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Dell Inspiron 13 7368 Convertible Review

Strong and heavy. This 13.3-inch convertible is built tough, but its size and average display brightness make it more of an indoor tablet.

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The Inspiron 13 7368 is the Skylake update to the Broadwell-based Inspiron 13 7348 of 2015 and the Haswell-based Inspiron 13 7347 of 2014. Thus, its chassis design is similar to that of the 7348 bar a few minor but worthwhile differences.

We criticized the 7348 for its throttling issues, loud fan noise, and limited outdoor usability. Thus, for this latest 7368, we'll take closer looks at these characteristics to see if Dell has improved upon last year's model and if any new features have been added.

Our test unit is the lowest-end SKU with the Core i5-6200U CPU, integrated HD 520 GPU, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB SSD for $750 USD or a few hundred dollars less than the competing HP Spectre 13 x360,  Acer Aspire R13, or Lenovo Yoga 900. Higher-end SKUs can be equipped with a Core i7-6500U, 12 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD.

See our reviews on some older 13-inch convertible Inspiron models for more details and information on the series.

Dell Inspiron 13 7368 (Inspiron 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1067 MHz, 20.19.15.4390
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1066.7 MHz, 15-15-15-38, Dual-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, Name: NV13FHM, Dell P/N: 6NKDX, ID: BOE06A7, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.2 x 322.4 x 224 ( = 0.76 x 12.69 x 8.82 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 720p30 video
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Dell Support, Dell Shop, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 250 g ( = 8.82 oz / 0.55 pounds)
Price
750 USD

 

Case

Our first impression on the convertible is that this is probably one of the sturdiest 13-inch consumer convertible available. The brushed aluminum chassis is sleek and uniform and very rigid as pressing down on the centers of the outer lid and keyboard results in very minimal warping. There is no creaking whatsoever when attempting to twist the base or lid and the hinges are evenly taut up to its maximum angle. Unlike the Inspiron 13 7348, the 7368 does not have rubberized surfaces except for the inner perimeter of the bezel of the display. Additionally, its base is now smoother and without a recess around its keyboard. Workmanship is solid with almost no unintended gaps between materials. We can notice on our test unit some very small gaps between the rubber perimeter and the aluminum lid that it is attached to, but this is minor and only a nitpick.

July 18, 2016 correction: The accelerometer in our test unit was automatically disabled and can only be re-enabled in the Settings menu when Windows is set to tablet mode. Nonetheless, the design and center of gravity of the convertible make tablet mode most comfortable to use when in Landscape as opposed to Portrait.

In terms of size and weight, the Inspiron 13 7368 is ever so slightly thinner (19.2 mm vs. 19.4 mm) and lighter (1.6 kg vs. 1.7 kg) than the Inspiron 13 7348, but the margins are so small that users will not likely notice. The main concern is that this is still a large and heavy convertible to use comfortably in tablet mode while on-the-go or with one hand, so its strong build comes at a price. Even the Spectre 13 x360 is lighter and smaller, and we already think that the HP is on the heavy side for a convertible. Thus, tablet mode is better fit for indoor use or while sitting on the coach compared to, say, the much more compact Yoga 900.

Laptop mode
Laptop mode
Tent mode
Tent mode
Tablet mode
Tablet mode

Connectivity

Available ports are the same as on the Inspiron 13 7348 down to their placement around the side edges. The only change is that the Inspiron 7368 includes a USB Type-C port in place of one full-size USB Type-A port. Thus, users only have two full-size USB ports versus three on the older model. The Type-C port here should prove to be more versatile even though it offers up to Gen. 1 speeds only.

