Dell’s XPS 13 has been one of the most compact sub-notebooks available for many years, but the competition has managed to slowly but surely catch up. While the Texan OEM has finally decided to update and refresh the XPS 13, this refresh is one that differs from all other updates we have encountered until now. Dell has only redesigned the case, which is now thinner than ever before; the Kaby Lake-R processors this latest XPS 13 is equipped with can already be found in its predecessor, the XPS 13 9360. After being able to take a first look at the new XPS 13 during CES we now finally got our hands on a review unit.
The temperatures are of particular interest to us given that Dell claims to have improved upon them drastically thanks to a new heat isolation layer and an extra fan. Intel’s latest ULV quad-cores struggled noticeably in the XPS 13 9360 and had massive trouble maintaining their high performance potential over long periods of sustained load. Today’s review unit is the brand-new XPS 13 9370 base model, which we have purchased directly from Dell’s own online web store. In exchange for 1,349 Euros (slightly over $1,650 at the current exchange rate), we received a current generation Core i5-8250U quad-core processor, an FHD display, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB PCIe SSD.
Our US colleagues already had the chance to review the 4K SKU and the review is available here.
May 11, 2018 update: XPS 13 9370 owners have been reporting keyboard skipping issues when typing. Of the three 9370 SKUs we’ve tested, one system exhibited this problem. While Dell has yet to release the promised hotfix, the (hopefully) temporary issue was not taken into account in our scoring.