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Now Evo-certified with Intel"s faster i7-1165G7 processor, is this high-end máy vi tính worth your money? Our Dell XPS 13 review reveals all.

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With eye-catching good looks, a gorgeous display và excellent build quality, the Dell XPS 13 is one of the finest ultrabooks on the market today. Và addition of a faster processor makes this upgraded version capable of resource-heavy tasks such as Photoshop, video clip editing, và playing many AAA titles.



Here at fanbangparty.com, we’ve been raving about the Dell XPS 13 for some time now. It"s on our lists of the best lightweight laptops và the best student laptops. Và in our đánh giá of its previous iteration, last November, we wrote: ‘One of the world’s best systems is even better than before’. So with the latest version in our hands, we were super-excited lớn take it for a spin.


Yet despite our enthusiasm, we wanted khổng lồ keep our feet on the ground. This configuration of the ultrathin Windows máy tính costs extra, which bumps the price up by a couple of hundred dollars / pounds, and even more if you want a 4K screen rather than Full HD. That"sa serious amount of cash. So what exactly are you getting for the money?

In short: there’s one small but very significant change in this version: a more powerful processor from Intel’s 11th Generation Tiger Lake line, namely the Intel core i7-1165G7. This promises to lớn offer better performance, better graphics and longer battery life.

In our review, we’ll look at whether these claims are met, as well as looking broadly at how the máy tính measures up in a range of areas.


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The chiclet keyboard stretches almost from edge khổng lồ edge, và the keys are nice and big, with an attractive, soft-white backlight behind them. On the downside, there’s no number pad, and the up/down arrow keys at the bottom right are kind of tiny. For that reason alone, we’d suggest this laptop isn’t a good choice for serious gaming.

Below there’s a large-ish (64 x 114mm/2.5 x 4.5 inches) glass touchpad, which gives a satisfyingly solid click. It’s also worth mentioning that the rest of the base isn’t solid black, lượt thích you’d expect on a cheaper laptop, but a woven glass effect that adds an extra cảm ứng of sophistication.

There’s also a tiny webcam at the top, which you can use with Windows Hello lớn log in with a face scan. Finally, there"s a fingerprint scanner which you wouldn’t know was there if you weren’t told, as it’s neatly integrated into the black power button on the top right of the keyboard.

Dell XPS 13 review: Screen & speakers

The base mã sản phẩm of the Dell XPS 13 comes with a 13.4-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen which has a 16.10 aspect ratio. That’s a slight (but not really significant) variation from the 16:9 ratio of most computer screens & TVs. Made from Corning Gorilla Glass, it’s glare-, impact- and scratch resistant too.

For extra spend, however, you can nâng cấp this to lớn a 4K screen (3,840 x 2,400 pixels), which is the display our đánh giá unit came with. That"s a lot of extra money, but quite frankly it’s gorgeous.This is one of the nicest Windows máy vi tính screens we"ve seen khổng lồ date.

The colours are deep, rich and vibrant. The detail is pin-sharp. And the 500 nits of brightness means you can happily use this máy vi tính outdoors, even in fairly bright light. In fact, when you’re at home or in the office, you may want khổng lồ turn it down a little.



One final thing worth noting about the screen is that the bezel surrounding it is so minimal as lớn be non-existent. In our view, that’s a good thing, providing maximum screen within the chassis, but it is a matter of taste. Another potential niggle is how some websites, such as msn.com, appeared slightly cut off at the sides, forcing us to resize the browser window. That said, the fact such tiny details stand out is testimony to lớn how, overall, this display is just fantastic.

The audio isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty good. It"s always annoying when speakers are mounted at the bottom of a laptop, sending the sound in the wrong direction. But here, they’re at least set close to lớn the edge, so the vibrations have somewhere to lớn go when the device is on your lap. & the sound itself is deep and full, with a toned bass that makes listening lớn music và watching films a pleasure. It’s more than loud enough too, filling a room at just 25 per cent of the available volume.

