The new XPS 13 from Dell – is it the best yet?

22nd April 2020
Dell XPS 13 9300

Dell tweaks its XPS 13 laptop regularly, refining and reinventing it to be the best version of itself, and they have now released the new XPS 13 9300. Could this be an almost perfect version?

The XPS 13 9300 has a 16:10 screen making viewing easier, a larger touchpad, slimmer bezels, and comes with even more improved performance. The only thing missing from the 9300 is a third USB-C port, it comes with two, but this is counter-balanced by the built-in microSD card reader. It isn’t quite perfect, but it’s certainly one of the best ultraportables on the market.

The XPS 13 9300 is slightly heavier and a little smaller, but you’d be hard pushed to detect them. In terms of aesthetics, the edges now have a shiny anodized finish which gives it a sleek, but not ostentatious, look.

There are two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 for data transferring and power and a new microSD card slot on the left, with a headphone jack on the right. As mentioned above, there could be a third USB-C port rather than the SD card slot but nothing is completely perfect! The battery life on the new XPS 13 9300 is likely to take you through most, if not all, of your average working day without the need to plug it in too.

The new 16:10 display is increased from the 16:9 panel on the previous model and gives the XPS 13 a much-needed vertical screen boost. Dell kept the XPS 13’s webcams, including the IR camera for Windows Hello face login, which are more than adequate for everyone working from home at the moment. They have also decreased the bezels around the 13.4-screen. Dell has finally delivered on the Infinity Edge display, with this extremely thin and sleek screen that’s seven percent larger than before.

The 2020 XPS 13 may have smaller dimensions than before, but it still has a touchpad which is 17% larger, and its slightly larger keycaps have good bounce and key travel.

The XPS 13 9300 doesn’t lag behind in the performance stakes, it beat its competitors on both benchmarks and real-world tests including WebXPRT 2015 for measuring browser performance, Handbrake for video editing, and Geekbench 4 for overall metrics, almost across the board. This XPS 13 delivers stable performance even under a full load.

The XPS 13 9300 may be missing a couple of options available on other laptops, like the built-in privacy screen on some Lenovo / HP laptops, but is really is a fantastic 13-inch ultraportable laptop.

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Dell XPS 13 9300 Highlights

  1. Dell includes a handy USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box, along with two adapters for its power brick that allow you to adjust its length.
  2. The XPS 13 supports both face and fingerprint login via Windows Hello (its power button doubles as a fingerprint reader).
  3. The XPS 13 9300 has a built-in microSD card slot.
  4. Available in white fiberglass or classic carbon fiber.

The new XPS 13 9300 is just one of the XPS range from Dell, take a look at the full range of laptops and desktops to find out which one works best for your needs.

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