ITS SO GOOD – Dell XPS 13 9300 (2020) Review

by birtanpublished on November 28, 2020

this is a new XPS 13 now some of you might be wondering at this point Eber didn't you just take a look at one like six months ago I did in fact that was the XPS 13 tune one a notebook / tablet hybrid it was one of the first devices to hit the market featuring Intel's tangent i6 effuse and the performance was actually really good though I did have some issues with the functionality of the device some things just didn't add up if you're interested in checking out my full review of the XPS 13 2 & 1 I'll leave a link right over here this one in your hand is a

Standard XPS 13 that's updated for 2020 that's because last year Dell was offering comet-like CPUs on their standard models and trust me I can start ranting about Intel's ice Lake and comment Lake mobile processor launches but that's not what we're here to talk about we're here to find out what's new with this ultrabook and if it's worth the upgrade from something like a basic laptop or if you're actually shopping for a new ultra boat alright so the first thing that I want to tackle is pricing for the new XPS 13 so it starts at $1,200 which isn't too bad if you

Think about it when you are getting a premium build notebook with efficient specs in this case you get a core i5 1035 g1 CPU featuring 4 cores and a threads 8 gigabytes of RAM with wicked fast memory speeds a 256 gigabyte nvme SSD and a full HD plus non-touch display now you can spec this thing all the way up to 2 grand and these are the specs that you'd get but the configuration that we have over here is somewhere in the middle and it costs about 1750 it would have been nice to see Dell offering aimed the options but I guess one can only dream all right so from the

Outside Dell hasn't made any major changes to the XPS 13 this is still the best-looking ultrabook that money can buy crafted from aluminum and then polished by CNC man this is definitely something that you'll have to feel for yourselves in hand it's really really that good the hinge is excellent it's nice and rigid I mean even if you use it as a touchscreen the screen doesn't wobble honestly it's built like a tank and it's the little attention to details that Dell has nailed here I also love the fact that you can open the laptop with just

One hand however there is one thing that did start bothering me as you can see the lip around the screen is not magnetic which means if you close the notebook it's not gonna stay flush as you can see there is quite a bit of gap between the main body and the lid if you hold it in a vertical orientation this may or may not be a deal breaker but I thought that it was worth mentioning the major design changes have been done on the inside so Dell has expanded the keyboard edge to edge versus the small layout on last year's model so you're getting bigger keys which is nice the

Biggest improvement in my opinion having used a tuned one is the keys themselves are way way better they're not using the Maglev mechanism there's proper feedback this time and a bit of travel distance if you type a lot this is a really good keyboard unfortunately the LED backlighting still struggles to shine through properly during low-light environments I personally think this has to do with the white keyboard because if you're trying to shine white light through a white surface there isn't proper separation so if you value keyboard backlighting I would highly

Recommend picking up the silver and black carbon fiber model in fact that's what I would get because this Alpine white model costs an extra fifty dollars so that's something to keep in mind the power button also acts as a fingerprint reader if you're looking for a secure authentication method to log into Windows they made the trackpad slightly larger it still got a glass surface paired with Windows position drivers so navigating through windows was a breeze I had a fantastic time using the trackpad on the XPS 13 and what's even cool is that the

Integrated primary left and right buttons sound awesome this is something that you have to listen to I mean how cool is that I think Dell has really nailed the functionality of both the hardware and the software on the new XPS 13 excellent job guys now everyone's been raving about the display on the new XPS models the XPS 15 and 17 were just recently announced and it looks absolutely gorgeous as much as I'd love to get my hands on them as soon as possible I'm here stuck with the XPS 13 but I'm not complaining because I have to give it to

Dell for stepping things up to the next level basically they've managed to implement a 16 by 10 aspect show into a 11 inch body and the result of that is a stunning four-sided bezel-less screen it's absolutely an engineering marvel guys and the best part is that they've kept the webcam where it's actually supposed to be right at the top instead of the lame no scam setups that we're seeing on notebooks these days the screen itself is another icing on the cake the resolution is 1920 by 1200 which is perfect

