Dell XPS 13 Review – Intel® Core™ i7 11 Gen with Intel Evo and Xe Graphics – Blazing Fast!
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Considering the screen size and the build quality is great as well. The perfect hinge and weight distribution allows one finger lift mechanism compared to others that require more than one finger or even two hands, without which the bottom chassis lifts up. I love the color combination, especially on our variant because of the carbon fiber with white color on the insides and the bezels as well, which looks really great, especially with the frosted silver color. The aluminum chassis weighs in at just 1.2 kilograms, which is very light and, along with the small footprint it makes it easy to carry around even without a bag. I also like the minimal branding there’s, a dell logo on the a plate and an xps logo on the d plate and that’s about it by the way, the white insides there’s also a uv and stain resistant coating to prevent yellowing. So don’t worry about it. Getting dirty over time, the keyboard is excellent. I honestly thought that we would get a supper typing experience considering the overall footprint – and i expected poor, spacing and small keys, but actually the key size is perfect. There’S good travel and response from the keys as well, but actually dell has really cleverly used the space because, despite being two persons smaller and six percent thinner than the outgoing generation, they have managed to cram. In a six point, eight percent larger display seventeen percent larger touchpad and an edge to edge keyboard and the result speak for themselves, there’s, a slight flex on the keyboard membrane surrounding the keys, but the overall deck itself and the display doesn’t wobble, which again shows the Excellent build quality, the backlight is in white and it is good, with even lighting with two stage brightness and is more than sufficient.
The power key by the way also has a fingerprint scanner, which is fast and responsive, as well as accurate. The display is excellent. It’S made by sharp and the exact model is written on screen, but the display looks so immersive, despite being a 13 inch laptop because of the extremely small bezels. The bezels are a bit thicker on the top and bottom, but only just and keep in mind that the webcam is also here, which is a 720p hd1. The 13.4 inch display is extremely sharp, has great colors and viewing angles as well as good brightness. It performs well indoors or on the go, especially thanks to the 500 nits of peak brightness, which makes it great even for outdoors. My only slight gripe is that the light bleed is noticeable at the bottom right edge, but i have a feeling that it could be specific to my unit as well. Now this is protected by corning gorilla glass 6, which makes it more resistant against scratches and breakage, and apart from the intel, 11th generation tiger lake 1185, g7 chipset. Another biggest reason to upgrade to the higher end model is the screen itself. It is amazing, be it for browsing, word, processing, content creation or even like gaming. In terms of ports, you get two usb type c thunderbolt 4 ports, which is supported, courtesy, the 11th generation intel core i7 cpu inside and it’s great, especially since you can use this as a display out and you can charge your laptop from either side as there Is one usb port on either side? You also get a type c to type a adapter in the box.
If you wish to connect any peripherals or accessories that make use of the larger port, you get a micro, sd card slot on one side and a combo audio jack. On the other side, you also get two 2.5 watt speakers that give a combined output of 4 watts is decent, but not too loud, but provides good quality audio. There isn’t much bass either, but overall, on par with what you would expect from a device of this dimension in terms of performance. Let us start with the ssd, which is blazing fast and posted in excess of 3 100 megabytes per second read speed and over 2700 megabytes per second write speeds, which is among the fastest that you can get on any laptop. Currently, in terms of thermals, i was quite surprised that it didn’t get too hot, despite pushing it to its limits, and the surface did reach up to 48 degrees in certain parts, but again it wasn’t too hard to attach. But internally the temps were pretty much in the 70s and rare instances, 80 degrees celsius, which is great, considering that this laptop is mainly meant for office and productivity work, not so much for gaming or 4k editing, but the performance and thermal management are excellent. Now we did try to push it to its limits by doing photo editing as well as video editing in 4k, even on premiere pro and the intel 11 generation. I7 1185 g7 cpu perform very well and much better than some of the other laptops that i’ve tested in this particular category.
Of course, it does not have a dedicated gpu and therefore this might not be a first choice if you’re a content creator, but i still didn’t expect to perform so well. The timeline was very smooth, especially thanks to the intel iris, xc, graphics and the cpu, which handled it nicely with quick export times as well, and you also had fast storage now. The intel, iris, xc graphics, is something that performed exceedingly well, especially on a slim and light productivity machine such as this now here i would also like to mention that, if you’re thinking of doing creative tasks, i would suggest going for the higher end variant, considering the Fact that both the ssd as well as ram, are soldered on, and you cannot upgrade it later once you purchase the device. One major thing i found when testing is that, unlike some other laptops, this one performed practically just as good on battery power as it did when connected to a power source. Intel’S evo platform does have a big role to play in this, and i shall explain in detail very soon now, while most people buying this laptop would not actually be planning to do a lot of hardcore gaming. We were pleasantly surprised with just how well the intel 1185 g7 11 generation chipset and the intel iris xc graphics, performed as it was able to handle games such as gta, 5 and valerian pretty well now, when we had these settings in medium or normal, we were Getting upwards of 90 fps, while at high we were getting pretty much 60 fps fixed on gta 5 at the highest resolution and that’s pretty impressive for something as slim and light.
As this, the laptop supports wi fi six, why the killer wireless ax 1650 card? And we got consistent results in our speed test and the range was also pretty good now coming to the battery life. This comes with a 52 watt battery, which seems to be small, but thanks to the 11th generation intel core i7 tiger lake cpu. This has great efficiency and we got great battery life. Now you get up to 14 hours on the full hd model and close to 9 hours on the 4k model, which is what dell quotes. But in our experience we got easily eight plus hours for day to day scenarios, and this just shows how much of an importance the evo certification from intel carries, as this is a massive bump in terms of performance compared to the previous iterations of the xps 13.. One of the reasons behind this is the fact that the laptop is part of the intel evo platform, where there are a few minimum requirements that any laptop of this platform should meet. What this means for the end user is basically in terms of battery life charging and other daily use case scenarios where there were previously pain. Points simply put. The intel evo platform means that intel make sure that a manufacturer does whatever possible to improve the end user experience. For example, you get instant wake. You no longer need to spend time waiting for your computer to be ready when you want to get work done or have ideas flowing you get better battery life, which means you don’t have to worry about, going to search for a charger each and every time you Enter a new room and it also has fast charging just in case you need to quickly top up.
Your battery intel has also several mandates for the platform, including the need to bundle fast, wi fi 6, which this one has thunderbolt 4 fast overrate, drive, sleek design, high quality, audio and much more, all of which this laptop meets. In the box. You get a 45 watt, usb type c charger with led indicators on either side of the type c plug which looks great, and you can also use it to charge either port i’d be lying. If i said that i expected the dell xps 13 to be this good, i did expect that it wouldn’t be able to handle some of my workflows and workloads, which is generally more cpu and gpu intensive, but thanks to the intel core i7 tiger like chipset, this Did exceedingly well, it has great performance, an amazing display, good design and economics, as well as a wonderful keyboard, trackpad and good battery life. What more do you need? That’S it for this video guys? If you have any questions, do let us know in the comment section below i’ll also include a purchase link in description and in the comment section in case you’re interested in buying.