Dell XPS 13 9360 Review

Dell XPS 13 is one of the most popular laptops in the world and has been around for years but, the one I am reviewing is the latest model, containing a seventh generation Intel Core i7 chip.

It is having a good battery life and the users do not need a lot of adapters to plug in a mouse and an SD card just similar to MacBook Pro.

These laptops are featuring an InfinityEdge screen, which makes the footprint closer to that of a 12in laptop and according to its feature it is not cheap as well.

Specs

CPUIntel Core i7-8550U
Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB
RAM Upgradable to16GB
Hard Drive Size256GB SSD
Hard Drive TypeSSD
Display Size13.3
Highest Available Resolution3200 x 1800
Native Resolution1920x1080
Optical DriveNone
Optical Drive Speedn/a
Graphics CardIntel UHD Graphics 620
Video MemoryShared
Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi ModelKiller 1535 Wireless AC 2x2
BluetoothBluetooth 4.1
Touchpad Size4.1 x 2.3 inches
Ports (excluding USB)Headphone
Ports (excluding USB)USB Type-C
Ports (excluding USB)USB 3.0
Warranty/Supportone-year
Size11.98 x 7.88 x 0.6 inches
Weight2.78 pounds

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Blazing quad-core speedWebcam looks up your nose
Epic battery life
Extremely light
Attractive design
Wide viewing angles

Price

The Dell XPS 13 will costs you almost $1400.46 having a common configuration and featuring a 1080p screen, 8GB RAM, and a corei5 CPU accompanied by 256GB SSD.

The lowest version of these models will cost you almost $1273.03 but it is having a 128GB SSD rather than having 256GB SSD as like the upgraded version.

However, for $1502.40 you will be having a Core i7 version, and what I am reviewing is featuring a high-res QHD+ touchscreen.

This version starts at $1591.60 which is less than that of  MacBook Pro, almost $598.92 less than the touch bar version and quite similar to HP Spectre 13.

The images used in this review are mix including silver version, however, the latest Rose Gold model will cost you $1719.03.

Design

The Dell XPS 13 is the combination of the improbable and it is completely conventional. These models are featuring the remarkable feature called InfinityeEdge screen.

The InfinityEdge screen fills out the extra space surrounding it and only a few millimeters gap left. In a computer monitor, it is known as showing off and on a laptop, it is known as practical.

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The less wasted space on the screen surround of Dell XPS 13 allows the company to develop a smaller frame surprisingly small for a machine having the 13.3-inch screen.

It is having smaller footprints as compared to MacBook Pro or HP Spectre 13 but, it is much closer to that of 12.5 inch Razer Blade Stealth.

DELL XPS 13 9360 REVIEW-design

These laptops are really smaller than it appears, as these laptops do not strive for sheer look of activities.

For instance, these laptops are having fat strips of rubber underneath for avoiding the heat blockage and increasing the stability, however, all other laptops utilize these for giving a good look, which makes it 15mm thick.

Likewise, the inner surface is containing a soft carbon fiber instead of aluminum, thus, lies in one of the few new top end style laptops not like MacBook Pro’s hinges where you don’t need to hold the base in order to open a lid.

Alternatively, Dell has worked on hinges strength. This makes the top to lie in one of the high-end small laptops, which are assembled as a road warrior. Amazingly, the laptop looks great.

These models are lighter than these were expected and are 1.29kg as compared to 1.2 kg non-touch screen.

Connections

The Dell XPS 13  almost fulfills the requirement of connectivity as like all other laptops. These laptops are featuring two standard USB 3.0 ports and a single USB-C Thunderbolt 3, the connector similar to HP Spectre.

However, in the coming years, you can expect that these models might be introduced with two USB-Cs, but with a Thunderbolt 3 with a bandwidth of 40GBs.

DELL XPS 13 9360 REVIEW-connectivity

It also comprises a full-size SD card slot which seems to be very rare in style laptops. You may not have found out any of the video output but you can utilize Thunderbolt as an HDMI using right cable.

Keyboard And Trackpad

One of the main drawbacks of compressing the size of Dell XPS 13 is the fitting of its large trackpad but at the end, it feels good to have good keyboard and trackpad.

The trackpad is made up of textured glass, however, there is 50-50 left-tight split to a button layout instead of putting the right button to the right third for avoiding the accidental presses.

DELL XPS 13 9360 REVIEW-keyboard and trackpad

These models are having good keyboards, in its full size, the keys are well spaced and have a good distance between the keys rather than having an ultra slim style starting to get more fame in very slim and light models.

On the connectivity front, Dell seems to make collective decisions, the company keeps few traditional elements which are the need in long-standing laptops and it is quite different from the approach Apple is having.

