I gave my first impressions of the new Dell XPS 13 9370 earlier this month, and I was — for the most part — impressed. I didn’t think that the white version of the device (with rose gold badk) would make a difference, but it does.
This version of the XPS 13 makes the screen look even better. The colors stand out more, and that may be hard to understand since there is more contrast with a darker border and a bright screen. But the border on the XPS 13 (possibly because it’s so small) just accentuates even more how great this 4K screen is.
The palm rest now has a slighly-textured woven glass palm rest, and it feels great. Supposedly, the titanium oxide coating helps keep stains off the laptop. I wish the same thing can be said about the touchscreen, but when you touch it with greasy fingers, you know what you are getting into. I think the Windows 10 gestures and excellent trackpad make touching the screen unnecessary, but everybody does things differently. It’s important to note that even though the Dell XPS 13 has a touchscreen, it’s not made for digital inking.
After extensively using both the dark gray and white versions of the new XPS 13 (8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD), I do notice that the device is a little slower that one would expect. After all, the 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor on the MacBook Pro moves most tasks along faster than the better processor on the XPS 13. But when editing 4K videos, the XPS 13 did so noticeably better without any hiccups.
The keyboard feels slightly different on the white version of the XPS 13 than the dark gray one. The keys still have only a small amount of travel, but have more of a “click” feeling to them. It really makes me appreciate how Dell could fit in a regular keyboard on this device instead of completely flattening the keys like Apple has done with their latest laptops. I can type fast on both, but it’s easier to make a mistake on the MacBook Pro than it is with the XPS 13.
I am really in awe of this laptop, and I may actually sell my Surface Book 2 to get it. After all, the Microsoft Store has it for just $1,399, and I am able to get an educator’s discount. A comparable version of the MacBook Pro (when ordered with the i7 processor) costs almost $200.
It’s interesting to point out that after using two different new XPS 13 devices, neither show extensive light bleed. I can’t say the same about recently using PC laptop devices from Lenovo, Microsoft, or even HP. Most people don’t care because they don’t actually see the light bleed unless they are actually in a very dark room.
Dell has become the new “Apple” in terms of making top-quality laptops. Now, if Dell can improve their marketing and customer service the same way they have done with quality control, the company can become the hottest PC laptop maker in the world.