I've been searching for a 15.6" screen powered by a Quad Core i7 processer with a dedicated graphics card, decent RAM and SSD, ultrabook dimension and weight and clothed in aluminium silver with all day battery life.
That is a big ask and they don't come cheap. I absolutely did not want the spec to be presented in the form of a bulky gaming looking laptop.
So with the 2017 version of the Dell XPS 15 being launched (9560), the 2016 version are fast disappearing (9550). In fact Dell now only sell 2 basic versions of the 2016 version (9550). So if you wanted a 500GB SSD, you have to pay the premium to but the 2017 version.
Options buying form Dell:
9550: i7-6700HQ, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, GTX 960M: £1,299
9560: i7-7700HQ, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, GTX 1050: £1,449
9560: i7-7700HQ, 500 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, GTX 1050: £1,599
If you are a student, or at times it might be pos that Dell would offer discount offers for £100 off or even up to 10% off.
So with 10% off it would be options buying form Dell:
9550: i7-6700HQ, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, GTX 960M: £1,169
9560: i7-7700HQ, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, GTX 1050: £1,304
9560: i7-7700HQ, 500 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, GTX 1050: £1,439
So the offer from John Lewis is for:
9550: i7-6700HQ, 500 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, GTX 960M: £1,300
My understanding is the 9560 (2017 version) does not have ground-breaking improvements but evidently is has better spec technically including battery. I would be happy with nearly the top spec for less money. Ideally for less than £1000.
The temptation to spend an extra £100-£200 has taken me form looking for a £500 laptop to £1000!! I can't be continue that journey upward indefinitely.
Happy to hear suggestions from others. Please do share the link when you state you can have more for less and please don't compare apples with pears.
Oh, and please note that John Lewis 90 day return is shrinking to 35 day return from tomorrow.