Our score: 4.25 / 5Price when reviewed: from $799
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compact design & solid build quality, but not as strong as the predecessorsbetter screens than with most competitors2x TB3 ports, but not much elseperforms well with daily use, runs quiet and coolsolid performance with demanding loads as well, especially when undervoltedhandles demanding loads cooler và quieter than other ultraportables good battery life, even with the smaller 52 Wh batterygood value in the mid-range configurations
miniaturized IOslightly tweaked keyboard, still not a great typerthe FHD screen is glossy and non-touchrattling fan on our unit, various other QC issues that you might run intostill gets a nose-camexpensive when specked up
I’ve bought a Dell XPS 13 as soon as the compact refresh was initially released back in 2015, và I’ve been using it ever since as my travel laptop. You can find my initial impressions in this article, as well as my long-term experience with the XPS 13 in this post.
Quick forward lớn 2018, Dell launched an updated XPS 13 9370 model at the beginning of this year, và I’ve finally got to lớn spend some time with it. This article gathers how I feel about this newer generation, what has improved, what has not, và how it fares against the previous design. Doug also talked about his experience with the Dell XPS 9370 & Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon in this detailed article, if you’re interested in a different view.
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We’re publishing this later than the other đánh giá out there, so it will tell you what to expect from a more mature version of the XPS 13 9370, the one you’ll get in stores if you’re shopping in the second part of 2018 or later. We’ll particularly look into how Dell addressed (or not) some of the issues the early adopters complained about.
In a few words, the XPS 13 9370 is one of the most compact 13-inch laptops on the market. It’s still a premium computer, but with a smaller và lighter build than the previous iterations. It gets updated hardware, keyboard-feedback, & a few other extra bits, but at the same time, it only relies on a miniaturized IO và has lost about 15% of its battery size.
Update: The XPS 13 9380 2019-update is available in stores as of early 2019, và you can read all about it in our detailed analysis over here.
There is however more than meets the eye about this laptop, & you’ll find all about its strong points và quirks below.
Specs as reviewed
|Dell XPS 13 9370|
|Screen||13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, glossy|
|Processor||Intel KabyLake-R core i7-8550U CPU|
|Video||Intel UHD 620|
|Memory||16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD (80 mm)|
|Connectivity||Wireless AC (Killer 1435), công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.1|
|Ports||2x USB-C 3.1 with Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-C 3.1, microSD card-reader, mic/headphone, Noble Lock|
|Battery||52 Wh, 45W charger|
|Size||302 mm or 11.88” (w) x 199 milimet or 7.83” (d) x 11.6 milimet or 0.45” (h)|
|Weight||2.67 lbs (1.21 kg)+ .70 lbs (.24 kg) charger và cables, EU version|
|Extras||backlit keyboard, HD webcam và IR camera, finger sensor integrated within the nguồn button|
Dell offers the XPS 13 9370 in several different configurations, with 4 khổng lồ 16 GB of RAM, vi xử lý core i3 to i7 processors và either a FHD non-touch glossy or the UHD cảm ứng screen.
The previous XPS 13 9360 is still available in some regions though, with same-generation hardware & either matte or cảm biến screens, but with a larger battery, full-size IO và lower price.
Design và exterior
This 2018-update of the Dell XPS 13 is millimetrically smaller and thinner than the previous generations (302 x 199 vs 304 x 200 mm), which translates in fractions of a mm smaller bezels around the screen. As far as the height goes, Dell advertises the XPS 13 9370 at only 11.6 milimet at the back, in the thicker part, compared to the 15 mm of the XPS 9360, but in reality this is misleading, as this version still sits at about a 17 milimet height from the desk when you count the feet & the more convex shape of the underbelly, which is just about 1 mm shorter than the previous build.
There are very few laptops out there that can stand next khổng lồ the Dell XPS 13 9370, but after spending about two weeks with this 2018-update, I’m left with mixed feelings about it.
Dell updated the design and they aggressively push the smaller & more compact build, even if in reality these changes are of merely 1-2 millimeters & nobody is going khổng lồ actually perceive them in real-use, especially since the weight hasn’t changed. At the same time, the redesign leads to miniaturized IO và a smaller battery, while failing khổng lồ address some of the issues of the previous XPS 13 lines, both on the outside (stiff hinge, screen only goes back to lớn ~145 degrees, average typing experience) và on the interior (coil whine, problematic fans).
But even so, when we draw the line, the 2018 iteration of the XPS 13 is an excellent computer. It’s small và well built, it offers better screens than most competitors, it performs well và runs for a fairly long time on a battery, even with the snipped capacity. Compared khổng lồ the previous versions it gets a few neat tricks down its sleeve: the finger-sensor, the IR camera, the brighter và richer screens, the slightly improved performance in demanding loads & the improved cooling, as well as the new gold và white màu sắc scheme. However, I can’t stop thinking that the XPS 9370 would have actually been a better máy tính xách tay if all these changes would have just been added on đứng top of the older design, with the proper IO & the 60 Wh battery.
The old design is definitely not without its flaws, but the size or height were never among them. Instead of focusing on the real issues, some aspects that have little to no real-life impact took priority, that’s why the XPS 9370 is just an incremental nâng cấp over the predecessors và not the groundbreaking sản phẩm the XPS 9343 has been back in its days. In fact, for some of you, the XPS 9360 might still be a better buy today, although it’s a tough call. On one hand, it’s more affordable, sturdier built & gets the larger battery và full IO, but on the other, you’d still have khổng lồ accept the mushier keyboard (which I actually lượt thích better, but you might not), the lower-quality screens and the more basic cooling.
And then there’s the competition. If a touchscreen is a must for you, devices like the Huawei MateBook X Pro (clamshell, 3:2 screen, 57 Wh battery, good price) và especially convertibles like the HP Spectre x360 13 or the Lenovo Yoga C930 might be better-valued products. If you’re fine with an FHD screen, the XPS 13 9370 is a more competitive option in this class, but you could still consider alternatives like the asus Zenbook S UX391 và LG Gram 13, which get dimmer matte displays, but are lighter và more affordable for similar specs.
In conclusion, the Dell XPS 9370 is one of the best ultra-portables you can get these days, but is not necessarily the update I’ve been expecting for this iconic series, và I feel Dell has to lớn step up their game with the next iteration if they want to keep the lead in the class, as the competition gets closer by the day.
That’s about it for our reviews of the Dell XPS 13 9370, but the comments section below is open for your feedback, suggestions, & questions, & we’re around lớn help out if we can.