First-Take Review (Comparison With 2019 MacBook Pro 15-inch)




Yes, Dell’s new XPS 7590 with a massive OLED is worth the big price tag.

That’s my initial impression after using the 7590 for a couple of days.

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My config:

  • 15.6-inch 4K UHD (3,840-by-2,160) OLED Anti-Reflective (Non-Touch) display, 100% DCI-P3, 400-Nits.
  • 8-core Intel Core i9-9980 HK processor (45 watts)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 mobile GPU
  • 1TB Toshiba M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drive
  • 32GB DDR4-2666MHz
  • Price: $2,649.99

It’s pricey but a comparable 2019 MacBook Pro 15 with the same processor is even pricier. But more on that below.

Display: This is not an LCD. OLED displays are a very different animal. Colors pop, blacks are really black, contrast is higher (100,000:1), and OLEDs offer the potential for extending battery life. That’s why virtually all of the world’s best smartphones now sport OLED displays.

Dell’s 7590 delivers on all of the upsides for OLEDs. One of the biggest clues that the 7590 has an OLED is that Windows 10 is set to dark mode out of the box. This paints all of Microsoft’s apps, like File Explorer, black. This has a very practical side. On OLEDs, when pixels are off, they’re really off and not draining the battery. LCDs don’t work that way. They’re still on even in dark mode.

This can be crucial as more and more laptops adopt OLEDs in the coming years because displays gobble up more juice than any single component in the system.

Performance / comparison with 2019 MacBook Pro 15: If you test a lot of laptops (like I do) it is possible to feel how fast a computer is. Out of the box, everything seems to respond in real time with almost no perceptible lag, i.e., it feels like the fastest laptop I’ve ever tested.

But if you prefer benchmarks, Geekbench 4 CPU benchmarks tallied 5,581 on single core and 27,637 on multicore.

That’s pretty much in the same ball park as the new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro 15 with the Core i9 9980HK. See these scores.

Here’s what Notebookcheck says (with additional benchmarks) about the recently-released 8-core 9980HK:

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Due to the two additional cores, performance has increased by almost 33% compared to a similar clocked 6-core processor. According to first benchmarks, the mobile variant can reach the performance of the Core i9-9900K if the cooling is sufficient.

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But the MacBook Pro costs a lot more than a comparable XPS 15 7590: the MBP is $3,399 with the 9980HK, 32GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB SSD.

Step up to a 1TB SSD and Radeon Pro Vega 20 and you’re at a rarefied price tag of $4,149 for the MacBook Pro. And you’re not getting an OLED display.

Design: At first, I was disappointed that the design hadn’t changed. Yes, the webcam has been moved to the top bezel (which is still very thin) of the display and there’s a fingerprint sensor built into the power button. But it still looks and feels pretty much the same as previous iterations of the XPS 15 and still has the silver CNC machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite palm rest surrounding the same keyboard.

But there’s probably a good reason for that. The design works. After all, if it ain’t broke….

Speakers: Aside from the OLED display, this is the biggest change for me. If you use the Maxx audio app to tweak the equalizer, the speakers can throw out good sound — much better sound than on a previous version of the XPS 15 I used last year.

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Battery life: you’re not going to get great battery life. Not with all of the horsepower that the 7590 has. My limited testing shows relatively quick run down times. By comparison, the OLED HP Spectre x360 15 (which I also have) gets good battery life but that has a quad-core i7 8565U (15 watts vs 45 watts on the 9980HK) and an Nvidia GeForce MX150.






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