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2020 Dell XPS 13 Laptop Review : A good choice for UX designers ?

Dell XPS 13 is an excellent laptop in the market with excellent battery life and solid performance. Not to mention – an impressive design that’s something to die for. The latest model comes with Intel’s latest 10th Gen processor. This makes multitasking and playing games a breeze.

The company has also taken innovation to the next level by eradicating the last bezel on the InfinityEdge display to make the laptop unique and borderless.

This premium device is built for folks that want to get lightweight computing done and look fabulous while doing it. But whether it’s worth buying or not? Please read our detailed Dell XPS 13 laptop review to find out the answer.

Key Specifications

Dell XPS 13 laptop has the following specifications:

  • Price: $1,749
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR4x
  • CPU: 1.3 GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7
  • GPU: Intel Iris Plus
  • Storage: 512 GB (SSD)
  • Display: 13.4-inch, 1080p
  • Processor: 1-GHz Intel Core i5-1035G1
  • Size and Weight: 11.6*7.8*0.6 inches and 2.8 pound respectively
  • Battery: 12:39

Design

Dell XPS 13 2020 comes with the most attractive design, both its exterior and interiors. 2.8-pound aluminium finish and 0.58-inch edges look stylish and prompt uses to buy it. 2.8 pounds weight makes it one of the smallest ultraportable laptops. Dell logo also adds five stars to it.

Moreover, the company has also managed to make the bezels even thinner overall. Another plus point of New XPS 13 is that it even has a twin-coil hinge that makes it easy for anyone to open it with just one hand. We can say it’s as simple as turning the book pages.

Ports

The latest Dell XPS 13 has two just Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for charging and connecting to USB-C accessories. Thus, make sure you have a dongle handy if you plan to connect many accessories simultaneously.

The company also offers a 3.5 mm headphone jack and microSD reader. Dell even includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box. Thus, if you plan to use an external hard drive or mouse, you will need to invest in a USB Type-C hub.

Display

When you look at the XPS 13, you will find at this is the first time that the company has avoided all the bezels. Dell has managed to shrink the side and bottom bezels. The bottom bezels measure 0.15 and 0.2 inches, and the bottom bezels only 0.18 inches.

The Dell XPS 13 2020 features a 4-sided 13.4-inch Infinity Edge display that consists of a 16:10 (91.5%) screen-to-body ratio. XPS 13 1920 * 1200 display makes everything appear with color and detail. Moreover, the panel is 6.8% larger, unlike its predecessor.

Audio

The audio quality of the stereo speakers of the XPS 13 laptop is also good. Despite base-mounted speakers, it delivered clean and loud audio. This makes it convenient to watch movies, respond to conference calls, and play music for a home dance party.

Keyboard and Touchpad

XPS 13’s edge-to-edge keyboard is really superb to type on. Thanks to a soft-touch coating that offer ultimate comfort to the users. It is shifted toward the top of the deck to leave sufficient space for a glass touchpad.

The laptop comes with big keycaps (usually 9% larger). The touchpad is also 17% larger than the last year’s model. Since all the keys are well spaced and feature backlighting, anyone can quickly scroll up and down into web pages, even in a dark room. Typing on keys provided me a great experience. Pinch-zoom and three-finger swipe were also excellent in execution.

Performance

Dell XPS 13 2020 offers power-packed performance at the customer’s end. Thanks to the latest 10th Gen processors of Intel – Core i71065G7 U. The processor provides sufficient juice to wrap up your tedious computing tasks.

The laptop handled my daily multitasking workload without any problem. But it created an issue during heavy workload such as video editing. Furthermore, Dell XPS 13 also comes with 512GB SSD packed that lets you copy files in few seconds.

Although you will not play the best PC games at high settings, Intel Iris Plus graphics can still handle essential titles that play excellently with integrated graphics. It is typically two times more potent than the integrated graphics in last-gen Intel Whiskey Lake processors.

XPS 13 laptop allowed me to watch all the episodes of my favorite serial on Netflix without any stutter and that too with 10+ tabs open in Chrome.

Battery Life

If you need long battery life to complete your office or other important work, buy 1080p Dell XPS 13 today. No matter you are in or out of your home, you can do everything with great ease.

I have tested the battery of this version of Dell’s laptop myself and found that it lasted for 12 hours and 39 minutes. However, the 4K version of this laptop does not last, unlike its competitors. It has a battery that lasts for only 8 hours and 14 minutes.
Security

The XPS 13 laptop comes with an embedded fingerprint reader in the power button. This allows easy login using Windows Hello and also adds an extra layer of security.

Heat

Another biggest benefit of the XPS 13 laptop is that it stays cool even when you use it for long hours. Even some of the top cooled laptops transfer some heat. But I am super impressed by how well this laptop handles heat.

Our team has found the temperature of the touchpad, center, and bottom to be 79, 86, and 91 degrees Fah respectively.

Web Camera

This version of Dell still has one of the smallest webcams in the industry. However, the 720p webcam does an excellent job in capturing color. But we did not find the camera that appealing since there is no privacy shutter.

Software

Dell Company offers an in-built suite of software to the users of XPS 13. Power Manager allows you to manage power consumption easily to extend the life span of the battery. In case you require any help from a skilled Dell technician, you can get customer support service via Customer Connect.

This sleek laptop also comes with 20GB free of cost Dropbox storage for one year – a great plus point. What I liked the most is Dell Cinema Guide. This lets you store all your streaming services under one application.

You can even find your favorite TV show or movie quickly through the library. The Dell XPS 13 laptop also has both Windows Hello versions, with a fingerprint scanner.

Hardware Warranty

Dell XPS 13 also features one year warranty. It includes both onsite and in-Home service post remote check-up.

Pros

• Immersive and sturdy design
• Bezel-free 16:10 display
• 10th Generation Intel performance
• Standout keyboard and touchpad
• Integrated graphics
• Great battery life on 1080p model

Cons

• Limited port selection
• Sometimes, the keyboard gets hot
• Bad webcam as there is no privacy shutter

Conclusion:

Dell XPS 13 possesses all features that make it a great laptop. So if you are considering a total package at a fair price, it is best for you. For just $1,749, you get a laptop that’s got zero bezels, a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a lovely display, and of course, 12+ hours of battery life.

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