Dell XPS 13 always becomes a number one option in term of portable and convertible laptop category, but for now we are seeing the series has not provided anything new so far for these couple of years. On the other side, the competitors like Lenovo tries really hard to catch them up by providing a more worthy option at the same price range. In 2018, Dell once again upgrades their both of XPS 13 and 15 inch model, but for this case they have not done something wonderful. The 8th gen processor is already used in the previous model and the new chassis is only slightly thinner and lighter without any difference at all.
Users who have bought the previous model won’t find this one as very interesting because they basically see the same basic design here. Still, the new users should find this device as very worthy to take a look especially considering its pricing. Dell puts of the Core I5 variant for just around 1000 dollars and feels cheaper than its competitors. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and see how it’s comparable to Zenbook 13 UX331UA and some its competitors. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Construction
You would hardly time for comparing the new and old chassis because both of them looks pretty similar in everything. The edges, the keyboard, and camera placement are similar and what they both do here is only reducing its thickness and making it lighter. On good side, the build quality feels similar and even better in some cases. The case overall resists to pressure incredibly and to make it warp will need some decent of pressure here. The lid cover is now thinner than before, but thankfully they still cover its surface with extra layer finishing and giving an extra plus in term of build quality.
Overall, I have no problem in both of design and construction although I find the design as boring and uninteresting here. As for I/O connectivity, everything is complete for except the standard USB support here. They leave us with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports which support of mini display and power share features. For this case, you are forced to buy an extra adapter because there is no way to plug your accessories or smartphones without this small little thing. Matebook X Pro or Zenbook 13 at this case is better in this category as it still fits of standard USB type-A connection.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
The manufacture offers of two display configuration included the 4K and the full HD one. Both of them look similar in quality and what makes difference here is the resolution. Keep in mind, you do not really need any 4K display unless you want to do some intense and professional photo editing. In term of quality, the 1080p panel looks crisp and bright although somehow I find the screen as quite reflective to light. The panel manages to cover of 97 % SRGB color and producing of around 400 nits for brightness. The display always becomes the biggest selling point for XPS series.
As for the input support, the keyboard feels almost exactly like the previous model as Dell really takes the design straight from the last generation. If you are a fan of its previous keyboard, then you won’t have any problem at all here. I personally love its 2016 model, but overall the new keyboard is satisfying and comfortable for any short or long usages. The similar impression found on the touchpad and it’s fully equipped by Windows Precision driver. The normal work and multi gesture support work flawlessly and providing a solid experience for navigating through the internet.
|Dell XPS 13 9370 13 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Quad Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||13.3 Inch IPS FHD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 Memory|
Performance and Battery
It’s interesting to see of that Dell has put of Intel 8th generation process in the 2017 model. Yeah, at the nearly end of 2017, they announce the Kaby Lake R CPU for their latest generation series and I find this case as weird as the 2018 is coming. Right here, they put basically the same processor although I really kind of love this brand new processor thanks to its quad core CPU. There are now four cores CPU inside with each of them clocked at 1.6 GHz. The clock speed is slightly lower, but the performance in multi thread is amazing here. The manufacture claims to put of new thermal management for reducing the temperature and yeah temperature is much better here.
One thing I should want to stress here is the battery life. Dell is forced to reduce the battery capacity from 60 Wh to 52 Wh due its changes in thickness of chassis. The battery life overall runs pretty good, but still performs worst result than the 2017 model. I manage to get of 10 hours and 25 minutes in my light test while the previous model getting around 11 to 12 hours. The chassis is thinner and lighter, but reducing the battery capacity is not a great solution.
Despite of some its issue in battery life and overall similar design, I still find the XPS 13 9370 FHD Model as a worthy option in 2 in laptop category. So far, I am still not seeing a fair competitor although I started to see of ASUS catches it up with their Zenbook 13 inch system, so do not be surprised that ASUS will even manages to overpass Dell at this case. Let’s just see of what Dell would do next year. If you still have not made a choice for buying a new system, then you should take a look into this one. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it.