Let me show you what its all about and why I would actually use this machine in this review.. This is the new 11th gen model, and mine has the highest i7 1185G7 tiger lake processor, with 16gb of RAM and a 1TB SSD.. The XPS 13 is made from CNC aluminium, so the build quality feels excellent. Despite the smaller size., The lid is silver, while the interior of mine is a black carbon fiber composite but theres. Also, a white version which uses glass fiber for the finish, which feels different. Mine, weighed under 1.3kg or 2.8lb, then just 1.5kg or 3.3lb. All up with the small 45 watt Type C, charger., Its quite small and portable as a 13.4 machine at less than 0.6 or 1.5cm thick.. The 13.4 touch screen looks great its using a 1610 aspect ratio, which means theres more vertical space when compared to most alternative options, and this just allows the screen to take up more of the available space. With a 91.5 screen to body ratio., There are 1080p or 4K screen options, but only one of the 4K panels offers touch support, which is what Ive got here. Its gorilla glass 6. So its got a glossy reflective finish, so fingerprints will show up from touchscreen use.. You cant use this model in tablet mode. However, there is also a 2 in 1 version of the XPS 13 that does support that if youre after it. The 4K screen offers a good colour gamut with good contrast, ratio and excellent colour accuracy after calibration.

Brightness was great too getting to around 500 nits maxed Out. Backlight bleed was extremely minor in this worst case example, but this will vary between panels and laptops.. Unlike older XPS 13 models, the 720p camera is above the display in the center and its got IR for Windows, Hello, support which worked quickly.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like, and this is what it sounds like to type on the keyboard.. The chiclet keyboard has white back lighting with two levels of key brightness which illuminate all keys and secondary key functions.. By default, the keyboard only stays lit up for 10 seconds, but you can modify this in the BIOS with separate timers for AC and battery power.. Speaking of the BIOS, as is typically the case with Dell XPS laptops, weve got a lot of configuration options that can be changed, though many of these toggles are also available through software too., The keys dont feel small. Despite the smaller 13 size., The keyboard has 1mm of key travel, but the key presses have a subtle, clicky feeling to them, which I liked heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The power button is right. Next to the delete and backspace keys, and an accidental press will put the machine to sleep, so you might want to change that default behaviour in Windows.. The key is blank as it doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and I found it to work fast and accurately.

. The glass precision touchpad felt extremely smooth to the touch.. It clicks down anywhere and just feels nice to use and its a bit larger compared to last generation.. Fingerprints show up on the black finish, but werent too hard to clean with a microfiber cloth and Id expect the white finish to be much better. In this regard, though, it would probably show dirt easier.. There are two Type C Thunderbolt 4 ports, one on either side of the machine, along with a MicroSD card slot on the left and 3.5mm audio combo jack on the right., Both Type C ports can be used as DisplayPort outputs and both can be used to charge. The machine., It also came with a USB Type C, to Type A adapter in the box, so you can use your older devices. Theres, nothing on the back, while the front has a small light bar for indicating charge level and was completely smooth with no indent for Your finger, which did make it a little difficult to open up at times depending on the angle.. It was still possible to open with one finger. Despite the lighter weight, it felt pretty well balanced.. It also powers on by default. When you open the lid, which I think is a good feature as chances are, you want to use it when you open, it., Keyboard and screen flex were both on the lower side, again good, build quality for a smaller machine.. The bottom is clean, with just some subtle air intake vents towards the back.

However, only the area directly above the intake fans is clear for air flow., Despite the smaller size and lighter weight. The rubber feet did a good job of preventing it. Moving around on my desk. Getting inside requires taking out 8 TR5 screws after removing those I just pryed the bottom panel off with the tools linked in the description. Once inside weve got the battery down the front and a single M.2 storage slot, just above that covered By a metal heat, shield., WiFi, 6 and memory are soldered to the motherboard, so youll need to buy with this in mind as you cant upgrade later.. The speakers are underneath on the left and right sides.. I thought they sounded great at lower volumes with some bass. For the smaller size, though, there was some distortion at higher levels and the latencymon results werent that great. The XPS 13 is powered by a 52Wh battery, which Dell says is not user replaceable.. It lasted for a bit more than 6 hours. In my YouTube, playback test, similar to many other laptops with similar batteries, but at the same time there are others like the MSI Prestige 14, with the same CPU and battery size. That was going for 10 hours.. The Dell Power Manager software also lets you adjust the battery charge level to help prolong battery lifespan. Lets check out thermals next. Air comes in from the bottom and is exhausted out of rear vents that are hidden below the screen.

