The Dell XPS 13 is a premium thin and light laptop with some small but welcome improvements from previous generations. If you have been looking for a Laptop to buy over the past few months then you probably know the name but do you know the laptop?
Let us dive into one of the most popular laptops around right now and see if its the one you should consider
Before beginning the review, some specifications run-down, my review unit has an 8th Gen Intel Whiskey Lake i7-8565u quad-core CPU, 16 GB of LPDDR3 running @2133 Mhz memory in Dual Channel, 512 GB SSD without any discrete GPU, just the Intel UHD 620 that comes with the CPU
For network connectivity, we got 802.11 ac Wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.1, no dedicated ethernet port ( looking at the thinnest of this laptop, understandably so,) so you will have to use an adaptor if you want wired connectivity on this.
It weighs around 1.5kgs with the charging adaptor so that’s a plus when it comes to portability.
Looking at the front-side, the bezels are extremely thin around the screen with an 80% screen to body ratio making the laptop look extremely clean from the front, despite the thinness we’ve got a 720p front camera up the top this time ( a welcome change from last generation down-side camera). The camera doesn’t look terrible and the microphone is alright but a place where I would like Dell to improve XPS series as future generation alteration.
The Chiclet Keyboard has white backlighting with 1.3mm of travel and they feel quite nice to type on. There’s a fingerprint reader in the power button, which is found near the top right corner of the keyboard and it’s quite fast.
There was minimal keyboard flex while pushing down hard, the screen is also quite sturdy even when trying hard to bend it, overall it felt very solid and well made. The touchpad is extremely precise and smooth to touch and worked great.
Now the screen looks extremely gorgeous, at 13.3 Inch, it’s a 4K UHD 60Hz Touchscreen. At 100% brightness, it was quite bright
On the left side from the back, there’s a wedge lock slot, two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports with 4 lanes of PCIe, a button to show battery charge level and left speaker
On the right side, there’s a right speaker, MicroSD card reader, USB 3.1 Type C port with DisplayPort 1.4 Support, followed by a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Speakers sound Ok-ish considering the size of XPS 13, they sound clear at higher volumes. There is no IO on the back but the air exhaust is faced down and cant be seen from the back, the front just has the microphones and a white light in the center.
The CONS :
There are some flaws in the design that I find quite problematic. First of all, it’s pretty annoying to open the laptop from one hand every single one of my attempts ended up on me pulling the whole laptop up from the surface. There’s an air intake vent at the bottom of the XPS 13 and rubber feet preventing accidental slide in of the laptop on flat surfaces like tables and such. The Webcam isn’t great