Ultraportable Dell XPS Thirteen
The Dell XPS 13 is pretty much the best Windows Ultraportable out there, and you should buy it. Is it enough as a Review? The XPS has been one of our favorite laptops in recent years thanks to its slim screens and sleek compact design. But this year Dell has refined it almost perfectly. The Webcam is finally at the top of the screen, so she no longer looks at her nose from below. there is Dolby Vision HDR support; and somehow Dell managed to remove even more screen cache. This is the Rare Gadget that we can recommend to almost everyone.
Let’s start with the most striking improvements. With Dolby Vision and HDR, the XPS 13’s display can process lighter highlights and darker blacks than before. With supported content like Netflix’s Boss Table and Daredevil, everything seems a little more off-screen. You’ll also find a lot of HDR videos on YouTube, but Netflix is your best source for things you actually want to watch. It should be noted that the XPS 13 offers Dolby Vision, as it is currently the benchmark for HDR. This is a premium feature on modern TVs, so it is even rarer to see it in laptops.
Unfortunately, VOD services such as iTunes, Vudu and Amazon Prime Video do not yet offer 4K HDR on Windows. I hope this will change as more PCs support these standards. But even with simple Old HD content, the display of the XPS 13 is still fantastic with bright colors and contrasts. Our test device came with the 4K panel, but you probably won’t notice much difference compared to the 1080p option on a 13.3-inch screen. Apart from the OLED panels that are coming to the XPS 15 and other 15-inch laptops after this year, the XPS 13’s display is one of the best on the market today.
Over the past few years, Dell has had to push the camera under the screen, which has led to one of the ugliest video chat angles we’ve ever seen. It was a compromise to improve Dell’s Infinity Edge display, which describes the thin borders around the screen. For this year’s model, the company has developed its smallest 720p Webcam to date with a width of 2.25 mm. It’s not the sharpest thing we’ve seen in a laptop, but at least it’s functional. The XPS 13 also has a network of four microphones, which is useful for clearer sound during video calls, as well as for calling Cortana commands.
Dell has not changed much in the overall design of the XPS 13: It is still made of smooth Aluminum with a subtle aesthetic. At 2.7 pounds, it’s not The lightest Ultraportable. An inlaid Dell logo is the only flash light behind the screen, while the bottom has two rubber handles, vents and an XPS mark. The company has relaunched the white woven fiberglass wrist rest launched last year-it is lighter and smoother than before. It also looks great next to the new Arctic White cover, which feels nobler than the Rose Gold Option. And don’t worry, the traditional silver XPS 13 is still there, with its black carbon fiber wrist rest. The XPS 13 screams sophistication from almost every angle: The days when Dell launched boring gray PCs are long gone.
Under the hood, Dell has installed Intel’s recent eighth-generation Core processors and supports up to 16 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD. Since it is based on Intel’s integrated UHD 620 graphics, I didn’t expect it to be a gaming powerhouse. Still, this is an area in which I would like to see Dell a little innovative. Even lighter than the XPS 13, the ASUS ZenBook S13 is equipped with the NVIDIA MX150 GPU. This gives you enough graphics power to play Overwatch at 1080p beyond 60 frames per second, while the XPS 13 struggles to reach 30FPS in 720p. The ZenBook S13 also has thinner screens: it’s pretty obvious that ASUS is trying to improve the XPS 13 even more.