Dell Xps 13 Đánh Giá

Lachạy thử top-of-the-line Dell is a brilliant machine with a great screen in a tiny body toàn thân, but is let down badly by software problems


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Dell’s XPS 13 fits a 13.4in screen in a tiny frame, with plenty of power & and excellent thiết kế. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
Dell’s XPS 13 fits a 13.4in screen in a tiny frame, with plenty of power & & excellent kiến thiết. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Dell’s XPS 13 squeezes more screen, more power and even Windows Hello face recognition inkhổng lồ a tiny frame, but trips up over software issues.

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The XPS 13 is Dell’s top-of-the-line compact máy tính xách tay and starts at £1,349. Various models with different processors, storage và screen resolutions are available.

The XPS line is where Dell shows off its design chops. It is a premium Windows 10 rival khổng lồ Apple’s Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro & more recently Microsoft’s Surface Laptop line.

Dell’s standout feature has been squeezing the biggest screen possible inkhổng lồ as small a frame as possible by shrinking everything in the lid section of the laptop that isn’t screen – much like the modern all-screen smartphone thiết kế. The 2020 XPS 13 has the biggest display yet, at 13.4in with a 16:10 ratio, và tiny bezels all the way around the edges.


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The thin bezel at the top of the screen has a webcam with infrared face recognition. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThat means you get a relatively large display in the body toàn thân of what would traditionally have been a máy tính xách tay with just an 11in screen. And what a screen it is. The version tested had the 4K touchscreen option, which is crisper than practically anything else, super bright, colour accurate & all-round gorgeous. It supports HDR Clip, including Dolby Vision. Models are available with either touch or non-touch FHD+ screens too.

The toàn thân of the máy tính xách tay is made from aluminium, with your choice of blaông xã carbon fibre or white glass fibre on the laptop’s deông xã. It feels solid, sleek và quality. The wedge-shaped máy tính xách tay weighs just 1.27kg and is only 14.8milimet thichồng, with a smaller footprint than most of its competition.

The new, slightly larger keyboard is great. Well spaced, stable, fairly quiet, with 1mm of key travel and good feedbaông chồng when pressed. The large precision trackpad is responsive sầu, with a tactile but muted cliông chồng that hopefully shouldn’t annoy those around you.

Windows Hello


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The power button is also a fingerprint scanner. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe XPS 13 ships with not one but two biometric systems for securely logging you into lớn Windows without a password.

The new thiết kế has a Windows Hello infrared face recognition camera squeezed inkhổng lồ the bezel at the top of the screen & a fingerprint scanner built inlớn the power button. That means you can either log in with a press of the power button or simply by looking at the screen when you open the lid. Both are fast, accurate & work brilliantly.

Specifications

Screen: 13.4in LCD 4K (3840 x 2400) or FHD+ (1920 x 1200)

Processor: 10th-generation Hãng Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i5 or i7

RAM: 8 or 16GB

Storage: 512GB or 1TB

Graphics: Hãng sản xuất Intel UHD or Iris Plus

Operating system: Windows 10 trang chủ or Pro, Ubuntu 18.04

Camera: 720p widescreen HD with Windows Hello

Connectivity: Wifi 6, Công nghệ Bluetooth 5.1, 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, microSD, headphone

Dimensions: 198.7 x 295.7 x 14.8mm

Weight: 1.27kg

Hot hardware, but USB-C problems


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One side has a Thunderbolt 3 port và a microSD card slot. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe 20đôi mươi XPS 13 ships with your choice of 10th-generation Intel core chips. Most models have the bộ vi xử lý Core i7 common to all top-spec computers, including the new MacBook Pro, Surface Laptop 3 & Huawei MateBook X Pro. The Mã Sản Phẩm tested for this đánh giá had a Chip Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage & a 4K screen.

As such the XPS 13 has lots of power on tap, making it capable of just about anything, short of high-end gaming. Intel’s Iris Plus graphics are a step up from the previous HD integrated graphics, which you immediately notice when you start editing images on a 4K external screen.

Used on battery the XPS 13 is nearly silent, with only low-màn chơi fans audible when pushed a little. Connect the machine lớn power và start doing demanding things và it will get a bit hot, with the fans going fairly svào. Even with fans at maximum, they’re not quite as loud as some competitors.

The dechồng of the laptop doesn’t get overly warm, but you could feel some heat behind the R, T, Y, U và I keys. The vents on the bottom of the máy vi tính are easily blocked by soft furnishings, meaning the machine really needs to be used on a hard table, desk or lap.

The XPS 13 has two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphones socket và a microSD card slot, which is very welcome. When one USB-C port is taken up by the charger, that only leaves one port for connecting accessories, such as a monitor, meaning you might need a doông xã or similar if using home-working tools.


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The other side has the second Thunderbolt 3 port và the 3.5milimet headphones socket. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianA bug in a BIOS update for the XPS 13 broke compatibility with some USB-C khổng lồ HDXiaoMi MI adaptors while I was reviewing the machine. The máy tính xách tay threw up errors for two adaptors after the update, but continued lớn work with a USB-C to lớn HDXiaoMI cable and a USB-C to lớn DisplayPort dock. The bug remained until the end of the reviews period.

A Dell spokesperson said: “We’re investigating the issue and will update on our findings. We thank customers for sharing their experience on the Dell Community.”

Battery life wasn’t great, averaging only five sầu and half hours of work between charges, including 90 minutes of photo lớn editing, lots of browsing and word processing, with the screen brightness set lớn 70%. The 20trăng tròn Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro and Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 each lasted 7.5 hours under similar conditions. Lighter use saw closer to lớn seven hours between charges. Models with the lower-resolution FHD+ screen, rather than 4K, will are likely to lớn last significantly longer as the screen is one of the biggest power drains.

