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Dell Inspiron 13 7380 (Core i7-8565U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Alex Alderson), 03/08/2019

Keep your charger close by. Dell's latest 13-inch laptop looks sleek with its slim case, while the upgrade to Whiskey-Lake processors should deliver improved performance and low power consumption compared to its Kaby Lake R powered predecessor. The 7380 has an NVMe SSD too, along with dual-channel RAM, an IPS 1080p screen. However, Dell continues to equip its Inspiron 13 7000 series with small batteries. Read on to find out how the Inspiron 13 7380 performs in our tests and how it stands up to its competitors.

The Dell Inspiron 13 7380 is a slim and compact 13.3-inch Office laptop that may look familiar if you read our reviews regularly. We covered its predecessor, the Inspiron 13 7370, in late 2017, which scored well because of its good input devices along with its solid and stylish case, but we were disappointed by its weak 38 Wh battery. Dell has equipped the 7380 with Whiskey Lake CPUs, which should be more powerful and efficient than its Kaby Lake R predecessors.

We have chosen to compare the Inspiron 13 7380 against other compact and comparably priced 13-inch laptops. Our comparison devices will include the Acer Swift 3 SF313, the ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FA, the Apple MacBook Air 2018, the HP Envy 13, the Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL and the Lenovo IdeaPad 720S-13ARR

Please note that we shall jump straight the Display section because the Inspiron 13 7370 and the 7380 are identical save for their processors. Please see our Inspiron 13 7370 review for our thoughts on both devices case, connectivity, input devices and speakers.

Dell Inspiron 13 7380 (Inspiron 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1150 MHz, Dual channel, 25.20.100.6373
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, soldered, no SO-DIMM slots
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, LG Philips LGD05DD / Dell 133WF4, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G, 256 GB 
, M.2-2230, 193 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC295 @ Intel Cannon Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 310 x 216 ( = 0.63 x 12.2 x 8.5 in)
Battery
38 Wh, 3166 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.4 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee Security trial, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 158 g ( = 5.57 oz / 0.35 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Size Comparison

310 mm / 12.2 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.3 kg2.89 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.2 kg2.67 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.2 kg2.73 lbs305.9 mm / 12 inch 213.82 mm / 8.42 inch 13.6 mm / 0.535 inch 1.1 kg2.51 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 189 mm / 7.44 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.3 MB/s ∼100% +229%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=120)
62.4 MB/s ∼80% +162%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.8 MB/s ∼34% +13%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
23.91 MB/s ∼31% 0%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.8 MB/s ∼30%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
86 MB/s ∼100% +204%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=123)
79 MB/s ∼92% +179%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.5 MB/s ∼35% +8%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.3 MB/s ∼33%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
26.71 MB/s ∼31% -6%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
673 MBit/s ∼100% +22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
623 MBit/s ∼93% +13%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Broadcom 802.11ac
570 (min: 566, max: 572) MBit/s ∼85% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
551 (min: 399, max: 640) MBit/s ∼82%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
536 (min: 506, max: 552) MBit/s ∼80% -3%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
520 MBit/s ∼77% -6%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
510 MBit/s ∼76% -7%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
279 MBit/s ∼41% -49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
688 MBit/s ∼100% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
631 MBit/s ∼92% +4%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
628 (min: 591, max: 673) MBit/s ∼91% +3%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
611 MBit/s ∼89% 0%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
608 (min: 537, max: 656) MBit/s ∼88%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Broadcom 802.11ac
461 (min: 216, max: 525) MBit/s ∼67% -24%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
347 MBit/s ∼50% -43%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
325 MBit/s ∼47% -47%
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Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø536 (506-552)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 Intel Core i5-8210Y, Intel UHD Graphics 617; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10: Ø478 (462-488)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø628 (591-673)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 Intel Core i5-8210Y, Intel UHD Graphics 617; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø454 (216-525)

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The 7380 has a 13.3-inch display just like its predecessor, which also operates natively at 1,920x1,080. Our review unit achieved an average maximum brightness of 301.4 cd/m², according to X-Rite i1Pro 2, which is on par with our comparison devices and slightly brighter than its predecessor.

The display has a comparatively high black value though, which we measure at 0.32 cd/m² that results in a 1,028:1 contrast ratio. The latter value should ensure that colours look vibrant, although slightly less so than all our comparison devices except the Inspiron 13 7370 and the IdeaPad 720S-13ARR.

