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Dell XPS laptop series questions answered

What is the Dell XPS laptop series for, and is a Dell XPS worth the money?

The Dell XPS series is the company’s attempt to counter its rivals Lenovo and Apple’s lead in laptop design; the new XPS plus is unique with no visible trackpad and a sharp-looking keyboard.

The XPS plus announced this year has no visible trackpad

Besides the XPS 13 plus, you can get the XPS series with a 15 or 17-inch screen. The Dell XPS laptop is marketed at “creators” and is geared toward those who want a sleek, versatile laptop without sacrificing functionality.

You can see Dell unbox an XPS 13 Plus here from their newest generation:

So how long does the battery last on an XPS laptop?

The XPS laptop battery is designed to last for up to 8 hours on a single charge. However, actual battery life may vary depending on several factors, including how the laptop is being used, the brightness of the screen, and whether or not battery-saving features are enabled. In actual usage settings, you should expect an XPS laptop battery that is not worn out to last about 4.5 hours under average use.

This amounts for most users to a full day’s use out of the XPS laptop battery before needing to recharge. For those who need even more power, an optional nine-cell battery is available that is rated for 4 more hours, up to 12 hours of use.

What kind of CPUs are available, and what is the maximum ram of the XPS series?

As of 6-9-2022, Dell updated their XPS lineup. You can get a 10th or an 11th generation intel core i5, i7, or i9 processors. The maximum RAM that can be installed on an XPS laptop is 2x 32 GB sticks for 64 GB. The 12th generation i9 intel 12900HK is the most powerful processor offered on the XPS, with a 24 MB cache and up to 14 cores.

How do I connect my Dell XPS laptop to:

  1. A monitor: The easiest way to connect an external monitor is using a USB type C to an HDMI adapter. The XPS has a USB C port on the left side and can be connected using the HDMI adapter to an external monitor.
  2. Airpods: To connect your air pods, you need to manage your Bluetooth settings on your XPS laptop; start by going to windows or pressing the windows button. After you open the Windows menu, select “settings” and “Bluetooth” ensure your Bluetooth is on and your AirPods are set to pair – then click add device.
  3. Mouse or keyboard: To connect your wireless mouse or keyboard, you need to manage your Bluetooth settings on your XPS laptop; start by going to windows or pressing the windows button. After you open the Windows menu, select “settings,” and “Bluetooth” make sure your Bluetooth is on and your AirPods are set to pair – then click add device.

Why does my Dell XPS get so hot? Is it overheating?

Dell says that XPS laptops can overheat when the vents or laptop fans themselves are obstructed. The recommendation is to ensure your computer is clean of dust and debris, which can slow airflow, reducing thermal exchange.

Laptops generally are prone to overheating from ventilation issues and their general compact nature. The Dell XPS laptop can be opened to be cleaned of debris, but the position you use daily will have a dramatic impact. Ensure the back of your laptop is not obstructed; consider using your computer on a stand to help air circulation.

A hot laptop is not always cause for concern, and when running at peak performance, most laptops will heat up. Of course, you can reduce the performance settings to reduce the heat output, but unless your XPS laptop is suddenly shutting down from too much heat – you are likely ok.

How do I open the Dell XPS? What is the best way to clean it?

Step 1: Pry the XPS flap with a plastic, non-damaging pry tool.

Step 2: unscrew exposed Philips head screws

Step 3: gently remove the laptop backing

Compressed air is one of the easiest ways to clean an exposed laptop or clean out vents when the computer is still assembled. Compressed air is gentle enough not to damage the electronics while still quickly removing accumulated dust.