Should you buy one?
I never have been a fan of Dell Computers, frankly I hate them. My reasons are somewhat opinionated but I stand by my claim of their poor quality, and lack originality. The “New” XPS however does look appealing to me, the naysayer in me still says, “Hey man, it’s still a Dell.” in a dark brown voice, but I want to find out more.
Dell says it has a “Thoughtful design”, dare I dig deeper? It’s sleek, it seems to be reminiscent of a Macbook Pro. WAIT!!!!! There are some similarities between these two machines, both are aesthetically alike, I guess I can stay strong to my my claim of “unoriginal”. The Hardware between the two are incredibly different pieces of computing prowess, the only things that they may share is the Nvidia Kepler architecture and the 22nm Ivy-bridge processors. Here are some links to the new Macbook Pro: http://noble-press.com/2012/06/macbook-pro-retina-display/ , http://noble-press.com/2012/06/game-macbook-pro-retina-display-2012/ .
The technical stuff.
Both the XPS 14 & 15 exteriors come with, Machined-aluminium the XPS is precision-cut from a single block of aluminium, the display is lined with Gorilla® Glass for the idiots out there with butterfingers, a silicone base to protect the bottom, and a paint coated magnesium palmrest. It seems nice to the aesthetics buff, but to me it sounds expensive. The technical aspects this mobile computer are impressive the display puts out a resolution of 1920×1080, the only way to push such a resolution on a notebook is the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, it boasts 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and to put the perpetual “icing on the cake” it has an Ivy-Bridge processor. Otherwise you have to REALLY lower your standards if you are to buy a Dell period, coming from a guy that isn’t akin to Apple and their products. This is somewhat impressive, for a Dell… There are plenty of other manufacturers that makes better computers.
Would I buy one?
Yes, I would. I am going against my better judgement but this thing is attractive, and if you don’t want to spend the extra $2,000 for the Mac this is a good alternative if you want to try hard at the local Starbucks, the things I would do to it that is worth doing is purchasing a Solid State Drive, and a RAM upgrade. I’d be okay with the crapware infested version of Windows for probably 12 seconds, otherwise I wouldn’t care if the Apple fanboy across from me in the cafe laughs at me for getting a “knockoff” but I wouldn’t care because I would be playing Diablo III and he wouldn’t be able to since the retina display kinda screws his ability to have fun with his “creative” device.
Should you buy one?
No, only if you want to try it out, I say this because the Macbook Pro is a better bang for the buck in the productivity following, in the gaming aspect of it all, its somewhat decent but for the price there is the ASUS gaming series, and the “Big brother” Alienware brand where the old XPS guys are now working at. Seriously if I were you and you want to surprise yourself with a brand new laptop for school I would recommend it, and lets not forget its a stinkin’ laptop it should do more than spreadsheets and TPS reports.
“I have mixed feelings with this computer…”
Get the Macbook, you would be happier with it, it has FRIGGIN’ Retina Display! That is a game changer on its own, the SSD on-board is great and if you run out of space there is the iCloud, its a good way of distracting the kids or yourself away from gaming and getting more work done, its got a powerful GPU and it has Thunderbolt. The only reason I say this is that I cannot really work with the Mac OS, I am a power user and that is where I am staying.