Dell XPS 15 7590 vs 9500: Which One You Should Choose, the New or Old?

New Dell XPS 15 9500 vs 7590

The Dell XPS 15 7590 and XPS 9500 which is the latest upgraded one are compared here. Both the laptops are well-performing and great designed laptops but here, you should see that you really need to buy the upgraded one or the old XPS 7590 would be enough.

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DELL XPS 15 7590DELL XPS 15 9500
OLED display looks great.
Core i9 and GPU are a good mix.
Webcam is in the right place.
Overall fast performance.
Gorgeous display.
Good-quality speakers.
Quality control issues may still be a problem.
Keyboard is mediocre.
Moderate battery life with UHD+ screen.
Poor web camera.


Diagonal Size15.6″ FHD InfinityEdge Anti-Glare Non-touch IPS display, 15.6″ 4K UHD OLED InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Non-Touch display,15.6″ FHD+ InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare Display, 15.6″ UHD+ InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective Display
Resolution1920 x 1080, 3840 x 21601920 x 1200, 3840 x 2400
LCD Backlight Technology LED-Backlit
Monitor Features100% sRGB, 500-Nits, 100% DCI-P3 400-Nits500 nits
CPU9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H,10th Generation Intel® Core i5-10300H, 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H, 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10885H
Clock SpeedUp to 4.5 GHz4.5 GHz, 5.0 GHz, 5.3 GHz
CacheUp to 12 MB Cache8 MB, 12 MB, 16 MB Cache
Size8GB- 2x4G, 16GB- 2x8G, 16GB- 2x16G8 GB- 2x4G, 32GB- 2x16G
Storage256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TBUpto 1 TB
Spindle SpeedM.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State DriveM.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Graphic ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5Intel UHD Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6
SoundStereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio Pro; 2 W x 2 = 4 W with dual array digital microphonesStudio quality tuning with Waves MaxxAudio Pro and Waves Nx 3D audio
CameraIntegrated widescreen HD (720p)720p at 30 fps HD camera with dual-array microphones
TypeWindows 10 Pro 64-bitWindows 10 Home
Ports1 HDMI v2.0 port,
1 Thunderbolt 3 with Power Delivery and DisplayPort,
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port,
1 Universal audio jack,
1 Wedge-shaped lock slot
1x USB-C 3.1 with power delivery & DisplayPort,
Full size SD card reader v6.0,
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack,
Wedge-shaped lock slot,
2x Thunderbolt 3 with power delivery & DisplayPort
Memory cardSD-card readerSD-card reader
Wireless ProtocolKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0, Killer Wi-fi 6 AX500-DBS (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.1
Wired Protocol
Capacity97 WHr, Integrated battery56WHr (Integrated), Lithium Ion (86 Whr) Battery with Alienware Battery Defender technology
Cells6 cell3-Cell
Width14.06 in13.57 in
Depth9.7 in9.06 in
Height0.45-0.66 in0.71 in
Weight4 lbs4 lbs
ColorSilverPlatinum Silver exterior, Black interior
KeyboardBacklit English Keyboard with Fingerprint ReaderEnglish keyboard, black, backlit, Fingerprint Reader


The new Dell XPS 9500 and the old Dell XPS 7590 with a four-year-old chassis design. Here, you see which one is right for you. There are a couple of things that you should know if you’re deciding which one to buy.

Dell XPS 15 7590


The new Dell XPS is definitely cleaner and more 2020 in terms of build and design. It’s a full aluminum unibody design as opposed to the old XPS which has this rubbery tacky feeling across the sides.

On the spec sheet, the new XPS is not that much thinner than the old XPS and I thought there wouldn’t be too much of a difference but there’s actually a really big difference between the two chassis. I think one of the biggest factors is because of these rubber feet on the bottom of the laptops as on the old XPS, the rubber feet protrude out quite a bit more than the new XPS and this makes it feel a lot thicker than the new one.