Unfortunately, our review unit uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate display brightness, which could cause eye strain and headaches for some people. The display flickers at 135,000 Hz at 90% brightness and lower, which should be high enough not to cause most people any issues, but it could still affect those who are PWM sensitive.

326
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LGD05DD / Dell 133WF4
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 329 cd/m² Average: 301.4 cd/m² Minimum: 18.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 314 cd/m²
Contrast: 1028:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.81 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.77 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
85% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.13
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook Air 2018
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-101%
-67%
-70%
-35%
-22%
-64%
-13%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (19, 15)
75.2 (32.8, 42.4)
-121%
44 (22, 22)
-29%
54.4 (24.4, 30)
-60%
31 (15, 16)
9%
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
-16%
46 (21, 25)
-35%
31 (14, 17)
9%
Response Time Black / White *
21 (12, 9)
38 (22, 16)
-81%
36 (21, 15)
-71%
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
-79%
24 (14, 10)
-14%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
-33%
33 (17, 16)
-57%
20 (11, 9)
5%
PWM Frequency
135000 (90)
543.5
-100%
500 (90)
-100%
1000 (90)
-99%
113600 (75)
-16%
201 (90)
-100%
65000 (10)
-52%
Screen
17%
-7%
7%
23%
29%
-4%
1%
Brightness middle
329
355.1
8%
300
-9%
276
-16%
289
-12%
320
-3%
301
-9%
324
-2%
Brightness
301
336
12%
277
-8%
263
-13%
310
3%
315
5%
291
-3%
293
-3%
Brightness Distribution
84
83
-1%
87
4%
89
6%
85
1%
95
13%
87
4%
78
-7%
Black Level *
0.32
0.32
-0%
0.26
19%
0.21
34%
0.23
28%
0.29
9%
0.33
-3%
0.32
-0%
Contrast
1028
1110
8%
1154
12%
1314
28%
1257
22%
1103
7%
912
-11%
1013
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.81
2.93
50%
5.96
-3%
4.85
17%
1.64
72%
1.2
79%
5.39
7%
5.52
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.17
4.39
64%
10.6
13%
8.24
32%
3.31
73%
3.2
74%
8.56
30%
10.91
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.77
3.6
5%
7.64
-103%
5.7
-51%
1.71
55%
0.8
79%
5.93
-57%
3.36
11%
Gamma
2.13 103%
2.071 106%
2.44 90%
2.08 106%
2.32 95%
2.2 100%
2.6 85%
2.23 99%
CCT
6940 94%
7161 91%
6877 95%
7424 88%
6291 103%
6548 99%
6358 102%
6687 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
61
9%
57
2%
63
13%
52
-7%
62.1
11%
56
0%
55
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
85
95
12%
88
4%
98
15%
82
-4%
96
13%
86
1%
83
-2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.83
2.47
1.6
0.99
0.5
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-42% / -10%
-37% / -21%
-32% / -6%
-6% / 10%
4% / 17%
-34% / -18%
-6% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

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
21 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 9 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 15 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. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 135000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 135000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 135000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The 7380 has an acceptable colour accuracy considering its intended use as an office laptop. However, several of our comparison devices have significantly more colour accurate displays than our test device.

Our review unit has a DeltaE ColorChecker deviation of 5.81 out of the box, which is much higher than the ideal value of 3. The display does not have a blue tint to it as many displays do, which is impressive. 

We were able to improve the colour accuracy of our review unit’s display with additional calibration. We have included our calibrated ICC profile in the box above our comparison table should you wish to use it. Please note that OEMs routinely partner with multiple display manufacturers, so your 7380 may have a different display to the one in our review unit. Our ICC profile will only improve your device’s colour accuracy if it shares the same display as our device. You can revert to the default profile without affecting your device though.

CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Colour Saturation

Our review unit has stable viewing angles thanks to its IPS screen. We noticed no brightness, colour or image distortions at acute viewing angles, so the screen should remain readable from almost any angle.

However, we found the display difficult to read outdoors because of its dim maximum luminosity and its glossy finish. The display looks overly washed out as demonstrated by the photo below, so we would recommend finding a shady spot where possible if you must use the device outside on a sunny day.

