Dell XPS 15 (9520) vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 5)

Dell’s latest XPS 15 (9520) is mostly a continuation of the design that we first saw in the 9500 model, and it’s still one of the best Dell laptops out there. Executive Editor Daniel Rubino said in his XPS 15 (9500) review that it was a “near-perfect release of the iconic powerhouse laptop,” and that is still true today.

It’s a svelte 15-inch Ultrabook made of aluminum with carbon fiber accents; it starts at a slightly lower weight than the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and it has a smaller footprint, mostly owing to the fact that Lenovo’s laptop made the jump to 16 inches last generation. The XPS 15 (9520) received primarily a performance upgrade this time around, with new 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors, DDR5 RAM, and PCIe 4.0 storage.

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