New XPS 15 : The Wait is Over


Followers of the blog will know I’ve been moaning about my MacBook Pro and macOS for a while now, and talking about making a switch back to Windows. That time will arrive soon, because I’ve just ordered one of these.

It’s a Dell XPS 15″ with 32G RAM, 1TB M.2 drive and an i9 (6 core) processor.

It’s a little over the top, but I tend to hold on to laptops for quite a while, assuming they work properly. I might have gone down-market a bit if Dell had released something in the middle range. In the UK they currently have low spec or mega spec in the new 15″ range, and I’m getting increasingly worried about my current MBP, so I just went for it. Working for a university has the distinct advantage that I get a fantastic Higher Education discount from Dell when buying kit for home use. We also get an OK discount from Apple, but who cares…

This will be my main desktop and travel laptop, so I’ll be interested to see how it stacks up. I know a couple of people with the 2017 model and they say it is awesome, so on paper this looks like it will be great, assuming it works. 🙂

I was tempted to go for one of the 13″ versions, which Connor McDonald recommended. The extra portability would be nice, but having recently spent some time working from just the laptop with no extra screen, I would go mad on such a small screen, no matter how good the resolution was.

Of course I’ve bought a dock for home and I already have a great monitor, so hopefully is should all slot into the setup nicely. I probably won’t get to use it for the next couple of conferences because of delivery dates, setup and understanding what adapters I need to connect to the real world. I’m not carrying the dock around with me. 🙂

I’ll no doubt write about the experience has it happens. I’m using Windows 10 at work, so I don’t think that will be an issue as it is working out fine. It’s always a bit of a concern when switching over to a new bit of kit. What if you get “the bad one”, which has certainly happened with this last MBP. Also, I’ve got my setup documented, but I always worry I will miss something out… 🙂

Fingers crossed this will work out…



PS. For context, you might want to read my post here before you tell me how great your preferred desktop OS is… 🙂

Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

One thought on “New XPS 15 : The Wait is Over”

  1. Hey tell me how it goes with the new laptop. I feel the same way when Apple did not offer a 32 MB MBP.

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