Competing models like the Spectre x360 offer mDP options while the thinner Yoga 900 provides 3x USB Type-A ports in addition to a USB Type-C port.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Power button, Volume rocker, SD reader, USB 2.0, Noble Lock
Right: Power button, Volume rocker, SD reader, USB 2.0, Noble Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, USB Type-C Gen. 1, HDMI v1.4a, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: AC adapter, USB Type-C Gen. 1, HDMI v1.4a, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm combo audio

SD Card Reader

We tested the performance of the SD reader with a Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II as reference. The average transfer rate is 27.32 Mb/s according to Crystal Disk Mark while a transfer of 1 GB worth of photos from the card to desktop takes about 40.6 seconds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
 
135 MB/s ∼100% +436%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
 
78 MB/s ∼58% +210%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
 
66.9 MB/s ∼50% +165%
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
 
25.2 MB/s ∼19%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
 
210 MB/s ∼100% +669%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
 
84.47 MB/s ∼40% +209%
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
 
27.32 MB/s ∼13%

Communication

WLAN is provided by an Intel 3165 1x1 module with theoretical transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps on an 802.11ac network. We were able to record a real-world average of 273 Mbps over 30 seconds when connected to our Linksys EA8500 test router.

Bluetooth 4.2 and WiDi are both integrated onto the WLAN module while no options exist for GPS or WWAN.

JPerf (Client)
JPerf (Client)
JPerf (Server)
JPerf (Server)

Accessories

There are no included extras outside of the power adapter and Quick Start guide. There are no dedicated docking stations either since the notebook lacks the docking port of the Latitude series, so users must rely on USB-based docking stations for additional connectivity options.

Maintenance

Removing the bottom panel requires only a Philips screwdriver. Users have direct access to the M.2 drive, M.2 WLAN module, heat sink, fan, battery, and both DDR4 SODIMM slots underneath the flaps.

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Warranty

Like Lenovo and HP, Dell offers a wide range of support options outside of the standard one-year limited warranty. Users can extend coverage to four years for $220 USD and/or add accidental damage protection for $30 to $100 USD.

Easy serviceability
Easy serviceability

Input Devices

Keyboard

We didn't like the keyboard on the Inspiron 13 7347 and the Inspiron 13 7348 didn't make any major changes. Unfortunately, this continues on the 7368 as the keys feel quite shallow in travel even for a notebook. Feedback is only average including on the Enter and Space keys, so this can take time to become accustomed to when compared to the keyboards of a Latitude or ThinkPad. To its credit, we find the keyboard on the Yoga 900 to be even softer in feedback than on our Dell convertible.

The size (27.25 x 10.25 cm) of the keyboard is slightly different than on the 7348 due to the flatter design of the base around it. The layout, however, is identical and so is the two-level white backlight. The keys, their backlight, and the touchpad are all disabled once the display is opened to at least 190 degrees.

Touchpad

The smooth and adequately sized (10.5 x 6.5 cm) touchpad shares the same chrome-lined design as the edges and corners of the outer lid.

Both cursor movement and pinch-to-zoom work flawlessly and without any issues or delays. Instead, our biggest complaint lies on its integrated mouse clicks as the travel depth is one of the shortest we've experienced on any notebook. Feedback is consequently light as a result despite the loud auditory click. It doesn't take much force to press down on the touchpad surface, so clicking multiple times over longer periods won't result in sore fingers.

Display

The 1080p panel is subjectively crisp and with no obvious screen-door effect when viewing from a normal distance. Some slight graininess becomes visible if not looking straight at the screen, but this is only a minor observation. A quick search on the BOE06A7 panel name reveals no other notebooks in our database that carry an identical panel. While contrast levels are still good at about 900:1, maximum brightness could have been brighter especially for a convertible. Most mainstream Ultrabooks, for example, are about 300 nits or more compared to ~220 nits on our Dell. We disabled Automatic Brightness and any power-saving features related to Intel HD Graphics before performing our display measurements.

Backlight bleeding is light-moderate around some of the corners and edges of the panel. It's not significant enough to be noticeable during everyday use and is faint when watching movies with black bars.

