The Good Dell has fixed the only major drawback of this laptop by creating a too-thin 2mm webcam to fit into a thin-screen bezel. Optionally, the colors look as good as the 4K touch screen. Great keyboard and decent battery life for a 4K laptop.
The Bad The entry-level configuration, though at a cost, cuts too many angles. I do not like woven textures on the wrist rest.
The Bottom Line About this 13-inch thin power plant, it’s almost impossible to find anything you don’t like, at least in the high-end test configuration tested here.
Editor’s note, March 28: After this review was published, Dell was able to address one of several of my other complaints by adding an option for the 1,920×1,080 pixel touchscreen, which is now available as an additional addition to the $ 100 base model. The previously published March 20 review follows – including these caveats. We will review it in the coming days.
For many years, the Dell XPS 13 has been one of my recommendations for using a thin Windows notebook. But she shared this list with equally good machines from HP, Acer and others. A handful of things hindered as much universal utility as they should have. Over the years, the size and weight lagged behind the competition, and the thin bezels of the screen led to some disappointing compromises with the webcam.
However, the 2019 version is a different story.
It took me a long search and hard to find what I didn’t like 2019 Dell XPS 13 . Clicking on the list, I would say that the woven fiberglass palm does not look or look as high as it should. White backlighting with white keys (in white and pink gold versions) can sometimes make it easier to see keys rather than easier. At first I complained that in order to get a touchscreen model, you need to trade up to a 4K display (which is more expensive and not so convenient for batteries), but since then Dell has added a 1,920x, 1080-pixel touchscreen option so you can cross out another one thing on my list.
In addition, Dell has made this latest version of the XPS 13 almost impossible – it’s a laptop that I can hardly find a single mistake with. Ever since Dell introduced the ultra-thin screen borders in its 2015 model (the XPS 13 has been in existence since 2012), the company has been constantly breaking away from my list of complaints, making the XPS 13 smaller, lighter and more powerful. The 2018 model reduced their size and weight, and as early as 2019, the most important remaining issue was resolved.
The nose job
The biggest knock on the system has long been the webcam. Due to the very thin border of the screen (also called the frame), the webcam was positioned below the screen, not above it. This has led to a disappointing nose angle that has made the XPS 13 less useful for Skype calls, YouTube videos or any other video or streaming needs.
After many years of saying that the problem could not be solved by retaining the appearance of a thin panel, Dell went ahead and resolved it. The new webcam somehow fits into this very thin upper bezel, thanks to its new 2.5mm lens design. It adds hair to the width of the top of the screen, but it’s fair.
Even a few initial test shots show that the angle is much more natural and the image is clear and quiet. Both the video and the photos come in 720p resolution, and when clicked I prefer to see 1,920×1,080 HD. But compared to the photo taken with the previous generation XPS 13, the difference is obvious.
A familiar path for forks
If you are one of those people who is worried about the rapid transition to USB-C in laptops at the expense of almost every other type of port, well the tide is unlikely to come back anytime soon. Three USB-C ports work on all heavy lifting, including power, but two of them are Thunderbolt ports for high-speed peripherals.
There is still a microSD card slot that is rare these days. This is especially useful because less expensive configurations contain only 128 GB of hard disk drive, so at least you can turn on the font in a bit more space on the hard drive. The MacBook Air used an SD card slot, which is often used for the same reason. Unfortunately, this is gone.
The price is (basically) right
If you were going to apply for this slim design with high quality aluminum / carbon fiber housing, multiple Thunderbolt ports, and an almost edge-to-edge screen in Showcase Showdown, you could easily overlap. The new XPS 13 starts at $ 899, or $ 300 less than the base MacBook Air ($ 1,149 on Amazon) . Prices in the UK start at £ 939 and in Australia at $ 2,069.
But keep in mind that the entry-level model loses some important features. The FHD (Full HD or 1,920×1,080) display does not touch. The processor is a lower-end Intel Core i3, and 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD do not make much sense in the future or even today for some users.
