Dell XPS 13 (9350)
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.
6th generation Intel Core i7-6560U (4MB cache, up to 3.2GHz)
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
8GB LPDDR3 1,866MHz
256GB PCIe SSD
AT A GLANCE
Behold one of the most comfortable typing experiences available today on a notebook PC.