The digital camera is within the right region on the brand new Dell XPS thirteen. That may additionally look like a small aspect, but to human beings who have used this pc inside the beyond it’s the principle factor. It’s the primary aspect because that reputedly minor complaint was the only real knock on an in any other case brilliant pc. Now that the webcam is above the display screen rather than below it, I don’t have to talk approximately the XPS 13 as an “in any other case first-rate” laptop.
I can just call it an excellent computer.
The 2019 version of Dell’s nearly iconic XPS thirteen has another update compared to the preceding model, an updated eighth Gen Intel Whiskey Lake processor. Though that’s a pleasing aspect to have, it’s not as critical because the fact that Dell has nailed most of the fundamentals that make a very good pc.
Even although the XPS thirteen has a robust pedigree, it’s really worth talking about again. It turned into one of the first mainstream laptops with a almost edge-to-aspect screen. It doesn’t pass in for 360-diploma hinge hints — there’s the XPS 13 2-in-1 for that — it was just constantly a great, well-built computer. It has emerge as something of a default opportunity to the MacBook Air for Windows users — some thing thin, light, stylish, and additionally dependable. Windows has many more such laptops available now (the Surface Laptop 2 is a great choice), but the XPS thirteen remains at or near the the front of that percent.
I certainly just like the white model of this pc. The pinnacle has a kind of silvery depth to its end and the keyboard deck consists of woven carbon fiber. That greater touch makes it sense much more relaxed and I decide upon it to the Surface Laptop’s fabric end. Based on what human beings have said approximately the closing XPS model, it need to also maintain up well over the years. It’s a completely excellent-searching pc.
The 2019 version of the XPS 13 starts at $899, however I assume the general public will need to step as much as the $1,199 (as of this writing) version. That will get you a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of garage, and the 1080p screen. Unfortunately, the best way to get a touchscreen is to leap all the way up to the $1,799 (as of this writing) model, which has a 4K display, greater RAM, and a quicker processor. That’s the version I’ve examined right here.
Most people probably gained’t miss the touchscreen, specifically due to the fact that this is a traditional pc shape thing, however I locate it remarkable convenient to have. Because the touchpad is smaller than on a number of different cutting-edge laptops, I regularly locate myself fast attaining as much as brush aside a notification or faucet an icon at the taskbar. I want Dell offered a touchscreen choice at the 1080p display screen — which prices less, has higher battery lifestyles, and is available on most of its competitors.
But if you’re inclined to spend the extra cash (and take the battery existence hit) to get the 4K display screen, you’ll locate it to be outstanding. The thirteen.3-inch display screen does cross almost aspect-to-area on the pinnacle, left, and right, but there’s a massive-ish bezel on the bottom. Along with a lot of different people, I decide on a 3:2 factor ratio for productivity work on laptops, which the XPS thirteen does no longer have; it makes do with a traditional sixteen:nine display screen. Dell has additionally positioned an anti-reflective coating on the screen which surely helps with using it in a vivid room.
The keyboard in this device is terrific, with a superb stability of key tour, firmness, and thinness. I don’t love that the page up and web page down buttons are crammed in subsequent to the arrow keys and I generally discover that white keyboards make locating the right backlighting in a dim room a trouble. Those are minor complaints, though, and if you opt for the black and silver color, the keys come in black.
As an aside, it’s weirdly tough to judge pc keyboards in a international where the butterfly keys on MacBooks are so untrustworthy. Everything feels wonderful and dependable through contrast. I don’t think I’m grading on a skewed curve here, even though: it’s an awesome keyboard.
You can log in with the fingerprint sensor at the energy button — it’s speedy and correct, however you have to wake the pc first after which tap it in place of simply urgent down on it in a unmarried step. It’s now not as seamless as a digital camera-based Windows Hello system, but it’s still lots greater convenient than typing in a password on every occasion you open the lid.
And as I stated, Dell moved the webcam to up above the screen in order that it’s now not searching up your nose. That reputedly took a lot greater work than you would possibly guess. Dell even needed to make its own custom 2.25mm camera module to make this paintings. It’s really tiny, but simply as right as large laptop cameras I’ve used — at least for the purposes of video conferencing. Here’s a shot I took in a scenario where there’s a ton of backlighting and my face is apparent and visible.
Performance is excellent — as it must be, with a quad-center Core i7 processor. I haven’t had to restriction myself in relation to commencing apps and tabs in any respect. Don’t anticipate that you’ll be doing a lot gaming, though, as it nonetheless makes use of an included photos card. If there’s a downside, although, it’s the lovers. They’ve settled down a bit, however inside the first couple of days they have been spinning up way louder than I want. It has meant that the gadget by no means gets too hot (Dell did a few greater paintings on the internal thermals), as a minimum.
Dell rates up to 21 hours of battery lifestyles with the 1080p display and round 12 for the 4K. As common, I assume the ones estimates are first-rate positive, but that doesn’t suggest I think the battery life in this computer is bad. In active use with battery-hogging apps like Chrome, Slack, and Tweetdeck I’m getting over eight hours — that’s in reality stable considering I’m using the 4K display and haven’t been too shy approximately cranking the brightness up.
I am by and large pleased with the port alternatives: there are Thunderbolt ports at the left, one USB-C port at the left, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. It would have been nicer if Dell had determined a manner to carry back a USB-A port, however it at least consists of a dongle within the container.