Review of the Dell XPS 13 (9310): The silver workhorse

Dell XPS 13 (9310): American manufacturer Dell’s flagship product is the XPS series laptops.

The Dell XPS series laptops are known for their slim and sturdy design that packs in high-end processing capabilities. The company has recently launched the XPS 13 (9310) laptop. The laptop’s Intel Core-i7 variant is available at a starting price of Rs 2,09990.

Dell XPS 13 (9310) – Design and display

The Dell XPS is made of all-metal and has a silvery or greyish-white matte back. The Dell logo is located at the center of the back of display. It has been carefully carved into the ultra-thin matte finish, leaving the metal below that sparkles in the sunlight.

The only area of the display that can reflect light is the Dell logo’s glossy surface. Although efforts have been made not to leave fingerprints on the surface and make it easier to hold the laptop, dirt can build up over time and it is susceptible to smudges. It may take some effort to clean the back side of the display, as dust particles can stick stubbornly to it.

Dell XPS 13 (9310)
Dell XPS 13 (9310)

The back of this display has a silver-grey look, but the front with the trackpad and keyboard has a white finish. This gives it a silver-white appearance for the Dell XPS 13 (9310). In the same way that ‘DELL’ does on the topside, the ‘XPS logo is located in the middle of the back.

Two rubberized strips run along the back of the chassis to keep the laptop horizontally on the table. These rubberized strips provide a firm grip to the laptop while it is on the table.

The laptop’s matte finish is now limited to the front and back surfaces of the laptop when it is closed. The display panel on the Dell XPS doesn’t open completely to the back. It only opens to an angle of 120 degrees.

The central hinge design of the laptop joins the display and chassis securely, but not rigidly. The laptop weighs more than 1kg and is difficult to hold in one hand. The laptop measures 11.6×7.8×0.6 inches (295.7×198.7×14.8mm).

On the sides of the chassis are four ports: two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 3.5mm combo headphone/microphone jack. There is also a microSD card reader.

Although a lack of a USB Type A port can cause consternation among users, Dell ships in a USB Type C to Type A converting cable with its device. This has allowed it to avoid any backlash from buyers for the time being.

The top of the chassis that houses the trackpad and keyboard has been done very well. It has a smooth anti-fingerprint surface, which covers the entire chassis, except for the trackpad and keyboard, that feels great and doesn’t register any fingerprints, spots, smudges, or marks. It doesn’t look like dust particles could settle here.

The main attraction of the Dell XPS device is its display. It is a 13.4 inch 4K OLED display with a resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels. However, it doesn’t weigh as much as the chassis. The chassis is about 25% lighter than its display.

The colours are vivid and precise, and the icons are small and clear. The display has a higher pixel density which brings out the details and sharpness of visuals.

Two small, barely visible microphone orifices are located at the top of the screen. They are evenly spaced along the entire length of the edge. The bezels do not interfere with the screen space and are very slim. The display can reflect light and cause some glare.

Dell XPS 13 (9310) – Performance

Our XPS 13 (9310) review unit comes with an Intel Core i7 processor and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. It has a 16GB LPDDR4x RAM, and a 512GB M.2PCIe NVMe SSD. It runs Windows 10 Home OS.

The XPS 13 can multitask well, even with multiple tabs open, thanks to its high RAM. To test how fast pages loaded, we opened up to 15 tabs simultaneously, including YouTube pages. Although the loading times were not instantaneous it took only a few seconds.

Although the laptop can handle more than 20 tabs at once, it didn’t take long for them all to load correctly. We also experienced very little lag when working on them.

After working for over an hour, we noticed that the keyboard’s left and middle parts were warming up a bit more than we expected. The heating problem became more concerning when we had a graphic-intensive program running. The heating problem with the XPS 13 was not as severe for light applications.

Although it is a little difficult to learn how to type on the keyboard, you will soon get used to it. It is quiet and smooth. If the speakers are turned up to maximum volume, the laptop’s audio can fill a room.

However, it is better to pair the audio with headphones or speakers if you want to listen to music at home. The speakers can be used to watch a documentary or film at home.

Dell XPS 13 (9310) – Battery

It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge the XPS 13, (9310) from zero to full. When the XPS 13 (9310) is charged, the laptop’s chassis begins to warm up and can heat up during charging.

The XPS 13 (9310) has a 52Wh capacity battery and a 45W USB Type C charger. The average battery backup for the laptop was 5-6 hours after a full charge. This isn’t the best, but it could be used.

Dell XPS 13 (9310)
Dell XPS 13 (9310)

When using the laptop for work, it is recommended that you use Better or Best battery mode to extend the battery life by between 40 and 45 minutes. The battery can drop dramatically if you use graphic intensive applications or stream videos at high quality for long periods of time.

Dell XPS 13 (9310) Verdict

The Dell XPS 13 (9310) features top-of the-line specs and a silver white colour scheme. It comes in an all metal, very sturdy body. The 4K display offers crisp visuals. It is very fast overall and can handle multitasking well for office professionals. Heating issues can occur when using heavy applications. Some people may be concerned about the lack of ports.

The heat dissipation could have been improved. The Dell XPS13 (9310) has very few negatives. The XPS 13 (9310) has a starting price at Rs 2,09,990. This is a high-priced option, but it’s worth it if you can afford a 4K screen and a Core i7 processor in a Dell machine.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310
Display: 13.4 Inch
Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7 11th Gen
Performance: Intel UHD
Ram: 8 GB
Battery: Li-Ion
Price In India: Rs. 92200

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