Dell's latest is also surprisingly competent at gaming thanks to its Nvidia GeForce 435M.
That this multimedia-oriented laptop for under £750 can even play a title so demanding at all is quite impressive, and it certainly makes Dell's new XPS a capable choice for the casual gamer.
The use of these outputs particularly impressive as combined with the GT 420M they opens up the system for use with 3D displays, including the latest 3D HDTVs.
The use of NVIDIA Optimus technology also plays it's part in ensuring the XPS 15 performs well, whether it is through improving the battery life by seamlessly switching to the Intel GPU for desktop use or turning on the GT 420M for decent gaming performance Without doubt the best mainstream laptop we have tested to date.
NVIDIA Optimus technology - which ensures the discrete GPU is enabled seamlessly only when required - certainly makes a lot of sense. The end result is a well-balanced combination of performance and battery life. NVIDIA graphics and excellent battery life combine to make the U35JC worthy of consideration.