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Dell XPS 13 (9350)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Here in the HWM lab, we all know very well about Dell's cur­rent XPS lineup. We have tested both the XPS 13 and XPS 15 be­fore. This time, how­ever, we were given the chance to put the XPS 13 that is fit­ted with a 6th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor through its paces, and see if it still has the same charm a year af­ter its re­lease.

This vari­ant of the XPS 13 re­tains in its de­sign ev­ery­thing we love about the XPS se­ries. At 1.2kg, the XPS 13 is as por­ta­ble as ever. Still present is its thin bezel de­sign that frames a gor­geous 13.3-inch QHD touch dis­play (or as Dell calls it, an ‘In­fin­i­tyEdge' dis­play). Due to its high res­o­lu­tion count (3,200 x 1,800), the dis­play does ex­hibit some quirks, mainly with cer­tain menus look­ing blown up and blurry as they were not de­signed for such high num­ber of pix­els.

The com­bi­na­tion of car­bon fiber and alu­minum on the main body, back­lit key­board, and spa­cious track­pad is still one of our fa­vorites. Over­all, it's both lux­u­ri­ous and func­tional. Dell hits all the right keys with the key­board and car­bon fiber wrist rest as well, re­sult­ing in a com­fort­able typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which makes the XPS 13 a plea­sure to work on.

As with other note­book PCs, we sub­ject the XPS 13 to our field and bench­mark tests. We be­gin by mak­ing the XPS 13 our main work­horse over sev­eral days. If you've read our re­view last year, there would be no sur­prises here. It's a treat to work on, its com­mend­able bat­tery life is highly de­pend­able, and its high-res­o­lu­tion screen makes the 13-inch screen feels more spa­cious to the eyes.

Next, we put the XPS 13 through a se­ries of PCMark 8 tests, be­gin­ning with the ac­cel­er­ated Home, ac­cel­er­ated Cre­ative, and ac­cel­er­ated Work bench­marks. The XPS 13 scored 3,044, 4,108, and 4,287 re­spec­tively, which is markedly bet­ter than the scores from the XPS 13 model last year.

Pro­ces­sor

6th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i7-6560U (4MB cache, up to 3.2GHz)

Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem

Win­dows 10 Home 64-bit

Mem­ory

8GB LPDDR3 1,866MHz

Stor­age

256GB PCIe SSD

Price

RM6,899

AT A GLANCE

Be­hold one of the most com­fort­able typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able to­day on a note­book PC.

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