Dell XPS 13 9370 Review – A Laptop from the Future ?
If you’re someone who prefers to buy premium laptops that are a powerhouse but can also perform, the Dell XPS series has got to be no stranger to you. The Dell XPS series is known for combining the best of mobile hardware into an ultra-portable and super premium package with stellar looks. The Dell XPS 13 was one of the company’s best products till date, and the Dell XPS 13 9370, which is in 2018, seems to be better than ever. But is the quality and performance able to justify the price tag of Rs.146999? Let’s find out as we take an in-depth look at the Dell XPS 13 (9370) in my review:
Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) Specs:
The Dell XPS 13 9370 packs in the latest 8th-gen i5 or i7 processor, coupled with up to 16GB RAM. There’s 512GB of SSD storage for super fast read/write speeds. The display has been the biggest talking point of the Dell XPS 13, and you get to choose between either a 1080p Non-Touch display or a 4K UHD Touch display.
|Dimensions||7.8-11.6mm x 302mm x 199mm|
|Processor||8th Gen Quad Core Intel® Core™ i5-8250U/ i7-8550U processor|
|Memory||Up to 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz|
|Storage||1TB HDD + 128GB SSD|
|Display||13.3” FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display or 13.3” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display|
|Graphics||Intel® UHD Graphics 620|
|Wireless||Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 and Bluetooth|
|Ports||1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI Output 1x Card Reader|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home Plus Single Language, English|
Ports and Connectivity
The Dell XPS 13 is a laptop that is future-ready, and it shows with the company’s choice of port selection. The Dell XPS 13 offers only USB type-C ports for its users, which, even though is in line with the current trend of living in a world with a single type of USB port, might upset a few users.
On the left side of the laptop, you’ll see the Noble lock slot, followed by 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB ports and a battery gauge meter with 5 LED lights.
On the right side of the laptop, you get a 3.5mm headset jack, 1x USB-C 3.1 port, and a microSD card reader.
All three USB ports come with PowerShare & DC-In & DisplayPort support. Additionally, Dell understands that not everyone has moved on to the Type-C bandwagon yet, and they have been generous enough to include a Type-C to USB-A adapter in the box.
If I had to describe the performance of the Dell XPS 13 in one word, I’d go with “astounding”. The ultra-portable and super-sleek ultrabook packs in a beastly combo of the latest 8th-gen Intel CPUs coupled with up to 16 gigs of RAM. I could throw almost anything at this laptop, and it would perform well, without breaking a sweat. The 512GB PCIe SSD included onboard is quite fast as well, and aids in the super-fast performance of the device.
The Dell XPS 13 does not feature a dedicated graphics card, but that did not stop me from experimenting gaming on the ultrabook. The gaming performance was just as I expected – pretty bad. I barely managed to touch 60 fps and 90 fps in Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, respectively, with all the settings turned down to low. Moving on to a graphics-intensive title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds only managed 22 fps while playing on a 720p resolution with everything turned set to very low. Bottomline, the Dell XPS 13 is not built for gaming, but then again, you’d be stupid to expect great gaming performance from this tiny machine in the first place.
Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018): Premium Looks for a Premium Price
Starting at 98K, you can get yourselves a taste of the i5 variant of this device, coupled with 8 gigs of RAM and a Full HD display. However, we had the fully decked out variant with us, offering an i7 processor with 16 GB RAM and a stunning 4K display. Whether it is the smaller version or the maxed out variant, Dell has managed to create an ultrabook which is hard to complain about. The performance is great, there is premiumness flowing all over the body, and boy oh boy, the display undoubtedly steals the show. As for the cons, I personally don’t really use my camera a lot, but I can imagine that the targetted audience of this laptop would certainly rely on it. Furthermore, the thermal section is something that restricts me from using this for long hours. All in all, the Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) is a fantastic laptop, with only a couple flaws. Nonetheless, the level of premiumness that the device offers is unmatched and gives the Hp Spectre line-up a run for its looks as well.