Using the Dell Inspiron 13 7380 outside in direct sunlight
Using the Dell Inspiron 13 7380 outside in direct sunlight

Performance

The 7380 is well-equipped to handle most office tasks thanks to its quad-core CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and its SSD. Our review unit currently costs about €900 (~$1,008), but there are other variants available should you need more RAM, a larger SSD or a less powerful CPU.

Processor

The Core i7-8565U is a quad-core CPU from Intel’s Whiskey Lake generation. The Core i7-8565U is an ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor that has a 15-W thermal design power (TDP), which should provide a good balance between performance and power efficiency. The CPU has a 1.8 GHz base clock speed, but it can use Intel Turbo Boost to increase up to 4.1 GHz across all cores, 4.5 GHz on two cores or 4.6 GHz on a single core.

Our review unit performed well in synthetic benchmarks such as Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit, where its CPU initially operated at between 4 GHz and 4.1 GHz. However, the clock speed then dropped to between 2.4 GHz and 2.5 GHz, which is still 600 MHz/700 MHz more than its base clock speed. Conversely, the CPU constantly operated at between 3.8 GHz and 4.1 GHz in the single core portion of CB R15, so it appears that the 7380 struggles to maintain its performance in multi-threaded applications.

It is worth noting that our review unit throttles when running on battery power. The CPU dropped to between 1.9 GHz and 2.3 GHz in CB R15 Multi and 1.5 GHz to 1.9 GHz in the single-threaded benchmark. Correspondingly, benchmark scores drop to 339 points and 66 points respectively, which represents around a 50% drop in performance on battery compared to the results the 7380 achieves when connected to its charger.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
Intel XTU
Intel XTU

We also subjected our review unit to a loop of the CB R15 Multi 64Bit benchmark that we ran for about 30 minutes to determine how well it maintains its performance under sustained load. The device initially scored 571 points, but this dropped to 518 points in the second loop before stabilising at around 505 points. These results are more consistent than its predecessor, which throttled dramatically during the middle of the looped benchmark but at the cost of lower scores. The 7380 performs better than most of our comparison devices here, but it is at the same level as the ZenBook 13 UX333FA, despite the latter being powered by the theoretically weaker Core i5-8265U processor.

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Dell Inspiron 13 7380 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø506 (486.96-571.78)
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø404 (388.66-500.31)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø475 (441.38-576.87)
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø512 (506.95-595.21)
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø445 (425.56-530.84)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 Intel Core i5-8210Y, Intel Core i5-8210Y; macOS: Ø277 (266.55-285.88)
Dell Inspiron 13 7370 Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø515 (394.9-564.94)
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø367 (350.28-545.62)
CPU clock speeds during a Cinebench R15 Multi 64bit loop
CPU clock speeds during a Cinebench R15 Multi 64bit loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6716
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
16795
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7163
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
169 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
572 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
52.89 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (73.1 - 193, n=48)
170 Points ∼78% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
169 Points ∼78%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
160 Points ∼73% -5%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
159 Points ∼73% -6%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼66% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼66% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
135 Points ∼62% -20%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (macOS)
132 Points ∼61% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel Core i5-8265U
126 Points ∼58% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=280)
117 Points ∼54% -31%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
603 Points ∼14% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (361 - 815, n=49)
586 Points ∼13% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
576 Points ∼13% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
572 Points ∼13%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Core i5-8250U
565 Points ∼13% -1%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
546 Points ∼12% -5%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
531 Points ∼12% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel Core i5-8265U
503 Points ∼11% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=290)
345 Points ∼8% -40%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (macOS)
285 Points ∼7% -50%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
6716 Points ∼62%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (2682 - 8906, n=16)
6571 Points ∼61% -2%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
6221 Points ∼57% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
5527 Points ∼51% -18%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4379 Points ∼40% -35%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (322 - 7345, n=466)
3176 Points ∼29% -53%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
18809 Points ∼29% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (3806 - 23118, n=16)
16983 Points ∼26% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
16795 Points ∼26%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
15505 Points ∼24% -8%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9812 Points ∼15% -42%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (661 - 31463, n=448)
7193 Points ∼11% -57%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
13703 Points ∼17%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (10521 - 13703, n=12)
12071 Points ∼15% -12%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
11795 Points ∼15% -14%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
10423 Points ∼13% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1018 - 14015, n=79)
6315 Points ∼8% -54%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
4051 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (3340 - 4820, n=12)
3882 Points ∼80% -4%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
3520 Points ∼72% -13%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3136 Points ∼64% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (592 - 4051, n=79)
2604 Points ∼53% -36%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
14655 Points ∼49%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
14332 Points ∼48% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (11576 - 14655, n=4)
13367 Points ∼44% -9%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
8210 Points ∼27% -44%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2529 - 22182, n=31)
8209 Points ∼27% -44%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (4701 - 4791, n=3)
4750 Points ∼79% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
4701 Points ∼78%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
4684 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1179 - 5366, n=31)
3499 Points ∼58% -26%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3331 Points ∼55% -29%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
15584 Points ∼27%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
15166 Points ∼26% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (8142 - 16968, n=29)
14262 Points ∼25% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2593 - 17643, n=34)
10449 Points ∼18% -33%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
8582 Points ∼15% -45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (2357 - 5547, n=29)
5053 Points ∼80% +2%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
4943 Points ∼78%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
4842 Points ∼76% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1529 - 5280, n=34)
3910 Points ∼62% -21%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3357 Points ∼53% -32%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
253.93 Points ∼72%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel Core i5-8265U (Microsoft Edge 44.17763.1.0)
243.47 Points ∼69% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (108 - 277, n=33)
238 Points ∼68% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (Safari 12.0.1)
236 Points ∼67% -7%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 42)
233.53 Points ∼66% -8%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge: 42.17134.1.0)
216.21 Points ∼61% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 297, n=137)
189 Points ∼54% -26%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Edge 42)
159.88 Points ∼45% -37%

