Dell XPS 13 (2018) REVIEW
18th November, 2018
18th November, 2018
Weight: 2.67 pounds (1.21kg) || Size: 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.3-0.46 inches (3.02 x 1.99 x 0.78-1.16cm; W x D x H) || 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5, i7 processor || Intel® UHD Graphics 620 || Windows 10 Home 64-bit, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit||13.3-inch FHD Infinity edge Diplay (1920 x 1080) || Connectivity: Killer 1435 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 || 13.3 4K Ultra HD Infinity edge touch Display (3840 x 2160) || 4GB RAM, 8GB RAM, 16GB RAM || Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with 4 array digital microphones || 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB,2TBPCIe Solid State Drive || Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB-C 3.1, micro SD card reader, headset jack
Since 2015, Dell’s XPS 13 has been an undeniable intriguing force in the 13inch laptop world. Initially teased as "the world's smallest 13-inch laptop," the XPS 13 is a top choice for a premium Window ultraportable laptop. The redesigned 2018 Dell XPS 13 comes with an 8th generation Intel processor, an edge-to-edge display and looks to retain the aforementioned compliment.
One noticeable change in the design is the well crafted slim structure that doesn’t lose so much in compensation for this. It comes in tiny bezels that frames a full-size 13.3-inch display, sleek, durable and with aluminium finish. It seems to have titanium oxide coating that improves the polish. The keyboard is identical to previous generations, with the same backlit chiclet keys and responsiveness. Dell boasts the XPS 13 (2018) is the first laptop to feature woven glass-fibre deck.
The new model is available in Dell’s standard black-and-silver color scheme or a very attractive rose-gold-and-white stain resistant finish
The screen is available in either a 1080p panel or a pixel-dense 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution beneath a glossy, IGZO touchscreen. Unless the touch screen is an absolute necessity, you’d be better off with the 1080p display (to avoid any extra strain on the battery).
According to GeekBench 4 the Core i5 falls just slighly behind both the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA and the Acer Swift 3. Meanwhile the Core i7 levels on the same scale with the HP Spectre x360. Putting aside all these benchmark scores, the XPS has been promising from the onset. The 8th generation quad core processing would mean a faster system (although not “gaming system” fast yet) with less fan noise and controlled temperature (further reinforced with the new Gore thermal insulation which is said to provide thermal conductivity levels lower than air in a thin, flexible format, for stronger heat dissipation). It also comes with ‘dynamic power mode’ software that automatically delivers maximum power when needed, while carefully monitoring system heat. You can tell Dell’s doing everything in its power to avoid unnecessary heat.
The processor gets backing from up to 16 GB of RAM.
According to Dell, the battery on the laptop will last you up to 21 hours in Full HD mode, but just 11 hours in Ultra HD mode.
Dell XPS 13 (2018) comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB Type-C port with DisplayPort functionality, an IR camera that works with Windows Hello, and an optional fingerprint reader.
I know the first thing you’re considering is if it brings any competition to the new MacBook Air... the answer is yes. Each has its perks and promises kept but it still doesn’t take anything from the fact that the Dell XPS 13 is one of the best 13-inch laptop you can buy.
- OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
- Processor: 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5, i7 processor
- GPU: Intel® UHD Graphics 620
- Memory: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB RAM
- Colours: Platinum Silver with Black carbon fiber palmrest
- Dimension: 11.6 x 302 x 199 mm
- Weight: 1.21 kg
- Display: 13.3FHD Infinity edge Diplay, 1920 x 1080, 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display
- Keyboard: Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel
- Pointing Device: Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button
- Built-in Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB,2TBPCIe Solid State Drive
- Optical Storage: –
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- Webcam:Yes, Widescreen HD (720p) webcam
- USB Ports: Yes, USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare
- HDMI: –
- Thunderbolt Ports: 2 Thunderbolt™ 3 with PowerShare & DC-In & DisplayPort
- DisplayPort: Yes
- VGA: Yes
- Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes
- SD Slot: –
- Mic/Headphone: 4 Digital Array Microphones
- WLAN: wi-fi 802.11ac
- Bluetooth: Yes
- NFC: –
- Docking Connector: –
- Mobile Broadband: –
- CNC machined aluminum in platinum silver with black carbon fiber palm rest with soft touch coating
- CNC machined aluminum in rose gold with alpine white woven glass fiber palm rest (UV-resistant and stain resistant coating) Available with Windows only
- Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
- Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader in power button
- card reader
- Noble lock slot
- Stereo speakers professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio
- 4 Digital Array Microphones; Far Field Cortana Capable
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