Dell XPS 13 (2019) evaluation
For years, the Dell XPS 13 line has ranked among the many greatest laptops available on the market. And, the Dell XPS 13 (2019) doesn’t fall removed from that tree, even going so far as to enhance upon that legacy. Regardless of the robust new competitors popping out of the high-end Ultrabook market, it has saved up with the occasions with some very important upgrades whereas nonetheless preserving all the pieces we all know and love concerning the line.
By taking earlier iterations and refining them in simply the correct areas – like returning the webcam to the place it belongs, the Dell XPS 13 (2019) continues what made the XPS line so nice within the first place. Add some new options and different enhancements to the combo, like a major enhance to battery life, and you’ve got a winner that’s capable of sustain with among the strongest portables on the market.
In order for you a high of the road Home windows ultrabook – maybe in case you’re prepared to maneuver on from that Chromebook or Mac laptop computer – then the Dell XPS 13 (2019) is a greater than worthy alternative. Greatest but, it’s anticipated to obtain deep value cuts for each Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We advocate ready till then to hit that purchase button. Black Friday rolls round on the finish of November and Cyber Monday is November 30, so that you gained’t have to attend for lengthy.
Right here is the Dell XPS 13 (2019) configuration despatched to TechRadar for evaluation:
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U (quad-core, 8MB cache, as much as 4.6GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2,133MHz)
Display: 13.3-inch, Extremely HD (3,840 x 2,160) UltraSharp InfinityEdge contact show
Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB-C 3.1, micro SD card reader, headset jack
Connectivity: Killer 1435 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Digicam: Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with 4 array digital microphones
Weight: 2.7 kilos (1.23kg)
Measurement: 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)
Value and availability
When it was first launched, Dell was asking $978 for it within the US market, and that was for the XPS 13’s beginning configuration. This value bought you an Eighth-generation Intel Core i3 processor, and simply 4GB of two,133MHz DDR3 reminiscence in addition to a 128GB PCIe SSD together with a 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) InfinityEdge show.
Nevertheless, this mannequin is not out there on the Dell web site. Proper now, the US lineup begins at $1,149, which will get you an Eighth-generation i5 coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
There are three extra customizable fashions available, topping out with an Eighth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 2TB PCIe SSD – fitted with a shocking 4K (3,840 x 2,160) contact display screen inside a Rose Gold or Frost White chassis. Simply be able to pay an exuberant $2,479 for this configuration.
All configurations can be found in Dell’s three colours: silver-on-black, rose gold-on-white and a brand-new frost-on-white structure. The mannequin you see reviewed right here would set you again a cool $2,279.
Within the UK, the Dell XPS 13 could also be had for as little as £1,379. That’s for a configuration with an Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD rounded out with a 4K touchscreen show. Australian consumers will discover a comparable configuration, solely with a Full HD show, for AU$2,299.
The Dell XPS 13 2019 is available in loads of completely different configurations. Nevertheless, there are fewer choices available for consumers within the UK and Australia. It’s price remembering that bigger storage choices are tied into some hefty value bump. However, that doesn’t change the truth that the Dell XPS 13 remains to be in the identical league as its equally priced rivals – that’s, aside from the super worth of the flagship Huawei MateBook X Professional, particularly on the high-end.
If the Eighth-generation processors are too dated for you, it’s additionally price noting that the line-up has been refreshed to now tout Tenth-generation chips for all three markets, with not a lot improve of their value tags.
Design and show
At first look, the Dell XPS 13 appears to be like so much like its precursor, and that’s primarily the case right here. Nevertheless, Dell additionally didn’t simply take an “if it ain’t broke” strategy this yr. It truly fastened the XPS’s most evident design flaw: the situation of its webcam. Within the 2019 mannequin, the webcam is now again in its rightful place above the show.
Dell could be very happy with its new 2.25mm webcam, which it spent two years to design. It’s not solely sufficiently small to take a seat above the thin-bezel show, but additionally makes use of a 720p widescreen sensor paired with 4 far-field microphones, which lets you activate and use Cortana or Alexa from a long way.
The webcam’s picture high quality isn’t something to jot down dwelling about. Nevertheless, we nonetheless respect the truth that the broader body is making capturing co-workers or pals subsequent to us even simpler. Contemplating 0.9 megapixel stills and 720p video, you’ll look passable in conferences; simply don’t anticipate Twitch broadcaster stage high quality.
Elsewhere, the construct high quality and design language are largely unaltered from previous mannequin. The laptop computer is simply as skinny and light-weight as final yr at 0.46 inches (11.6mm) and a pair of.7 kilos (1.23kg), respectively. The Dell XPS 13 additionally has the identical anodized aluminum display screen lid and base, coupled with a woven carbon fiber (or glass fiber on mild coloured fashions) keyboard deck.
As for the keyboard, it’s simply as punchy and responsive as ever, and the glass-coated touchpad remains to be excellent and comfy to make use of. These are two of the options from the Dell XPS 13 that have been rightly left alone.
The lineup of ports additionally stays the identical, with two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, one USB-C 3.1 port, a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. And, that’s a great factor since this choice is considerably higher than many competing laptops, with a few of them sticking solely to USB-C 3.1 and never the superior Thunderbolt 3 normal.
One other factor that’s unchanged is the show, not that it wanted to be up to date. It’s simply as dynamic and vibrant as ever in each the Full HD and 4K touchscreen fashions, and the bezels across the show are virtually non-existent.
Particularly on the 4K mannequin we examined for the evaluation, we discover the 100% sRGB colour replica by Dell’s CinemaColor instruments to be attractive, made even higher by some popping HDR strategies and 400 nits of brightness. The 4K panel could be very detailed, nevertheless it nonetheless is likely to be a bit an excessive amount of for a 13.3-inch viewing space.
Total, there wasn’t so much that wanted to be modified concerning the XPS 13 design, aside from that one explicit elephant within the room that Dell lastly repair.
First reviewed January 2019
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