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Dell XPS 13 9310 Laptop (2020)

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Product Overview

Dell XPS 9310 is a 13-inch ultra-portable laptop powered by Intel's 11th-gen Core i3, i5, or i7 mobile processors.
Sharing the same design as its predecessor, the XPS 9310 is thin and light, and its 16:10 FHD+ or UHD+ display is covered by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for durability. The 4-sided InfinityEdge display delivers a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio.
The XPS 9310 also comes as a 2-in-1 that shares all the features and much of the configurations with the clamshell.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous design 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Beautiful 4K OLED display
  • Fast performance
Cons
  • Slightly shorter battery life than previous models

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 88% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Solid productivity performance
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great battery life
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
Cons
  • Poor webcam
  • Lackluster performance
  • Not as bright as the FHD model
  • No HDMI port
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
FHD+ IPS
OLED
UHD+ IPS

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x microSD
Wireless Connectivity
Killer WiFi 6 AX1650 (2 x 2) and Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
52 Wh
Camera | Front
Widescreen HD (720p) 2.25mm webcam
Colors
Platinum silver exterior w/ black interior or Frost exterior w/ arctic white interior
Form Factor
Classic clamshell laptop
Material
Aluminium with carbon fiber palm rest
Speakers
Stereo speakers (2.5W x 2 = 4W peak)

Dimensions

Bezels
91.4% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
7.82" (198.7 mm)
Size | Height
0.58" (14.8 mm)
Size | Width
11.64" (295.7 mm)
Weight
2.64 lb (1.2 kg) Non-touch / 2.8 lb (1.27 kg) Touch

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:10
UHD+ IPSBrightness
500 nits
FHD+ IPSBrightness
500 nits
OLEDBrightness
400 nits
Display Diagonal
13.4"
Display Type
IPS InfinityEdge, matte touch or non-touch, w/ Corning Gorilla Glass 6
OLEDDisplay Type
OLED anti-reflective touch
Gamut
100% sRGB, 90% DCI-P3
UHD+ IPSResolution
UHD+ (3840 x 2400)
FHD+ IPSResolution
FHD+ (1920 x 1200)
OLEDResolution
3.5K (3456x2160)

Function

Graphics
Intel UHD or Intel Iris Xe
HDR
Dolby Vision
UHD+ IPSHDR
VESA DisplayHDR400
Keyboard Backlight
White
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Intel Core i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7, or i7-1165G7
Touch Screen
Available in all resolutions

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8, 16, or 32 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4x 4267MHz
Storage
Up to 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD

Production

Debut
2020-05

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Dell XPS 13 9310 with Tiger Lake remains the best laptop you can buy. It's just as good as its predecessor in terms of its design, input options, and overall usability. There's a fingerprint reader built into the (unlabeled, weirdly enough) power button on the upper-right of the keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Solid productivity performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Tiger Lake brings with it Intel Evo, the second stage in the company's Project Athena initiative. The new 11th Gen processors aren't just bringing better performance and graphics, you also get longer battery life. At 0.1-inches, the 720p webcam is one of the world's smallest webcams.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Dim display
  • No webcam

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Dell XPS 13 remains a perennial favorite at Laptop Mag. The notebook gives consumers what they want in a system that performs as well as it looks. For $1,861, you get a lightweight with a great display, comfortable keyboard and a pair of surprisingly loud speakers. But if you're looking for even more power and battery life, you'll want the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Powerful performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Poor webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score 94%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The XPS 13's 3.5K OLED display outlasted the 4K IPS config in our battery test. Dell CinemaColor lets you shift the color balance based on what you're viewing. I would prefer a single app instead of the seven or so Dell-branded apps taking up space in my Start Menu.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 3.5K OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dell CinemaColor
Cons
  • No stylus

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
When stressed with Prime95, the system would boost to the 3.9 GHz to 4.3 GHz range for just a few seconds until hitting a core temperature of 101 C. Thereafter, clock rates would steadily fall until they begin cycling indefinitely between 2.1 GHz to 3 GHz and 63 C to 81 C. Power consumption is generally higher than other Core i7 Ultrabooks powered by integrated graphics when 3DMark 06.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance-per-watt compared to older Core i7-1165G7
  • High-contrast 4K display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No AMOLED or full AdobeRGB/DCI-P3 options
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
All XPS 13 9300/9310 SKUs top out at 100 percent sRGB coverage with no options for full AdobeRGB or DCI-P3 unlike on the XPS 15 series. Dell's Dynamic Tuning allows for faster performance on average at the cost of consistent clock rates and temperatures. Running on battery power will impact graphics performance more than CPU performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance-per-watt
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity
  • Full AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 coverage
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Slow response times under load

