Dell XPS 13 laptop
Dell nails it again
If you’ve ever considered a business or ultra-portable laptop, the chances are you’ve looked at the Dell XPS series. They have long been considered some of the very best laptops on the market. The competition never stands still though, so an update was welcomed. It’s not easy to improve on an already excellent design. Can Dell keep its position at the top of the pops?
Take one look at it. It just oo zes high end appeal thanks to its aluminium shell, amazing screen and solid build quality. Our test sample came equipped with an optional rose gold shell combined with a white glass fibre like interior. We understand this design is simply a matter of taste, but it does appear a bit garish to our personal taste.
Our unit came equipped with Intel’s 8th generation i5-8250U CPU. This model is a quad core, a very welcome upgrade over previous dual core designs. There’s also 8GB of LPDDR3 memory and a 256GB NVMe SSD.
Dell has moved right into 2018 by equipping the XPS 13 exclusively with USB Type-C ports. Though there is a Type-C to Type-A adapter included in the box for those who need it. Two Type-C ports also support Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 standard, so you could hook up an external GPU if you wish to. There’s also a Micro-SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone/mic port and a security lock port. Interestingly, Dell chose a Qualcomm Killer AC Wi-Fi adapter, something you would normally see on gaming oriented laptops.
One of the strengths of XPS machines have always been the screens on offer, and the latest XPS 13 with its 1920x1080 13.3in screen is no exception. Colours are vibrant, the brightness uniform and text is sharp and well contrasted without appearing over saturated. The bezel is tiny too. It’s simply gorgeous.
Performance wise, the i5-8250U CPU absolutely crushes the equivalent previous generation 7200U dual core. In Geekbench 4, we get a single core result of 4063, which is already over 10% faster than the 7200U, while the multi core score jumps to an incredible 11643. The latter number is new territory for Ultrabook class models, leaving 7th generation models in the dust.
Battery life is a standout strength of the XPS 13. Despite the move from a dual core to a quad core, battery life does not seem to have suffered at all. In fact in PC Mark 8’s battery test, we got a result of 6hr 25m, which actually puts it ahead of an i5-7200U equipped
Performance wise, the i58250U CPU absolutely crushes the equivalent previous generation dual core.
Lenovo X1 Carbon, which was already considered to have excellent battery life. In real world use, obviously the XPS 13 will easily see you through a full work or study day, with battery life to spare.
Overall, the Dell XPS 13 continues to be one of the best ultra-books on the market. The upgrade to an 8th generation quad core processor is a big step forward, yet battery life is still excellent. Dell knows the XPS 13 is a top laptop design. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. CHRIS SZEWCZYK