Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) In-depth Review

People who prefers to buy premium laptops that can hold up the power side by side with performing exceptionally well then the Dell XPS  series has something exciting for you. The Dell XPS series is known for combining the best of mobile hardware into an ultra-portable and super premium package with stellar looks. The Dell XPS 13 9370 was one of the company’s best products till date, and the Dell  which is the 2018 refresh, seems to be better than ever. So does the quality and performance able to justify the price tag of Rs. 1,64,990?

Let’s take an in-depth look at the Dell XPS 13 (9370) in our review:

 

Dimensions7.8-11.6mm x 302mm x 199mm
Processor8th Gen Quad Core Intel® Core™ i5-8250U/ i7-8550U processor
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Display 13.3'' FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display or 13.3'' 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display
GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 620
WirelessKiller 1435 802.11ac 2x2 and Bluetooth
Ports 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI Output 1x Card Reader
Weight1.21 Kg
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home Plus Single Language, English
Battery52 WHr

 

Design and Build Quality

The body in itself is quite sturdy, and I could feel absolutely no flex anywhere. The design is almost perfect in almost every way. Except for the webcam that is awkwardly placed at the bottom of the screen (which we’ll be talking about in a while), all the ports have been laid out well. The keyboard is well designed, the touchpad is big enough and well located, and the Infinity Edge display is packed inside a slim profile Ultrabook that weighs just 1.21 kg.

Dell-XPS-13-Display-Chassis

All in all, the design of the Dell XPS 13 is super premium, and it is a no-brainer as to why this laptop was praised by many at CES 2018. It looks fresh, neat, simple, and elegant. All while maintaining the look as well as feel of being a premium product. The Dell XPS lineup is known for providing a superior sense of quality, and the Dell XPS 13 9370 has managed to raise the bar to new heights.

 

Ports and Connectivity

The Dell XPS 13 is a laptop that is future-ready, and it shows with the company’s choice of port selection. The Dell XPS 13 offers only USB type-C ports for its users, which, even though is in line with the current trend of living in a world with a single type of USB port, might upset a few users.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

On the left side of the laptop, you’ll see the Noble lock slot, followed by 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB ports and a battery gauge meter with 5 LED lights.

On the right side of the laptop, you get a 3.5mm headset jack, 1x USB-C 3.1 port, and a microSD card reader.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

All three USB ports come with PowerShare & DC-In & DisplayPort support. Additionally, Dell understands that not everyone has moved on to the Type-C bandwagon yet, and they have been generous enough to include a Type-C to USB-A adapter in the box.

 

Display

The display is the biggest talking point of this ultrabook, and for all the right reasons. Thanks to the InfinityEdge technology, Dell has managed to fit in a 13.3-inch display inside the body of an 11-inch laptop.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

The non-touch variant of the laptop offers Full HD (1920x1080p) resolution with 100% sRGB coverage. But it is the touch display that steals the limelight. The 13.3-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) display comes with a capacitive touchscreen with the support of up to 10 fingers.

Apart from being beautiful in itself, the display allows the content to look great as well. Yes, there is a sense of saturation in the colors, but you can always adjust it to your liking. There’s 1500:1 contrast ratio and the display is anti-reflective with 178° wide viewing angle. Also, the 400-nits display is super bright. In most cases, scaling the brightness to halfway should be enough for most users.

Bottomline, the Dell XPS 13 features the best display I’ve ever tested, and I would recommend the laptop solely for its display only. It has the kind of display that makes you question whether you really need that second kidney or not.

 

Touchpad

The Dell XPS 13 features a glass touchpad which is one of the best touchpads I’ve personally used. The surface is super smooth, and thanks to Windows Precision Touchpad drivers, the entire user experience is great. I can make use of multiple gestures along to navigate and switch between various desktops and open windows. In fact, I dare say that the touchpad on the Dell XPS 13 is as good as the one on the MacBooks out there, if not better.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

The touchpad is laid out well, and there is enough area to carry out all your essential actions. A lot of companies have tried to incorporate the left and right click buttons onto the touchpad’s surface only, but none of them offer the experience like the XPS 13.

 

Camera

Considering the targetted audience of business users and users who prefer to use their ultrabooks on-the-go, the camera plays a crucial role in determining the overall user experience of the device. But before even starting off with the actual review of the camera, one can understand where things are going, considering the rather absurd placement of the camera.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

 

Performance

If I had to describe the performance of the Dell XPS 13 in one word, I’d go with “astounding”. The ultra-portable and super-sleek ultrabook packs in a beastly combo of the latest 8th-gen Intel CPUs coupled with up to 16 gigs of RAM. I could throw almost anything at this laptop, and it would perform well, without breaking a sweat. The 512GB PCIe SSD included onboard is quite fast as well, and aids in the super-fast performance of the device.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

For our testing purposes, Dell provided us with the i7 variant. That being said, I’d expect the overall performance to remain more or less the same on the i5 variant since it does not have to handle the added load of the 4K display. And speaking of that, one thing that I noticed with the Dell XPS 13 was the fact that there seems to be some sort of lag or stutter while switching between various desktops. But apart from that, the performance has been buttery smooth.

 

Battery Life

The Dell XPS 13 packs a 52WHr battery, that is pretty good for a laptop its size. The company claims that the laptop should last you for about 13 hours or so. In my testing, I was able to squeeze out a comfortable 8 hours of battery life from the device. However, do note that this is the 4K panel device that I am referring to. Judging by the power efficiency of the 8th-gen Intel Core series along with the results I got from my testing device, one can expect an easy 10 hours of battery life from the non-touch 1080p display.

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

As for charging, Dell has bundled a teeny-tiny 45W USB Type-C Charger. Furthermore, all 3 Type-C ports on the Dell XPS 13 can be used for charging the device. Personally, though, I’d prefer sticking to the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the device, since charging via the standard USB 3.1 Type-C port resulted in slower charging speeds. In my testing, I was able to entirely charge the device in under 2 hours, which seems to be quite good enough.

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