Dell XPS 17 vs. MSI Creator Z17

Dell XPS 17 vs. MSI Creator Z17

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Dell’s XPS 17 has been 1 of our favourite 17-inch laptops for a mates of years, providing a compelling operation of surface size, chassis size, and performance. It’s besides an incredibly well-built laptop with a streamlined aesthetic that works successful immoderate environment.

But the XPS 17 isn’t alone. There are respective different 17-inch laptops that are aimed astatine the aforesaid creator audience, specified arsenic the aptly named MSI Creator Z17 that’s besides connected our database of favourite 17-inch laptops. It excessively is accelerated and well-built. Which of these ample laptops is close for you?


  Dell XPS 17 9720 MSI Creator Z17
Dimensions 14.74 inches x 9.76 inches x 0.77 inches 15.04 inches by 10.24 inches by 0.75 inches
Weight 5.34 pounds 7.4 pounds
Processor Intel Core i5-12500H
Intel Core i7-12700H
Intel Core i9-12900HK
Intel Core i7-12700H
Intel Core i9-12900H
Graphics Intel UHD graphics
Intel Iris Xe graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Display 17.o-inch 16:10 FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS
17.0-inch 16:10 UHD+ (3840 x 2400) IPS
17.0-inch 16:10 QHD+ (2560 x 1600) 165Hz IPS
Storage 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Touch Optional Yes
Ports 4 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x full-size SD paper reader
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
2 x USB-C 4 with Thunderbolt 4
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x full-size SD paper reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Webcam 720p, Windows 11 Hello infrared camera 1080p, Windows 11 Hello infrared camera
Operating system Windows 11 Windows 11
Battery 97 watt-hour 90 watt-hour
Price $1,812 $3,250
Rating 4 retired of 5 stars 3.5 stars retired of 5


Dell XPS 17 9720 beforehand   angled presumption    showing show  and keyboard deck.Dell XPS 17 Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The XPS 17’s plan has been perfected implicit respective generations of the XPS line, with metallic aluminum making up the lid and chassis bottommost and achromatic c fibre lining the keyboard deck. The angles are streamlined, and the plan is elemental without being mundane. That makes for a cohesive aesthetic that conscionable works, and the tiny show bezels springiness the XPS 17 a modern appearance. The Creator Z17 besides enjoys a streamlined design, with angles reminiscent of the XPS 17. It’s constructed wholly of aluminum successful a Lunar Gray (dark gray) colour strategy maintained connected the lid and chassis bottommost with lone darker chrome on the edges lasting out. The Creator Z17’s venting is much aggressive, combining with the MSI dragon logo connected the lid to bespeak MSI’s gaming roots. Both laptops are attractive, but the XPS 17 pays much attraction to the details.

The XPS 17 is the much solidly built laptop, with nary flexing, bending, oregon twisting successful the lid, keyboard deck, oregon bottommost chassis. It’s 1 of the astir solidly built laptops you tin buy. The Creator Z17 besides enjoys a prime build, with lone a flimsy bending successful the lid detracting from its rigidity. There’s thing to kick astir with either laptop regarding physique quality.

A MSI Creator Z17 laptop sitting connected  a greenish  table.MSI Creator Z17 Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The Creator Z17’s SteelSeries keyboard is much extravagant, with per-key RGB lighting amended suited to a gaming laptop. The keycaps are ample and there’s plentifulness of spacing, with switches providing 1.5mm of question and a precise bottoming action. The XPS 17’s keyboard offers modular backlighting and arsenic bully cardinal spacing, but its mechanics is lighter yet adjacent much precise, with a springy bottoming enactment that lends assurance to each keystroke. It’s among the champion Windows keyboards, with lone Apple’s Magic Keyboard connected its astir caller MacBooks being better.

The XPS 17’s touchpad is besides larger with a creaseless surface, confident, quiescent clicks, and Microsoft Precision touchpad drivers for assured Windows 11 multitouch gestures. The Creator Z17’s touchpad is conscionable arsenic good, but it’s not rather arsenic large. Both are fantabulous and marque controlling the laptop a pleasure. Both of my reappraisal units enjoyed touch-enabled displays, but the Creator Z17 besides has progressive pen enactment with 4,096 levels of unit sensitivity and, via Bluetooth, presumption distant functionality. It’s included, and that’s a plus, though inking connected a clamshell show isn’t the astir comfy process.

Finally, connectivity favors the Creator Z17, which has 2 USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD paper reader. The XPS 17 has 4 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD paper reader. Dell throws successful a USB-C to USB-A and HDMI adapter, but that’s not the aforesaid arsenic having bequest ports connected board. Both laptops person up-to-date wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.


Dell XPS 17 Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

Both our reappraisal units were equipped with Intel’s 12th-gen 45-watt Core i7-12700H, a 14-core (six Performance and 8 Efficient), 20-thread CPU that provides fantabulous all-around performance. The XPS 17 tin beryllium upgraded to the overclockable Core i9-12900HK, portion the Creator Z17 tin beryllium configured with up to the non-overclockable Core i9-12900H. The Creator Z17 utilized the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, upgradable to the RTX 3080 Ti, portion the XPS 17 included the RTX 3060, the fastest GPU disposable for the laptop. That gave the MSI an vantage successful GPU-intensive tasks.

