Dell XPS 13 9370: First Impressions

Dell's 2018 XPS 13 isn't just an "incremental" upgrade.

For the purposes of this article, the XPS 13 with the Intel Core i7 processor, 4K screen, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD is used.

The Dell XPS 13 has been one of  the most acclaimed laptops this decade, and the 2018 Dell XPS 13 is the first (sort of) big redesign of the product. I have my hands on a Dell XPS 13 9370, and though it isn’t the one with the rose gold cover and white keyboard, I’m still impressed.

The screen is the most impressive aspect of the XPS 13, which has always had a nice QHD+ screen. However, after using the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Surface Pro, I’ve found the contrast ratio on past versions disappointing and the colors not vibrant enough. That all changes with the updated XPS 13. Here are some of my other initial impressions:

  • This thing is small, small, small. I don’t know how they can fit all that power in a 2.7 pound computer.
  • After working with the Surface Book 2 for so long, the keyboard is a bit annoying. The keys are smaller and the travel is less. But the keyboard is still useful for anyone.
  • There is practically no bezel! This is the Galaxy S8 of the laptop world!
  • So far, no coil whine. But I’m not holding my breath.
  • The battery lasted me 6 hours on one charge. But the brightness level was high and I did a lot of streaming. The average person will get 7 to 8 hours of use on the XPS 13 per charge. That’s really good considering the 4K screen eats up a lot of juice.
  • I don’t miss the USB-A ports. Samsung has provided an adapter if you need one, but more devices are turning into USB-C ones.

The XPS 13 is incredibly thin.

  • The included charger is rather small, but still good. The USB-C ports make the XPS 13 compatible with many different chargers and battery packs that are normally used for tablets or high-end smartphones.
  • The trackpad feels slightly improved from an already top-notch trackpad.
  • The stereo speakers aren’t perfect, but are good for such a small device.
  • Yes, the XPS 13 has a touchscreen, but you won’t want to get smudges on such a beautiful screen.
  • Dell has improved the cooling system. The unit gets warm, but not hot like previous XPS 13 laptops did.
  • Yeah, it’s 2018 and the screen doesn’t bend back all the way. It’s not such a big deal though.
I still have to put the XPS 13 9370 through tests this weekend, but I would say that Dell has another winner. It appears that they have fixed the minor flaws on previous versions of the XPS 13. It may be safe to declare that the XPS 13 is the best ultraportable power laptop on the market today.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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