The Dell XPS 13 provides a 13-inch screen with a more compact package than its competitors, realizing a combination of design, comfort, performance, and battery life, making it the top laptop. Everyone has tried to catch this super portable since the opening, but no one can defeat the champion. Dell improves XPS 13 (tested $ 799, $ 1.099) with the latest first generation Intel core CPU (Kaby Lake), as well as battery life and more powerful Wi-performance.
If you intend to pay more for it you can order this aluminum machine in wood gold color. XPS 13 is not perfect. Please visit the webcam.
|CPU||3.1-GHz Intel Core i5-7200U|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Hard Drive Size||256GB SSD|
|Hard Drive Type||SSD|
|Highest Available Resolution||3200 x 1800|
|Optical Drive Speed||n/a|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 5500|
|Touchpad Size||4.1 x 2.3 inches|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Headphone|
|Ports (excluding USB)||SD card slot|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Thunderbolt 3|
|Ports (excluding USB)||USB 3.0|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Kensington Lock|
|Ports (excluding USB)||USB Type-C|
|Warranty/Support||one-year limited hardware warranty|
|Size||11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.6 inches|
The most striking feature of XPS 13 is an infinite display with little bezel on the screen. This allows Dell to hit a 13-inch screen onto a chassis, usually in an 11-inch notebook. It also moves the system base up so that it looks like a screen, so you can concentrate on more content.The rest of the laptop is as attractive as before, even if it is not as thin as the competition. The top and bottom are made of machined aluminum which gives the frame a durable and firm feel. The internal deck is even better. Typing is truly fun, as it uses delicate and cool gridded, comfortable and soft carbon fiber material.
The Soft-touch carbon-fiber deck makes typing a real pleasure.
Between Silver XPS 13 and Rose Gold XPS 13, I take sexy shine of Rosen Gold. The silver model is beautiful, but the gold version is popping, it is golden less pink than the 12-inch MacBook. However, the price of rose gold XPS is 13 dollars 50 cents, it can not be used in the basic configuration with Core i 3.
2.7 pounds in Nontouch model and 2.9 pounds in touch screen version XPS 13 is lighter than 3 pounds MacBook Air, but please use HP Specter (2.45 pounds) or 12 inch MacBook (2 pounds). At 0.33 – 0.6 inch, XPS 13 is also slightly thicker than ghost (0.41 inch) and MacBook (0.5 inch). However, XPS 13 has more ports.
Unlike more skinny Ultra Portable, XPS 13 packs all necessary ports.
In addition to the headphone jack and USB Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, there are two USB 3.0 ports and one SD card reader. In other words, XPS 13 can be connected to two 4K monitors at the same time. Although the original power supply is attached, you can also charge the XPS 13 via USB Type-C.
HP Specter has three USB type C ports, and 12-inch MacBook has one USB type C port that does not support Thunderbolt 3.
Dell XPS 13 has two display options, both of which are very good. There is a full HD, non-touch screen model with 1920 x 1080 resolution and matte finish. Or if you want to spend $ 1,599, there is a quad HD touch screen model with resolution 3200 x 1800 pixels. This shiny panel is more reflective, but it provides a richer color.
Looking at the 4K “Tears of Steel” movie on both XPS 13, the high resolution screen is the winner, and within the range of the sniper the details of the character skin and the smooth line were clearly understood. In the 1080p trailer of “Wonder Woman”, the blue sky of Themyscira was much more active on the touch screen as red was in the costume of Diana. The only problem with high resolution monitors is that there is a little glare so that the gaze is narrower than the non-touch version.
Based on our lab test, the Nontouch screen strongly generates 93.6% of the sRGB color scale and the QHD touch version is 105.7% (over 100% is big). Nontouch’s screen is very accurate, Delta E’s rating is 0.8 (highest), but the QHD version is not very accurate, but with the score 4 it is much clearer.
HP Specter achieved 100% scale, Delta E was not 1.3, MacBook issued 107% and 1 with the same test.
Since our test reached 302 Nits, XPS 13 was not the brightest (the 3200 x 1800 touch display reached 305 Nits). The result is above the category average, but it is under Specter (359 Nits) and MacBook (327 nit).
Although the stereo speaker of XPS 13 becomes a large volume, the volume becomes a little difficult with the maximum volume. However, this is the default setting. When I saw the bass with the Waves MaxxAudio Pro application, Sublimes asked me that “What I Got” was better balanced. The guitar goes well with the powerful drums.
You can also make other adjustments, such as reducing streaming noise and revival, customizing track details with virtual buttons.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The typing experience of XPS 13 is still quite comfortable. The 1.2 mm ride is a bit smaller than the HP Specter 1.3 mm, but it provided spring feedback. In the type test of 10fastfingers.com, it reached 71 words per minute. It has reached 78 watts or less with a fluttered MacBook keyboard.
Dell’s spacious high-precision touchpad named for smooth and accurate scrolling. I had no problem with running different gestures, but turning 3 fingers, changing apps, tapping 3 fingers and starting Cortana.
We visited two models of Dell XPs 13. One was equipped with Core i 5 – 7200 U (Kaby Lake) processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB hard drive, 1080 p display. The other is Core i 7-7500 U CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 3200 x 1800 touch screen. Even though the difference between this generation and the last model is not that big, both components provided high performance with daily use and lab tests.
Even if more than 10 tabs are open, you can start right away by streaming a trailer of Rogue One: Star Wars story to start a Skype call using the Spotify Web Player. XPS 13 did not stutter.
In Geekbench 3, which measures the total power, the Core i 5 model achieved 7.159 and the Core i 7 laptop achieved 7.915 notches. These are fixed points, hit HP Specter with 6th Generation Core i 5 (7.026) and blow it off with Core m5 equipped MacBook (5.906). Lenovo Yoga 910 (7, 988) with 7th generation Core i 7 hit both versions of XPS 13.
