With Dell’s XPS 13 (2020), the whole laptop industry will probably enter into the era of having zero or minimal bezels for laptops. Previous models removed the top and sides, but that last useless bottom bezel has stuck around until now. Dell’s XPS 13 (2020), however, removes that bottom bezel. Making, XPS 13 possibly one of most compact laptops around. Click "Read More" to know more about this compact laptop.
The story of the XPS 13 is a long and storied one at this point. When the first “InfinityBezel” version hit the scene in 2015, it set the trend for what could be done in a tiny laptop, forcing competitors to reevaluate their designs. The latest XPS 13 may not move the ball forward much in performance, but its 16:10 aspect-ratio InfinityBezel touch screen and dual biometric inputs still make a difference.
Display and the lack of bezels
For the new XPS 13 9300, Dell wisely abandon the common, narrow 16:9 aspect ratio that lowers the overall height of the screen. The company instead goes with a taller 16:10 aspect ratio for the 13.4-inch screen. The top of the screen is about the same height as that of a more conventional 16:9 laptop, giving you more screen size without increasing the size of the laptop.
Dell has made the bezels narrower than ever, with the biggest change being at the bottom. This was chunky before, but now it’s just as slim as the rest of the bezels, giving the XPS 13 a clean look and, according to Dell, a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio.
The screen itself is a beautiful 450-nit IPS touchscreen. This is a beautiful, top-quality display that will help you stay productive. However, it is not as good as the AMOLED display as shown in previous article on Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED laptop (here).
While the display is clearly the star of the XPS 13 9300’s configuration, it offers plenty more top-shelf parts in its slender chassis. Here are the details.
- CPU: 10th gen Core i7-1065G7
- GPU: Intel integrated Iris Plus
- RAM: 16GB LPDDR4X/3733
- Storage: 512GB Intel 760P NVMe SSD
- Display: 13.4-inch 1920x1200 Sharp IPS
- Biometric Support: Realtek biometric camera in top bezel, Goodix finger print reader integrated into power button.
- Ports: The XPS 13 9300 features one Thunderbolt 3 port on each side, a microSD reader on the left side, and an analog combo audio jack on the right side.
Compared to the previous model, you’re losing one USB-C port and the wedge-lock port. As with the prior model there is no USB-A port. If you retain any legacy USB-A devices or just need more connectivity, it’s time to buy a USB-C hub. Dell also ships a trifecta of multimedia-tuned apps with CinemaSound (Waves MaxxAudio Pro tuning), CinemaColor (custom color profiles), and CinemaStream (prioritized video streaming). They all enhance movie watching and add substantial value to the XPS 13.
A Full HD+ panel also means slightly better battery life. Dell “targets” 19 hours of battery life here, and while that’s going to be tough to hit in real use it means you should last a day of hard graft away from a power plug. It charges through either of the two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, and with a 45W rating, most USB-C monitors should be able to deliver the power you need.
Overall, the Dell XPS 13 (9300) is the pinnacle of 13-inch, non-convertible Ultrabooks. HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft all have worthy competitor laptops, but right now, Dell has the fewest compromises and issues. There's no question it should be at the top of your list, too. If you want the best, you need this XPS 13 in Singapore, starting from $2699 onwards at here.