System Performance

Our review unit performed well in system performance benchmarks like PCMark. Its powerful CPU, dual channel RAM and SSD help it finish at the top of most of our PCMark 10 comparison tables and expected levels for a Core i7-8565U powered laptop.

The 7380 felt snappy throughout our tests and in daily use. We encountered no problems such as system crashes or stutters either.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4010 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5051 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5098 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3142 Points ∼26% +4%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3071 Points ∼26% +2%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
3009 Points ∼25%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2264 - 3370, n=19)
2947 Points ∼25% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
2905 Points ∼24% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2857 Points ∼24% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 4338, n=95)
2504 Points ∼21% -17%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2410 Points ∼20% -20%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
1609 Points ∼13% -47%
Productivity
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
6745 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3381 - 7588, n=19)
6688 Points ∼69% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6556 Points ∼68% -3%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6378 Points ∼66% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
6090 Points ∼63% -10%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
6025 Points ∼62% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=95)
5268 Points ∼54% -22%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
3902 Points ∼40% -42%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3605 Points ∼37% -47%
Essentials
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
8441 Points ∼77%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8395 Points ∼76% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5450 - 9029, n=19)
8242 Points ∼75% -2%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7786 Points ∼71% -8%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
7614 Points ∼69% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
7574 Points ∼69% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=95)
6875 Points ∼63% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5395 Points ∼49% -36%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
4504 Points ∼41% -47%
Score
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
3981 Points ∼51%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2486 - 4178, n=19)
3907 Points ∼50% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3869 Points ∼50% -3%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3802 Points ∼49% -4%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3787 Points ∼49% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3668 Points ∼47% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4609, n=98)
3186 Points ∼41% -20%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2584 Points ∼33% -35%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
2174 Points ∼28% -45%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
4051 Points ∼66% +1%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
4010 Points ∼66%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3902 Points ∼64% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3773 Points ∼62% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2577 - 4179, n=18)
3528 Points ∼58% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3443 Points ∼57% -14%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3155 Points ∼52% -21%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3150 Points ∼52% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=248)
3044 Points ∼50% -24%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
2484 Points ∼41% -38%

Storage Devices

Dell has equipped our review unit with a 256 GB Toshiba BG3 SSD, of which approximately 193 GB was available upon first booting the device. There is a 512 GB version should you need more storage. Alternatively, you could swap the SSD out for any M.2 2280 drive. The SSD utilises the NVMe protocol, which is faster than SATA III, but it is a much slower drive than the ones in our comparison devices, which we confirmed by running CrystalDiskMark 5.2/6. The device still feels fast, but there are much faster SSDs out there, which would marginally improve system performance.

