This is a new XPS 13 now some of youmight be wondering at this point Eber didn’t you just take a look at one likesix months ago I did in fact that was the XPS 13 2-in-1 one a notebook / tablethybrid it was one of the first devices to hit the market featuring Intel’s10th gen ice lake cpu’s and the performance was actually really good thoughI did have some issues with the functionality of the device some thingsjust didn’t add up if you’re interested in checking out my full review of theXPS 13 2-in-1 I’ll leave a link right over here this one in your hand is astandard XPS 13 that’s updated for 2020 that’s because last year Dell wasoffering comet lake CPUs on their standard models and trust me I can startranting about Intel’s ice Lake and comment Lake mobile processor launchesbut that’s not what we’re here to talk about we’re here to find out what’s newwith this ultrabook and if it’s worth the upgrade from something like a basiclaptop or if you’re actually shopping for a new ultra boat alright so thefirst thing that.
I want to tackle is pricing for the new XPS 13 so it startsat $1,200 which isn’t too bad if you think about it when you are getting apremium build notebook with efficient specs in this case you get a core i51035 g1 CPU featuring 4 cores and a threads 8 gigabytes of RAM with wickedfast memory speeds a 256 gigabyte nvme SSD and a full HD plus non-touch displaynow you can spec this thing all the way up to 2 grand and these are the specsthat you’d get but the configuration that we have over here is somewhere inthe middle and it costs about 1750 it would have been nice to see Delloffering aimed the options but I guess one can only dream all right so from theoutside Dell hasn’t made any major changes to the XPS 13 this is still thebest-looking ultrabook that money can buy craftedfrom aluminum and then polished by CNC man this is definitely something thatyou’ll have to feel for yourselves in hand it’s really really that good thehinge is excellent it’s nice.
And rigid I mean even if you use it as a touchscreenthe screen doesn’t wobble honestly it’s built like a tank and it’s thelittle attention to details that Dell has nailed here I also love the factthat you can open the laptop with just one hand however there is one thing thatdid start bothering me as you can see the lip around the screen is notmagnetic which means if you close the notebook it’s not gonna stay flush asyou can see there is quite a bit of gap between the main body and the lid if youhold it in a vertical orientation this may or may not be a deal breaker but Ithought that it was worth mentioning the major design changes have been done onthe inside so Dell has expanded the keyboard edge to edge versus the smalllayout on last year’s model so you’re getting bigger keys which is nice thebiggest improvement in my opinion having used a tuned one is the keys themselvesare way way better they’re not using the Maglev mechanism there’s proper feedbackthis time and a bit of travel distance if you type a lot this is a really goodkeyboard unfortunately the LED backlighting still struggles to shinethrough properly during low-light environments.
I personally think this hasto do with the white keyboard because if you’re trying to shine white lightthrough a white surface there isn’t proper separation so if you valuekeyboard backlighting I would highly recommend picking up the silver andblack carbon fiber model in fact that’s what I would get because this Alpinewhite model costs an extra fifty dollars so that’s something to keep in mind thepower button also acts as a fingerprint reader if you’re looking for a secureauthentication method to log into Windowsthey made the trackpad slightly larger it still got a glass surface paired withWindows position drivers so navigating through windows was a breeze I had afantastic time using the trackpad on the XPS 13 and what’s even cool is that theintegrated primary left and right buttons sound awesome this is somethingthat you have to listen to I mean how cool is thatI think Dell has really nailed the functionality of both the hardware andthe software on the new XPS 13 excellent job guys now everyone’s been ravingabout the display on the new XPS models the XPS 15 and 17 were just recentlyannounced and it looks absolutely gorgeous as much as I’d love to get myhands on them as soon as possible I’m here stuck with the XPS 13 but I’m notcomplaining because.
