The need for a great-looking sleek laptop has increased in this era since most people carry it around. While most gaming laptops are pretty heavy, Ultrabooks have to be sleek and light to make them portable. Therefore, if you want to buy a high-performing Ultrabook, then check out this Dell XPS 13 review.
With lots of customizable options, this $1000 laptop might be what you are looking for. Decide on whether you want to buy this or not by reading it till the end.
Dell XPS 13 Specifications
The primary specifications of the Dell XPS 13 are varied because you can customize this laptop in the way you want to. Therefore, the various configurations and specifications of this laptop are:
|Operating System (OS)||Windows 11 Home/ Windows 11 Pro|
|Display||13.4” FHD+ Non-touch/ Touchscreen display (1920 x 1200)|
|Processor||12th Generation Intel Core i5 1230U (10 cores, 4.4 GHz),12th Generation Intel Core i7 1250U (10 cores, 4.4GHz)|
|Graphics Card||Intel Iris XE|
|Memory (RAM)||8GB – 32GB RAM (LPDDR5, Dual Channel, 5200 MHz)|
|Storage||512GB – 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Keyboard & Trackpad||Backlit keyboard with fingerprint reader|
|Camera||720p HD RGB camera (30fps)|
|Connectivity Ports||2x Thunderbolt (USB Type C ports)HDMI port|
|Dimensions||0.55” x 11.63” x 7.86” (Height x Width x Depth)|
|Weight||1.17 kg (2.59 lb)|
|Price||$999 – $1,759|
Dell XPS 13 Overview
The Dell XPS 13 release date was 9th June 2022 for preorders, with the official release date being 25th August 2022.
After getting my hands on this super sexy-looking laptop, I was eager to test its capabilities by pushing it to its limits. After making it go through a lot of tasks, I was fully able to analyze its strengths and weaknesses. Come have a look at this Dell XPS 13 review. Here, I used the Intel Core i7 variant with 16GB RAM and a touch display.
Looks And Design
I have to be honest here – the Dell XPS 13 (9380) looks gorgeous. With a super slim body made of an aluminum chassis, this laptop looks like it’s from the future. This statement is further proven by its use of Sky and Umber colors, which gives it s minimalistic yet modern look.
If you are worried about the comfort of carrying this laptop in your bag, then be tension free, knowing that it’s pretty light. It weighs only 2.59 lbs, which is pretty light and can be easily carried in your bag.
When it comes to the interiors, it looks smooth as well. The backlit keyboard has its keys placed very spaciously. This is a boon for people who have a lot of typing to do (like me) since spacious keys mean fewer chances of hitting the wrong key. Plus, I believe the trackpad is slightly bigger than the standard trackpad size, making it pretty “optimized,” in my opinion.
Whether you purchased the standard model or the Dell XPS 2 in 1 (touchscreen) variant, the display is pretty vivid. It’s just about what I expect from a Dell or an Alienware laptop since they don’t compromise on displays.
The touchscreen is great, being pretty responsive, and the surface of the screen being smooth to touch. I wish this was a convertible laptop, with a Tab mode as well.
This laptop has a pretty vivid 13.4” FHD+ display. Therefore, it is slightly better than the standard FHD laptop. This laptop has a resolution of 1920 x 2000 pixels, which provides crispier and sharper images and videos on screen. In addition, it also has an aspect ratio of 16:10, providing a more pseudo “widescreen” display. However, I wish this laptop had a bigger OLED screen, which would have been perfect.
There are two aspects of its battery I am going to discuss – its overall battery life and its charging time.
If you use it for casual browning and watch YouTube videos, it will last for an average of 8 hours. However, if you watch high-quality 1080p movies and even do productive work, it can drop down to the 6-hour mark. This makes the Dell XPS 13 battery life pretty average compared to most other laptops in this price range and certainly better than most gaming laptops.
However, its impressive Dell ExpressCharge feature ensures that it charges to full battery in less than 1.5 hours. However, this is provided that you do not do any other tasks. If you as using this laptop while plugged in, it will take a full 2 hours to fully charge back up.
Compared to last year’s Dell XPS 13 (9310), this laptop has slightly better performance. Its great Intel Core i5 (or i7) processor is powerful enough to run the most demanding applications.
I used various applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Pro, and even Blender. All these applications ran perfectly without any major hitches. Therefore, it’s safe to say that this laptop provides great performance if you are a multitasking professional.
However, its main setback comes in gaming. Even though this is not marketed as a gaming laptop, it provided less than preferred frame rates in AAA games. Most games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Elden Ring ran between 30 fps to 50 fps at low to medium settings.
However, if you wish to play multiplayer games, you can play Valorant and League of Legends at low settings. This laptop has enough power to provide 100+ fps in such competitive multiplayer titles, which is excellent.
|➼ Modern and sleek design|
➼ Crisp display
➼ Pretty lightweight
➼ Great productive performance
➼ Lots of customization options
|➼ Needs more connectivity ports|
➼ Poor webcam
➼ Below average gaming performance
➼ Pretty expensive
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):-
When it comes to the Dell XPS 13, people have asked many questions. The answers to some of them are
Ans: No, the Dell XPS 13 is not a good recommendation for a gaming laptop. This is mostly due to its weak graphics card (Intel Iris XE), even though it has a pretty good processor (Intel Core i5).
Ans: You can connect Dell XPS 13 to an external monitor using an HDMI cable. All you need to do is attach one end of the HDMI cable to a monitor and the other end to the HDMI port of your laptop (situated at one side, towards the rear).
Ans: It’s pretty easy to connect AirPods to Dell XPS 13. First, you have to switch on the Bluetooth of your laptop. Next, switch on your AirPods. Finally, look for the AirPods in your Bluetooth menu and pair them together. Now enjoy listening to music uninterrupted.
Final Verdict: Is The Dell XPS 13 Worth Buying In 2022?
After reading this Dell XPS 13 review, you should clearly know what you will get here. If you wish to own a laptop that is good for productive work, this is perfect for you because of its 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. It also boasts a pretty good display that is vivid and crisp.
However, if you want a gaming laptop, then this is knot the one since the Intel Iris XE graphics are pretty weak. You can customize what you want from the Dell store and get this ultrabook in the price range of $999 – $1,759.