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Dell, from $1499

★★★★ Dell’s new pre­mium 15.6-inch

lap­top is easy to pick from a line-up: it’s the com­puter with a smooth metal lid, a matte track­pad un­der­neath, and a stylised key­board that is in­stantly

recog­nis­able as be­long­ing to an XPS ma­chine. Thought­ful touches are easy to find in this large lap­top,

in­clud­ing a multi-touch track­pad users can press like a but­ton, an SD card slot masked by a metal in­sert, and a com­pact Eth­er­net port that only re­veals it­self when you lower its bot­tom edge. Un­like many lap­tops, the XPS 15 also comes with a DVD drive, in ad­di­tion to three USB ports and a full-size HDMI con­nec­tion for use with larger dis­plays. Our $1999 re­view model sports a third-gen­er­a­tion Core i7 chip, 8GB RAM and one ter­abyte hard drive, though a

solid-state ver­sion is also avail­able. It isn’t the most por­ta­ble lap­top, weigh­ing slightly more than 3kg, but it is one of

the slick­est.

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