And that's due to these sixteen by ten aspect ratio so that means you get more vertical screen real estate when you're working with different apps it's also IPS so expect beautiful colors with good contrast in fact if you edit photos this should be on the top of your list because it covers 80% DCP 3 a hundred percent srgb and 77 percent Adobe RGB which is really good for a notebook this size there is an ambient light sensor built-in that dynamically adjusts the brightness of the display depending on the exterior lighting conditions which is really really cool I should also

Mention that the screen does get really bright we're talking close to 500 nits which is awesome so outdoor visibility shouldn't be a problem in fact the weather is slowly getting better outside so I can comfortably take this with me out to my patio to get some work done you can also opt for a 4k display that's slightly more color accurate but keep in mind that that's gonna be an expensive addition it's just yeah it's it's too expensive the speakers are located on the side and they sound really good for a notebook this size in fact there's more body to

The sound depending on the type of genre that you're listening to I think the only thing that I'm a little bit picky about is that there isn't proper clarity in the details or the high ends and that's because there isn't a dedicated tweeter built into the notebook but that's obvious but honestly for a notebook this size the speaker's sound phenomenal so this is the webcam test on the XPS 13 it's not the greatest quality out there in fact I don't think we can expect a better quality about cam on notebooks these days but they should get the job done the microphone sounds ok so

Yeah it should be fine for casual Skype calls or zoom meetings feel like zoom is getting more popular than Skype these days but yeah that's it's an interesting fact totally off topic Oh moving on to the i/o and this is where you start making cover my so you only get two USB type-c turnable three ports a headphone jack and a micro SD card reader and that's it now this setup really depends on how you use your notebook on a regular basis if you're someone who's relying on external accessories that require you to plug in something to a USB type a port that is

Something that you're gonna have to make a compromise on unless if you're willing to accept dongle life because Dell does include a Type C to type a adapter which is still pretty limiting because you could just have one of those USB type-c plugs plugged in for power and then just one of them remaining which definitely turns to be a limiting factor for a lot of people but I also understand that this notebook is geared for people who travel a lot and you know people who don't necessarily use a lot of those ports it's it's a debatable topic I don't think there is a right or wrong

Answer in this but I would have preferred to see a USB type a port at least on this laptop but looking at the design of the XPS 13 it's just nearly impossible to include one because this laptop is just really really thin the included power adapter is compact and it matches the arktech white model plus the connector has an LED light notifying that it's charging the notebook and there's a little light at the front indicating the same thing it's nice touch also I'm not sure if this is just me but I really missed the battery indicator from the older XPS

Models remember the little button on the side that we know when it press it it gives you a little indication as to how much battery life you have left regardless with your notebook closed that was just an awesome signature feature of XPS devices I just really missed that and I thought that was something just worth sharing if you're looking to upgrade the XPS 13 later down the line it is pretty limited as you can see the only thing that you can possibly upgrade is D&B SSD and drie speeds on my sample are good I mean they're not the fastest that I've come

Across razer tends to take the edge in that department but this is still pretty fast and the battery life on the XPS 13 is outstanding this thing has a 52 watt hour battery and it ended up lasting be longest among our other thin enlight notebooks on our light load test refreshing in a Chrome web page for 15 seconds the notebook lasted for more than 11 hours which is just in Haley lives in areas were also very impressive we rent real bench on a loop and it lasted for more than three hours so basically what I'm trying to say is

That if you're looking for an ultrabook with the best battery life look no further than the XPS 13 okey dokey time to get into performance I'm just gonna jump right into it the isolate core i7 CPU on this notebook is fast for a thin and light low power design especially when it comes to single threaded tests multi-core performance on either hand is a bit of a struggle especially compared to Intel's commonly used series offerings and that's because those CPUs are still banking on an old architecture with higher clock speeds so they have a significant edge over ice lake in that