According to our CPU-intensive benchmarks, these laptops are evenly matched. They’re some comparatively bladed and person little country to determination aerial and support things chill than thicker 17-inch machines, typically gaming laptops. Both laptops demonstrated immoderate throttling, but for the astir part, they squeezed coagulated show retired of Intel’s chip. I reported results from the balanced and show modes offered by each manufacturer’s thermal power utility, and the MSI gained much from its show mode than the Dell.

The Creator Z17 scored importantly higher successful the Pugetbench Premiere Pro benchmark that runs successful a unrecorded mentation of Adobe’s Premiere Pro. This benchmark uses a laptop’s GPU, which gives the MSI an edge. And the Creator Z17 volition beryllium adjacent faster successful this benchmark erstwhile equipped with the RTX 3080 Ti.

For each but the astir demanding creators, either of these laptops volition supply much than capable performance. But for gamers and creators who request adjacent faster performance, the Creator Z17 has much headroom.

Dell XPS 17 9720
(Core i7-12700H)
MSI Creator Z17
(Core i7-12700H)
Geekbench 5
(single / multi)
Bal: 1,712 / 13,176
Perf: 1,747 / 13,239
Bal: 1,744 / 11,750
Perf: 1,741 / 13,523
Bal: 74
Perf: 71
Bal: 88
Perf: 70
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
Bal: 1,778 / 12,696
Perf: 1,779 / 14,086
Bal: 1,804 / 11,266
Perf: 1,819 / 15,754
Pugetbench Premiere Pro Bal: 771
Perf: 853
Bal: 897
Perf: 984


You tin take from 2 show options with the XPS 17, some 17.0-inch 16:10 panels. There’s Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS and UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) IPS, some moving astatine 60Hz. We reviewed the latter, and it’s 1 of the champion IPS displays we’ve tested. Color width and accuracy were excellent, with highly precocious brightness and 1 of the champion IPS opposition ratios successful our database.

The Creator Z17 has conscionable 1 display, a 17.0-inch 16:10 QHD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS sheet moving astatine 165Hz. Its colors aren’t astir arsenic wide oregon accurate, its brightness is overmuch lower, and its opposition ratio is beneath our preferred 1,000:1 for premium laptops. Its lone vantage is the faster refresh rate, which volition marque Windows 11 tally much smoothly and trim tearing successful games but won’t lend to the display’s suitability for originative work.

Simply put, the XPS 17 offers a show that the astir demanding creators volition emotion and that matches up good with the laptop’s performance. It gets a beardown triumph successful this category.

Dell XPS 17 9720 MSI Creator Z17
543 355
AdobeRGB gamut 100% 87%
 sRGB gamut 100% 100%
(DeltaE, little is better)
0.58 1.35
Contrast ratio 1,870:1 840:1


A SD paper  reader, USB port, and HDMI larboard  connected  the close    broadside  of the MSI Creator Z17.MSI Creator Z17 Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The Creator Z17 is somewhat wider and deeper than the XPS 17, acknowledgment to its larger show bezels. It’s a spot thicker astatine 0.78 inches versus 0.77, and it’s rather a spot heavier astatine 7.04 pounds versus 5.34 pounds. That makes the XPS 17 noticeably easier to transportation around, though neither of these laptops is what you mightiness telephone “small.”

The XPS 17 besides wins retired successful artillery life. Although some laptops had akin artillery capacities, with the XPS 17 astatine 97 watt-hours and the Creator Z17 astatine 90 watt-hours, Dell’s laptop performed importantly better. It deed 7.5 hours successful our web browsing trial that cycles done a fistful of fashionable and analyzable websites, 3 hours longer than the Creator Z17. And successful our video trial that loops a section Full HD Avengers trailer, the XPS 17 managed 13 hours, astir triple that of the Creator Z17.

You’ll get astir a afloat time of emblematic productivity tasks from the XPS 17, portion the Creator Z17 volition unopen down by lunchtime. That makes Dell’s ample laptop the much portable option.

Dell XPS 17 9720
(Core i7-12700H)
MSI Creator Z17
(Core i7-12700H)
Web browsing 7 hours, 36 minutes 4 hours 23 minutes
Video 13 hours, 5 minutes 4 hours 32 minutes

The Dell XPS 17 is amended for the mainstream

The XPS 17 entry-level configuration is $1,812 for a Core i5-12500H, 8GB of DDR5 RAM, a 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD, Intel UHD graphics, and a 17-inch Full HD+ display. At the precocious end, you’ll walk $3,625 for a Core i9-12900HK, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, and a 17-inch UHD+ display.

The Creator Z17 is simply a much costly machine, starting astatine $3,250 for a Core i7-12700H, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, an RTX 3070 Ti, and a QHD+ display. Max it out, and it volition outgo you $4,600 for a Core i9-12900H, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, an RTX 3080 Ti, and a QHD+ display.

The Dell XPS 17 is the amended mainstream laptop, with a much affordable terms and amended artillery life. Demanding creators and gamers, though, mightiness beryllium consenting to walk the other wealth for much show acknowledgment to the Creator 17’s faster GPU options.

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