Dell XPS 13 (9350) in the Test

The XPS 13 (9350) Dell has a great success. The screen of the compact Ultrabooks knows how to convince in the test. When it comes to equipment there but smaller cuts.

With the XPS 13 Dell has garnered so already much praise in earlier versions. Can now but also the latest model XPS 13 (9350) convince? To clarify this, we have sent the compact Ultrabook with the 13.3-inch multi touch display in the laboratory test. Result: It can. But in turn.

First two falls at the sight of the device: a the noble enclosure CNC machined aluminum – very chic, but not exciting, because Ultrabooks always place value on a well-groomed appearance. The form factor creates greater astonishment: you don’t know that this is the XPS 13 to a 13.3 incher, one would expect that first difficult. The Super flat screen which is also almost borderless is responsible for the optical illusion. It is especially this so-called InfinityEdge display to thank that the XPS 13 may call themselves the smallest 13-inch notebook in the world. Consistent with the low weight.

The combination of relatively small display, with impressive resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels causes that individual pixels with the naked eye are no longer visible. Despite its compact design, the Ultrabook is also excellent workmanship. This applies in particular for the stable display connection and the precise working compulsory-backlit keyboard. Also the hand pad carbon fiber composite we liked with a coated surface, we have considered very pleasant. Also the easy touchpad convinced – even if its clicking sound takes some getting.

The XPS 13 not only for the Visual and tactile, but also for the acoustic impressions gets brownie points. So the two side-mounted stereo speakers given the compactness of the device produce an amazingly clear sound. The very discreet fan noise, you get to hear only at full load remains positive in memory for us.

Nice and fast

Seen from the outside there on the XPS 13 to gripe so absolutely nothing. That is continued in the Interior. Because there works a strapping core i7 processor from Intel’s current portfolio of Skylake – supports 8 GB of memory. The performance of the unit impresses not only in practice, but also in the prestigious SYSmark benchmark. In all tested scenarios, the XPS scored 13 decent to very good results. Also the stamina of the device is satisfactory. The Ultrabook last less than six and a half hours in the simulated application “Office software”. The graphics performance of the XPS 13 is rather average, which is not surprising given the installed onboard GPU. Hardcore gamers is the narrow 13-incher but anyway not recommended.

The XPS 13 with a fast SSD comes as virtually any modern upper classes-laptop. With the installed 256 GB cause no too big jump for joy. Who wants to – have more depending on the configuration is 512 GB or even a whole terabyte solid state memory including 16 GB RAM available-, must pay 300 or 600 euros more at Dell.

A USB-type-C port of the latest generation is, however, a standard. The integrated Thunderbolt-3 interface allows not only the rapid transmission of data (bi-directionally with up to 40 Gbit / s), but also connecting to VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A and dock loading of the unit. Small downside: a separate is required not included included adapters for the various connections,.

The other interfaces of notebooks are quickly listed: twice USB 3.0, SD card reader, headset and microphone connector, as well as Wi-FI and Bluetooth – the latter in the modern 4.1 version. Looking for a cellular modem, however, just as futile as a replaceable battery.

Conclusion

Apart from the partly to clear equipment, Dell with the current XPS 13 has presented an ejoyable, almost perfectly processed and recommended as a whole absolutely compact Ultrabook – and of course, has its price. For the Otto standard user who needs no power-user performance and can also waive on a touch display, Dell offers a 300 euros cheaper alternative with core i5 processor and non-reflective full-HD display.