Dell xps 13 9370 review

Luxurious, modern lookGreat keyboard và touchpadAttractive display optionsStrong performanceLong battery life with 1080p screen

A strange thing happened at a recent meeting. I sat down, took out the new Dell XPS 13, & sat baông xã as everyone else did the same. They, too, had the XPS 13. Only one person sat behind an aging Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro 15, the Apple hình ảnh glowing lượt thích a lone streetlight on an abandoned road.

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Dell has earned its popularity. The XPS 13 has remained one of the best laptops since it was released in 2015. Only recently has its design started to lớn feel its age — và so Dell responded with an update in early 2018.

The 2018 XPS 13 which, for now, is being sold alongside the old Model, starts at $1,000 for a Vi xử lý Core i5-8250U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive sầu (SSD). We tested both the $1,200 model (with Vi xử lý Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p display, on sale for $1,100) & the $2,100 Mã Sản Phẩm (with bộ vi xử lý Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, & 4K display, on sale for $1,840). Are these still the best of its breed?

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A significant, yet subtle, redesign

Our nhận xét unit, with its White interior and rose gold exterior, stands out from its predecessors. While Dell has toyed with different exterior colors on past models, including gold & rose gold, the interior always had a blachồng carbon-fiber look. The white option is a more casual choice, though we wish it could be paired with more than just a rose gold exterior.


It’s sleek, sturdy, và still on the small side for a 13-inch laptop, all of which make it look modern — if not new.


Going rose gold and White will phối you back an extra $50, not only because it’s the new hotness, but also because isn’t easy khổng lồ make. Dell says the White Mã Sản Phẩm was designed with great care for how it’ll wear over time, & you can feel it.

The material used is stiffer than the blaông chồng version, và its woven texture is not just seen but felt. While we personally prefer the blaông xã XPS 13, the white version still looks và feels premium.

Yet, it’s not quite perfect. We felt more chassis flex than in the older Model, though we admittedly went looking, & doubt most owners will find reason khổng lồ complain. It’s a nitpick, but it stands out on a premium máy tính. Alternatives lượt thích the Táo MacBook Pro 13 and Surface Book 2 13-inch feel like chiseled stone — though, admittedly, they’re also both larger and heavier.

Connectivity has drastically changed. While the old Model still offered USB-A alongside ThunderBolt 3, the new mã sản phẩm goes all-in on two ThunderBolt 3 ports và one USB-C 3.1 port. While only one of these ports is labeled for charging, we found all three juiced up the máy tính. The USB-C port can also handle DisplayPort. The options are wrapped up with a card reader and a tai nghe jack.


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Wireless connections of course include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth không dây. The Wi-Fi adapter is a Killer Networks mã sản phẩm with built-in load balancing, which Dell says can help smooth out performance when watching Netflix and other streaming video clip services. We didn’t notice much difference, but we did appreciate the bundled Killer software. It doesn’t look lượt thích much, but it does allow per-phầm mềm networking management, & includes a graph of nearby Wi-Fi network strength.

We’re sure that some will despise Dell’s ditching of older ports, but it was among muốn the last in its class khổng lồ tư vấn them. Like it or not, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are the future. Dell is not cruel, however, và includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box.


The keyboard remains great. In fact, if anything, it improved slightly.


Otherwise, the new XPS 13’s updates are hard khổng lồ notice. Its maximum thickness is down substantially, from 0.6 inches khổng lồ 0.46 inches, & weight has dropped a few hundredths of a pound — but we doubt you’d have sầu any idea if no one told you. Size aside, the shape of the laptop hasn’t changed, & that downplays the updates. It’s still a wedge, it still looks rather wide, và it still has large rubber feet on the underside to prevent slippage.

On balance, this is a conservative sầu update. That’s fine with us. Our main complaint with the outgoing XPS 13 was its girth, which felt chunky next khổng lồ competitors like the HP Spectre x360 & Huawei Matebook X Pro. That’s not a problem for the new Model. It’s sleek, sturdy, & still on the small side for a 13-inch máy tính xách tay, all of which make it look modern — if not new.

