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Dell XPS 13 9370 is here...and...

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I'll give a brief summary and my general impressions.

Firstly, white keys on a white background with white back-lighting - results? Poor visibility and near-illegible keys in certain situations. Same dumb design as the Asus UX501 had years ago.

Secondly, smaller battery than last year because they opted to shave 1-2mm from the profile thickness. In my opinion, that's a stupid thing to do. The thin'n'light craze really needs to end. Things are getting out of hand with thickness obsessions on OEM's and consumers' parts.

Thirdly, throttling... Yeah, again. Under sustained heavier load you can expect power throttling. Not sure if it's due to VRM design problems or what but Intel XTU reports power limit as the reason in Dave's video. It could also be due to the ULV CPU. Again, we have no idea here. CPU temps were around 81*C so at least it's not as bad as last year's 9360 where we could reach up to 95*C.

Fourth, not a single USB-A. Once again, Dell should stop trying to copy Apple's dumb decisions >.>

Lastly, the mediocre 1080p screen. It's really not good enough considering the fact that this is a luxury device. 70% sRGB and 50% AdobeRGB are just not good. Hell, 2-year-old entry-level gaming laptops have better colour reproduction than that.

There are positive aspects - TB3 is now 4x PCIe 3.0 and the webcam placement is better (though not ideal) but I really expected a LOT more from this. Personally, I will likely stop recommending the XPS 13 since there are now better solutions on the market in this price range.

 
Date: Jan 13, 2018   


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