Dell XPS 15 (L521X)


Dell XPS 15 (L521X)Notebook: Dell XPS 15 (L521X) (XPS 15 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3612QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2048 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: 1650 euro
Average Score: 84% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: 80%, display: 88% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 99%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 83%

Reviews for the Dell XPS 15 (L521X)

85% Review Dell XPS 15 (L521X) Notebook | Notebookcheck
Light and dark. The new Dell XPS 15 seeks to dethrone the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and possesses many of the traits required to do so – superb workmanship, an excellent display, and fast hardware. Unfortunately, the proud multimedia notebook comes with weaknesses as well.

Foreign Reviews

83% Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
Source: Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 83% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%


NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M: Middle class graphics card of the 600M series based on the 28nm GK107 chip (Kepler architecture).

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

3612QM: An Ivy Bridge-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.1 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU running at 650-1100 MHz on a dual channel DDR3 memory controller. The speciality of the i7-3612QM is the low TDP of 35 Watt compared to 45 Watt of the other Ivy Bridge quad core CPUs (e.g. 3610QM).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.7 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Dell reviews

84%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Samsung 700Z5C-S02DE
Core i5 3210M
» Samsung 700Z5C-S01IT
Core i7 3615QM
» Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435
Core i7 3610QM
» Toshiba Satellite P855
Core i7 3610QM

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Acer Aspire M3-581TG-33214G52
Core i3 3217U, 2.1 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-571G-73614G50Makk
Core i7 3610QM, 3.2 kg
» Acer Aspire M3-581TG-6736
Core i5 2467M, 2.1 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-581TG-53314G52Mass
Core i5 3317U, 2.179 kg
» Acer Aspire M3-581TG-52464G52Mnk
Core i5 2467M, 2.1 kg
» Acer Aspire M3-581TG-52466G52Mnkk
Core i5 2467M, 2.1 kg
» Acer Aspire M3-581TG
Core i7 2637M, 2.03 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Sony Vaio SVS1312Q9ES
Core i3 3110M, 13.3", 1.8 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P875-31P
Core i7 3630QM, 17.3", 3 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-771G-53218G50Makk
Core i5 3210M, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-471-73814G50Ma
Core i7 3610QM, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-471G-53214G75Makk
Core i5 3210M, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Gigabyte U2442N
Core i5 3210M, 14.0", 1.69 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-08- 3 (Update: 2013-08- 3)