. The Dell Power Manager software also lets you pick between four different performance modes: optimized, which is default, cool quiet and ultra performance.. The processor was cool at idle, then, when, under a CPU stress test using Aida64 to represent a worst case, heavy workload were seeing 70 degrees Celsius as a maximum. Cool mode does what it says on the box and ran cooler than the other available performance modes.. These are the clock, speeds for the same tests. Just shown. Cool mode only seems to be cooler because the performance is being limited. I thought it might instead just run the fan faster, but that wasnt, the case. Cool mode, appears to limit the processor TDP to 10 watts, while the other modes all have the same 15 watt long term power limit.. It could, of course, boost higher than this, but its worth noting this is a fair bit behind the full 28 watt limit of the i7 1185G7 processor. Heres. How CPU only performance looks with the different modes in use. Single core was about the same regardless of the performance profile, though there was a larger difference in multicore here., The best ultra performance mode did the best, but the default optimized mode wasnt, far behind. Heres, how The R23 score compares to other laptops, so both single and multicore scores are lower when compared to all of the other Tiger Lake laptops that Ive tested.. This wasnt too surprising, as Dell, tends to prefer cooler and quieter as opposed to maximum performance.

Heres. How performance changes on battery power so very similar results to running while plugged in meaning you shouldnt be sacrificing CPU power when running unplugged. At idle? The keyboard was cool in quiet mode. Most laptops are around 30 degrees Celsius for context., With the CPU stress test running it gets to the mid 40s in the center, so just a little warm.. The default optimized mode was fairly similar, then not too much difference in the highest ultra performance mode either. But lets have a listen to fan noise.. It sounded completely silent to me at idle in quiet mode.. Even with the CPU stress test running, it was hardly much louder.. It was again only slightly louder with the default optimized mode, while cool mode was a little lower., The highest ultra performance mode was loudest, but regardless these results are still quieter when compared to pretty much all laptops. Ive tested., Although not a gaming laptop by any means, the Intel, Xe graphics, are definitely capable of running games.. Aaa titles at 720p can be ok at low setting levels, while esports titles are able to do far. Better. Ive also tested some content. Creator. Workloads. Adobe Premiere was tested with the Puget Systems benchmark and the XPS 13 was offering the lowest score Ive. Had, though this is the first time Ive tested a system with just Intel, Xe, graphics, here., Adobe Photoshop is heavily dependent on processor performance and, as weve seen before, the 11th gen tigerlake processor does quite well in single threaded performance, and this is why its scoring higher Than thicker more powerful laptops, here.

DaVinci Resolve, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on the GPU and the Intel Xe graphics. Just cant keep up compared to laptops, with discrete GPUs. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage.. The 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD was doing well for the reads, though, write speed was lower. Comparatively. The MicroSD card slot was basically maxing out my V90 card and the card clicks in and sits most of the way into the chassis. Linux support is something that Dell have offered for years. You can even purchase the developer edition of the XPS 13 with Ubuntu 20 preloaded.. I only just briefly booted a live CD but found the keyboard backlighting screen, brightness, touchscreen, touchpad, WiFi speakers and camera to all work fine. For updated pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. Plus there are a bunch of different specs. You can choose from in terms of screen storage, CPU and memory. At the time of recording. The XPS 13 starts at 1000 USD for the entry level i3 model with 8 gigs of memory and 256gb SSD, and then it goes right up to 2300. For the top end model, with highest processor and maxed out memory and storage, with, of course, options in between. Here in Australia, its starting for over 2000 AUD, while the exact configuration Ive tested here is over 3000, then over 4000 for the maxed spec.. I could easily see myself using this laptop when travel is an option again.

. I do already have a smaller 12.5 Xiaomi Air for short trips, but it is missing a lot of the nice to have features due to the cheaper price.. The XPS 13s build quality just feels excellent. The screen looks great and it just works well, but this does of course come at a higher cost. Yeah theres, not as much sustained CPU performance in long term workloads compared to most other Intel, 11th gen Tiger Lake machines. That Ive used., I dont, know about you, but with a smaller machine like this Im, not exactly smashing the processor with multicore workloads like blender or something anyway.. If that is what youre all about, though, then youll probably be looking at a Ryzen based option with 6 to 8 cores. Personally. For me, a smaller machine like this is ideal for travel, so I dont think those 4 lower powered cores are going to cause me any issues.. That said, the battery life wasnt that great when compared to those other Ryzen models or even other Intel models for that matter.. Another downside is the lack of discrete graphics. 13 gaming. Laptops do exist with GTX 1650 graphics, and these include the ASUS X13 and Razer Blade Stealth 13. Granted both of those can cost more than this, depending on the configuration. But if you do need discrete graphics power, either for content creation or say gaming, then those would be a better choice than the XPS.. And if you are after more information on either of those machines, then Ive got some videos over here that you can check out.

So Ill see you over in one of those next.