Moderate uneven backlight bleeding
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
220.5
cd/m²
213.6
cd/m²
210.6
cd/m²
217.5
cd/m²
226.4
cd/m²
214.4
cd/m²
218.7
cd/m²
230.7
cd/m²
211.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 230.7 cd/m² Average: 218.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.41 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 226.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 858:1 (Black: 0.264 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.96 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.71 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
60.5% sRGB (Argyll) 38.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.18
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Sharp LQ133T1JW02, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1440
Dell Inspiron 13-7348
IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
LG Philips LGD0000, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1440
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
IPS, 13.3, 3200x1800
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
IPS, 13.5, 3000x2000
Response Times
142%
46%
200%
1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
56 (22.8, 33.2)
36 (12, 24)
36%
24 (11, 36)
57%
38.8 (18.4, 20.4)
31%
48.4 (19.6, 28.8)
14%
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (7.6, 21.6)
30 (8, 22)
-3%
19 (10, 28)
35%
22.4 (9.2, 13.2)
23%
32.8 (7.6, 25.2)
-12%
PWM Frequency
203.3 (99)
1000 (10)
392%
1316
547%
Screen
42%
-11%
19%
-2%
56%
Brightness middle
226.4
320
41%
375
66%
324
43%
319.8
41%
430.9
90%
Brightness
218
308
41%
351
61%
324
49%
302
39%
410
88%
Brightness Distribution
91
91
0%
89
-2%
90
-1%
88
-3%
93
2%
Black Level *
0.264
0.17
36%
0.44
-67%
0.34
-29%
0.835
-216%
0.254
4%
Contrast
858
1882
119%
852
-1%
953
11%
383
-55%
1696
98%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.96
3.18
36%
7.37
-49%
4.36
12%
2.68
46%
2.06
58%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
13
9.91
24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.71
4.13
-11%
9.54
-157%
4.62
-25%
2.35
37%
2.22
40%
Gamma
2.18 110%
2.03 118%
2.69 89%
2.18 110%
2.09 115%
2.13 113%
CCT
7215 90%
6752 96%
6685 97%
6857 95%
6975 93%
6520 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38.6
65
68%
61
58%
60
55%
57
48%
64
66%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60.5
98
62%
93
54%
88
45%
96
59%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
92% / 65%
-11% / -11%
33% / 24%
99% / 49%
29% / 46%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is average at only 60.5 percent and 38.6 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB spectra, respectively. This is compared to a handful of competing high-end convertibles where colors can cover ~90 percent of the sRGB standard. To most home and casual users, however, the more limited color space will not directly impact word processing or browsing workloads where color accuracy is not a top concern. Nonetheless, it appears that Dell offers the same Truelife 1080p panel option across all SKUs, so panels with higher color reproduction or resolution may not be available.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Inspiron 7348
vs. Inspiron 7348
vs. Spectre 13
vs. Spectre 13
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB

Further display measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal average grayscale and colors. A quick calibration improves both quite noticeably and tones down color temperature for a warmer screen. Colors still grow increasingly more inaccurate the higher the saturation level due to the panel's imperfect sRGB coverage.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 21.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 69 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 33.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 203.3 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 203.3 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 203.3 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10750 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is below average due to both the glossy panel and insufficient backlight. Glare is inevitable no matter the environment be it under shade or shine, so the most users can do is adjust the angle of the lid to reduce reflections. Fortunately, the wide viewing angles provided by the IPS panel can allow for more comfortable positions. Colors and contrast do not degrade significantly unless if viewing from extreme and unrealistic angles.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz

The ULV Core i5-6200U is a mainstream dual-core processor commonly found on Ultrabooks much thinner than our Dell system. It will idle at 800 MHz or even slightly slower when idling on Power Saver, but is otherwise fully capable of running at up to 2.8 GHz for single-core processes with Turbo Boost. Dell offers RAM options from 8 GB to 12 GB even though the DDR4 SODIMM slots can support up to 16 GB each.