The keyboard is great, and a touchscreen remains an option

Keyboard unique has long been among mỏi the XPS 13’s greathử nghiệm strengths. The rekiến thiết left us worried, as such designs do, that Dell might mess with the formula. They haven’t. The keyboard remains great. In fact, if anything, it improved slightly. Key travel seems identical between the two, but the new mã sản phẩm has a firmer, more tactile bottoming action. Finicky typists should be warned the layout is still on the small side, with some tiny keys — lượt thích Backspace. Still, it’s excellent for a máy tính this small, rivaling the Surface Book 2 & far exceeding alternatives with very shallow keyboards like the Táo MacBook Pro 13 và the original Asus Zenbook 3.


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A backlit keyboard is standard, but only offers two levels of brightness adjustment. We also found that, at least on the trắng model, lighting unique wasn’t great. Keys were lit unevenly across the keyboard, và the light was dyên around the edge of each keycap.

We’re happier with the touchpad. The XPS 13’s small form size means the touch surface is a bit constrained even relative to lớn other 13-inch devices like the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, but the XPS 13 makes up for that with a smooth, responsive feel & full Windows Precision Touchpad support. Windows 10 now has many useful gestures &, once you know them, they’re a breeze lớn flip through.

The 720p webcam is still placed along the bottom of the XPS 13’s display, offering awkward, up-the-nose shots whenever it’s time for a đoạn phim conference. Dell has at least moved the camera khổng lồ the middle of the máy tính, and unique has improved. It’s also compatible with Windows Hello so you can log in with just your face.

You can go 4K, but stick with 1080p

Like past models, a touchscreen is optional. The base 1080p screen doesn’t tư vấn it, while the 4K option does. cảm biến isn’t a must-have on a máy tính, but we’ve become so used khổng lồ it that we often reach to tap the display by instinct. We’d like to lớn see all versions, even the entry-màn chơi XPS 13, tư vấn touch.

The optional 4K touchscreen is the replacement for the older model’s 3,200 x 1,800 screen. The upgrade technically increases sharpness, but you likely won’t notice, as pixel density was already far above what’s need to lớn make individual pixels invisible at a normal viewing distance. Still, we like Dell’s decision, as 3,200 x 1,800 is an awkward resolution.

Both screens perform well, but we recommover most people stiông xã khổng lồ the 1080p panel. While the 4K screen is sharper, the 1080p screen scored better in contrast ratio and color accuracy. You’ll also see better battery life from the 1080p Mã Sản Phẩm — more details on that below.

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You can find a better display on alternatives lượt thích the MacBook Pro 13, the Surface Book 2, & the upstart Asus ZenBook S, and you might prefer those options if really high contrast, extremely wide color gamut, or precise color accuracy are your goals. Most people, however, just want a screen that looks nice, and the XPS 13 easily clears that hurdle while delivering chạy thử scores that are competitive sầu with its peers.


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While the display excels, the speakers bởi vì fall behind. They sound quite pleasant at moderate volume but, as volume goes up, the chance of distortion also rises. The bass-heavy trailer for Avengers: Infinity War showed the speakers at their weakest, but the less dramatic trailer for The Incredibles 2 fared better.

Intel’s bộ vi xử lý Core puts on a Gore jacket

The new XPS 13, starting at $1,000, is technically $200 more than the older version. Yet it’s not exactly an increase in price. Instead, Dell doesn’t currently offer a bộ vi xử lý Core i3 version. The most basic XPS 13 has a Chip Core i5-8250U, which can be upgraded to lớn a Vi xử lý Core i5-8550U. We tested both versions.

Geekbench 4 doesn’t provide any surprises, as both versions of the XPS 13 performs lượt thích competitors. The Dell XPS 13 with Vi xử lý Core i5 falls just slighly behind both the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA and the Acer Swift 3. The XPS 13 with Vi xử lý Core i7, meanwhile, trades blows with the HP Spectre x360 13-inch, landing slightly behind in single-core but ahead in multi-core.

Things get more interesting in Handbrake, a video clip encoding tool. Here we saw extremely svào results from the Dell XPS 13, which handily beat all its peers, including the máy tính xách tay LG Gram with Chip Core i7-8550U and the ZenBook 13 UX331UA. Dell’s Vi xử lý Core i5 Mã Sản Phẩm needed just four minutes và 10 seconds to crank through a 4K movie trailer, & the Chip Core i7 Model finished about a half-minute more quickly.