A look at the 256 GB Toshiba BG3 SSD in our review unit
A look at the 256 GB Toshiba BG3 SSD in our review unit
Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
Sequential Read: 896.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 230.5 MB/s
512K Read: 662 MB/s
512K Write: 234 MB/s
4K Read: 34.28 MB/s
4K Write: 85.47 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 319.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 109.2 MB/s
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Tuxedo Book BU1307
Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Apple SSD AP0256
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Average Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
167%
189%
154%
90%
77%
105%
132%
13%
103%
Write 4K
74.96
117
56%
158.2
111%
113.7
52%
113.7
52%
112.9
51%
118.01
57%
87.53
17%
79.5 (75 - 87.3, n=4)
6%
95.1 (3.23 - 191, n=104)
27%
Read 4K
31.61
40.65
29%
38.78
23%
40.6
28%
43.18
37%
38.69
22%
29.97
-5%
31.39
-1%
29.6 (23.5 - 31.9, n=4)
-6%
68.2 (5.37 - 3738, n=104)
116%
Write Seq
235.7
1456
518%
1487
531%
844.5
258%
970.1
312%
653.9
177%
1000.4
324%
1281
443%
380 (230 - 824, n=4)
61%
809 (48.9 - 2334, n=103)
243%
Read Seq
901.3
1181
31%
912.7
1%
1137
26%
1085
20%
641.9
-29%
1217.96
35%
1453
61%
847 (715 - 925, n=4)
-6%
1081 (142 - 2760, n=103)
20%
Write 4K Q32T1
154.3
232.3
51%
330.5
114%
867.7
462%
396.8
157%
305.9
98%
232.08
50%
169.4
10%
153 (148 - 159, n=4)
-1%
292 (3.6 - 868, n=104)
89%
Read 4K Q32T1
294.4
311.3
6%
423.8
44%
1579.9
437%
317.8
8%
351.6
19%
253.96
-14%
241.8
-18%
296 (256 - 317, n=4)
1%
327 (17.4 - 1580, n=104)
11%
Write Seq Q32T1
241.5
1463
506%
1540
538%
345.6
43%
517.7
114%
868.5
260%
1001.1
315%
1337
454%
358 (227 - 733, n=4)
48%
954 (16.7 - 2992, n=104)
295%
Read Seq Q32T1
1440
3480
142%
3556
147%
411.7
-71%
1741
21%
1683
17%
2555.3
77%
2786
93%
1421 (1323 - 1525, n=4)
-1%
1818 (113 - 3563, n=104)
26%

Graphics Card

The 7380 uses the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 for graphics output, which supports DirectX 12 and operates at between 300 MHz and 1,150 MHz. Our review unit achieved above-average scores in synthetic benchmarks, and up to 11% more than its predecessor in 3DMark. The system benefits from running in dual-channel mode, which allows it to get more performance from its GPU than a device operating in single-channel mode could.

The UHD Graphics 620 has an integrated decoder that can relieve the CPU of having to decode codecs such as H.264, HEVC/H.265 or VP9.

3DMark 11 Performance
2051 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8938 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1155 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3512 Points ∼100% +90%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2688 Points ∼77% +45%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1851 Points ∼53%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1818 Points ∼52% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1784 Points ∼51% -4%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1732 Points ∼49% -6%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1729 Points ∼49% -7%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=173)
1716 Points ∼49% -7%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
1572 Points ∼45% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 10699, n=368)
1319 Points ∼38% -29%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
843 Points ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 2840, n=42)
553 Points ∼66%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 431, n=33)
358 Points ∼42%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
349 Points ∼41%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
286 Points ∼34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2874 Points ∼100% +125%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1567 Points ∼55% +23%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1279 Points ∼45%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1263 Points ∼44% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1225 Points ∼43% -4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1140 Points ∼40% -11%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1401, n=142)
1127 Points ∼39% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=247)
1057 Points ∼37% -17%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
947 Points ∼33% -26%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17325 Points ∼100% +63%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10660 Points ∼62% 0%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10638 Points ∼61%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10070 Points ∼58% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9974 Points ∼58% -6%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9551 Points ∼55% -10%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9364 Points ∼54% -12%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=160)
9138 Points ∼53% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=276)
7743 Points ∼45% -27%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
7231 Points ∼42% -32%

