Dell’s XPS brand was long held as a top choice for consumers when it came gaming and high performance machines. After acquiring Alienware, however, Dell transitioned the XPS brand into the Studio XPS, targeting it at more fashion-conscious consumers. Longtime fans heralded news of its return, but can XPS regain its former glory? Let’s find out.
What’s in the box:
Build and design
At first look, it’s difficult to tell the difference between Dell’s XPS 8300 and its predecessor, the Studio XPS 8100. In fact, it’s difficult to tell the difference at a second look, or even a third. That’s because the chassis is identical between the two systems, from the white metal and plastic body construction to the glossy black plastic covering the front. Without looking at the branding on the sides (studio XPS vs XPS), it’s impossible to tell the two apart.
While that might be considered a slight dig at Dell, it doesn’t mean that the computer is in any way unworthy. It’s been a long time since people have qualified Dell as selling little more than boring beige and grey, and in those years, the company has stepped up their game.
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