The newest Dell XPS 13 (XPS9360-4841SLV) delivers the wonderful combo of seventh generation Core i7 performance, a finest build, a stunning QHD+ touch screen, with high class-leading connectivity including USB-C with unique Thunderbolt 3 support.
PROS: Very minimal frame. Strong 7th-generation Core i7 performance. QHD+ (3,200-by-1,800) display is magnificent. USB-C port along with Thunderbolt 3 interface. Up to 13 hours of battery life in testing.
CONS: The webcam is clumsily placed.
The most recent iteration of the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2016) is an exceptional ultraportable laptop that gives you all the reasons to be overconfident with its 13-inch screen with its perpetuity touch display. The silky build as well as brilliant QHD+ touch screen take from its predecessor, but currently add a seventh-generation Intel “Kaby Lake” Core i7 processor. With this significant improvement, it beats the rivals hands down by its outstanding design, comfort, powerful performance as well as long battery life.
As such, Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop is among the first laptops we’ve tested recently that include a USB-C port along with Thunderbolt 3 support, with the similar one being the ASUS ZenBook 3 plus Razer Blade Stealth together released Q4 of 2016. As a result of all these releases, the competition among the high-end ultraportable category has gone beyond comparison; however the XPS9360-4841SLV has the build quality, powerful performance, as well as long battery life that should come with a finest system.
Design and Features
Extremely stunning, the newest XPS 13 Touch is built from marvelously machined aluminum, with a high quality lid clad in silver whereas the palm rest is set on carbon fiber. Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop keeps the same frame from the earlier model, measuring 0.6 by 11.98 by 7.88 inches (HWD), in spite of the fact that its 11.2 ounces heavier at 2.7 pounds. Also it’s weightier as well as slightly thicker than the Asus ZenBook 3, which in all clocks 0.47 by 11.65 by 7.53 inches (HWD). Meanwhile it weighs merely 2.1 pounds, however its aesthetics look to some extent bald unlike the stylish avant-garde blue with a golden ring we found in the ZenBook 3 laptop.
The XPS 13’s Infinity display is, without an iota of doubt, the most outstanding feature of Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop, and to that add a QHD+ (3200 x 1800) resolution which makes the system unique. It’s additionally one of those components that made it feasible for Dell to cram a 13-inch system into such a small casing, preferably meant for an 11-inch notebook. Secondly, the near-invisible bezels of the system serve to reduce distractions, also for a moment I got an inclination that the display was drifting above the base of the device. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you’re at work on spreadsheets or you’re on a Netflix binge-watching films, whichever, the distractions are drastically reduced.
The unique bezel design as well as higher-resolution display surely outshine competitors like the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro as well as Asus ZenBook 3, both of these laptops are a bit-dated in comparison. It’s noted that the Razer Blade Stealth has a significant higher-resolution (4K Display–3840×2160), however the glaring keys plus design shout “gamer” which might not be ultimate for non-gamers. In case you wish to carry it around, you can do that by sliding it into the Bonvince 18.4″ Laptop Backpack, which has properly placed compartments for the power adapter, together with mouse as well as other peripherals.
The touch screen of Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop is very responsive and the full-size, chiclet-style keyboard and one-piece touchpad are at ease to use. The keyboard deck is excellent with no flex; key travel and overall feel are of high quality. The keys are backlit, as you’d anticipate on a finest system. The Multitouch gestures of the system are supported on the broad touchpad, if you don’t feel like to use the touch screen.
As stated, Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop is one of the few laptops we’ve found with the new USB-C port along with Thunderbolt 3 support. This implies that you can hook up the system to Thunderbolt 3 in addition to USB-C devices locally, and it will as well interface with a DisplayPort monitor, along with HDMI-equipped displays, plus Thunderbolt (1 or 2), as well as USB (2.0 or 3.0) devices with an adapter. It’s interesting that Dell offers a USB Type-C adapter that can easily connects USB-C to Ethernet, HDMI as well as USB 3.0, in addition to VGA – that’s if you actually need one along the way.
As regards to charging of the device, you can comfortably charge the XPS 13 over USB Type-C, despite the fact that it comes with a proprietary AC adapter. Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop has other ports which include a headset jack with a USB 3.0 port located on the left side of the device, and a unique SD card reader plus another USB 3.0 port on the right side respectively. For wireless connectivity, Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth 4.1.
The laptop comes with a robust 8GB of memory with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). This is sufficient space for a lot of home users who stream music along with videos as an alternative of storing them locally. Amazingly, the 8GB can be upgraded to greater capacity since the utmost memory the system can support is 8GB, not minding that the storage is twice what you get in the forthcoming Dell XPS9360-1718SLV laptop.
Our obvious analysis was configured with a 7th-generation Core i7-7500U (Kaby Lake) processor, along with 8GB of RAM as well as a 256GB solid-state drive plus Intel HD Graphics 620. In all, at 3.4GHz, this mixture of useful components is as fast as it would get for the Kaby Lake micro architecture, offering outstanding performance on everyday tasks, not minding that the difference from the prior generation (Skylake) isn’t that significant. Put side-by-side with comparably configured laptops in the like of the Asus ZenBook 3, it’s notably that the XPS 13 crunches the numbers pretty well. This will permit you keep a numerous tabs open on Chrome, also at the same time switch video streams on YouTube in addition to a Netflix stream of the “Walking Dead” on an exterior display to a Skype Video call on the backdrop. Be rest assured that the XPS 13 does as stated.
For an ultraportable, the stunning XPS 13’s Intel HD Graphics 620 has an outstanding score. If you connect it to an Xbox controller, you’ll get pretty frame rates (FPS) on the majority games. Good number of games will give you significant frame rates of over 27 fps on 1920 x 1080 at average settings, though multifaceted games such as GTA 5 will not give you the desired satisfaction as it will be a bit below playable levels. However you should effortlessly play less graphics-intensive games in the vein of Diablo III as well as Minecraft with it.
Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop on battery life has always been one of the enduring ultra portables among others. In the latest iteration with a Kaby Lake processor, Dell XPS9360-4841SLV 13.3″ Laptop pushes the numbers even more. Dell includes a beefier 60-watt battery – while earlier models had 56 watts–, and this result to class-leading battery life. In all, the system lasted 13 solid hours 51 minutes for the period of testing which entails continuous movie streaming as well as surfing multiple tabs. On the other hand, the ASUS ZenBook 3 (UX390UA-XH74-BL) lasted 11 hours 56 minutes; which is almost the same to the 12-inch MacBook (11:34), which is our previous winner in battery life. The Apple MacBook (14:10) did well but you’re possibly leaning toward a Windows 10 PC if you’re sincerely considering the XPS 13 Touch.
At last, the Dell XPS 13 (XPS9360-4841SLV) is among those machines you should seriously consider as you shop around. It packs a smooth, stylish build, a drool-worthy screen, as well as performance to match its looks. The XPS 13 Touch retains robust features. It’s lighter as well as slimmer than the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, and sports a sharper display and more storage. For all these reasons, the Dell XPS 13 (late 2016) is our Editors’ Premium Choice for most excellent ultraportable laptops. Notwithstanding, the Asus ZenBook 3 ought to have a place in the list also for its outstanding features. However, if Windows isn’t your Operating System of choice, then the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro is an excellent alternative.