XPS 13’s PCI-e NVMe solid-state drive is fairly fast, exceeding 339.3 megabytes per second. This suggests HP Specter (195.9 MBps) and Yoga 910 (244.2 MBps), but it is not much higher than the MacBook’s 355.9 MBps.
The new XPS 13 really provides grand durability and lasts 13 hours and 49 minutes on laptop mag web surf battery test.
You have this super portable and problem free crispy figures. Core i 5 XPS 13 lasted almost 3 minutes 55 seconds (Core i 7: 3:44) to accommodate the OpenOffice 20,000 names and addresses. HP Specter was at the same time as Dell, Yoga 910 (3:34) and MacBook (3: 11) were further accelerated.
I was glad to see the XPS 13 Intel HD Graphics 620 card handling the Dirt 3 driving game. The Xbox controller attached to the laptop enjoyed a considerably high frame rate from 28 fps to 1920 x 1080 with midrange settings.
XPS 13 also had a score of 916 (927 in the case of Core i 7) with 3D Mark Fire Strike. Yoga 910 had a comparable score of 915, but HP Specter (801) got worse with the old Intel 520 graphics card.
Dell XPS 13 Killer 1535 wireless AC card is used by default in all settings, but it is one of my favorite functions. Indeed, when I was working from home and using this laptop computer instead of a 12-inch MacBook, the time to be in my office has been much easier.
The Dell XPS 13 Killer 1535 Wireless AC Card that offers an excellent range is one of my favorite features.
To test this card, I put both XPS 13 and MacBook on the desk and placed the corridor of the router in the living room up and down. XPS 13 had no problem loading web sites like laptopmag.com or nytimes.com quickly, but Apple laptops were fighting to maintain the connection.
To verify these results, I overlooked the wireless network and downloaded the NetSpot program to measure the signal strength. From this location, XPS 13 achieved very good results of 42% in the 2.4 GHz band and 23% in the 5 GHz band. MacBook achieved only 37% or 20%.
The biggest weakness of XPS 13 is the web camera, not the picture quality problem. Since there is no space on the display, Dell placed the camera on the left side of the screen near the hinge. This strange placement makes your jaw angle very unstable, as I experienced with Skype video chat.
Also because the webcams are not centered, I had to shake off the right edge of the frame and change the position of the laptop.
Dell XPS 13 is already one of the longest-lived ultra-portable devices on the market and the new model has a conventional model with a rugged battery of 56 watts to 60 watts. As a result, the new non-touch version of XPS 13 provides a gorgeous durability, lasting 13 hours and 49 minutes with laptop magnet surfing battery test. (I’ve set all screens to 100 knit brightness.)
If you really care about the battery life, think twice about the touch screen model. The XPS 13 tested with the Core i 7 CPU and the 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display for 4 and a half hour, 9:11. Nevertheless, it is better than the super portable average of 8: 5.
This runtime means that XPS 13 is three hours longer than Asus UX 306 UA (10:44), four hours longer than Apple MacBook (9:38), and twice longer than HP Specter (6:13). The previous XPS 13 was followed by 11: 54.
Non-Touch XPS 13 lasted 4 hours longer than Apple’s MacBook (9:38), more than double the HP Specter (6:13), 3 hours longer than Yoga 910 (10:36). The previous XPS 13 was followed by 11: 54.
XPS 13 was relatively quiet, but the ground was pressed. After streaming the film for 15 minutes, the touchpad reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the keyboard reached 85 degrees, the bottom reached 90 degrees. All these numbers are less than 95 degrees comfort threshold.
However, the bottom side of XPS 13 received 108 degrees after two rounds of dirt 3 game. I noticed it around me, but it was not too uncomfortable.
Dell has minimized the enormous work with XPS 13. You must start McAfee LiveSafe, Dropbox, and Microsoft Office later. You can also find four programmable software titles managed by Windows 10, such as Flipboard, Groove Music, Twitter, and are part of the standard software store.
Dell XPS 13 starts with $ 799, but I do not think the configuration will give you the biggest blow. This model is equipped with the 7th generation Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. We recommend purchasing a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $ 999.
If you want to make the rose gold silver, you can go to this shadow with $ 1.149 and get the same Core i 5 chip and wider 256 GB SSD. For $ 1.299 you can get XPS 13 with Core i7 processor.
XPS 13’s touchscreen model begins with $ 1,399 in silver color, with Core i 5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD. A gold touchscreen version that has a faster Core i7 chip goes for $ 1,649. Top Line XPS 13 comes with silver with Core i 7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD.
Large trends in laptops make the system as thin and light as possible, but the battery life is short and the number of ports is too small. XPS 13 offers 14 hours durability and all the necessary connectivity options without falling into the company’s pressure. In addition, because the new XPS 13 provides a very powerful Wi-Fi card, the 12-inch MacBook was able to connect to a part of my residence where most of the signal is retained.
The seventh generation Core i 5 processor and the SSD of XPS 13 provide a sufficient speed. I like amorphous enough to play casual 3D games. This Ultra Portable can be conveniently used with soft touch deck and accurate touch pad. Yes, the webcam is still in a strange place, but overall, XPS 13 is still a laptop.
Excellent battery life. Excellent 7th generation core performance Excellent Wi-Fi series. More ports than competing laptops. Comfortable, soft, carbon fiber deck; attractive rose gold color option
An unnatural web camera arrangement. It is not as thin and light as competitors
Dell XPS 13 has improved the first-class laptop by providing battery life, high-speed performance, and Wi-Fi in an equivalent compact design.