Gaming Performance

The UHD Graphics 620 is powerful enough to handle older or less graphically demanding games, but triple-A titles such as "Metro Exodus" are out of the question. Our review unit can play "BioShock Infinite" at acceptable framerates as the table below demonstrates, but it does not average even 15 FPS in either "Metro Exodus" or "Far Cry New Dawn". However, the 7380 achieves higher framerates than a system running in single channel mode would.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 73.8 37.9 31.2 9.8 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 13 7 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 12.7 5.9 fps

Emissions

Fan Noise

Our test device typically operates silently, but its fan can occasionally reach up to 30.4 dB(A) at idle and 39 dB(A) under sustained load. Disappointingly, the fan turns on even at low load, but not annoyingly so.

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.4 / 30.4 dB(A)
Load
/ 39 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.532.432.335.62531.233.135.749.53136.737.434.9654032.831.131.542.25031.931.830.933.46328.729.83031.18028.726.325.728.210026.725.924.730.61252624.925.130.616025.324.22428.520023.72622.12425023.523.42223.631526.523.52124.140029.423.419.724.750024.521.518.727.863024.621.218.925.380024.922.218.127.1100029.124.917.628.2125025.622.617.429.4160029.624.417.328.8200028.624.117.529.5250029.324.117.535315028.223.317.833.5400026.722.318.127.450002720.218.423.563002219.318.524800020.218.818.621.91000019.218.818.720.71250019.118.918.7201600019.11918.919.5SPL39.134.830.441.6N2.921.23.4median 25.6median 23.3median 18.7median 27.1Delta22.11.92.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseDell Inspiron 13 7380

Temperature

System information during a combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test.
System information during a combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test.

The 7380 remains cool to the touch at idle, but the area around the heatsink reached a maximum of 46.2 °C (~115 °F) during our tests. The palm rest remained pleasantly cool even under sustained load though. In short, the device should remain cool in daily use unless you push it hard.

We also subjected our review unit to an hour-long combined FurMark and Prime95 stress test to determine how well it manages its performance under extreme load conditions. The 7380 performed just as well on battery as it did and battery power, but the CPU downclocked below its base clock speed to between 1 GHz and 1.1 GHz, while its GPU consistently operated at around 800 MHz.

Max. Load
 39.6 °C
103 F
40.2 °C
104 F
38.5 °C
101 F
 
 36.3 °C
97 F
37.6 °C
100 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 30.2 °C
86 F
29.7 °C
85 F
29.2 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
35.7 °C
96 F
46.2 °C
115 F
40.5 °C
105 F
31.3 °C
88 F
37.4 °C
99 F
39.2 °C
103 F
30.1 °C
86 F
31 °C
88 F
31.8 °C
89 F
Maximum: 53.5 °C = 128 F
Average: 35.9 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.1 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 23.3 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.7 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 53.5 °C / 128 F, compared to the average of 40 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.1 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.2 °C / 86.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (-1.6 °C / -2.9 F).
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load
Heatmap of the top of the device at idle
Heatmap of the top of the device at idle
Heatmap of the bottom of the device at idle
Heatmap of the bottom of the device at idle

Speakers

 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.332.334.32547.335.747.33162.534.962.54039.931.539.95031.530.931.56328.23028.28028.725.728.710035.924.735.912542.725.142.716045.12445.120040.622.140.625050225031560.82160.840064.419.764.450063.918.763.963062.118.962.180061.818.161.8100062.217.662.2125063.917.463.9160062.717.362.7200064.417.564.4250060.417.560.4315059.417.859.4400059.718.159.7500060.318.460.363006018.560800062.618.662.61000059.118.759.11250051.318.751.31600048.818.948.8SPL73.830.473.8N32.41.232.4median 60.3median 18.7median 60.3Delta5.71.95.731.730.931.732.430.732.436.535.236.533.729.333.729.926.929.92826.72826.525.326.525.624.525.626.124.926.125.823.625.823.32223.32620.82632.620.132.641.619.641.64618.84648.418.248.458.51858.560.71860.758.517.858.556.717.956.755.718.255.753.417.953.456.11856.152.418.452.454.418.354.453.818.453.852.418.652.447.118.647.146.618.646.64718.94767.630.567.619.31.319.3median 48.4median 18.6median 48.49.719.735.735.63433.132.131.83133.430.531.130.530.629.629.927.430.526.333.925.941.226.348.925.653.82555.824.558.624.160.123.960.623.759.323.564.323.26623.165.922.760.52358.92354.722.852.2235422.860.122.96422.962.422.856.722.853.835.373.62.432.2median 23.2median 58.61.15.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell Inspiron 13 7380Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZAsus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dell Inspiron 13 7380 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64.42 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.6% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (16.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 0.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (60.71 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (13.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 92% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 94% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 30% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

