain. 

We tested the 500nits, and the screen has even brightness and contrast. Delta E is 2.2 (below four is very good).

Interestingly the other 4K option is a Samsung-sourced, 100% DCI-P3, AMOLED. It is 400 nits but makes up via an almost infinite contrast (as blacks are true black). I would love to see this panel side-by-side the IPS.

But the addition of Dolby Vision and Dell’s own Cinema Colour really make this 4K IPS screen pop for movies, sports, animation and more. Do not waste a 4K screen on Office365.

Dell XPS 15 7950 2019

Processor – EXCEED

The Core i9-9750H is a 6-core, 12-thread processor running from 2.6-4.5Ghz. Its 14nm design draws 45W TDW. It has single/multi 1074/5000 in the Geekbench tests which is impressive for a battery-operated device.

It needs a big notebook chassis for cooling to allow it to run up to 100° under load. We ran a throttling test for 15 minutes, and it performed to 100% throughout showing excellent cooling (the bottom reached 50° and the top deck 37°.

Fan noise ramps up from 28dB to 47dB under full load.

GPU – PASS

The Intel UHD 630 Graphics is fine for everyday use.