Robot Or Human?

Every time a new XPS 13 comes out, the question is always the same: is it still the best Windows thin-and-light laptop? I’ll spare you the suspense here: the answer is yes.

If there’s one thing Dell is great at, it’s not making sweeping innovations that change what we expect out of a máy vi tính (at least, not with its XPS line). It’s figuring out what needs to be fixed & methodically addressing issues without breaking anything else along the way. Two years ago, it was the god-awful nosecam. Last year, it was the small touchpad và the 16:9 screen. Those were easy fixes and Dell corrected them. The result is a máy vi tính that’s not perfect — but it does most things almost perfectly. Configurations on Dell’s trang web currently start at $1,199 — the one I tested is listed for $1,749.

The most noticeable change you’ll see from last year’s XPS is the display. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: the 16:9 screen is (finally!) no more. Dell has shaved a big chunk off the bottom bezel — it’s gone from 19.5mm to lớn 4.6mm. (There’s also a dropped barrel hinge that hides a bit of it below the keyboard deck).

Dell has downsized the top & side bezels as well, resulting in a 16:10 display that’s 6.8 percent larger than that of its predecessor. The company claims a 91.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. It’s a lot of pixels — almost a million more than last year’s 1080p panel. And a few extra millimeters makes a big difference; I felt lượt thích I had more space than I usually vị on 16:9 panels, & usually didn’t have to lớn zoom out lớn comfortably work in two windows side by side.


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As usual, Dell offers a number of configurations of the XPS 13 on its website. I’ve got the $1,749 one, which includes a vi xử lý core i7-1065G7, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 1920 x 1200 touchscreen.

The $1,199 base mã sản phẩm has a vi xử lý core i5-1035G1, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, và a non-touch display — $1,299 gets you that configuration with a touchscreen. These specs should be enough for anyone who just intends to lớn browse. If you plan on gaming, you’ll probably want more storage & RAM.


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The 4K model starts at $1,549; that also buys 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, & a bộ vi xử lý core i5. And you can max the thing out with an i7, a 2TB SSD, 16GB RAM, a 3840 x 2400 touch display, & Windows 10 Pro for $2,309. (There’s also a $999 mã sản phẩm with a bộ vi xử lý core i3 and 4GB RAM floating around somewhere, but it’s not currently listed on Dell’s website).

I haven’t been able to kiểm tra a 4K model, but the 1920 x 1200 touchscreen looks good enough that anyone who’s not doing creative work probably doesn’t need khổng lồ shell out extra for the higher-resolution panel. In addition, the lower-resolution model still gives you a touchscreen option, which wasn’t the case on older models, where you had to lớn pony up for a 4K screen just to have cảm biến capability. This one is more than adequate for gaming & Netflix viewing, and other review indicate that the 4K model is dimmer và will likely suck battery life khổng lồ below acceptable levels.


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Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge
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Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge
Dell XPS 13 (2020) specs (as reviewed)Processor: 10th gene Intel vi xử lý core i7-1065G7 (8MB cache, up lớn 3.9 GHz)RAM: 16GB Storage: 512GB Weight: 2.8 lbsThickness: 0.58 inchesBattery: 52WhDisplay: 13.4-inch touchscreen (1920 x 1200)Camera: 720pWi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6


There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack, và a microSD slot (and the máy tính ships with a USB-A adapter). It’s nice lớn have USB-C on each side, & I know legacy ports are falling out of fashion, but I’d personally trade one of the Thunderbolts for a built-in USB-A. I still have some older peripherals I hope to lớn get more use out of — you may not, but a more diverse port selection means neither of us would need a dongle.

Now, about this new processor. You’re not alone if you’re confused by Intel’s big mess of 10th gene chips, so here’s the TL;DR. The late 2019 XPS 13 is powered by a chip core i7-10710U, which is a Comet Lake cpu with six cores và 12 threads. This XPS has an i7-1065G7, which is an Ice Lake processor — four cores và eight threads. This might look lượt thích a downgrade on paper, but that actually depends on what you’re trying to do. Extra cores give you an advantage in computational tasks — crunching numbers, compiling code, elaborate things in Excel. But Ice Lake is better for tasks that might leverage a GPU (gaming, photo and đoạn phim work, etc.) thanks to Iris Plus, its far superior ren 11 integrated graphics.