Dell XPS 13 (9370) 2018 Review
Dell XPS 13
- Gorgeous new design
- Beautiful optional 4K display
- Best Of Class Performance
- Solid Battery Life
- Runs cool
- Optional fingerprint reader
- Steeper starting price
- No USB Type-A Ports
- Still A Funky Web Cam Position
- White option is pricier
Dell XPS 13 Review. Stunning inside and out.
Your entertainment can go with you everywhere—starting at just 2.67 pounds, the smaller, thinner, lighter XPS 13 is ready for take-off. Perfectly-sized for airplane tray tables, you won’t even notice when the passenger in front of you reclines their seat.
With new 8th Gen Intel® Quad Core processors, more cores means increased performance, even with multiple applications running. Plus, Dell Power Manager, engineered by Dell, allows you to select the power mode that dynamically delivers the maximum amount of power from your processor, while intelligently monitoring and managing system temperatures. Add it all up and you get the most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class.
|Dimensions||11.98 x 7.88 x 0.6 inches (3.02 x 1.99 x 0.78-1.16cm)|
|Weight||2.7 pounds (1.2kg)|
|Display||13.3 inch 16:9 InfinityEdge touch display|
3840 x 2160 pixel
1500:1 contrast ratio
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8550U|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Memory||256-1024 GB SSD Toshiba|
8-16GB DDR3 (2,133MHz)
|Primary Camera||Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with 4 array digital microphones|
|3.5mm jack||headset jack|
|Ports||2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB-C 3.1, micro SD card reader|
|WLAN||Killer 1435 802.11ac|
|Battery||4-cell Lithium Ion (52 WHr)|
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Is the XPS 13 9370 unequivocally better than the XPS 13 9360? It’s a step forward in a number of aspects while other areas of the series haven’t improved. Battery life, for example, is largely the same if not worse as are the keyboard keys, display response times, and chassis rigidity. While none of these were primary issues in the past, we feel that the new thinner demeanor may have had priority over these other equally important qualities of the notebook. The exceptionally slow display response times in particular will likely offend power users who are accustomed to 5 ms/120 Hz monitors.
Internally, many of the changes cater to reducing surface temperature and fan noise as both are common issues when going thin. The larger cooling system and introduction of thermally insulated GORE fabric have allowed the system to run cooler to the touch without necessarily bumping up fan RPMs.
Lastly, the Dynamic Power Policy deserves praise for squeezing as much performance out of the ULV processor as possible. It’s a notable feat because the i5-8250U processor is running warmer on the XPS 13 9370 than on the XPS 13 9360 while keeping both surface temperatures and fan noise in check.
With that said, owners of the XPS 13 9360 are not missing very much on this latest revision considering that the keyboard, weight, processor, speakers, webcam, and chassis are either the same or not all that different. The new performance scaling is nice to have, but it is largely unnoticeable for common low-medium loads like word processing, browsing, or video playback. Thus, the biggest incentives for existing owners to upgrade are only skin deep. If the narrower bezels, brighter backlight, and thinner profile aren’t appealing, then there are few reasons to upgrade as you would actually be losing out on USB Type-A ports, a full-size SD reader, a slightly stronger chassis, and a larger battery.
For owners of competing Ultrabooks, the XPS 13 9370 is one more reason for users to make the switch. The outgoing XPS 13 9360 is still compelling since it carries a handful of advantages over the XPS 9370 as mentioned above. MacBook Pro 13 users have nothing to worry about as the Apple system is still stronger, brighter, longer lasting, and with an arguably easier-to-use trackpad.
From its eye-popping 4K display to its speedy performance and beautiful design, there’s a lot to love about the Dell XPS 13 9370. Although still not ideal, its centered webcam is a huge improvement over the left-aligned one on prior models. The 9370’s ability to work with eGPUs also makes it a great choice for people who want to play demanding games.
Consumers who demand the longest possible endurance or who can’t live without USB Type-A ports should consider the XPS 13 9360, which Dell will continue to sell for the foreseeable future. However, if you want the best combination of performance, portability and aesthetics, the XPS 13 9370 is made for you.
It’s official: Dell has undoubtedly done it again. In directly addressing the concerns of users, Dell has refined its XPS 13 laptop further than perhaps ever before. So much so that we’re inclined to give this laptop our Best in Class award all over again.
Moving the webcam position, adding facial login and a four-mic array, giving Intel’s chips more headroom to perform even better and adding a 4K screen have all evolved the XPS into an even more formidable flagship laptop. Sure, we’d like a top-mounted webcam and to pay less to start for this latest model with a Core i3 processor, but what Dell has put on offer here is well worth the increased price.
With all of the improvements made to the XPS 13 for this year, the rest of the laptop world now has a lofty benchmark to measure itself against for 2018, as Dell has once again set the bar high – very high.
The latest Dell XPS 13 (9370) for 2018 is an excellent performer in all respects. The Toshiba NVMe solid state drive in the machine offers strong throughput that approaches 3GB/s reads and 1GB/s writes. Battery life is also very good, especially considering the top-end configuration we tested, which features a true quad-core Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 4K, multi-touch display. The machine’s performance in all of the benchmarks was also best-of-class. Graphics performance wasn’t quite up to snuff in comparison to a discrete NVIDIA GPU or AMD’s Ryzen Mobile processor with Vega-based graphics, but versus other ultrabooks that utilize Intel’s integrated graphics engine, the new XPS 13 rocked. In virtually all of our benchmarks, the Dell XPS 13 (9370) finished at or near the top of the charts. This machine is arguably one of the fastest 13-inch ultrabooks we have tested to date. It also maintained that performance with minimal throttling over a longer duration, versus other machines we’ve tested, and it did so while maintaining a cool and quiet demeanor.
In a nutshell, almost everything about the new Dell XPS 13 (9307) for 2018 has been refined and improved. Dell refreshed the machine with Intel’s 8th Gen Kaby Lake R series, but it also retooled the XPS 13’s cooling solution, so it offers up as much performance as a 13-inch machine could possibly muster with Intel’s new 15 Watt, quad-core laptop CPUs. Dell also improved on the XPS 13’s industrial design, which was a tall order to fill. The new Alpine White, woven spun glass and Rose Gold combination is a real head-turner, and it feels as good as it looks — so function was certainly not sacrificed for form here. And again, a black/carbon fiber and Platinum Silver version of the machine is also available, if white and Rose Gold is not your jam. Regardless, this machine’s ultra-clean lines, premium materials, and build quality only make it that much more of a pleasure to lay your geek mitts on.
And if that weren’t enough, Dell took its already fantastic 13-inch IGZO IPS InfinityEdge display, punched up its brightness to 400 nits, expanded its contrast ratio, and even shaved a millimeter or two off its already razer-thin bezels. Dell’s 4K panel option with this machine is just sublime. The Dell XPS 13 (9370) for 2018 brings the kind of innovative materials and performance solutions we have yet to see in any other laptop to date, based on Intel 8th Gen Core processor technology. You’ve got spun glass, killer good looks, and speed. What’s not to love?
Regardless, in a true endorsement of our coveted Editor’s Choice award, our own Managing Editor, Marco simply “loves” this Alpine White-clad beastie and would gladly make it his personal daily driver, if he had his choice of laptops on the market currently. That about says it all. Dell is already teed up nicely for CES 2018, knocking another one out of the park with its flagship XPS line-up.