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Dell XPS 13 Review

 

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For the past couple of years, one of the best Windows laptops you can buy has been Dell’s XPS lineup, specifically their XPS 13.

And with each year, Dell has managed to improve the XPS 13 to make it even better. This year’s model not only brings great specs but also an improved design.

 

Specs As Tested

 

Dell XPS 13 9380
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U Processor (1.80GHz, 8MB Cache)
Display 13.3″ 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Touch Display
Memory 16GB LPDDR3 2400MHz
Storage 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory
Audio Waves MaxxAudio® Pro
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64 bit
Ports

2 x Thunderbolt 3

1 x USB-C 3.1

1 x MicroSD card reader

Headphone / mic combo

Dimensions 11.9” x 7.8” x 0.3-0.46”
Weight 2.7 pounds
Price $2,349.99

 

Design & Hardware

Dell XPS 13 Hardware
 
The 2019 Dell XPS 13 (9380) shares a similar design to previous XPS 13 models with a machined aluminum body. The 13-inch InfinityEdge is even better because Dell managed to make the bezels even thinner and also move the webcam to the top of the bezel.

 
Dell XPS 13 Webcam
 

The model I tested had an UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD touch display which has both HDR, Dolby Vision and 100% sRGB Colour Gamut – the display would have been great even without being touch-enabled.

 
Dell XPS 13 Display
 

The 4K display on the Dell XPS 13 (2019) looks great but I did have some issue where the screen would dim slightly even though automatic brightness was off. To fix this, go to the BIOS settings (make sure you have the latest BIOS), hit F2 when you’re computer is booting up and look for an option called Dynamic Brightness Control and switch it to disable.

 
Dell XPS 13 Design
 

The speakers on the Dell XPS 13 (2019) sound good but nothing amazing. The keyboard is great with lots of travel and the trackpad has been improved to be more responsive and clickier. The laptop also comes with a built-in fingerprint reader in the power button that can be used for Windows Hello.

 
Dell XPS 13 Backlit Keyboard
 

The Dell XPS 13 (2019) model I tested came with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Performance on the Dell XPS 13 (2019) was great, I had no issues with watching 4K videos or using the laptop. There were a few times where the laptop’s bottom would heat up.

The left side of the laptop has two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and a button to check the laptop’s battery life. The right side has a USB-C DisplayPort USB-C port, MicroSD card slot and headphone jack.

 
Dell XPS 13 Ports Left
 
Dell XPS 13 Ports Right
 

Just like last year’s XPS 13, the XPS 13 (2019) charges over USB-C. Dell says you can get up to 21 hours of battery life on the Full HD display option and 12 hours with the 4K model. I was able to get 9-10 hours of battery life on the XPS 13 (2019) I tested and that was with a mix of watching 4K videos and writing articles.

The XPS 13 (2019) comes in multiple colours, Platinum Silver (with a black interior), Rose Gold and Frost White.

The new XPS 13 starts at $1,499 CAD and the Frost White/i7/512GB/16GB of RAM model I tested would set you back $2,349 CAD.

 

Software

The new XPS 13 comes with Windows 10 Home (1809 – the October 2018 update). The XPS 13 was easily able to handle beefy tasks such as watching 4K videos and also some light photo and video editing.

 
Dell XPS 13 Software
 

Dell surprisingly didn’t many pre-installed apps on the XPS 13 apart from Dolby Access but you do have some pre-installed apps that Microsoft chooses to include in each version of Windows 10. You have Microsoft Office, Paint 3D, Xbox and more.

 

Final Thoughts

Overall, Dell’s XPS 13 is a great Windows laptop that offers powerful specs and keeps getting better with each version.

 
Dell XPS 13 Side

 
This review originally appeared on TheCanadianTechie.

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Sachin Bahal

Sachin is a talented and versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more. He started TheCanadianTechie back in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. You can find him on social media via @sachinbahal.