Dell XPS 13 (2019) Hands-On
Just recently, Dell launched a refreshed version of the XPS 13. It’s pretty identical to what the company released last year, but of course, Dell threw in a couple of improvements into it. Here’s our hands-on take of the new XPS 13.
The 2019 Dell XPS 13 doesn’t look that much different from last year’s model. The aluminum construction and its silver-gray colorway give the Dell XPS 13 a polished, premium feel. Embossed at the center of the laptop’s lid is the Dell logo. Due to its small size, the laptop also feels pretty light — with Dell stating its official weight at 1.22 kilograms; we can carry it around with just a hand.
Lifting the lid, the colorway inside the laptop is somewhat different from its outside appearance. The XPS 13’s body is black, with its palm rest designed with micro patterns. You don’t get to feel the pattern’s lines and strokes though, as it has a smooth matte finish to it.
The 13.3-inch display has very slim bezels surrounding it. The chin is an exception though, as a silver Dell logo is in the center of it. Despite the slender bezel up top, Dell has managed to equip the XPS 13 with a webcam. It’s an improvement from the last model of the XPS 13 that had its webcam at the lower bezel. Another thing about this particular model of the XPS 13 is that its display is touch-enabled as well; you can use a stylus or your very own fingers to navigate the screen.
As with the color of the palm rest, the XPS 13’s keyboard also adopts the same color. The keys are a delight to type on, with it having a little bounce and being pretty responsive. The touchpad is glass-coated and is pretty vast in size. Swiping my fingers on it was a smooth experience.
Right next to the delete button at the upper right of the keyboard, one can find the power button.
On the left, the XPS 13 has a Noble lock slot, two Thunderbolt 3 with Powershare ports, and the battery gauge indicator.
Sitting on the right is a 3.5mm audio port, a USB-C port, and a micro SD slot.
The speakers are on either side of the laptop, a couple of paces below the ports mentioned above.
Compared to the older model, the refreshed Dell XPS 13 is now powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Quad-Core i7 processor. It also has up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, and runs on Windows 10. There’s also a version of the XPS 13 that doesn’t have touchscreen support. Equipped with the latest powerful processors and what Dell claims as 19-hour battery life, we’re pretty excited to take this laptop for a full spin. Stay tuned for that.
Dell XPS 13 (2019) specs
- 13.3-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) InfinityEdge touch display, 100% sRGB
- 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display
- Up to 8th Generation Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U processor
- Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Windows 10 Home / Pro
- Up to 16GB RAM
- Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Full-size backlit chiclet keyboard
- Glass-coated touchpad
- 720p Widescreen HD webcam with 4 array digital microphones; Windows Hello compliant infrared camera
- 1W x 2 Stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio
- 2x Thunderbolt 3 with Power Delivery & DisplayPort
- 1x USB-C 3.1 with Power Delivery & DisplayPort
- 1x microSD card reader
- 1x headset jack
- 1x Noble lock slot
- Fingerprint reader in power button
- 7.8mm-11.6mm x 302mm x 199mm
- Starts at 1.21kg
The Dell XPS 13 (2019) has a base price of PHP 109,980.