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XPS13 (2015) upgrade : XPS 13 (2018), XPS 15, Surface Book 2.

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Hi,

I've had the XPS 9343 since it came out and I'm finally looking to upgrade. My current model was top of the range at the time;

- Core I7 - 5500U

- 8GB Ram

- 256GB SSD

It's been excellent however I have some issues:

- Performance with video, images is far below expectations. I wanted to use this laptop for lots of Lightroom, Photoshop and Premiere Pro but have found that it struggles with all 3. Lightroom in particular (both classic and the newer version).

- Battery life was never as good as advertised. Perhaps when first purchased I got 5 hours of ordinary use (browsing, spreadsheets etc), now it is down to 1.5 hours.

- 256GB has been far too small a drive even making heavy use of OneDrive and Dropbox.

In upgrading I want to focus on video and image editing, games are not important. Key requirements:

- Good performance in Premiere Pro (HD footage, ideally 4k), Photoshop, Lightroom

- Ability to run Da Vinci Resolve

- Basic Adobe After Effects performance

- Ultra HD/4K, Touch screen

- I carry my laptop around A LOT, and end up working from numerous places including cafes so weight and size is important.

I don't do any of the above professionally and instead it will be at a hobbyist level, so no ingesting terabytes of ARRI Raw data or RED footage, although I will be using those kind of formats for practicing grading and editing.

I have not had a chance to keep as up-to-date on hardware as I'd like recently and I do not know how much performance gains there have been with newer i7 CPU and the integrated GPU's. My initial reaction is that the XPS 15 or Surface Book would be much more suitable however the later is very expensive and perhaps overpowered? The former is quite large so would love to hear personal experiences about whether people have found it too cumbersome.

With the XPS15 it also appears that a new version is out next month so should I wait for that, or get last years model at a cheaper price (again, how big an improvement is the new CPU)?

Thanks for any advice.


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