Dell XPS 13 9370 2018 (8550U, 4K) 13 Inch Laptop Review

Couple of months ago, I have taken look into Dell XPS 13 9360 which becoming the 2017 version of it and it turns out to be a nice deal for everyone looks for a convertible system. It sports of very good display, powering by quad core processor and features of a long last battery life. Few months passed and finally the manufactures introduced its 2018 version with code name Dell XPS 9370. The design is remaining similar at this case although the weight is reduced to 30 % lighter here. What we see here is the hardware upgrade which now covered of Intel I7 processor and 4K UHD panel. I have to say the hardware upgrade is very minor, but being so useful for professional users who look for brighter and more powerful machine.

That is all difference you are going to find here. What you will have here is basically the XPS 13 you know for these couple of years. If you have the previous version, then making an upgrade is basically useless unless you want something more powerful here. We are going to take a look into it further on this article and let’s see how it works on us.

Familiar Design

Both of case quality and design look very familiar as soon as I get my hands on it for the first time. The magnesium alloy material surrounded the chassis feels sturdy and smooth enough to hold with single hand. Interestingly, instead of putting single layer finishing, they go with multiple layers which combined nicely to the rest of its design. This additional detail won’t bring any difference to build quality, but the overall look is more premium in my opinion. I have to say the new chassis looks better especially considering it now has narrower bezels. The overall impression is great although the changes are bit lack here.

In term of build quality, the chassis won’t bend easily although you put some powers by creaking or twisting it. The chase is slightly better in bending resisting although the difference is minor here. The similar impression found on its lid area. The bezel surrounded the screen might be small, but thankfully the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 panel from edge to edge. As for the connectivity, we still only have of three USB type-C which two of them are Thunderbolt 3 ports. No standard USB port or neither of HDMI port. Everything is connected through USB type-C included for showing your presentation in bigger screen.

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Multimedia and Work Features

Dell XPS 13 9370 2018 2 Both of Core I5 and I7 versions basically have the similar 13 inch 4K panel that produced by Sharp. The quality is very expected from a premium laptop and will provide anything you need for perfect enjoyment for multimedia and work purposes. With 466 nits of brightness and 96 % SRGB color, editing photo works incredibly fine here. I can see every detail and pixel from images and really helpful on adjusting the perfect adjustment to my images. At the bottom of the screen, you should find its webcam camera considered as bad in both for placement and quality. It shots only bottom part of my body in traditional mode. You need to flip the screen in order to fully use it in right manner.

As for the input devices, Dell promised not to touch both of keyboard and input and yeah we really get the similar of them here. The keyboard still features of 1.3 mm travel distant between keys and runs very fine and comparable with Lenovo Thinkpad X1 13 here. The similar dimension found on touchpad with glass surface that works incredibly well for navigating through the system. The lack of changes might offer bad or good impressions for users who love and does not love the previous input.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:47:56

Dell XPS 13 9370 2018Main Specs
CPU Intel ULV Core I7-8550U 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 512 PCIe SSD

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Performance and Battery Improvement

In comparable with its Core I5 version, the performance now is likely to be 30 to 40 % more powerful for this case. The I7 8550U processor features a bigger clock rate at 1.8 GHz and makes a big difference on running application. Unfortunately, Dell likely won’t give us a discrete graphic card and we are forced to stick with Intel HD unless you pick its 15 inch version. The performance improvement feels really minor here and testing it with Cinebench even shows very similar result. As comparison, the XPS 15 2018 sports Intel I7 8750H which very more powerful here and I hope Dell will put similar processor here. You would never find any problem in term of performance, but once again I expect something better here.

The manufacture promises of up to 15 hours battery life during their marketing, but I really want to know how they really test it because the result is very different here. It only takes around 8 to 9 hours of usage until you have to charge it. The 4K panel takes so much power and even worse they reduce the battery capacity from 60 Wh to 52 Wh. I believe its full HD version should give better battery support. Fully charge the battery from 9 would take around 2.5 hours.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:47:56
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Final Thought

While XPS 13 9370 brings of big improvement over its design, the hardware sector is remaining familiar and does not even surprise us. At this case, they put of similar processor used in last generation although it’s now Core I7 instead of I5. For users like me who want a performance leap, this sure to be a great deal and I rather pick its older version since the price is now cheaper. Well, the choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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