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Dell XPS 13 review: Performance

The Dell XPS 13 mã sản phẩm we were given to nhận xét boasts an Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-1165G7 processor, which boasts four cores và eight threads, with a turbo clock speed of 4.7GHz, 12MB of Smart Cache & Intel Iris xe integrated graphics.

Sounds good in theory... Yet in practice powerful chips don’t always translate into the performance you expect. It’s all about how cleverly they play with the rest of the components in a system.

So it’s a good sign that this máy vi tính comes with an Evo badge. That’s part of Intel’s certification program, which signifies that Dell worked closely with intel to develop this device and squeeze maximum nguồn out of the processor.


And in practice, the i7-1165G7 does seem to lớn give a significant boost to speed, efficiency, and graphics performance. Our Dell XPS 13 managed multiple complex tasks simultaneously, including downloading video, running multiple tabs, playing music và instant messaging, without any obvious problems... Well, most of the time, anyway.

We did run into an issue when using the device on our actual lap for a couple of hours: namely, slow web browsing that seemed khổng lồ be down lớn overheating. It"s a common problem with ultrabooks, as there"s nowhere really for the heat to go, so we"d be cautious ifyou mainly want to use your máy tính in this manner.

Placed on the desk, though, things were fine, và we even ran resource-hungry software like Photoshop without a hitch. Và while this is no gaming laptop, the i7-1165G7 works well enough with the hãng sản xuất intel Iris xe Graphics chip to run most AAA titles, as long as you compromise on frame-rates.

We"ll be honest: if you just want a máy tính xách tay for casual use – browsing the web, using Office software, streaming videos và music – the basic configuration of the Dell XPS 13 is going to be just fine, & you’ll be better off saving the money.But if you want to vì chưng some image editing, đoạn clip post-production, gaming, or any other resource-intensive task, the extra oomph from the i7-1165G7 chip will be well worth the money.

Dell XPS 13 review: Battery life và connectivity

The i7-1165G7 configuration of the Dell XPS 13 doesn’t just make for better performance và graphics, it also increases the battery life. Not massively, so we wouldn’t recommend the nâng cấp for this reason alone. But it is a significant boost.

We used the máy tính on batter alone for a range of day khổng lồ day tasks, including document editing, website surfing and listening to music. By tweaking the settings appropriately, we managed 10 hours & four minutes, which was very impressive.

Meanwhile, running a downloaded Netflix movie on repeat, at maximum brightness và with sound going through headphones, the Dell XPS 13 kept going for a satisfying 9 hours và 28 minutes, which bodes well for anyone with a long train journey or flight in their future.

You can’t have everything though, & connectivity is the real Achilles" Heel of the Dell XPS 13, which offers just four ports. Let"s face it, even for an ultrabook, that’s a bit limited.

Specifically, there are two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, which gives you the choice of charging your máy tính from either the left or right side, as well as the opportunity khổng lồ connect khổng lồ an external display. On the left side, there’s also a microSD thẻ slot, while on the right, there’s a headphone-microphone jack.

And... That’s your lot. Nope, you don’t even get a USB Type-A port, although Dell does give you a USB-C khổng lồ USB-A 3.0 adapter lớn meet you halfway.

Dell XPS 13 review: Verdict


Overall, the Dell XPS 13 (late 2020) is a premium Windows máy tính xách tay with a huge amount khổng lồ offer.Battery life is healthy. The screen is quite incredible. Its sleek good looks are also a big plus. Và all the little details are well thought through, from the satisfying click of the touchpad lớn the responsiveness of the touchscreen. What"s more, when configured with the i7-1165G7 processor, it’s capable of pretty much anything you can throw at, even most AAA games on tweaked settings.

Of course, no laptop is perfect, và there are some compromises lớn be made. In particular, connectivity is very limited, audio is only slightly better than average, and the price of the full configuration could be a little lower. We"d also be wary of leaving it sat on your lap for long periods of time. But on the whole, if you want a premium ultrabook that runs Windows, this is quite simply one of the best buys around, và comes highly recommended.