Regard in some of our tests the XPS did trail behind the razor blades 1213 featuring the same CPU but honestly for this size it's respectable because it's thinner than the blade switching over to some real-world tests starting with Adobe Premiere the new update that leverages AMD NVIDIA GPUs doesn't really come in handy here because this notebook doesn't have a discrete GPU so render times aren't the best ultrabooks aren't geared towards video editors I'm sure you can do some casual work but nothing serious for some reason I'm still having trouble rendering our ten-minute DaVinci

Resolve project it's still a mystery with isolate and it's applications so keep that in mind now before I get into gaming performance I should mention something very important the XPS 13 by no means is a gaming ultra book in fact there are other options out there offering ice lake and comet Lake CPUs with discrete graphics like a gtx 1650 or a 1660 they'll give you much better frame rates but if you're just looking for like casual gaming maybe once in a while this thing can handle a little bit of that so let's see how it does as you can see what less demanding games

Like csgo overwatch and rocket League this notebook can push respectable frame rates at 1080p at medium to low setting status but it's obviously nowhere near what discrete graphics can offer so that's something to keep in mind when you're shopping for an ultrabook are you gonna be dedicating 50% for gaming and 50% for productivity or 90% for productivity and 10% for gaming I think that's the question that you need to answer before making that buying decision now some of you might have noticed that we've started to include temperatures and

Frequencies over time to see how the CPU behaves under certain conditions and workloads especially with desktop CP reviews moving forward we've decided to include them on notebooks as well so let's see how the XPS 13 does starting with blender the CPU clock speeds starts strong at 3.5 gigahertz on all course but naturally as temperature rises the frequencies take a dip averaging between 2 to 2.5 gigahertz what's really interesting about the boost algorithm is that whenever the CPU temps hits 70 to see the algorithm says hey I have thermal Headroom let's boost those clock

Speeds and it shoots up to 3 gigahertz but that doesn't stay long temperatures hit 90 C and the clock speeds dip again and that gets repeated over and over again instead of these peaks and valleys it would have been really nice to see balance between clock speeds and temperatures that stays consistent switching to premier this one needs a bit of an explanation basically since rendering utilizes both the CPU and GPU and both are on the same package they contribute to the overall package power and temperatures that means the CPU clock speeds take a hit averaging around

1.4 to 1.6 gigahertz while maintaining temps around 73 degree Celsius so frequencies seem to be held back by power rather than heat exterior surface temperatures were not that bad it does get warmer when you place it on your lap while rendering files but it's nothing worrying now through guards to fan noise this laptop was dead silent under idle scenarios in fact on my sample I didn't experience any coil lines or that weird hum that was a known issue on previous XPS notebooks so that's pretty awesome now during load the fans do pick up speed but it's pretty tolerable it

Doesn't sound like a giant fan so I think it's time to conclude my thoughts on the new XPS 13 and the first thing that comes to my mind is the fantastic design and build quality this is the gold standard of ultrabooks it's really that good the display is also one of the best it's Bryant color accurate I can't really complain anything about it I would honestly rock this if I were a student because it's got amazing battery life good performance given the form factor I mean I think that's what we're all looking forward to when we're

Shopping for an ultrabook excellent performance battery life good design and build quality and this thing delivers the price is also very reasonable only enough in the reviewers guide that Dell sent us I did see a core i3 model for $9.99 and another model with 32 gigabytes of RAM so maybe Dell will offer or launch those models later on but for now if you're shopping for an ultrabook this should be on the top of your list or if you're someone coming from a basic 400 to 500 or laptop and if you're looking to upgrade to something like the new XPS 13 you're in for a

Treat the only thing really the only thing that you need to watch out for is lack of i/o because you're only getting two type-c ports and if you're willing to bypass that if you're willing to accept the dongle life by carrying you know one of these it's I don't have an answer so on that note thank you so much for watching I hope you guys are staying safe and sound spend responsibly my friends and I'll talk to you guys in the next one

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