A full charge took 2.5 hours with the included 45W USB-C charger in optimised mode, but well under two if using Dell’s fast-charge setting with the máy tính xách tay off.

Sustainability


The lid is smooth aluminium with a chromed Dell logo sản phẩm in the centre. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe XPS 13 is one of the most recyclable laptops you can buy, & is generally repairable. It is designed khổng lồ enable repairs by authorised service personnel in the field, not just in a service centre, including replacement of the battery.

An out-of-warranty screen repair costs £299.41, while a battery replacement costs £171.66. Dell also has an advanced power-management utility that can extover the useful lifespan of a battery by altering when, how và how much it is charged, either automatically by learning from your usage and charging habits or manually via various profiles.

Dell offers free recycling schemes, even for products from other brands, while its packaging is made from recycled materials. The firm has a number of sustainability and environmental impact schemes under way for 2030, including the recycling or reuse an equivalent hàng hóa per purchase & use of recycled material. Dell publishes the carbon footprint of its products.

Windows 10 Home


The keyboard & trackpad are great. Firm, responsive sầu và precise. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe XPS 13 ships with a choice of Windows 10 Home or Pro, and it is one of the few laptops that can be bought with Linux instead of Windows, with Ubuntu 18.04 models.

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As tested with Window 10 Home, the XPS 13 ships with a lot of Dell utility apps, most of which are useful, such as the advanced Dell nguồn Manager. Many can be safely ignored or removed, but one particular utility for the included wifi chips caused no kết thúc of trouble.

The Killer Networking utilities, which are advanced software components for the gaming wifi chip Dell chose khổng lồ use here, prevented the machine from going to sleep when the lid was shut, which is a cardinal sin for a laptop as it can lead lớn it turning on in a bag và cooking itself.

No update, clean install or troubleshooting could fix the sleeping issue. Disabling the Killer utilities with the manufacturer-provided tool was the only way khổng lồ fix it. Killer Networking chips, made by Rivet Networks (recently acquired by Intel), are aimed at gamers và allow traffic prioritisation & other advanced features, but are notorious for causing these sorts of software problems, which makes it a puzzling inclusion in the XPS 13, which is by no means a gaming máy tính.

Observations


The speakers fire out of grilles along the sides. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian Occasionally the máy tính xách tay would come baông xã from sleep with Bluetooth không dây disabled, requiring a reboot.

The mics were poor for đoạn phim conferencing at a distance, but the camera was pretty good.

The down-firing speakers could get very loud indeed, but lacked any bass & were pretty shrill.

There’s an option khổng lồ turn on the máy tính when the lid is opened, even if the XPS 13 is fully powered off.

Price

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) 2020 with Windows 10 Home, a FHD+ non-touchscreen, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD costs £1,399 with a bộ vi xử lý Core i5 processor or £1,549 with a bộ vi xử lý Core i7 processor.

The models with a FHD+ non-touchscreen, Chip Core i7 và 16GB of RAM cost £1,599 with 512GB SSD or £1,699 with 1TB SSD. The Mã Sản Phẩm with a FHD+ touchscreen, bộ vi xử lý Core i7, 16GB of RAM & 1TB SSD costs £1,749.

The models with a 4K touchscreen, Chip Core i7, 16GB of RAM cost £1,749 with 512GB SSD (as reviewed) and £1,799 with 1TB SSD. Some models are also available in White.

Ubuntu Linux models cost £1,349 with a FHD+ non-touchscreen, bộ vi xử lý Core i5, 8GB of RAM và 512GB SSD, £1,699 with a 4K touchscreen, bộ vi xử lý Core i7, 16GB of RAM & 512GB SSD, or £1,749 with 1TB SSD.

For comparison, the Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 starts at an RRP of £999, the Huawei MateBook X Pro costs from £1,299.99 và the 13in Apple MacBook Pro starts at £1,299.

Verdict

The Dell XPS 13 is a fantastic máy tính held baông chồng by a few failures, most of which are issues traditionally associated with Dell and others.

The kiến thiết, build, look và physical function of the laptop is top-class. The 4K screen is simply gorgeous, with tiny bezels all around. At 13.4in on the diagonal with a 16:10 ratio, it has a surprisingly large amount of real estate for getting work done, while videos obviously look stunning. It really is a very large screen for such a small máy tính xách tay.

The keyboard và trackpad are great, và so is having Windows Hello in both an IR face recognition camera và a fingerprint sensor.

There’s plenty of power on tap for doing everything you could want from a 13in máy tính outside of gaming. Two Thunderbolt ports, a headphones socket và a microSD card slot are very welcome. It could bởi vì with one more USB-C or USB-A port, but not many machines have sầu more than two USB-C ports these days. Battery life could also be better, but if you want it to last longer then buy the one without the 4K screen.

The big issues are the fights I’ve sầu had to have with the add-on Killer Networking utilities, which required disabling to lớn get the máy tính khổng lồ sleep properly, & the bug in the BIOS update that crippled a few of my USB-C lớn HDXiaoMi MI adaptors. These are things that should not happen in a premium laptop costing this much.

The Dell XPS 13 is a five-star máy tính hampered by problems traditionally associated with Dell & other third-các buổi party manufacturers that give Windows computers a bad name, which is a real shame.

Pros: fantastic screen, great design, good keyboard, good trackpad, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD card slot, 10th-ren Hãng sản xuất Intel chips.

Cons: short battery life, only two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, software/BIOS issues, expensive, mics not great for video conferencing at a distance, speakers are shrill.


The thin, aluminium và blachồng carbon fibre wedge is svelte. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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