In terms of lid open ability, the old XPS was very difficult to open even with two hands but the new XPS as expected from a 2020 made laptop is one hand-friendly. Unfortunately, for the new XPS though there are some uneven gaps when the lid is closed. Another thing that you’ll notice on the new XPS is that the palm rests are pretty sharp, now they went all out making this a very good precision-cut laptop but because of that, the palm rests are pretty sharp. New Dell XPS also has a much smaller footprint and this is due mainly to the new aspect ratio.


The new Dell XPS has a newer aspect ratio of 16 by 10 opposed to the 16 by 9 aspect ratio on the older XPS. This is nice because you get a little bit more real estate when you’re scrolling through pages or doing your work on your laptop but it’s not nice because you get black bars when you’re trying to play 4K or 1080p videos on Netflix or youtube. Now, the 1920 x 1200 resolution of the new XPS is nice but it’s not as nice as the 4K OLED display on the old XPS. You do notice a better contrast and deeper blacks and whiter whites on the OLED and you do notice that because it’s a 4K display that a lot of text and other images appear a lot more clear on the 4K display.

The OLED display is better overall in terms of image quality. It does have its issues, it’s a little bit thicker and a little bit heavier than the LCD panel which isn’t a big deal but the black banding that occurs in the movies you will watch and in a lot of the darker scenes, a lot of the blacks seem to turn into pixelated blocks, it’s because of the Dell color monitor software so you can that disappear by changing the calibrations.

Dell XPS 15 9500 (2020)


The new Dell XPS has the better NVIDIA 1650 Ti graphics versus the old Dell XPS that only has the normal 1650 well. The Ti only gives about an 8% boost in graphics performance, so it’s not that big of a deal. The new Dell XPS comes with the 10th generation intel core i7s and the old one comes with the 9th generation. Obviously, the 10th generation one is better. In terms of Ram, both of these laptops have two dual-channel Ram slots but the new Dell XPS is a little bit higher frequency at 2933 megahertz versus the old Dell XPS which is at 2666 megahertz. Now, both of them have m.2 storage slots but the new Dell XPS has two m.2 slots which means you can upgrade the storage if you’re ever able to get the back panel off without having to reinstall the whole operating system because you can just snap in a new m.2 cards.

In terms of ports though, the old XPS is kind of the winner because it has the old USB port and some other ports that are pretty useful to have but the new XPS comes with two Thunderbolt ports and a USB-C port. So, it also provides USB-C charging. It also has an SD card reader and a headphone jack and it comes with a dongle in case you need that HDMI port and the dongle is free, unlike some manufacturers.

The speakers on the old Dell XPS were just so bad, it was a deal-breaker for me. Everything else about the new Dell XPS is a nice upgrade but the speakers are really worse than the other laptops even if we compare with the older laptops than the XPS 7950. If you ever plan to consume any type of media on this laptop whether it’s gaming or video editing or watching videos or something like that, then the old Dell XPS speakers are just horrible. If you’re the type that wears headphones all the time when you’re using your laptop then maybe it’s fine. The speakers on the new Dell XPS on the other hand are amazing, they’re not amazing as Macbook but this one has good speakers.


The performance of the processor really differs because the XPS 9500 has 10th gen i7-10750H and it also has an i9-10885 H processor while the XPS 7590 has 9th gen i7-9750H processor. So, the XPS 9500’s performance is better than the older XPS 7590. Also, there is a slight difference in the graphics of these laptops. The XPS 7950 has NVIDIA GeForce 1650 graphics while the XPS 9500 has NVIDIA GeForce 1650 Ti. So, there is not that much high differences between these graphics, it is just about an 8% performance boost in the new XPS 9500.

dell xps 7590 4k OLED


Both of these have fingerprint readers but the new Dell XPS has Windows Hello facial recognition and I do think that that’s a little bit nicer and a little bit faster because you can open the lid and it’ll unlock without even having to touch the computer. The new keyboard is definitely better, the keys are a little bit wider and bigger that means I don’t accidentally press the blank space between the keys and I always used to do that with the old Dell XPS maybe most of the people because it has chiclet-style keys that have large gaps between them. Overall, the new keyboard is much more pleasurable to type on.