I have to give it to Dell for stepping things up to the nextlevel basically they’ve managed to implement a 16 by 10 aspectshow into a 11 inch body and the result of that is a stunning four-sidedbezel-less screen it’s absolutely an engineering marvel guys and the bestpart is that they’ve kept the webcam where it’s actually supposed to be rightat the top instead of the lame no scam setups that we’re seeing on notebooksthese days the screen itself is another icing on the cakethe resolution is 1920 by 1200 which is perfectand that’s due to these sixteen by ten aspect ratio so that means you get morevertical screen real estate when you’re working with different apps it’s alsoIPS so expect beautiful colors with good contrast in fact if you edit photos thisshould be on the top of your list because it covers 80% DCP 3 a hundredpercent srgb and 77 percent Adobe RGB which is really good for a notebook thissize there is an ambient light sensor built-in that dynamically adjusts thebrightness of the display depending on the exterior lighting conditions whichis really really cool.
I should also mention that the screen does get reallybright we’re talking close to 500 nits which is awesome so outdoor visibilityshouldn’t be a problem in fact the weather is slowly gettingbetter outside so I can comfortably take this with me out to my patio to get somework done you can also opt for a 4k display that’s slightly more coloraccurate but keep in mind that that’s gonna be an expensive addition it’s justyeah it’s it’s too expensive the speakers are located on the side andthey sound really good for a notebook this size in fact there’s more body tothe sound depending on the type of genre that you’re listening to I think theonly thing that I’m a little bit picky about is that there isn’t proper clarityin the details or the high ends and that’s because there isn’t a dedicatedtweeter built into the notebook but that’s obvious but honestly for anotebook this size the speaker’s sound phenomenal so this is the webcam test onthe XPS 13 it’s not the greatest quality out there in fact.
I don’t think we canexpect a better quality about cam on notebooks these days but they should getthe job done the microphone sounds ok so yeah it should be fine for casual Skypecalls or zoom meetings feel like zoom is getting more popular than Skype thesedays but yeah that’s it’s an interesting fact totally off topic Oh moving on tothe i/o and this is where you start making cover myso you only get two USB type-c turnable three ports a headphone jack and a microSD card reader and that’s it now this setup really depends on how you use yournotebook on a regular basis if you’re someone who’s relying on externalaccessories that require you to plug in something to a USB type a port that issomething that you’re gonna have to make a compromise on unless if you’re willingto accept dongle life because Dell does include a Type C to type a adapter whichis still pretty limiting because you could just have one of those USB type-cplugs plugged in for power and then just one of them remaining which definitelyturns to be a limiting factor for a lot of people but.
I also understand thatthis notebook is geared for people who travel a lot and you know people whodon’t necessarily use a lot of those ports it’s it’s a debatable topic Idon’t think there is a right or wrong answer in this but I would havepreferred to see a USB type a port at least on this laptop but looking at thedesign of the XPS 13 it’s just nearly impossible to includeone because this laptop is just really really thin the included power adapteris compact and it matches the arktech white model plus the connector has anLED light notifying that it’s charging the notebook and there’s a little lightat the front indicating the same thing it’s nice touch also I’m not sure ifthis is just me but I really missed the battery indicator from the older XPSmodels remember the little button on the side that we know when it press it itgives you a little indication as to how much battery life you have leftregardless with your notebook closed that was just an awesome signaturefeature of XPS devices I just really missed tha.
And I thought that wassomething just worth sharing if you’re looking to upgrade the XPS 13later down the line it is pretty limited as you can see the only thing that youcan possibly upgrade is D&B SSD and drie speeds on my sample are good I meanthey’re not the fastest that I’ve come across razer tends to take the edge inthat department but this is still pretty fast and the battery life on the XPS 13is outstanding this thing has a 52 watt hour battery and it ended up lasting belongest among our other thin enlight notebooks on our light load testrefreshing in a Chrome web page for 15 secondsthe notebook lasted for more than 11 hours which is just inHaley lives in areas were also very impressive we rent real bench on a loopand it lasted for more than three hours so basically what I’m trying to say isthat if you’re looking for an ultrabook with the best battery life look nofurther than the XPS 13 okey dokey time to get into performance I’m just gonnajump right into it the isolate core i7 CPU on this notebook is fast for a thinand light low power design especially.
