The XPS 15z is Dell’s answer to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it literally outshines Apple’s notebook. Both laptops sport a clean metallic design, a magnesium-alloy reinforced chassis, and a backlit island-style keyboard. The XPS 15z, however, schools the MacBook with its killer screen. Not only is the panel a super-bright 300 nits, the top-level configuration sports a much higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (compared to the similarly configured MacBook’s 1680 x 1050).
Watching video on the glossy, high-contrast screen is a joy. Colors are vibrant, blacks are deep, and we didn’t notice pixelation, even in darker portions of HD movies. If you spend much of your computing time consuming—or editing—video content, this is the notebook for you.
Starting at $999; www.dell.com