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Dell XPS 13 9300 Review Rundown

DellPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Dell XPS 13 (9300, MY 2020)
Neoscore* 75%
  • Quieter than the Core i5-1065G7 SKU
  • Slim bezels
  • Quiet fan noise when gaming
  • Full-size SD card reader
  • Very bright 16:10 display
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • CPU performance could be better
  • 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

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 13 9300 is unique in that it's currently one of the only (if not the only) Windows subnotebook clamshell with a 16:10 4K UHD touchscreen. Running on battery power will limit performance even if on Dell's Ultra Performance mode. The main drawback to the 4K option is that it is not as bright as the base FHD option.
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Pros[**]
  • 4K UHD display with high sRGB coverage and 60 percent AdobeRGB coverage
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Low-contrast 4K display with low color space
  • Slow WLAN response times when on Ultra Performance mode

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Core i7-1065G7 is able to offer much faster graphics performance than the Core i5 SKU without necessarily demanding more power from the outlet. Intel Killer 1650x is essentially identical to the Intel AX200/201 but with additional Killer-specific software features. Recharging from empty to full capacity takes about two hours.
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Pros[**]
  • Quieter than the Core i5-1065G7 when gaming
  • Long battery life; no throttling or throttling during low-medium loads
  • NVMe SSD
  • Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C
Cons[**]
  • Cycling frame rates when on battery
  • Slow SD card reader
  • Slow card reader

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Dell XPS 13 9300 uses a completely revised chassis compared to the previous model. The keyboard is comparable to the current Apple keyboard in the MacBook Pro 16. In combination with the Core i5 CPU, you get the UHD Graphics G1 with 32 Execution Units. The processor will try to increase the performance over the course of the test.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS panel
  • Very good CPU performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fast PCIe-SSD
Cons[**]
  • Only two USB-C ports (with Thunderbolt 3)
  • Only one USB-A port

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
Dell's XPS 13 9300 has 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, such as the HP Elite Dragonfly. The keys are about 0.75mm wider than the keys from the previous XPS13 7390's.
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Pros[**]
  • Smaller bezel than the XPS 13 7390
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • CPU performance is a step back

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Dell's XPS 13 is one of the best laptops in the world. Has a 16:10 aspect ratio, edge-to-edge keyboard, and Intel's more compact and power-efficient 10nm processors to keep it even slimmer than before. Despite the larger keyboard and screen, the whole body is about 2 percent smaller than last year's - not enough to notice at a glance, but every little helps. It's a powerful machine, but the thermal issues make me hesitant to recommend the i7 model.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stunning 16:10 screen
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Laptop Review: 16:10 is the New 16:9. Notebookcheck. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7 Laptop Review: New Chassis Design is More Exciting than the New CPU. Notebookcheck. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 Laptop Review – Smaller, but slower CPU. Notebookcheck. 21 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 review: The bezel is finally dead. Pcworld. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Dell XPS 13 9300 (2020) review. Techadvisor. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. *. 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.
  7. **. 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.
  8. ***. 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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