When it comes to single threaded testsmulti-core performance on either hand is a bit of a struggle especially comparedto Intel’s commonly used series offerings and that’s because those CPUsare still banking on an old architecture with higher clock speeds so they have asignificant edge over ice lake in that regard in some of our tests the XPS didtrail behind the razor blades 1213 featuring the same CPU but honestly forthis size it’s respectable because it’s thinner than the blade switching over tosome real-world tests starting with Adobe Premiere the new update thatleverages AMD NVIDIA GPUs doesn’t really come in handy here because this notebookdoesn’t have a discrete GPU so render times aren’t the best ultrabooks aren’tgeared towards video editors I’m sure you can do some casual work but nothingserious for some reason I’m still having trouble rendering our ten-minute DaVinciResolve project it’s still a mystery with isolate and it’s applications sokeep that in mind now before I get into gaming performance.
I should mentionsomething very important the XPS 13 by no means is a gaming ultra book in factthere are other options out there offering ice lake and comet Lake CPUswith discrete graphics like a gtx 1650 or a 1660 they’ll give you much betterframe rates but if you’re just looking for like casual gaming maybe once in awhile this thing can handle a little bit of that so let’s see how it doesas you can see what less demanding games like csgo overwatch and rocket Leaguethis notebook can push respectable frame rates at 1080p at medium to low settingstatus but it’s obviously nowhere near what discrete graphics can offer sothat’s something to keep in mind when you’re shopping for an ultrabookare 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 needto answer before making that buying decision now some of you might havenoticed that we’ve started to include temperatures andfrequencies over time to see how the CPU behaves under certain conditions andworkloads especially with desktop CP reviews moving forward we’ve decided toinclude them on notebooks as well so let’s see how the XPS 13 does startingwith blender the CPU clock speeds starts strong at 3.5 gigahertz on all coursebut naturally as temperature rises the frequencies take a dip averaging between2 to 2.5 gigahertz what’s really interesting about the boost algorithm isthat whenever the CPU temps hits 70 to see the algorithm says hey.
I havethermal Headroom let’s boost those clock speeds and it shoots up to 3 gigahertzbut that doesn’t stay long temperatures hit 90 C and the clock speeds dip againand that gets repeated over and over again instead of these peaks and valleysit would have been really nice to see balance between clock speeds andtemperatures that stays consistent switching to premier this one needs abit of an explanation basically since rendering utilizes both the CPU and GPUand both are on the same package they contribute to the overall package powerand temperatures that means the CPU clock speeds take a hit averaging around1.4 to 1.6 gigahertz while maintaining temps around 73 degree Celsius sofrequencies seem to be held back by power rather than heat exterior surfacetemperatures were not that bad it does get warmer when you place it on your lapwhile rendering files but it’s nothing worrying now through guards to fan noisethis laptop was dead silent under idle scenarios in fact on my sample.
I didn’texperience any coil lines or that weird hum that was a known issue on previousXPS notebooks so that’s pretty awesome now during load the fans do pick upspeed but it’s pretty tolerable it doesn’t sound like a giant fan so Ithink it’s time to conclude my thoughts on the new XPS 13 and the first thingthat comes to my mind is the fantastic design and build quality this is thegold standard of ultrabooks it’s really that good the display is also one of thebest it’s Bryant color accurate I can’treally complain anything about it I would honestly rock this if I were astudent because it’s got amazing battery life good performance given the formfactor I mean I think that’s what we’re all looking forward to when we’reshopping for an ultrabook excellent performance battery lifegood design and build quality and this thing delivers the price is also veryreasonable only enough in the reviewers guide that Dell sent us.
I did see a corei3 model for $9.99 and another model with 32 gigabytes of RAM so maybe Dellwill offer or launch those models later on but for now if you’re shopping for anultrabook this should be on the top of your list or if you’re someone comingfrom a basic 400 to 500 or laptop and if you’re looking to upgrade to somethinglike the new XPS 13 you’re in for a treat the only thing really the onlything that you need to watch out for is lack of i/o because you’re only gettingtwo type-c ports and if you’re willing to bypass that if you’re willing toaccept the dongle life by carrying you know one of these it’s I don’t have ananswer so on that note thank you so much for watching I hope you guys are stayingsafe and sound spend responsibly my friends and I’ll talk to you guys in thenext on.