Alternatives to XPS 15 (the most compact 15's) or best 14's out there.

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  1. swooph

    swooph Notebook Geek

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    Hi guys, in need of a bit of a beast with a few key features

    Love the idea of the smallest 15 and the xps is the obvious choice, but I'm in a bit of a rush and the xps is taking it's sweet time...

    and from what i can see, it wont have dedicated pg up and down keys (unlike the new xps13) - see below for my requirements in that area.

    1) What is your budget?
    £1500 - 1700

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    14" ideal but will consider a slim 15"

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    UK

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Don't mind
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Everything except gaming. Sound and Video editing. Should be a very high spec machine with decent dedicated video for Adobe Suite. If I'm not mistaken Adobe loves cores, and I hear the 8th gen U processors are very impressive in this area and could make use of the cida cores of a 1050 or above.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    NO

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    More the merrier - bad battery life will rule the machine out. happy to tolerate a battery slice

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Don't mind

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Win 10

    Screen Specifics

    12)
    I LOVE big resolution but wont tolerate a glossy screen. so if it's glossy i prefer to go down to a 1080 and get a non-reflective.


    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Now

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    2-3 years minimum

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    I need a big SSD but am happy to install my own.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No

    MUST HAVES

    - Backlit keys


    WOULD LIKE TO HAVES
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    Be nice to have at least one traditional / old USB 3
    - in an ideal world this laptop will have DEDICATED pg up and down keys (no pressing ctrl / shift)
    - good scroll pad / gestures
    - Up-gradable SSD / RAM would be lovely but not a must, if the machine is of high enough spec. (1TB SSD bare minimum if the machine is not upgrade-able

    I think that's it. Any help, as ever, greatly appreciated.
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    A few models that I can remember off the top of my head are as follows

    XPS 15 2-in-1 with Kaby Lake G
    Asus ZenBook Pro UX550
    Gigabyte Aero 14/15

    If you can live with an MX150 (essentially a GT 1030) then you have a lot more options that open up for a compact 15"/14" device
     
  3. Danishblunt

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    Slim notebooks with enough processing power to do proper video editing without thermal throttling don't exist. Either you go bulky or deal with high heat / worse performance, those are your only options as of now.

    Your best bet would be a GE 63 Raider RGB - 012 I'd say. It has huge color coverage which is important for your video and photoedits, has an 8th gen CPU and is pretty much all you would need. I'm pretty sure it's going to be rather steamy but it should be your best option out there.
     
  4. RampantGorilla

    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    Get the current XPS 15 from PC World and use it as a stop gap machine until the new XPS 15 9570 comes out the Dell UK website. The XPS 15 9570 should be available on the Dell UK website within a month, so you'd be able to return the laptop within the 30 days returns period that PC World offer. It's a bit of gamble though - the new XPS 15 might not be available to purchase before the returns period expires on your laptop.
     
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