Dell XPS 17 9700: Everything you need to know

With the debut of the Dell XPS 17, the company will bring its popular XPS brand to a 17-inch laptop this summer, with a bezel-less design, H-class 10th-gen CPU, and up to RTX 2060 graphics. There’s an updated XPS 15, too. 

While the laptops were officially announced Wednesday, we actually got a sneak peek at prototypes of the XPS 17 in late 2019.We’ll walk you through everything we know about the it.

Dell XPS 17 9700 Price and Availability

Dell said the XPS 17 9700 will go on sale this summer with a starting price of $1,499. Starting obviously means a version that doesn’t include the top-end components.

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Dell’s XPS 17 9700 is smaller in physical dimensions than some 15-inch laptops, but its display is a 17-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio, 4K UHD+ screen.

Dell XPS 17 9700 Screen Options

The XPS 17 9700’s most distinctive feature is its 17-inch screen, and not just because of the size. While most 17.3-inch displays have a wide, 16:9 aspect ratio best suited for video, Dell’s is a custom panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio, far taller and more pleasant for people who need to get work done.

Two display options are available. The first is a 1920×1200 resolution FHD+ screen that can hit 100 percent of sRGB color space. Although not exactly high-resolution, it’s plenty bright at 500 nits. The screen comes with an anti-glare finish.

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Dell’s two display options share certain features, including 178-degree viewing angles and support for Dolby Vision and Eyesafe.

Those who value pixel density will likely prefer the touch-enabled 4K UHD+ screen with a resolution of 3840×2400. It’s rated to hit 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut and greater than 94 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It also complies with the HDR 400 spec for luminance and color depth, and can hit 500 nits of brightness. The panel features anti-smudge and anti-reflective features.

Anti-reflective isn’t the same as anti-glare, which is typically a matte finish. Anti-reflective screens are designed to be glossy or shiny to maintain image crispness, but they typically have internal coatings to minimize reflections.

Both screens offer 178-degree viewing angles and support both the Dolby Vision HDR 4K video format and the Eyesafe standard for reducing blue emissions from the screen—without that horrible brown tint that makes it look like you’re wearing As Seen On TV Blue Blocker sunglasses. Eyesafe screens essentially look “normal,” but without the blue emissions that disturb your sleep and hurt your eyes.

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