 

Processor

Raw CPU performance from the i5-6200U is only within just a few percentage points from Broadwell and even Haswell ULV processors that the Skylake CPU supplants. Nonetheless, it's worth noting that its multi-core performance score in CineBench 15 is quite good and even above that of the i7-6500U in the Spectre 13 due to its excellent Turbo Boost sustainability. Standard voltage Skylake processors like those found on dedicated gaming notebooks will still handily outperform the ULV core especially in multi-threaded workloads.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i5-6200U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
99 Points ∼48%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
145 Points ∼70% +46%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
125 Points ∼61% +26%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
107 Points ∼52% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
99 Points ∼48% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
91 Points ∼44% -8%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
91 Points ∼44% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
291 Points ∼10%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
677 Points ∼23% +133%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
266 Points ∼9% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
273 Points ∼9% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
223 Points ∼8% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
301 Points ∼10% +3%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
257 Points ∼9% -12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.13 Points ∼48%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.66 Points ∼71% +47%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.37 Points ∼59% +21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.1 Points ∼47% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
1.14 Points ∼49% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
1.1 Points ∼47% -3%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.03 Points ∼44% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.22 Points ∼13%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼31% +132%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.2 Points ∼13% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
2.41 Points ∼10% -25%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
2.49 Points ∼10% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
3.38 Points ∼14% +5%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.83 Points ∼12% -12%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
4398 Points ∼41%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5358 Points ∼49% +22%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
4901 Points ∼45% +11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
3740 Points ∼35% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
3725 Points ∼34% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
4573 Points ∼42% +4%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
4168 Points ∼38% -5%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
8112 Points ∼16%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19842 Points ∼40% +145%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
9677 Points ∼19% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
7168 Points ∼14% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
7580 Points ∼15% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
7812 Points ∼16% -4%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
6550 Points ∼13% -19%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
534.894 s * ∼6%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
232.742 s * ∼3% +56%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
524.919 s * ∼6% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
649.553 s * ∼8% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
790 s * ∼9% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
504.835 s * ∼6% +6%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
567.765 s * ∼7% -6%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel Core i5-6200U
750.649 Seconds * ∼3%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
561.846 Seconds * ∼2% +25%
HP Spectre 13
Intel Core i7-6500U
684.827 Seconds * ∼3% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
Intel Core i5-6200U
473.187 Seconds * ∼2% +37%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Intel Core i5-4200U
849 Seconds * ∼4% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB-005XUS
Intel Core i5-6300U
753.883 Seconds * ∼3% -0%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
Intel Core i5-5200U
818.369 Seconds * ∼4% -9%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8167
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8112
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4398
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
31.48 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.22 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.13 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
40.7 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
291 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
99 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 8 ranks our Dell in the same ballpark as its nearest competitors. We experienced no hardware or software issues during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
4343 Points ∼67%
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4498 Points ∼69% +4%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3971 Points ∼61% -9%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
3863 Points ∼59% -11%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3644 Points ∼56% -16%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
4072 Points ∼43%
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4222 Points ∼44% +4%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3987 Points ∼42% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
3709 Points ∼39% -9%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3694 Points ∼39% -9%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
3223 Points ∼53%
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3549 Points ∼58% +10%
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3161 Points ∼52% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
2837 Points ∼47% -12%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
2814 Points ∼46% -13%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3223 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4072 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4343 points
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Storage Devices

Single M.2 slot
Single M.2 slot

Internal storage is limited to a single M.2 drive with no NVMe support for faster speeds. Our test unit uses a 256 GB SanDisk Z400s SSD with middle-of-the-road transfer rates according to both CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD. In particular, the drive is slower in reading and writing of 4K block sizes compared to Samsung M.2 SSDs. Replacing or upgrading the drive is easy, so users can purchase a cheaper SKU and up storage space at a later date without much hassle.

