Last year 's model was a portable and slender power station, but the presence of the dreaded camera prevented us from really recommending it. You see, the XPS 13's webcam has been at the bottom of the screen for a while, allowing all the people you video chat to watch with a great view.
The 2019 model has finally moved the camera to the top of the screen, as it should – no more cam for the nose.
Not our woes
With 2.7 kg and 19 mm thickness, the XPS 13 is neither the thinnest nor the lightest machine on the market, but it's small enough to fit in hand luggage and enough light weight so as not to lug around it during the day. your shoulders
The 2019 XPS 13 looks almost identical to my 2018 model, which was the final version with a nose cam. The upper bezel is a few millimeters thicker to accommodate the new camera: the device that Dell claimed to have for years would simply not fit. But to be fair, Dell had to create the smallest 720p webcam on the market to install a camera. The resulting bezel at the top is slightly thicker (barely). The new model also includes a set of four microphones for better sound during calls and better results when you shout Cortana commands throughout the room.
The performance is solid, although it is by no means the leader on the market. All XPS 13 notebooks use eighth-generation Core processors. Depending on the amount you want to spend, you can choose an i3, i5 or i7. It supports up to 16GB of RAM and you can maximize the drive with a 2TB SSD drive. Up here, everything is fine, right? Unfortunately, the best graphics processor that you can get is Intel's built-in UHD 620, which means that the XPS 13 is not a gaming laptop. For light games, the Asus ZenBook S13 Can be a good choice. We have not tested it yet, but it has an Nvidia MX150 GPU and looks excellent in terms of specifications.
The review of the XPS 13 model that I tested was gray and white with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor and 16 GB of RAM, which represents the best available configuration. It had no problem managing my basic workload: Web browser, Slack, Terminal, Zoom, Pandora streaming to a Bluetooth speaker and some photo editing on the side. I also went through a benchmarking suite and found good performance for most use cases – just above average for an ultraportable laptop.
During my battery tests (playing a looping HD video until the laptop died), the Dell XPS 13 had about 12 hours of charge. This is enough for everyday use or a long flight and roughly matches what you will get from a MacBook. The life of the battery is also close to two hours compared to that obtained with the same test performed on my XPS 13 2018.
The high-resolution 4K display of the XPS 13 2019 also supports HDR video via Dolby Vision. The reflections are brighter and the blacks are darker and richer. There is not much content in Dolby Vision HDR yet, although YouTube has enough for me to see the difference. Dolby Vision is still relatively new and mainly used in televisions, although, as the XPS 13 shows, it is making its way to the computer world.
If you do not care about the 4K, but want to touch, a 1080p touch screen version is also available.
The keyboard and trackpad look identical to the previous model. I like the keyboard, but the trackpad still does not pick up the right clicks as well as I would like, a problem that I have been seeing for several iterations. It's easy to solve this problem by using two-finger clicks, but it hurts the reputation of an excellent trackpad.
The ports remain the same in this model. There are three USB-C ports, one for the power supply and two for the Thunderbolt 3. You also have a MicroSD card reader and a headphone jack. The first is a good way to extend the storage capacity of the low-end models XPS 13, although the card slightly exceeds the case. To thank those of us who keep our accessories for as long as possible, Dell includes a USB-C-to-USB-A dongle.
Is it XPSpensive?
The Dell XPS 13 starts at $ 899 (a bit cheaper).see the configurations here). This model features an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. I strongly suggest upgrading to $ 1,209 with a Core i5, 8GB RAM and a 256GB drive. Highly recommend the high end model that I have tested, which costs $ 1,430, although it is certainly expensive. For $ 600 more, you can add a 2 TB SSD.
If you want an elegant, reasonably powerful and lightweight machine in your bag, treat yourself to the latest XPS 13 – this time with a fantastic webcam.
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