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XPS 13 9310 Ultrabook Review

Dell XPS 13 9310 laptop

The size of the new XPS 13 9310 is such that it literally fits on a sheet of A4 paper. The size seems smaller even than that of the MacBook Pro, visually this is achieved due to the narrow bezels of the display. The display is capable of displaying over 16 million colors with incredible depth and resolution.

The laptop is quite compact, compared to gaming laptops, it is perceived as something weightless. A device of such a small size can become an assistant in all your activities, work in a cafe, conference rooms, in the back seat of a car, on an airplane, you need to show a presentation to colleagues or partners – the XPS 13 9310 will help out in any of these situations.

The top and bottom outer panels are made of brushed aluminum, the bezel around the screen and the inner work panel are made of CFRP. The materials are strong enough, there are no hints of panel deflection. There is also a textured pattern that will mask the fingerprints.

The touchpad without dedicated buttons is located strictly in the center of the area, the dimensions are quite good – 112 x 65 mm. The legs on the bottom panel have become thinner than on previous models of this series, but this did not negatively affect stability, and additional holes for the intake of cold air were also added.

XPS 13 9310 interfaces

With the ports, everything is as simple as possible: both the left and right sides of the XPS 13 9310 have one Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C 4.0) each. 3.5mm audio output. Any of the Thunderbolts can be charged, and any of them can connect both portable storage devices and monitors.

There are two ways to quickly log in to the system. Thanks to the infrared camera, you can unlock your laptop using facial recognition technology.

A fingerprint scanner built into the power button allows you to log in with one touch. The palm rest is chic and has a UV and stain resistant coating to prevent yellowing and discoloration.

 

XPS 13 9310 display

The Dell XPS 13 9310 display can be based on one of three matrices of your choice:

  • 1920 x 1200 dots (~ 169 PPI), non-touch, 100% sRGB coverage, 2.9 W power consumption
  • 1920 × 1200 dots (~ 169 PPI), touch, sRGB coverage 100%, power consumption 2.9 W
  • 3840 × 2400 dots (~ 339 PPI), touch, DCI-P3 90% coverage, power consumption 6.6 W

In all cases, it is IPS with a durable protective glass. Image refresh rate – 48/60 Hz.

I got a Dell XPS 13 9310 configuration with a 16:10 display and a 4K resolution of 3840 × 2400 pixels.

 

Thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio, the XPS 13 9310 has a larger display. The frames around the entire perimeter are so scanty that they are almost invisible. In addition, Dell has integrated an HD (720p) webcam into the top bezel. A lens with 4 lenses, the display quality is pretty good.

 

Dell XPS 13 9310 Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 – 4.7 GHz, Tiger Lake UP3
  • Graphics adapter: Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, 400/1600 MHz, LPDDR4x
  • RAM: 16 GB, LPDDR4x 2133.3 MHz, 20-20-20-45, soldered on the board
  • Display: 13.4 ″, 16:10, 3840x2400p, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy, 60Hz
  • Motherboard: Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
  • Drives: NVMe WDC SN730, 1 TB
  • Dimensions: 297 x 207 x 14 mm
  • Weight: 1.3KG

Let’s start our talk about the hardware of the Dell XPS 13 9310 with a convenient listing of all the available options by key points. There can be four processors, in all cases these are 11th generation Intel Core 10nm on the Tiger Lake architecture:

  • Intel Core i3-1115G4 (2 cores, 4 threads, UHD Graphics), frequency up to 4.1 GHz, 6 MB cache – XPS 13 versions with this CPU are not shipped to Russia
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (4 cores, 8 threads, Iris Xe Graphics), up to 4.2 GHz, 8MB cache
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores, 8 threads, Iris Xe Graphics), up to 4.7 GHz, 12MB cache
  • Intel Core i7-1185G7 (4 cores, 8 threads, Iris Xe Graphics, vPro, SIPP), up to 4.8 GHz, 12MB cache

RAM:

  • 8 GB
  • 16 GB
  • 32 GB

Data storage (M.2 2280 NVMe SSD):

  • 256 GB
  • 512 GB (there is an option with encryption support)
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Well, our specific test configuration of the XPS 13 9310 includes an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

 

It is quite possible to play DOTA2 or World of Tanks in Full HD resolution and now far from the minimum settings with FPS in the region of 35-60 frames per second. Older games, but still demanding: GTA V, for example, at medium settings can produce 60 FPS all in the same Full HD.

So the XPS 13 9310 is the case of an ultrabook, where the pastime is not limited to watching movies and TV shows. Considering the parameters and capabilities in terms of graphics and video, it is a pleasure to work on it.

Despite this, the device remains quite cold and quiet. You don’t have to think about noise. On the bottom panel, under load, the temperature is such that you can work with the laptop on your lap.

The sound quality of the XPS 13 stereo speakers is excellent. Together, they deliver up to 4W of power output and are balanced enough to give a laptop much richer and more immersive sound than you would expect from such a compact chassis.

Most of the sound comes through the grille on the bottom of the laptop, but the vocal tracks and other high notes in some of the movie trailers I’ve watched never seemed muted.

The 45W charger is quite compact and lightweight (135g). The laptop is charged from 0 to 100% in exactly 2 hours. There is a fast charging function, so that the first 65-70% of the battery will pick up in the first hour.

There are two ways to quickly log in to the system. Thanks to the infrared camera, you can unlock your laptop using facial recognition technology. A fingerprint scanner built into the power button allows you to log in with one touch.

The palm rest is chic and has a UV and stain resistant coating to prevent yellowing and discoloration.

Summing up:

Dell XPS 13 9310 is one of the smallest models on the ultrabook market. Changes from previous versions of the line are limited to the use of 11th generation Intel processors with improved integrated graphics.

The performance gain from replacing the processor with a new 11th Gen Intel is not high, but the update brought new features – a more energy efficient profile and support for Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4.

Also a plus of the update was the transition to integrated graphics Iris Xe, which noticeably outperforms the Iris Plus G7 in performance.

This will be appreciated by those users who work in graphic applications or are engaged in video editing. and display of shades, and in addition with a very high brightness – almost 500 cd / m2.

For gamers, the model will not be so interesting, the integrated video card has limited capabilities, but quite good for an ultrabook.

Of the minuses – the situation with the interfaces (there is only one minijack and two USB Type-C with one adapter to USB) and the impossibility of upgrading. For ultrabooks this is the order of the day, but for the user it is still a minus.

The updated Dell XPS 13 is quite practical due to the durable metal case and reliable lid hinge mechanism, it works quite quietly, and it lasts for a long time. It seems to me that his huge advantage is the touch screen. The model is quite suitable for the role of a universal device, which is convenient to keep with you at all times.

 

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