See our growing table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM
CDM
AS SSD
AS SSD
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
Lite-On CV1-8B256
Dell Inspiron 13-7348
Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
HP Spectre 13-4001ng x360
ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
Microsoft Surface Book Core i7
Samsung MZFLV512 NVMe
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
27%
22%
22%
37%
120%
Write 4k QD32
268
261.2
-3%
266.7
0%
261.6
-2%
96.78
-64%
516.5
93%
Read 4k QD32
147.8
277.6
88%
325.9
121%
276.7
87%
313.8
112%
615.2
316%
Write 4k
72.26
81.59
13%
74.53
3%
102.7
42%
100.1
39%
136.3
89%
Read 4k
19.62
32.66
66%
26.94
37%
31.87
62%
36.34
85%
42.66
117%
Write 512
304.1
353.9
16%
268.6
-12%
285.2
-6%
424.5
40%
590.8
94%
Read 512
289.8
355.3
23%
411.8
42%
322.9
11%
413.4
43%
519.8
79%
Write Seq
329.4
354.4
8%
268
-19%
288.6
-12%
459.5
39%
591.5
80%
Read Seq
493.5
507.3
3%
514.4
4%
475.6
-4%
513.9
4%
952.8
93%
SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
Sequential Read: 493.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 329.4 MB/s
512K Read: 289.8 MB/s
512K Write: 304.1 MB/s
4K Read: 19.62 MB/s
4K Write: 72.26 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 147.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 268 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark benchmarks place the HD 520 in the Dell within just single digit percentages from the Toshiba Tecra Z40 with the same GPU. Final scores are also noticeably higher than the similarly equipped Latitude 3470, which suggests throttling issues on this latter machine. Users still running on older HD 4400 or HD 4600 GPUs from older Haswell processors will see marked improvements as high as 60 to 100 percent depending on the 3DMark benchmark.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1479 Points ∼8%
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 6500U
1908 Points ∼11% +29%
Toshiba Tecra Z40-C-11F
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6600U
1511 Points ∼9% +2%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
965 Points ∼5% -35%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4210M
698 Points ∼4% -53%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4200U
586 Points ∼3% -60%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1456 Points ∼3%
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 6500U
2376 Points ∼5% +63%
Toshiba Tecra Z40-C-11F
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6600U
1503 Points ∼3% +3%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1211 Points ∼2% -17%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4210M
744 Points ∼1% -49%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4200U
630 Points ∼1% -57%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
965 Points ∼2%
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 6500U
1665 Points ∼4% +73%
Toshiba Tecra Z40-C-11F
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6600U
973 Points ∼2% +1%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
671 Points ∼2% -30%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4200U
502 Points ∼1% -48%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
7957 Points ∼4%
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 6500U
9056 Points ∼5% +14%
Toshiba Tecra Z40-C-11F
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6600U
8236 Points ∼4% +4%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
5575 Points ∼3% -30%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4210M
4983 Points ∼3% -37%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4200U
4157 Points ∼2% -48%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
44675 Points ∼6%
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 6500U
44085 Points ∼6% -1%
Toshiba Tecra Z40-C-11F
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6600U
44433 Points ∼6% -1%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
30841 Points ∼4% -31%
3DMark 11 Performance
1615 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
55696 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5941 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
882 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
401 points
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Gaming Performance

The integrated HD 520 GPU is not fit for 3D gaming. Older or less demanding titles like Starcraft 2 or LoL will play acceptably well at 1080p and at low-medium settings. Otherwise, even mainstream titles like Overwatch are just barely playable at the lowest graphical settings and resolutions.

See our dedicated GPU page on the Intel HD Graphics 520 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
41.4 (min: 5.93, max: 76.29) fps ∼100% +148%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
39 fps ∼94% +134%
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
16.7 fps ∼40%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
14.9 fps ∼36% -11%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
12.2 fps ∼29% -27%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
11.9 fps ∼29% -29%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Acer TravelMate P278-MG-76L2
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
50.89 (min: 8.09, max: 109.73) fps ∼100% +161%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
46 fps ∼90% +136%
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
19.5 fps ∼38%
Dell Latitude 3470 N2P7L347014EMEA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
18 fps ∼35% -8%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
15 fps ∼29% -23%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
14.6 fps ∼29% -25%
low med. high ultra
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 156.252.535.518.4fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 31.319.516.77.1fps
Overwatch (2016) 34.124.815.8fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook to identify for any throttling or stability issues. The Dell performs very well when under Prime95 stress as it is able to maintain its maximum multi-core Turbo Boost clock rate of 2.7 GHz whereas some notebooks may throttle to slightly slower speeds for lower core temperatures. Thus, it's no surprise that the CPU in the Dell can run as warm as 85 C when under extreme loads.

