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Dell XPS 13 (2019) review: the right things, exquisite
 
 
The new Dell XPS 13 camera is in the right place. This may seem insignificant, but for people who have used this laptop in the past, this is important. This is important because this seemingly minor complaint was the only real blow to a great laptop. Now that the webcam is above the screen and not below it, I don’t need to speak of the XPS 13 as an "excellent laptop”.

I can just call it a great laptop.

The 2019 version of Dell's almost iconic XPS 13 has a different update compared to the previous version — the updated 8th generation Intel Whiskey Lake processor. While it's nice to keep in mind, it's not as important as the fact that Dell laid most of the basics that make a good laptop.

OUR REVIEW DELL XPS 13 (2019)
VERGE SCORE
8.5 out of 10

A GOOD THING
Proper webcam placement
Great keyboard
Beautiful design
BAD THINGS
Option only with touch screen - 4K screen
Touchpad on the small side
Fans sometimes loud
Buy for $ 899.99 from Dell
Despite the fact that the XPS 13 has a strong pedigree, it is worth talking about it again. It was one of the first mass notebooks with an almost endless screen. This is not a 360-degree turnaround technique - there is a XPS 13 2-in-1 for this - it was always a good, well-built laptop. It has become something of a default alternative for MacBook Air users for Windows — something thin, light, stylish and also reliable. Currently, there are many more such laptops available on Windows (Surface Laptop 2 is a good choice), but the XPS 13 is still on or near the front panel.

I really like the white version of this laptop. The upper part has a kind of silver depth, and the keyboard consists of woven carbon fiber. This extra touch makes it more comfortable, and I prefer it to the finish of the laptop. Based on the fact that people talked about the latest XPS model, it should also withstand well over time. This is a very beautiful laptop.

The XPS 13 version in 2019 starts at $ 899, but I think most people will want to go up to $ 1199 (at the time of this writing). This will give you a Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of memory and a 1080p screen. Unfortunately, the only way to get a touch screen is to jump to a $ 1799 model (at the time of writing), which has a 4K screen, more RAM, and a faster processor. This is the model I tested here.



Most people will probably not miss the touch screen, especially since this is a traditional form factor of a laptop, but I find it very convenient. Since the touchpad is smaller than on many other modern laptops, I often quickly pick up the phone to reject the notification or click the icon on the taskbar. I would like Dell to offer a touchscreen on a 1080p screen - which is cheaper, has better battery life and is available to most of its competitors.

But if you are willing to spend extra money (and spend battery power) to get a 4K screen, you will find that it is excellent. The 13.3-inch screen has almost an extreme top, left and right, but at the bottom is a large frame. Along with many other people, I prefer a 3: 2 aspect ratio for productive work on laptops, which the XPS 13 does not have; it does with a traditional 16: 9 screen. Dell also applied anti-reflective coating to the screen, which really helps to use it in a bright room.

The keyboard of this machine is excellent, with a very good balance of key travel, rigidity and subtlety. I don’t like the up and down buttons on the pages next to the arrow keys, and I usually find that white keyboards make it difficult to find the right light in a dark room. However, these are minor complaints, and if you select black and silver, the keys will be black.



In addition, it is strangely difficult to judge the keyboard of laptops in a world where the butterfly keys on a MacBook are so unreliable. Everything feels great and reliable compared. I do not think that here I have a warp: this is a good keyboard.

You can log in using the fingerprint sensor on the power button — it's fast and accurate, but you have to wake the computer first, and then touch it, and not just press it in one motion. It is not as simple as the Windows Hello camera-based system, but still much more convenient than entering a password every time you open the cover.

And, as I said, Dell moved the webcam up above the screen so that it wouldn't look you in the nose. Obviously, it took a lot more work than you might have guessed. Dell even had to make its own 2.25 mm camera module for this to work. It's really tiny, but as good as the big laptop cameras I used — at least for the purpose of video conferencing. Here is a snapshot I took in a situation where the backlight is a ton and my