Is the new Dell XPS 15 9500 more repairable than its predecessor?
There is no escaping that the XPS 15 9500 looks more modern than its predecessor. The front-firing speakers, smaller bezels and larger trackpad are all improvements over last year's XPS 15, as internal upgrades like Comet Lake-H processors and the more powerful NVIDIA GTX GPU. However, Dell has soldered the Wi-Fi card to the motherboard, something that it did not do with the XPS 15 7590.
So, is the XPS 15 9500 less repairable than its predecessor? Well, not exactly. Arguably, it has a more modular construction the XPS 15 7590. Below is a table of the parts that can be replaced or upgraded on both models. This is by no means an exhaustive list as it does not include the chassis, display or trackpad, but it does represent most of the parts that could be reasonably replaced when your device is out of warranty.
|XPS 15 7590||XPS 15 9500|
|Replaceable parts||56 Wh or 97 Wh batterySO-DIMM RAM2x fansHeatsinkMotherboard2x speakers1x M.2 2280 SSD1x M.2 2230 Wi-Fi card||56 Wh or 86 Wh batterySO-DIMM RAM2x fansHeatsinkMotherboard2x speakers1x M.2 2280 SSD1x M.2 2280 or M.2 2230 SSDI/O boardHeadphone jack|
So, the XPS 15 9500 retains the replaceable RAM and M.2 2280 SSD of its predecessor but adds a second replaceable M.2 2280 or M.2 2230 SSD. The I/O board and headphone jack are now replaceable, the latter of which Dell contains within the bottom cover.