Unigine Valley is more representative of gaming and demanding real-world loads. The CPU stabilizes in the mid 70 C range with CPU clock rates fluctuating in response to onscreen workload demands. Meanwhile, the GPU is able to maintain a respectable 800 to 950 MHz clock rate, which is standard for an integrated Intel HD Graphics solution. Users need not worry about a throttling system during regular use.

Running on battery power will not negatively impact CPU or GPU power. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 4174 points and 1472 points, respectively, compared to 4135 points and 1456 points when connected to mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Unigine Valley stress
Unigine Valley stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average Core Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.7 -- 85
FurMark Stress -- 800 - 850 --
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.3 750 77
Unigine Valley Stress 1.5+ 800 - 950 74

Emissions

System Noise

The cooling solution consists of a single fan and a short connecting heat pipe. The fan remains idle during low loads and light browsing, so the system is almost always silent. Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark will only induce a fan noise of about 35 dB(A), which is noticeably quieter than many competitors.

The only issue we have with the fan is that it tends to pulsate between 32 dB(A) to 34 dB(A) when gaming or during medium-heavy loads. When running Unigine Valley, for example, the fan will periodically jump from near-silence to 34 dB(A) instead of maintaining a steady RPM. While not loud enough to be distracting, it's certainly noticeable.

Single 40 mm fan
Single 40 mm fan
Low fan noise (White: Background, Red: System Idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Low fan noise (White: Background, Red: System Idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

Noise Level

Idle
29.4 / 29.4 / 29.4 dB(A)
Load
32.2 / 35 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.4 dB(A)
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
Dell Inspiron 13-7348
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
Microsoft Surface Book Core i7
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6600U, Samsung MZFLV512 NVMe
Noise
-10%
-6%
-7%
-3%
-10%
off / environment *
29.4
31.3
-6%
31.3
-6%
Idle Minimum *
29.4
31.3
-6%
29.6
-1%
29.6
-1%
29.7
-1%
31.3
-6%
Idle Average *
29.4
31.3
-6%
29.6
-1%
29.6
-1%
29.8
-1%
31.3
-6%
Idle Maximum *
29.4
31.8
-8%
29.6
-1%
34.6
-18%
30
-2%
31.3
-6%
Load Average *
32.2
39.2
-22%
35.4
-10%
34.7
-8%
32
1%
38
-18%
Load Maximum *
35
39.1
-12%
41.4
-18%
37.9
-8%
38.5
-10%
40.5
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are generally flat on both sides when idling or during low loads. Since the cooling system is so small, the gradient is steeper and warmer than what competitors like the Acer Aspire R13 or Yoga 900 would experience under similar loads. The palm rests remain relatively cool, but gaming for long periods without a proper flat desk can become uncomfortable due to the very warm bottom.

Maximum load (Top)
Maximum load (Top)
Maximum load (Bottom)
Maximum load (Bottom)
Max. Load
 39.8 °C43.2 °C34.2 °C 
 35.8 °C39.2 °C33.6 °C 
 33.6 °C33.2 °C32.4 °C 
Maximum: 43.2 °C
Average: 36.1 °C
38.4 °C45.2 °C42 °C
35.8 °C39.8 °C39.2 °C
34.8 °C36.8 °C36.2 °C
Maximum: 45.2 °C
Average: 38.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  43 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

The stereo speakers are good for a 13-inch convertible with a relatively balanced reproduction of medium to high frequencies according to our microphone measurements. This drops off quite sharply at around 250 Hz, which is common for integrated notebook speakers. Volume is loud with no static or reverberation even when on the maximum setting.

Speakers near the front corners
Speakers near the front corners
Above average sound reproduction (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise, Gray: White noise)
Above average sound reproduction (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise, Gray: White noise)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power demand is in the 4 W to 8 W range when idling and about 25 W to 30 W when gaming or under maximum loads. The recordings are very similar to the older Inspiron 7348 that the Inspiron 7368 supplants.