notebookcheck[7]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
OLED panel covers all of sRGB (or approximately 158 percent) and 87 percent of AdobeRGB. Its volume extends further into the red, yellow, and green spaces than AdobeRGB which is exactly what we would expect from a DCI-P3-compliant panel. Power consumption behavior is exactly like what we observed on the Razer Blade 15 OLED. Battery life is noticeably shorter than on the XPS 13 4K IPS SKU.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Slim bezels
  • Sleek design
  • Low price
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[8]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The XPS 13 is an exceptional ultraportable whose key strengths are its cutting-edge computing components in a beautifully designed, exceptionally well-constructed chassis. Equipped with a 52-watt-hour battery that lasted for 15 hours in our video playback test, it should easily survive an entire workday away from a power outlet. Intel's Iris Xe silicon is pretty good if you're seeking a robust gaming experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, well-constructed chassis
  • Beautiful, high-contrast display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

pcmag[9]

Sentiment Score 97%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Dell XPS 13 and Razer Book tied for the win again. Between its speed, stellar screen, and handy microSD slot, the Dell is a great choice for managing a photo collection. While it's not a patch on the incredible stamina of the MacBook Air, 11 hours certainly isn't bad.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4,000-point OLED screen
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No HDMI port

t3[10]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Dell XPS 13 is a class act: a laptop that combines power and portability in a stylish package. The OLED display is the cherry on the cake: 4K HDR movies and TV shows look great, with bright colors and deep, textured blacks. It looks great and performs well but it has a price to match.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Bright OLED screen
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No HDMI port

techadvisor[11]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
Dell XPS 13 9310 is a stylish and powerful laptop. Powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor. All models come with integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. Wireless connectivity is the same as before - Bluetooth 5, and Wi-Fi 6 (11ax)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Strong performance
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Runs hot
  • No dedicated graphics

theverge[12]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Dell has finally released an OLED version of its XPS 13, and I'm typing this review on it right now. The OLED configuration costs exactly the same as an identically specced non-OLED 4K model ($1,699.99) The downside, of course, is that there is some battery life impact.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • Not as bright as the FHD model

tomsguide[13]

Sentiment Score 93%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The new Dell XPS 13 packs Intel's new Iris Xe integrated graphics, which showed some notable improvements from the integrated Iris Plus graphics found in previous-gen laptops. Dell's latest laptop features 9% larger keycaps and a 17% larger touchpad than the previous generation. It's a joy to type on, with smooth, bouncy keys that allowed me to work comfortably for hours at a time.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Poor webcam quality
  • No Thunderbolt 3

tomsguide[14]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
It's hard to find much fault with the Dell XPS 13's keyboard. Tapping and swiping on the 3.5K OLED touchscreen feels intuitive and responsive. If you're open to using a Mac, you'll get much better battery life from the MacBook Air with M1.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful, nigh-borderless InfinityEdge display
  • 3.5K OLED screen
  • Good speakers
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No 1080p webcam

wired[15]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The 2021 XPS 13 uses the same 11th-gen Intel chips as the previous model. There remains an option to add Intel's Iris Xe graphics. RAM choices of 8, 16, or 32 gigabytes are also unchanged. All that was not so good about the 2020 version is also still present.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Bright, vibrant colors
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No backlight
  • Lackluster performance

User Reviews

References

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2. ^ Dell XPS 13 (Model 9310, Late 2020) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-late-2020. 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Dell XPS 13 (Model 9310, 4K) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-model-9310-4k. 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Dell XPS 13 (OLED) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-oled-review. 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
5. ^ Core i7-1165G7 vs. Core i7-1185G7: Dell XPS 13 9310 4K Laptop Review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Core-i7-1165G7-vs-Core-i7-1185G7-Dell-XPS-13-9310-4K-Laptop-Review.508989.0.html. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 Laptop Review: The 11th Gen Tiger Lake Difference. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-13-9310-Core-i7-Laptop-Review-The-11th-Gen-Tiger-Lake-Difference.499291.0.html. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED Laptop Review: Is It Better Than IPS?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-13-9310-OLED-Laptop-Review-Is-It-Better-Than-IPS.541450.0.html. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
8. ^ Dell XPS 13 (9310) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-9310. 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-oled-9310. 2021-06-10. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
10. ^ Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED laptop review: the best just got better. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-oled-review. 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
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12. ^ Dell XPS 13 OLED review: more pixels, more money. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22528646/dell-xps-13-oled-2021-review-screen-specs-price. 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
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