You might be wondering why the XPS 13 is so quiông xã. We suspect it’s the new cooling system, which uses Gore fabric lớn provide exhaust insulation & keep directed in the right direction. Handbrake is a relatively long, high-load demo, and so it tends lớn reveal thermal throttling. The new XPS 13 doesn’t seem lớn suffer from that.

Both of đánh giá units came with a Toshitía XG5 solid state drive sầu connected over PCI Express. Each hit high read speeds of up lớn 1.9 gigabytes per second, but write speeds were a bit lower at 475 megabytes per second. Here, some peers are faster or more balanced, but some also fall behind. The HP. Spectre 13, HPhường Spectre x360 13-inch, & Samsung Notebook 9 Pen all beat the XPS 13 in write performance, but were behind — sometimes far behind — in reading tốc độ.

Tallied up, the numbers are in the XPS 13’s favor, and that translates to lớn smooth performance. Even the Core i5 mã sản phẩm felt spritely, quickly jumping between tasks without a moment’s hesitation.

It’s not for gaming, of course

All versions of the new XPS 13 come with Hãng sản xuất Intel UHD 6đôi mươi graphics integrated into the processor. That’s not unusual for a 13-inch laptop, though some newcomers like the Hãng Asus Zenbook 13 UX331UN offer an Nvidia GPU. Hãng Intel UHD 620 can’t match that, but the Dell accounts for itself better than most.

While competitors tkết thúc to score between 900 và 1,000 in 3DMark’s Fire Strike demo, the Dell laptops both scored above 1,000. Again, we suspect the cooling system can be thanked, as the máy tính xách tay seemed less strained than most laptops in its class và ran cooler – though it was still too warm to comfortably use on your lap.

We also ran Rocket League to lớn see how the máy tính handles a real-world game. At 1080p, with graphics phối to lớn Performance, the bộ vi xử lý Core i5 model managed an average of 54 frames per second, và the Vi xử lý Core i7 scored near-identical results. Bumping graphics detail up to High Quality reduced performance to lớn 23 FPS. That said, we did find the game was playable at just above sầu 30 FPS on the still-attractive sầu Quality prephối. These are svào results for a máy tính with Hãng Intel UHD 620 graphics, and prove some less demanding games are playable, but if you want some real gaming prowess look khổng lồ the XPS 15 or the XPS 15 2-in-1.

The battery has shrunk, but it’s big enough

Slimming the XPS 13’s protệp tin didn’t compromise the keyboard or performance, but the battery wasn’t so lucky. The new Model ships with a 52 watt-hour unit, a downgrade from the old model’s 60 watt-hour units.

The Dell XPS 13 doesn’t have the best battery life in its class, but it’s near the top of the heap. We saw 13 & a half hours in the đoạn Clip loop with the 1080p display, which was cut baông chồng to 10 & a half hours with the 4K display. Either mã sản phẩm is likely khổng lồ put you through a full workday without topping it off, but the 4K version won’t have sầu much left in the tank.

Both the models we tested were able lớn exceed results from past versions, despite the smaller battery. Dell’s lakiểm tra thiết kế is more efficient than the last, so current owners vị have reason to upgrade.

Our Take

The new Dell XPS 13 tweaks the old model’s proven formula, updating it for modern tastes. Its thin, fast, & still lasts on the go despite its downsized battery. We particularly lượt thích the $1,200 model, which balances performance & battery life — especially as Dell is increasingly offering discounts on the new mã sản phẩm.

Is there a better alternative?

2-in-1s are popular & affordable, detracting somewhat from the appeal of an old-school clamshell that comes standard without a touchscreen. Dell does make a 2-in-1 version of the XPS 13, but it’s not as quiông chồng. We recommover the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 if you want your máy vi tính lớn function well as a tablet too.

If you prefer an old-school laptop, though, the XPS 13 is certainly your best option. Competitors like the Huawei MateBook X Pro, HPhường Spectre 13, and MacBook Pro 13 have their perks, but they don’t deliver as much value overall.

How long will it last?

The XPS 13 is packed with the lakiểm tra hardware, futureproofed ports, and has an excellent display. That all adds up khổng lồ a máy vi tính that should, barring accidents or defects, serve you for five years (or more).

Dell offers a one-year warranty against manufacturer defects. That’s typical for any laptop, even one priced at $1,000 và above.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The Dell XPS 13 is still the best 13-inch laptop you can buy.