It’s absolutely not necessary to get an extra $ 100 to get access to the current Intel Core i5, which is a major sweet spot. Upgrading to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive is now $ 1,209, making it closer to the latest MacBook Air and arguably the best value configuration.
Our top-notch review comes with a 4K touch screen display, Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for $ 1,850. Yes, white or rose gold options are $ 50 extra. It seems a bit boring for a $ 1800 laptop; they have to throw in the color option for the price.
Dell XPS 13 (2019)
|Price as reviewed||$1,709|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 3,820 x 2,160 touch display|
|CPU||1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U|
|PC memory||16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
Even talking about laptop color variants can be a minefield. No matter how advanced the design of the consumer is in other places, most laptops are still somewhere in the gray and silver spectrum, and nothing seems to change that. Occasionally you will find black or a couple of candy colors in red, blue or any of the options, usually on plastic budget notebooks for college students. Only in the last few years have we seen more high-quality color variants of notebook-led notebooks on MacBooks ($ 799 at Walmart) (in silver, gray and pink gold) and such systems HP Spectre and Surface Laptop .
White and pink and gold versions of the XPS 13 are sure to bring some heads to your local coffee shop. The look is clean and minimalistic, and the back of the lid has a matt, almost ceramic finish. My one aesthetic question is braided fiberglass / carbon fiber. It is durable, lightweight and made of premium materials, but it also looks and looks like plastic (according to the initial impressions of several people who saw the system without knowing its history).
This is not a barrier to bargaining, and one of the only small complaints I could gather about this otherwise fantastic laptop, but at these prices you should be absolutely satisfied with the design.
Another interesting design footnote shows us that this is a laptop that people pay attention to. WaterField Designs, one of the best manufacturers of laptop bags and technologies and accessories, has a leather and wax fabric canvas made specifically for this 2019 version of the Dell XPS 13. It’s $ 69, with an amazing interior.
Pixels versus battery
The display is a truly remarkable feature on the XPS 13. Of course, it’s designed to stand out literally, with only a few millimeter wide screen screens on three sides allowing for a very bright, saturated 4K display almost to the brim. It’s a laptop for video guards, designers, or anyone else who wants to get a truly bold visual experience. With an Intel Core i7 processor (in this top-end model), running powerful software such as Photoshop or Illustrator is not a problem.
But it’s often worth the pay – in our testing, we’ve historically found that 4K displays result in a much shorter battery life than similar configurations with a standard full-screen display. The difference can sometimes be measured in hours. For a laptop this slim and lightweight and clearly designed for travel, this can be a big deal.
In this case, the XPS 13 is a good fit for a 4K laptop, running 8 hours 29 minutes on our streaming video battery test. The non-4K version of the 2018 XPS 13 ran just over 12 hours, we could expect a similar result for this year’s 920x, 1080.
When in doubt, I usually suggest choosing a 1080 by 4K screen, though I also favor the touch option as an option where possible. The growth of an FHD battery is usually worth it, as 4K on a 13-inch laptop screen is prohibitive for mainstream users.
The Dell XPS 13 has joined the recent MacBook Air update as a classic laptop favorite that has bounced back to the front of the package. You can find the same components on other laptops at similar prices, but few can match the XPS 13 for its near-perfect combination of size, slim panel, processing power, great design and excellent keyboard, as well as a wide range of price options.
Will another shiny new ultra-thin laptop come in and steal my eye like that distracted meme guy? Without a doubt (I’m looking at you, Acer Swift 7 ), but for now it will be a 13-inch Windows laptop, I suggest you start by purchasing a new system.
|Dell XPS 13 (2019)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD|
|Lenovo Ideapad 730S||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8265U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB|
|Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)||Apple MacOS Mojave 10.14; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1,536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD|
|Dell XPS 13 (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 2||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB|
|Acer Swift 7||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD|