The Dell XPS15 OLED 2021 (from $2,299 to $2,399 as tested) is a high-end update to one of Tom’s Guide’s best laptops. The latest versions have the processing power to compete with gaming laptops while maintaining decent battery life and a virtually bezel-less screen in a small, attractive design.
The Dell XPS 15 2020 is one of the greatest laptops you can purchase, and now you can upgrade to a 2021 model with a 3.5K OLED display. The Dell XPS 13 OLED is a substantial upgrade over the standard model, making it one of the finest Windows laptops on the market.
The Dell XPS line’s design has gotten much praise from Tom’s Guide, and for a good reason: the slender chassis looks beautiful on a desk, and when you open it up, the 16:10 display has an exceptionally tiny bezel around all four sides, making it seem more immersive than other laptop screens.
It’s somewhat smaller and lighter than the Intel-powered MacBook Pro 16-inch. In terms of portability, the XPS 15 is small yet hefty enough to be carried all day – you could easily stuff it into a backpack or bag, but you’d never forget you were taking it.
|13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches
|Standing screen display size
|Max Screen Resolution
|2160 x 3456 Pixels
|NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6
|32 GB DDR4
|Hard Drive Interface
|Solid State Drive
|2 TB M.2 2280 solid-state drive
|Computer Memory Type
|Flash Memory Size
|Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 + Bluetooth 5.1
|Number of USB 3.2 Type-C
|Average Battery Life
|Varies depending on operating conditions
|Windows 10 Home
|Battery Powered (1 6-cell "smart" Lithium ion batteries required)
- The webcam is at the proper location
- High levels of productivity
- OLED panel with a stunning 4K resolution
- Slim and elegant design
- It’s not ideal for gaming
- There is only one NVMe drive
- The audio quality is poor
- Only the most costly variants come with OLED
Overall, the Dell XPS 15 OLED is a fantastic computer that successfully bridges the gap between a stylish ultraportable and a powerful gaming laptop. We wish the price weren’t relatively so high, but at least you’re getting a great Nvidia RTX laptop GPU and a fast Intel Core i7 CPU packed within the small, beautiful chassis.
If you don’t need all that power, though, you may buy comparably sized OLED-equipped laptops for less money. For example, Samsung’s 15-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a great 2-in-1 laptop with a stunning AMOLED display and long battery life that costs approximately a thousand dollars less.
Surely, there’s no way to install a dedicated graphics card, and the AMOLED display is just 1080p, but you’ll hardly notice if you’re not intending on doing much serious gaming.