Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019) evaluation: Fingers-on
The Dell XPS 13 has cemented itself because the laptop computer of selection for a lot of professionals and shoppers over the previous couple of years and that’s actually no accident. It is among the first laptop computer strains that involves thoughts in order for you a sensible, transportable and highly effective companion in your journeys around the globe and even simply across the residence.
The 2018 XPS 13 was an actual triumph and we managed to get our palms on the 2019 model simply earlier than Christmas to provide it a as soon as over earlier than its announcement at CES and our full evaluation goes dwell within the coming weeks. Right here we examine the brand new and outdated XPS 13 fashions.
The prime focus for this yr’s model is across the webcam which has been delicately reunited with the highest bezel after vacationing down under the display for some time. Though a welcome change, this being the flagship characteristic for a brand new machine does maybe counsel a broader lack of innovation throughout the laptop computer market that every one producers are feeling.
Worth & Availability
The Dell XPS 13 for 2019 (the 9380 in mannequin numbner) is on the market now from Dell and Microsoft. We’re certain different retailers like Amazon and Currys may even inventory the laptop computer.
Pricing is cheaper this yr with the XPS 13 beginning at simply £999/$899 as a result of addition of a Core i3 mannequin. This comes with an Extremely HD display so this means that the Full HD possibility might be even cheaper – we’re ready for affirmation from Dell on this.
Shifting as much as the Core i5 (nonetheless with a UHD display), you will have to splash out £1,249. We’ll add extra pricing data when now we have it.
As you’d anticipate, the XPS 13 is very customisable with the processor, storage, RAM and Show all upgradable. Should you actually need the very best of the very best on this machine it’s not going to be low-cost.
Design & Construct: Prepared in your closeup
The 2019 XPS 13 maintains the identical design language that we’ve come to anticipate from the collection – modern, skilled and understated. This explicit line of laptops focuses on remaining as transportable as attainable with out sacrificing construct high quality or efficiency – which in fact will come at a worth.
The colors on supply are a Black/Silver, Rose Gold/White and Frost White. The latter has a white lid and can arrive in February.
The size stay the identical because the 2018 model whereas being ever so barely heavier:
- Top: Zero.Three-Zero.46” (7.Eight-11.6mm)
- Width: 11.9” (302mm)
- Depth: 7.Eight” (199mm)
- Weight: 2.7lbs (1.23kg)
The woven fiberglass that’s constructed into the physique across the keyboard provides some nice premium element and the aesthetics of the machine usually make it appear and feel very tight and seamlessly designed. That is extra outstanding on the white mannequin this yr.
One of many extra noticeable modifications from the 2018 model would be the webcam location, which is now again within the much-preferred place of being above the display. This has made the highest bezel ever so barely bigger on this yr’s mannequin (5.975- vs 4mm) however you’d actually battle to note that except you picked up a tape measure.
The facility-button incorporates a fingerprint scanner for swift unlocking, and the keyboard supplies comfy typing suggestions whereas the trackpad stays good and responsive. These all stay the identical from final yr’s mannequin.
A brand new characteristic added this yr is a diversified torque hinge, which does a a lot better job of preserving the display in place when the laptop computer is open, serving to to scale back wobble at any angle.
This does make the laptop computer tough to open with one hand nevertheless, because the energy of the hinge outperforms the burden of the laptop computer. It is easy at first however shortly provides resistance so earlier than lengthy you will want a second hand to get it absolutely open.
Specs & Options: What’s new?
The main target of this yr’s mannequin has been centered across the webcam. Returning to the highest bezel above the display after spending a few years down under the show (which left just a few folks scratching their heads), Dell has put loads of labor into the brand new digital camera that permits it to be small but mighty.
Many laptops include a webcam under the display, typically even inside its personal keyboard key, however the result’s an unflattering and awkward angle for the image trying up at your chin.
The two.25mm lens has been optimised for video calling, that includes a particularly huge angle so two or extra folks can sit comfortably on the laptop computer and be seen and heard. A temporal filtering system works with the sensor to make the digital camera function successfully in low mild circumstances. Dell is being attentive to a rising development in distant working and doing its best to make the hole between the workplace and a distant location as small as attainable.
Whether or not this improve means something to you or not is an enormous query. And for a lot of, it is simply one thing on the spec sheet that by no means will get used and actually will get lined for privateness.
This yr’s XPS will characteristic your selection of a 13.3in UltraSharp 4K Extremely HD (3840×2160) InfinityEdge contact show. There’s additionally decrease decision Full HD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge contact or non-touch show.
The screens will characteristic Dolby Imaginative and prescient with a 1500:1 distinction ratio and a 178 diploma huge viewing angle.All of this results in a particularly spectacular viewing expertise. The display appears to be like unbelievable, as you’d anticipate, and the contact characteristic is fantastically responsive too.
It is the identical show as final yr so no improve right here. The Full HD mannequin will arrive in February, a month after Extremely HD.
Core specs & efficiency
The XPS 13 2019 will include a selection of Intel Eighth-generation Whiskey Lake processors, together with the i3-8145U, i5-8265U and the i7-8565U. The attention-grabbing takeaway right here is the addition of an i3 processor which is a 2 core/Four thread CPU with a 2.1/Three.9GHz base/enhance frequency.
Again to the traditional i5 and i7 choices and they’re primarily new variations of the chips discovered within the 2018 XPS 13, solely with greater turbo speeds. Dell says to anticipate a 10 % enchancment in productiveness.
Whereas normally, the decrease finish processors in these laptops don’t are usually a sensible selection, if you happen to don’t plan on doing any heavy computing along with your XPS the i3 may be a stable possibility because it nonetheless packs an inexpensive punch.
The selection of reminiscence will vary between Four-16GB of LPDDR3 Twin Channel RAM, and storage will go from 128GB all the best way as much as 2TB.
The battery life guarantees 21 hours with a Full HD show (up from 19) however you’ll need to watch for our full evaluation earlier than we offer you a quantity you may belief.
On the ports entrance, we’ve obtained two Thunderbolt Three with energy supply and DisplayPort, 1x USB-C Three.1 with energy supply and DisplayPort, a microSD card reader; headset jack and a wedge-shaped lock slot.
The XPS 13 for 2019 is a difficult one to summarise, particularly with simply hands-on time that means we have run no benchmarks but.
Since final yr’s mannequin obtained the large overhaul, there was little Dell might do to enhance the already virtually excellent laptop computer. The repositioning of the webcam merely will not matter to some however might be an actual boon to others. In any other case, the XPS 13 has virtually the identical design, and only some small upgrades right here and there.
Maybe essentially the most attention-grabbing factor is the addition of a Core i3 mannequin, making the laptop computer cheaper than earlier than and subsequently extra simply obtainable to the plenty.