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Welcome to the XPS 15 9530 (Late 2013 Model) WikiEdit

A central location for tips, tricks, and solutions relevant to the Dell XPS 15 (9530) Haswell laptop computer. Becuase the 9530 is the current model (released 4Q 2013), it is the start point of this wiki.  At present, this wiki does not yet contain information for previous generations of XPS 15; time permitting, I will add links to such content; others are welcome to create an entire section (or companion wiki) to fill this gap.  International visitors should presume that all content is from the American perspective unless otherwise specified, though all are welcome to contribute content!

What to do upon first receiving an XPS 15

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Can't Decide Which Configuration of XPS 15 You Want?Edit

There are different configurations for the XPS 15; on the NotebookReview user forum they are most commonly referred to by "tier" - as in base tier, mid-tier, and top tier - but at least one user claims Dell has decided to use precious metal labels:  silver, gold, platinum.  Because the tier labels are less ambiguous, they tend to be used in this wiki.  At the bottom of this page is a chart that more clearly delineates the differences among the three configurations, but in summary form, by adding $450 to the asking price of the base configuration, Dell upgrades nearly every major catogory - CPU, GPU, RAM, display, storage.  That gets you to mid-tier.  To move to top tier, you have to shell out another $400, which gets you solid-state storage and 50% more battery capacity.  On the user forum at NotebookReview, I am unaware of anyone who chose the base tier - it just doesn't seem like good value for money, as if you don't want the power offered by the mid- and top tiers, you probably aren't much interested in paying an XPS premium anyhow.  And if you *are* interested in some computing muscle, the $450 Dell is asking to make that next step is less than it would cost you to DIY the upgrades from a base tier configuration (indicating that the base tier is steeply overpriced compared to the mid-tier).  The cost of moving to the top tier from there is also compelling, since the SSD alone would cost the DIYer more than $400 as of January 2014, when these prices were recorded into the wiki.  In short, the base tier offers little value for money, and the mid-tier only offers value for money if you already own a large SSD and you don't need more than 4 hours of battery runtime. There will always be cases where a lower tier is still the smart choice for a specific buyer, but in general it is reasonable to conclude that the lower the tier, the more you're spending on the brand name rather than on the hardware itself.

XPS 15 Base Tier Mid-Tier Top Tier
Display FHD display QHD+ display QHD+ display
Storage 500 GB HDD (7200 rpm)

1 TB HDD (5400 rpm)

512 GB SSD
RAM 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
CPU i5-4200H i7-4702HQ i7-4702HQ
GPU no discrete GPU nVidia GT-750M nVidia GT-750M
Battery 61 WHr 61 WHr 91 WHr
Price Premium US$0 +US$450 +US$850

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    Comment: No way!? That's fantastic! you are giving me fresh hope. Ishall look into Optimus, and see how I get on. Is it a difficult process, and if I get...
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    new comment by A Wikia contributor 15 hours ago
    Comment: I don't know why you people are having all those problems. If you configure correctly optimus and you have a recent linux distro, the battery life is...
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    Comment: Hello! Thank you for the great article. I have a question. I have Dell XPS 15 9550 (model 2016 year). It has 4k screen. And if I connect 1080p...
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    Comment: Since updating to Windows 10 HDMI no longer works.
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    Comment: Everything becomes being in red after applying this profile :(
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    Comment: apologies for the shameful typos above. But nope, still no solution to the power drain. It's REALLY bad. I've been very busy with work recently, so...
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    Comment: Did you find a solution to the power drain?
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    Comment: Hi, I'm running ubuntu 16.04 on te xps now. The HiDPI works like a dream. This includes the previously unavailable pinch and scroll touch screen...
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    Comment: Something to be careful of, make sure your USB boot disk uses the GPT partition scheme instead of MBR or it'll not show up in the UEFI boot menu.  If...

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