The small power adapter (9.5 x 3.75 x 2.5 cm) is rated for an output of 45 W, so our 30 W maximum recording is safely below the limits of the adapter.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.53 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 7 / 7.7 Watt
Load midlight 24.8 / 29.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
6200U, HD Graphics 520, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
6500U, HD Graphics 520, Lite-On CV1-8B256, IPS, 2560x1440, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13-7348
5500U, HD Graphics 5500, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, IPS, 2560x1440, 13.3
HP Spectre 13
6500U, HD Graphics 520, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256, IPS UWVA, 1920x1080, 13.3
Microsoft Surface Book Core i7
6600U, Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), Samsung MZFLV512 NVMe, IPS, 3000x2000, 13.5
Power Consumption
-37%
8%
-3%
-50%
-54%
Idle Minimum *
4.6
6.2
-35%
3.5
24%
3.9
15%
8.6
-87%
4.5
2%
Idle Average *
7
8
-14%
5.6
20%
7.4
-6%
11
-57%
9.8
-40%
Idle Maximum *
7.7
11.6
-51%
7.6
1%
9.2
-19%
11.3
-47%
12.2
-58%
Load Average *
24.8
40
-61%
26.3
-6%
28.1
-13%
33.8
-36%
46
-85%
Load Maximum *
29.3
36.6
-25%
29
1%
27.6
6%
36.2
-24%
56
-91%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes from the non-removable 42 Wh battery are good at over 6 hours of constant WLAN use. Battery capacity is on the small side compared to other 13-inch convertibles, so competing models like the HP Spectre x360 and Lenovo Yoga 900 can run for longer under similar conditions.

Charging from near empty to full will take a little over two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 36min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 41min
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 42 Wh
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T-746N
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 49 Wh
Dell Inspiron 13-7348
5500U, HD Graphics 5500, 43 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-4104ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 56 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK 80MK
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 66 Wh
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
6300U, Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 78 Wh
Battery Runtime
-9%
-18%
33%
15%
33%
Reader / Idle
756
669
-12%
522
-31%
844
12%
1070
42%
WiFi v1.3
377
382
1%
500
33%
403
7%
402
7%
Load
101
85
-16%
97
-4%
128
27%
153
51%
WiFi
394

Pros

+ attractive design; strong build quality from top to bottom
+ easy serviceability; upgradeable RAM and SSD
+ good Turbo Boost performance
+ above average speakers
+ USB Type-C Gen. 1 port
+ quiet system fan

Cons

- PWM on all brightness levels except maximum
- touchpad with very shallow travel
- bulky and heavy for a convertible
- keys with shallow travel; spongy
- battery capacity could be higher
- low maximum brightness
- only 2 USB Type-A ports
- no accelerometer
- no NVMe options
- average gamut

Verdict

In review: Dell Inspiron 13 7368. Test model provided by Dell US.
In review: Dell Inspiron 13 7368. Test model provided by Dell US.

The Inspiron 13 7368 runs quieter and appears sleeker than the outgoing Inspiron 7348. Unfortunately, it's still on the heavy side and its display brightness is lower than on the outgoing model, so its usefulness as a Windows tablet is largely limited to indoor conditions. The keyboard keys are on the soft side and the system carries fewer full-size USB ports than the outgoing model as well. We don't find the small design changes and the addition of a USB Type-C Gen. 1 port to be large enough improvements for us to recommend it over the older model.

The downsides don't take away from the fact that this is still a sturdy and attractively designed convertible with easy serviceability and loud speakers. This can certainly replace an aging notebook, but users who have no need for its tablet mode will find the XPS 13 to be leagues above the Inspiron 13 7368 in portability and usability. Likewise, users who are intent on purchasing a 13-inch convertible may find that most competing models are both lighter and smaller for easier carrying.

The Inspiron 13 7368 isn't the huge update that we were hoping for in the series. Its weight and size make it an "indoor only" tablet while there are more portable 13-inch Ultrabooks that can offer the same performance and features.

Dell Inspiron 13 7368 - 07/15/2016 v5.1
Allen Ngo

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
66%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
44 / 80 → 56%
Weight
68 / 35-78 → 77%
Battery
88%
Display
79%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
73 / 87 → 84%
Temperature
89%
Noise
95%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
71%
80%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2016-07-15 (Update: 2016-07-18)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.