The Dell XPS 13 backlit is good as you can expect from the laptops at such price. However, few users may not like that Dell committed the page Up/Down keys to secondary functions instead of providing them their own separate keys.

Screen

There are two different screen specs for Dell XPS 13, but both have their own importance. All have the InfinityEdge design, as all of them are having tiny space lies between the laptop and display and all comprises of IPS-type LCD panels.

These laptops are the higher-end QHD+ version, features a 3200 x 1800 pixel display. Which is very close to 4K and its cheaper version is having the 1080p display.

The Dell XPS 13 is having a good screen quality, but these are not as much great as MacBook Pro or super-saturated Razer Blade Stealth. These laptops are featuring 95% of sRGB, 75.4 of DCI P3 and 70.9 of Adobe RGB.

This means that the Dell XPS 14 is having a normal color display rather than a wide gamut one. However, in experts opinion, it is very close to full sRGB but still, it is good to see this display quality.

DELL XPS 13 9360 REVIEW-screen

Colors appear much dazed and the contrast has a vital role in this. The Dell XPS 13 ratio is up to 935:1 depending on the type of screen brightness and this is a very solid result. The highest brightness is brilliant either as it maxes out at  345cd/m2.

And, it is bright enough to make the Dell XPS 13 usable even in outdoors even it is having a bright screen. However, the main difference that was being highlighted between 1080p and QHD+ Dell XPS version is that this having touchscreen.

It adds a lustful of barley to the weight, maybe you didn’t notice, but it is not a big thing to be sacrificed, as both are featuring a glass top and glare-reducing layer. However, there might be a bit difference between battery stamina.

Performance

However, the main difference between the Dell XPS 13 and last year’s model is that Dell XPS 13 utilizes Intel’s new Kaby Lake CPUs.

However, the users still having a choice of Intel Core i5-7200U and ii7-7500U chipset, and the one I am reviewing is a higher-end Core i7 featuring a 16GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD.

Well, if you are wondering for a machine for performing your general light computing work, then you should give priority to the higher-end model and prioritize a non-portable quad-core CPU laptop if you are looking for a better performance.

The Intel Core i7 here is dual-core chipset and having a little bit different in their gaming abilities. The CPU performance is much lesser than a good desktop or quad-core laptop CPU.

According to the experts, it is good to have Dell XPS’s performance and its responses are very good because of having a snappy 256GB SSD along with the Intel Core i7-7500U emerges to kill our day to day needs.

DELL XPS 13 9360 REVIEW-performance

Apparently, it is very a powerful machine as you can owe in a small size and frame, which scores a 7993 in Geekbench 4 and 2499 in PC Mark 8. These scores are slightly higher than the results of Razer Blade Stealth.

But, these laptops are not poor for gaming just like every laptop in this class. The Dell CPS 13 utilizes the low-end Intel HD 620 integrated GPU,  but much slightly powerful than MackBook.

Therefore, you should not expect that you can be able to play latest console grade games on the Dell XPS 13.

At 720p with all graphics option turned down, Thief performs at barely-payable 20.7fps, declining to 6.2fps at 1080p with high settings but it is worst to see it at native resolution.

The laptop tables to perform well at Allien Isolation and manages to make 32fps average at 720p with low graphics and maintains 14fps 1080p performance.

Definitely, if you having a Steam library bundled with games from “late noughties” and “early teens”, then the Dell XPS 13 has the capability to play these games.

Battery Life

The main purpose behind the creation of Dell XPS 13 is for providing a good battery life rather than being used for gaming. The laptop lasts for 12.5 hours, if we play 720p video on loop, seems perfect.

These laptops are featuring a 60Wh battery, which is larger than the bother last year’s model and even larger than its rival models. For instances, the HP Spectre is having a 38Wh battery.

The main reason behind the good battery stamina of the Dell XPS 13 is its clever power management, which is even better than any of the current rival models.

All you can expect that you can work the whole day without having a fear of power breakdown and this makes the optimization of Dell smart enough to compete with every other laptop.

Sound Quality

The Dell XPS 13 is having a high-quality speaker and are solid but not as much as like the battery. These laptops utilize stereo drivers that are placed on each side of laptop’s underside.

The speakers are pretty loud but not as much effective as the ones in MacBook Pro at top volume. None of the Windows laptops are having such amazing features.

 

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Display
86 %
Keyboard
89 %
Connectivity
73 %
Battery
91 %
Games Performance
85 %
Weight
84 %
Application Performance
94 %
Noise
94 %
Camera
52 %
Temperature
96 %
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