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Dell XPS 13 9300 Review Rundown

DellPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Great performance for a 13in laptop
  • Fast PCIe SSD
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Very bright 16:10 display
Cons**
  • Average battery life

Summary

The Dell XPS 13 9300 is the first major redesign of Dell's popular subnotebook in the last couple of years. This redesign adds a bigger 16:10 display and larger touchpad without sacrificing any major features of last year's model. If you like to work on-the-go, the FHD version may be the better buy because it is 50 percent brighter than the 4K option.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Despite using the same parts as other laptops, Dell has consistently innovated in pulling performance out of its components. The processor is now upgraded to the most recent Intel's 10th-gen Core ‘Ice Lake' chips. The XPS 13 can last up to 14.5 hours in local video playback, or as few as 5 in heavier tasks.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful quad-core processor
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 4K+ option

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
All SKUs come with the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 for connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. Color space is not any wider than the FHD option despite the denser PPI. 4K video playback on YouTube remains smooth with no dropped frames. Running on battery power will limit performance even if on Dell's Ultra Performance mode.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-contrast IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6 connectivity
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Intel Killer 1650x is essentially identical to the Intel AX200/201 but with additional Killer-specific software features. We're able to record average transfer rates of 800 Mbps to 1400 Mbps when standing one meter away from our Wi-Fi 6-enabled Netgear RAX200 router. The system consumes between 4 W and 8 C when idling depending on the power profile and brightness setting.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-contrast IPS display
  • Strong performance for a Core i5 SKU
  • Very good battery life
  • Low power consumption
Cons[**]
  • Slow Turbo Boost clock rates
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Slow Wi-Fi 6
  • Slow SD card reader

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The XPS 13 9300 is a very quiet laptop, which is often completely silent in everyday situations. Moderate workloads only result, if at all, in a quiet murmur, which should not be noticeable in a normal working environment. The sound is very spatial and rich when you watch videos or movies, only the bass is very limited. The two stereo speakers are very good, especially for such a compact system.
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Pros[**]
  • Very good performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Very quiet under load
Cons[**]
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcworld[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
The most important metric of any ultraportable laptop is likely its battery life. The overall performance of the XPS 13 9300 is quite good, with playback lasting just over 12 hours. It's not quite as good as HP's Spectre x360 13t, but the Spectre has a larger battery and a “1-watt” panel.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 2.5-inch display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster graphics performance
  • Short battery life

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The new Tiger Lake XPS 13 has a near-identical thermal design, so don't expect any significant improvements over the model reviewed here. You might have to wait until 2021 for Dell to sort out its overheating issues. This is still a powerful machine, but the thermal issues make me hesitant to recommend the i7 model, as you're unlikely to get all the benefit of the CPU anyway. If you need the power of an i7 then there are other ultrabooks that can handle the heat better.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 16:10 display
  • Strong performance
  • Great keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Thermal issues
  • No 5G support

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 13 (2020) is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. It comes with Intel’s latest 10th Gen Ice Lake chips at its heart. Our review model sports the top Ice Lake chip, the i7-1065G7, alongside 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and the aforementioned 4K display (you can also choose between touch and non-touch)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Superb battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Not the best-in-class 4K screen

wired[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 13 has more than enough power to handle an average day of work. The new hinge has a tendency to flop open when the XPS is sideways. The backlight contrast ratio with the white keyboard is still too low in all but the darkest of rooms. If you opt for the Core i7 model, expect your battery to be even better.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim bezels
  • Bright, high-resolution screen
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

References

1. ^ Dell XPS 13 (2020) review: The laptop endgame. digitaltrends. 2020-03-31 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Laptop Review: 16:10 is the New 16:9. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 Laptop Review – Smaller, but slower CPU. notebookcheck. 2020-03-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 review: The bezel is finally dead. pcworld. 2020-04-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 (2020) review. techadvisor. 2020-09-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Dell XPS 13 (2020) Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
8. ^ Review: Dell XPS 13 (2020). wired. 2020-04-24 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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