The function keys on the old Dell XPS are function keys first and then the volume adjustments, play-pause, and brightness adjustments after. So, you would have to hold down the Fn button if you wanted to adjust the brightness or the sound but the new Dell XPS and how it should be done is that the function keys are only activated when you hold down the fn. So, if you wanted to do F1, F2, F3, you hold down the Fn button and then you press F1, F2, F3 but if you wanted to adjust the brightness or if you wanted to adjust the sound or play and pause, then all you have to do is hit that button. So by default, that button controls whatever that image is and if you wanted to use the F buttons, you have to hold down the function keys.

Both have fingerprint readers but the new Dell XPS fingerprint reader is integrated into the keyboard, so it looks a little bit cleaner than that little round cutout found in the old Dell XPS. They both work really fast though and the new Dell XPS has a nice modern font and the old Dell XPS has that outdated kind of font.

Both of the trackpads work really well. The new one is just a lot bigger as to keep with the trend than the old one but the new trackpad is prone to loose wobble that comes straight from the factory and whereas maybe a lot of people have thought that the Dell quality control and the production line has fixed this issue by now but they haven’t.


Even though the new XPS 9500 has an 86 WHr battery, it gives more battery life than in the FHD model than the old XPS 7590 which has a 97 WHr battery. The UHD+ model of XPS 9500 gives less battery life compared with the FHD+ model which is about 8 hours and 15 hours respectively in a mixed-use of all works which is about half the battery life of the FHD+ model. The old XPS 7590 also gives a good battery life which doesn’t have much difference comparatively. After all, it depends on you, how much work you do, and in which model, and what type of work you in the laptop.


In conclusion, these both are very capable laptops. In terms of design, the new Dell XPS is my favorite but it’s kind of up to your personal preference. It also comes down to price there’s going to be a lot of discount on XPS 7590 compared to the new Dell XPS but keep in mind about the speaker because if you plan to do anything that requires this laptop to play something from the speakers, I would definitely suggest the new one even if it’s a little bit more expensive. If you only do your work with headphones then it will be fine with the old XPS 7590.

Expert reviews of Dell XPS 15 7590:

By Pcworld
If you’re shopping for a thin-and-light workhorse (with compromises) you’ll like this price. Our unit with Core i9, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD and 4K OLED was selling for $2,649 at the time of our review. A similarly configured Macbook Pro 15 with the same CPU, as well as the same amount of storage and RAM, hits the wallet harder at $3,600. So yes, believe or not, the XPS 15 7590 is a deal. But know what your buying and what you’re buying it for.

By Hothardware
Summed up, the new Dell XPS 15 is a premium laptop in every sense, from its physical design and eye-popping OLED display, to its fasten-your-seat-belt performance. It’s still one of the very best 15-inch laptops on the market and an easy HotHardware Editor’s Choice.

By Zdnet
Even at the entry level price, the XPS 15 7590 is an expensive laptop. Boost the configuration with an OLED screen, plus plenty of RAM and SSD storage, and you’re looking at a serious price tag. For that money, we think Dell should provide more…

By Neowin
The Dell XPS 15 is always one of my favorite laptops of the year, because it has that just right level of power. It comes with a 45W Intel Core processor and dedicated graphics, along with a beautiful 4K screen. And that’s just what you get with every…

By Ultrabookreview
With much-improved GPU performance and a sensible webcam location, the XPS 15 7590 makes a case for itself against competitors like the ThinkPad X1 Extreme or P1 with its good looks and lower price. However, due to quality-control issues and technology limitations, the OLED display is somewhat less compelling than the FHD and UHD IPS options, in my opinion.

Expert reviews of Dell XPS 15 9500:

By Expertreviews 
A gorgeous laptop with a modicum of gaming ability and a (mostly) fabulous display.

By Techadvisor
It might not be quite perfect, but the Dell XPS 15 for 2020 is stunning in many ways and easily one of the best full-size laptops you can buy.

By Pcworld
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is finally the MacBook Pro killer it’s always wanted to be, with a gorgeous display, better keyboard and trackpad components, and strong productivity performance. We miss USB-A, though.