El­e­gantly EF­FI­CIENT



IT WILL SET you back the best part of Bt80,000 but busy ex­ec­u­tives per­ma­nently on the go will no doubt find the el­e­gant Dell XPS 13 a part­ner made in heaven. Pow­er­ful and light with a gor­geous 13-inch dis­play with 4K res­o­lu­tion, the new lap­top is smaller, thin­ner and lighter than the pre­vi­ous model – just 11.6 mm at its thick­est part go­ing down to 7.8mm and weigh­ing a mere 1.21 kg.

It also has 20 hours of bat­tery life, mean­ing you can fin­ish your pre­sen­ta­tion while you’re out and about with­out hav­ing to find a power out­let.

The new XPS13 looks el­e­gant in two colour combo op­tions. One op­tion has a Rose Gold alu­minium shell and Alpine White glass fi­bre­wo­ven palm rest. Un­for­tu­nately, the Rose Gold ver­sion is not avail­able in Thai­land so I got to test the model with a Plat­inum Sil­ver shell and Black palm rest.

Dell claims that its team of de­vel­op­ers took about 11,520 hours and 50 tri­als to de­velop the white palm rest with a wo­ven ap­pear­ance. To give it that stylish weave, the team con­sid­ered dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als be­yond the colour lim­its of tra­di­tional car­bon fi­bre. The so­lu­tion was an in­no­va­tive new crys­talline sil­ica ma­te­rial with the white lit­er­ally wo­ven in, like a fab­ric, in nine com­pos­ite lay­ers. Dell says it’s the first to use this wo­ven glass fi­bre in a lap­top.

There are sev­eral choices of con­fig­u­ra­tions of new XPS 13, de­pend­ing on the CPU, mem­ory, stor­age and dis­play res­o­lu­tion. I got my hands on the 9370 model, which is pow­ered by 8th Gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i7-8550U 1.8GHz quad-core pro­ces­sor. It’s in­stalled with 16 gi­ga­bytes of work­ing mem­ory or RAM – part of which is used by the in­te­grated graph­ics adapter and a 512 GB PCIe Solid State Drive.

It has Dell’s next-gen­er­a­tion In­fin­ity Edge 4KDis­play with 3840x2160-pixel res­o­lu­tion, which is bright and great for view­ing pho­tos and watch­ing HD movies. The graphic en­gine is the In­tel UHD Graph­ics 620 with shared graph­ics mem­ory. The dis­play is a touch screen that pro­vides fast in­ter­ac­tion.

Dur­ing the test, I en­joyed watch­ing HD movies from iflix and YouTube 4K clips. The movies also sounded good thanks to the stereo speak­ers pro­fes­sion­ally tuned with Waves MaxxAu­dio Pro with 2 watts power.

Dell says the XPS 13 is the world’s first lap­top built with Gore Ther­mal In­su­la­tion, the same sil­ica aero­gels used in high-tech sci­ence and ex­treme en­gi­neer­ing en­vi­ron­ments to dif­fuse and dis­si­pate heat. It has been used as in­su­la­tion on the Mars Rovers and Hy­per Ve­loc­ity Par­ti­cle cap­ture in the Star­dust Probe. This ma­te­rial di­rects heat out of the de­vice, keep­ing the sys­tem cool while it works hard.

So it came as no sur­prise that dur­ing the test, I didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any heat prob­lem.

The new XPS 13’s long bat­tery life is cred­ited to Dell Power Man­ager that al­lows you to cus­tomise the bal­ance of bat­tery life, charg­ing and ther­mals.

And the Dy­namic Power Mode in­tu­itively de­liv­ers max­i­mum power as needed, for such tasks as video ren­der­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and ad­vanced spread­sheets, while in­tel­li­gently mon­i­tor­ing and man­ag­ing sys­tem tem­per­a­tures. That al­lows the XPS 13 to sus­tain its high per­for­mance.

The XPS 13 runs on Win­dows 10 Home 64-bit. Dur­ing the test, I found the XPS 13 ran busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions, such as Mi­crosoft Of­fice, very fast and HD video clips also ran smoothly. The lap­top took only about 20 sec­onds to start up and 10 sec­onds to shut down.

I also liked that the XPS 13 comes with three USB C ports that are com­pat­i­ble with other de­vices. That means you can use the lap­top’s USB C charger to top up the power of your smart­phone or tablet as needed.

It also has fast Wi-Fi con­nec­tion us­ing the Killer 1435 802.11ac MIMO 2x2 model. I was able to con­nect it to my home Wi-Fi router Link­y­sis EA8500 with ease.

Dell XPS 13 has a start­ing price of Bt79,990, de­pend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion.

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