Dell has consistently been a trailblazer in the realm of cutting-edge technology. The Dell XPS 17 Pro (9730) is a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of conventional laptops, offering an unrivaled fusion of power, elegance, and functionality.
Dell’s commitment to aesthetics is evident in every curve and contour of the XPS 17Pro. The Infinity Edge display, with its almost nonexistent bezels, draws you into a world of immersive visuals. The laptop’s slim profile defies the conventional bulk associated with 17-inch devices, making it a statement piece that effortlessly combines portability with power.
The XPS 17 Pro 9730 is equipped with the newest chips from Nvidia and Intel. For this content creation laptop, however, Dell chooses a low-wattage RTX 4070 GPU over one with a full-wattage RTX 40-series GPU, meaning that frame rates are not as good as they could be.
Furthermore, at this price, graphics enthusiasts and pros can reasonably anticipate an OLED panel, not just an IPS panel. Content creators should consider the comparably priced Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED or Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra, both of which have huge OLED panels.
Dell XPS 17 (9730)
Dell XPS 17 (9730) Key Specifications
- 17.0-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS
- 17.0-inch 16:10 4K+ (3,840 x 2,400) IPS
- Intel Core i5-13500H
- Intel Core i7-13700H
- Intel Core i9-13900H
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 (60W)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 (60W)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 (60W)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 (60W)
- 8GB DDR5-4800MHz
- 16GB DDR5-4800MHz
- 32GB DDR5-4800MHz
- 64GB DDR5-4800MHz
- 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- 4TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- 8TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (2 x 4TB SSDs)
- 4 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
- 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
- 1 x SD Card reader
Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
Biometrics: IR camera and fingerprint reader
Battery capacity: 95 Watt-hours
Dimensions (WDH): 14.74 x 9.76 x 0.77 inches
Weight: 5.37 pounds
Design and Build
Crafted with precision and an unwavering commitment to aesthetics, the XPS 17 boasts a design that seamlessly blends sophistication with functionality. The enclosure of the XPS 17 9730 is the same as that of the XPS 17 9720 preceding it.
At first glance, the XPS 17 captivates with its InfinityEdge display, a hallmark of the XPS series. This laptop has an enormous surface area that measures approximately 15 inches in width and nearly 10 inches in depth.
The almost bezel-less design creates an immersive visual experience, drawing your eyes into a world of brilliance. The 17-inch 16:10 takes center stage and takes up very little room.
The XPS 17 9730 isn’t a big laptop, but its width and depth may make it difficult to fit into your backpack. Despite its expansive 17-inch display, the XPS 17 defies expectations with its remarkably slim profile, a trim 0.77 inches thick weighing a manageable 5.4 pounds. Dell’s engineering prowess shines through as they manage to maintain portability without compromising on power.
Dell’s dedication to premium materials is evident in every facet of the XPS 17’s construction. The aluminum chassis exudes durability, providing a robust protective shell for the internal components. The anodized finish not only enhances the laptop’s visual appeal but also adds a touch of sophistication to its tactile feel, making it a pleasure to handle.
When you open the laptop, the silver lid with its brushed aluminum surface gives way to a black keyboard deck with a carbon fiber finish that runs along the wrist rest and the thin strip above the keyboard. The XPS 9730 stands out from the masses of dull gray or all-silver devices due to its two-tone color scheme. Additionally, the rubberized coating on the carbon fiber keyboard deck offers a pleasant feel and effectively deters fingerprints.
Display and Audio
The showcase feature of the Dell XPS 17 (9730) is undoubtedly its stunning display, a testament to the brand’s commitment to visual excellence. Boasting a 17-inch 4K UHD display, the InfinityEdge technology ensures a virtually borderless screen, providing an immersive experience
The Dell XPS 17 (9730) has a 3840×2400 IPS touchscreen that features a 500-nit brightness and a 60Hz refresh rate. The text and graphics on the display are incredibly sharp, and at 500 nits, it’s considerably brighter than it should be. On the other hand, the 4K touch panel will only mildly excite you as a creative professional. Why? Because an OLED panel becomes an appropriate expectation at a price beyond $3,000.
What sets the XPS 17 apart is not just its pixel count, but the innovative technology behind the display. The HDR support enhances dynamic range, bringing out details in the brightest highlights and deepest shadows
The HDR support and wide color gamut bring images to life with vivid colors and sharp contrasts. From crisp text rendering to the vibrant realism of high-definition videos, the XPS 17’s display sets a new standard for visual brilliance in the laptop market.
The contrast ratio of the XPS 17 9730 is good, although it is not as good as an OLED display with true black and bright white levels. It’s shocking and disappointing that an OLED panel isn’t available for a high-end, large-screen laptop geared toward creative pros, a group that benefits more than most from the additional color fidelity and contrast.
More importantly, prospective purchasers who might want to use the laptops’ RTX GPUs for some 3D gaming after work will be disappointed by the display’s meek 60Hz refresh rate. For more fluid movement, video editors should also look for panels that are faster—90 Hz or 120Hz.
