Dell XPS 13 9310 Review

Dell XPS 13 9310

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Summary

The newest Dell XPS 13 9310 provides fast, powerful computing performance and long battery life. This 2.8-pound laptop also has an outstanding 13.4-inch monitor and a wonderful frame, both of which combine to make it our Editors’ Favorite among the ultra-portable premium Windows

In essence, the CPU bump is the only improvement from the 9300 to the new model 9310, but if you intend to maintain your computer for five years or more, it’s a significant one. Dell produces new XPS 13 models at an unprecedented pace, often many times a year.

The XPS 13 is  thin and f solid, if not particularly lightweight. In the touch-screen setup tested here, it measures 0.58 by 11.6 by 7.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.8 pounds. At 2.64 pounds, models without a touch screen weigh marginally less, as they lack the Gorilla Glass 6 coating of the touch edition over the monitor.

Specifications

Display size    13.40-inch
Display resolution    1920×1200 pixels
Processor    Core i3
RAM      8 GB
OS
      Windows 10
SSD        256GB

Dell XPS 13 9310 Price in Nepal – Rs. 1,97,000

Design

The added heft of the XPS 13 accommodates high-quality materials and a sleek style. As soon as you slide the machine out of its sleek white box and run your fingertips over the aluminum lid and sides, the density of the building is noticeable.

To avoid scratch damage from repeated plugging and unplugging of peripherals, Dell says the edges are anodized twice. The effect of opening the lid is to oggle even further. 

Platinum Silver with a black carbon-fiber palm rest or Frost White with an Alpine White composite-fiber palm rest are the two color choices. If you like the style of the XPS 13, you’ll be interested in learning that Dell has extended it across the range, including the new iterations of the larger XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops.

 This is a similarly cohesive approach to the one taken by Apple with the MacBook Air’s styling and the two MacBook Pro sizes. There’s an XPS for you, whether you’re looking for an ultra portable for regular travel or a large-screen laptop with significant computing capacity. 

There is also a 2-in-1 version of the XPS 13, which features a 360-degree hinge that allows the laptop to be transformed to a tablet.

Display

There are three models of the XPS 13 monitor, all of which feature an uncommon aspect ratio of 16:10 instead of the more familiar 16:9. The former results in extra vertical space, which is useful if you scroll through websites or update long papers.

There is a 1,920-by-1,200-pixel touch screen for our review device. The resolution is marginally higher than full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) due to the aspect ratio, but substantially less than the MacBook Pro’s Retina Display or the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3’s PixelSense display.

The XPS 13 can, however, be equipped with a 3,840-by-2,400-pixel monitor that not only leapfrogs those two laptops, but also the size of regular 4K widescreen displays (3,840 by 2,160 pixels).It’s hard to go back to full HD after you’ve used a 4K screen, with its occasional visible pixels and slightly grainy text. 

Maybe that’s why Apple and Microsoft don’t sell the MacBook Pro or Surface Laptop 3 full HD models.But I just don’t like the screen size of the XPS 13. Images appear extremely vibrant, which I partly attribute to the larger aspect ratio resulting in slightly more pixels than a 1080p display and partly to the 100% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 gamut support of the Dell.

I also appreciate the extraordinary rated maximum brightness of 500 nits, which means that if you crank up the brightness setting, the XPS 13 can even be viewed comfortably outdoors (though not in direct sunlight).

Miniaturization

Above the middle of the panel there is a 720p webcam complete with IR face recognition sensors. For a laptop camera, it provides average video quality, which means that indoor images are slightly blurry and blurred compared to the quality of the cameras of even a midrange tablet.

Dell says that by installing a new four-piece lens and temporary noise reduction, the camera quality has improved, but if you intend to have a Skype session at night in your living room, you’ll still still want to use your computer. 

The key innovation of the camera is its minuscule size-the screen of the XPS 13 covers 91.5 percent of the chassis footprint, which ensures that the bezels around it are small. This may be a downside for the work-from-home crowd, who are likely to be using an external monitor with the XPS 13. 

While it is true that the XPS 13 clearly follows the trend towards fewer and fewer ports, even among its peers, its range is stingy. As many as four USB-C ports are available on the MacBook Pro, all of which support Thunderbolt 3.

Connectivity

The ultra-portable provides the latest wireless networking requirements for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5, ideal for secure internet links and wireless keyboards and mice.

 But for brief typing and tapping sessions, many users will gladly stick with the built-in touchpad and keyboard, both of which I find to be convenient.For some rivals, like the Asus ZenBook 13, the wide keycaps and extensive surface area of the pad are welcome changes over the cramped equivalents. 

In the upper right corner of the keyboard, the power button doubles as a password-free fingerprint reader to login to your Windows 10 account.

Audio

The quality of the audio from the stereo speakers of the XPS 13 is outstanding. They produce up to 4 watts of output combined, and are sufficiently balanced to give the laptop a much richer and more dimensional sound than you would expect from such a small kit. 

On the bottom of the laptop, much of the audio emanates through a grille, but voice tracks and other treble notes in a few movie trailers that I watched never sounded muffled. 

With a one-year hardware warranty, Dell supports the XPS 13 and provides optional extensions of up to four years for an extra fee. 

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