Our power consumption tests reveal no surprises. The 7380 consumed a minimum of 3.4 W at idle, which rose to 35.6 W during our combined stress test. However, we measured our system reaching 43.3 W during a Prime95 stress test, which is just shy of its power supply’s 45-W maximum capacity.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.46 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.4 / 7.6 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 32 / 35.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The 7380 has a 38 Wh like its predecessor, which is between 10% and 30% smaller than the batteries in our comparison devices. Correspondingly, our review unit lasted just 6:02 hours in our practical Wi-Fi battery life test, during which we run a script that simulates the load required to render websites. We also set the Windows 10 power plan to Balanced, disable any power-saving features and adjust the display to approximately 150 cd/m².

By contrast, the MacBook Air 2018 lasted up to 12 hours in the same test, while our Windows 10 comparison devices achieved between 36 minutes and 5:06 hours longer runtimes than our test device. In short, the 7380 has atrocious battery life for a modern 13-inch laptop.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
6h 02min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, 50.3 Wh (Safari)
721 min ∼27% +99%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, 50.3 Wh (Chrome)
668 min ∼25% +85%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
668 min ∼25% +85%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
593 min ∼22% +64%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48.8 Wh (Edge: 42.17134.1.0)
573 min ∼22% +58%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
8550U, GeForce MX150, 53.2 Wh (Edge 42)
481 min ∼18% +33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (206 - 806, n=222)
475 min ∼18% +31%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
2700U, Vega 10, 48 Wh (Edge 42)
398 min ∼15% +10%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 38 Wh (Edge 44)
362 min ∼14%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 38 Wh
345 min ∼13% -5%

Pros

+ IPS screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ compact case
+ good input devices
+ NVMe SSD
+ DisplayPort via USB Type-C
+ USB Type-C charging

Cons

- highly reflective screen
- only 12 months warranty
- slow memory card reader
- disappointing battery life

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 13 7380 laptop review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
The Dell Inspiron 13 7380 laptop review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

The Dell Inspiron 13 7380 is a solid 13-inch business laptop that has a sleek and compact metal case, which it shares with its predecessor. Its Whiskey Lake processor provides more than enough power for Office and Internet-based programs, but it does not necessarily perform any better than its Kaby Lake R powered predecessor. Moreover, Core i7-8565U only achieved synthetic benchmark scores equivalent to our best Core i5-8265U powered comparison devices, so we question what value there is with upgrading to the more expensive processor.

The Dell Inspiron 7380 is a solid 13-inch laptop that gets a lot right without improving upon its predecessor. Unfortunately, the 7380 shares the 7370’s terrible battery life, which falls far short of most modern business laptops.

The NVMe SSD ensures that the system runs smoothly, but there are much faster SSDs on the market. The keyboard is decent, while its backlighting is always welcome. We also liked that our review unit’s USB Type-C port supports DisplayPort and USB PD, which allows it to be charged with most 45-W, or higher wattage, Type-C chargers.

The 7380 has a decent display too, which has stable viewing angles, a good contrast ratio and respectable maximum brightness. We are not fans of its glossy finish though, and would have preferred to see a matte option available as an option at least because it is difficult to read outside.

The elephant in the room is the 7380’s battery life, which is embarrassingly poor. We do not understand why Dell continues to equip its Inspiron 13 7000 series with such smaller batteries, as it lets down what is otherwise a decent 13-inch business laptop.

Dell Inspiron 13 7380 - 03/08/2019 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
84 /  98 → 85%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
59 / 80 → 74%
Weight
70 / 35-78 → 82%
Battery
88%
Display
82%
Games Performance
61 / 68 → 90%
Application Performance
89 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
91 / 91 → 100%
Noise
92%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
43 / 85 → 51%
Average
77%
86%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2019-03- 8 (Update: 2019-03- 9)
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