Another letdown is the webcam. Instead of the high-resolution 1080p camera found on almost every laptop produced in the previous year or two, Dell XPS 17 (9730) still has the grainy 720p camera of the past. To be honest, I find it shocking that a laptop with this price tag lacks an upgraded webcam. The webcam on the XPS 17 is in dire need of upgrade.
The XPS 17 offers an immersive audio experience, powered by Waves Nx 3D sound technology. Dell packs four speakers into the XPS 17 9730 in the form of a pair of 1.5-watt tweeters and a pair of 2.5 woofers. The result is a sound that is richer, louder, and more dynamic than what you would get from a standard laptop with just two speakers. When watching TV shows, the dialogue is clear and the effects are lifelike. You’ll even like listening to music because the sound is slightly balanced with a slight bass response.
The beating heart of any laptop is its performance, and the Dell XPS 17 (9730) doesn’t just beat; it roars. Armed with the latest Intel Core i7 or i9 processors, this powerhouse of a machine is engineered to handle everything from demanding professional tasks to resource-intensive professional graphics with effortless ease.
At the core of the XPS 17’s performance lies the choice between Intel Core i7 and i9 processors, ensuring that no matter the variant, you’re equipped with cutting-edge processing power.
The XPS 17 9730 Core i7-13970HX CPU system comes with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics, and also supplies a generous 32GB of RAM with 1TB SSD. The 13th-generation Core i9-13900HX, has six performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and 20 processing threads overall, is equipped with Intel’s hybrid architecture. The RTX 4070 is a mid range GPU in Nvidia’s latest GeForce 40 series behind the RTX 4080 and 4090 graphics processors.
Multitasking is a breeze with the XPS 17’s massive memory capacity, boasting up to 32GB of RAM. Whether you’re juggling numerous browser tabs, running virtual machines, or handling massive datasets, the XPS 17’s memory ensures that you can do it all without compromising on performance.
The XPS 17 doesn’t just excel in processing power; it also ensures that data access is as swift as thought itself. The inclusion of PCIe SSD storage guarantees lightning-fast boot times, instantaneous application launches, and seamless file transfers. It’s a nod to the importance of speed in the digital age, where time is of the essence.
Ports and Connectivity
At the forefront of the XPS 17’s connectivity arsenal is the Thunderbolt 4 port. This universal connector isn’t just about speed; it’s about versatility. With Thunderbolt 4, you can connect to a myriad of devices, from external monitors and storage drives to docking stations and peripherals.
Complementing Thunderbolt 4 is the inclusion of USB-C ports, adding an additional layer of connectivity to the XPS 17. Whether you’re connecting legacy devices or embracing the future with USB-C peripherals, the XPS 17 ensures that you’re ready for whatever the digital landscape throws your way.
For those engaged in content creation or multimedia consumption, the XPS 17 comes prepared. The HDMI port allows for seamless connectivity to external displays, turning your laptop into a multimedia hub.
Recognizing the importance of legacy support, the XPS 17 includes a 3.5mm audio jack and USB-A ports. Whether you have a favorite pair of wired headphones or peripherals that rely on traditional USB-A connectors, the XPS 17 ensures that you’re not left in the lurch.
Beyond the physical ports, the XPS 17 embraces the wireless future with Wi-Fi 6 support. This ensures blazing-fast internet connectivity, minimizing lag in online activities and enhancing overall browsing experiences. The inclusion of Bluetooth further adds to the XPS 17’s wireless prowess, allowing for seamless connections to a variety of peripherals.
In the realm of portable computing, a laptop’s battery life is a pivotal factor that can make or break the user experience. At the heart of the XPS 17’s impressive battery life is its capacious 95WHr battery. This powerhouse provides the stamina required to power the laptop’s large 17-inch 4K UHD display and high-performance internals.
Dell’s commitment to efficiency is reflected in the XPS 17’s optimization of power usage. The laptop intelligently manages resources, ensuring that power is allocated where it’s needed most. This optimization extends the battery life without compromising on performance, striking a delicate balance that is crucial for users who rely on their laptops for a myriad of tasks.
The new XPS 17 improved the battery life by a modest amount over its predecessor, though this still left it only in the “roughly average” range. The UHD+ screen and its components are more demanding than most. Although the XPS 17 laptop will get you through the day, there are laptops out there that are far more durable. A longer-lasting system would be a better choice if your workflow requires you to charge the device regularly, although Dell XPS 17 won’t hamper you.
Beyond immediate battery performance, the XPS 17 incorporates adaptive charging technology to enhance the long-term health of the battery. This feature intelligently adjusts the charging speed, reducing wear and tear over time. It’s a testament to Dell’s commitment to providing a laptop that not only excels in the present but maintains its performance over the long haul.
The new Dell XPS 17 fulfills expectations for a performance-oriented revamp. Aside from a few minor details, we think the design is quite good. The decent keyboard and limited number of connections are reasonable compromises, but the 720p webcam is the largest omission. Performance enhancements based on the processor are evident and pleasant, moreso, the new GPU performs better; professionals and creatives will appreciate this extra potential.
You don’t need to upgrade if you purchased the previous XPS 17—and maybe even the model before that. While those seeking noticeably greater power should look elsewhere, the gradual development is helpful but not revolutionary.