Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
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Reviews for the Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Pixel monster. Following the FHD version, we are now testing Dell's new XPS 13 with a QHD Infinity screen alongside Skylake Core i7. Will higher image pleasure and more power be at the expense of battery life? Update 12/3/2015: The runtimes of the XPS 13 were lengthened considerably following a BIOS update. Update 2/26/2016: brighter display with Content Adaptive Backlight Control (CABC) OFF
The XPS 13 is remarkable machine. It is perfect for someone who wants a crisp sharp display, especially if you like to edit photos on the go like me. It is very solid in terms of build quality and should last long. In terms of performance, I had no complaints. This isn’t a gaming machine, but it can handle less resource hogging games. So yes, I am not left behind when I have impromptu CS 1.6 sessions with my friends. I expected a bit more out of the battery, but with that resolution I think a 6.5-7 hour battery life is acceptable.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 85%
Source: Tab Times
The XPS 13 certainly isn’t the cheapest machine on the market but considering everything it has to offer, the pricing is certainly fair. Innovation isn’t cheap and the XPS 13 is certainly innovative, combining very impressive specs into an impossibly thin body and once you pick it up, you’re likely to want to buy one straight away.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/30/2016
Source: It Pro
Despite its sleep and display issues, the latest Dell XPS 13 is a great laptop. We wish its battery life was even longer, but this ultra portable is still well suited for productivity on the go. A great quality screen, top notch keyboard and a stylish, sturdy casing make this InfinityEdge laptop great value.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Authority
That aside, I absolutely love this thing. I could wish for a better GPU – yes, I really do want a slim, gorgeous ultraportable that also plays Grand Theft Auto V – but it will be a few years until ultraportables routinely come with decent gaming-class graphics. As it stands, this is a powerful, light, lovely ultraportable that comes a only hair’s breadth from achieving perfection.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
An upgrade to Intel’s Skylake CPUs headlines the list of changes made to the XPS 13 for the late 2015 model. The Core i7-6500U included with my review unit was around 5-10 percent faster on the CPU side than an equivalent last-gen Broadwell part, with performance gains of around 20% on the GPU side. These improvements aren’t huge, but fall in line with Intel’s typical generational jumps.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 95%
Source: PC Pro
These two laptops are the giants of the ultraportable world. Portable enough to be carried around all day, yet powerful enough to carry our serious work, they’re workhorses through and through. They’re both fabulous machines to work on and use: long-lasting, comfortable to type on and carry.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/20/2015
Source: PC Pro
The XPS 13 is a welcome return to tip-top form for Dell. In fact, there’s only one thing that really bugs me about the XPS 13, and that’s Dell’s stubborn insistence on forcing dynamic contrast on at all times. It's a stupid decision, in my opinion.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Stuff TV
The old XPS 13 was already a great lightweight laptop. The new one is even better. With Intel’s latest processors you get better battery life and more performance, and while there’s a big price premium to be paid for the Infinity Display and Core i7 processor, it’s one worth paying if you have the wonga. We’ve seen other ultrabooks that are shinier and flashier, but none that packs so much into so little space while remaining practical. If you like to get around with your laptop, this one’s hard to beat.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Good Gear Guide
Every part of this notebook has been geared to getting the most performance from the smallest possible footprint. It is a joy to the senses, with the cut of its finish, the vibrancy of its display and the compassion of its keyboard. It is among our favourite products because it’ll help the student, the stay at home mum and the businessman tap into their potential.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Digital Trends
Dell’s XPS 13 is an excellent piece of engineering that combines the latest Intel hardware with a robust, attractive and portable chassis. There are minor flaws. The speakers could be louder, the glossy display can be distracting in bright rooms, and the fan is loud at load. But those nitpicks are outweighed by tons of advantages. Display, keyboard, touchpad, performance, weight, battery life, size; in all these areas and more the XPS 13 excels.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/01/2015
Source: Trusted Reviews
The first 2015 Dell XPS 13 was one of the best portable ultrabooks around. Offering a compact design, solid performance and comfortable typing experience, it was an exceptional mobile productivity aid. As a result, it’s no surprise that the refreshed sixth-generation Intel-powered model is also excellent and easily outclasses competing ultrabooks, such as the Lenovo Yoga 900. If you want a portable laptop then you should definitely consider the XPS 13. However, the basic £850 version's display isn’t the best I’ve seen. Those with the cash would do better to invest in the more expensive QHD+ touchscreen model. If you’re not dead set on getting a proper laptop, there are also a number of convertibles at the same price point, like the Surface Pro 4, that are also worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 90%
Source: PC Go - Heft 9/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
Source: c't - Heft 11/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/15/2016
Source: CNet France FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: CNews.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Perfect display; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/07/2017
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Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 83%
Model: The Dell XPS 13 2016 is a beautifully designed and well executed laptop. As with all XPS devices, a premium build quality and solidly performing hardware are mandatory. Design is kept classy with a durable uni-body aluminum chassis. The silver lid nicely contrasts the patterned dark grey interior. The 13.3 inch QHD+ InfinityEdge touchscreen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Color saturation and image sharpness make the Dell XPS 13 2016 a superb entertainment system.
On-board, there are a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU, and a 256 GB SSD for internal storage. The Windows 10 Pro 64-bit system comes with a backlit keyboard and a precision touchpad. Other features on the device include Bluetooth 4.1, a widescreen HD 720p webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 port, a card reader, a Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI out, and a VGA out. Audio quality is impressive with a stereo setup professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio. A non-removable cell rated at 56 Wh makes for the battery life.
Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6500U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. In 2014, the global market share of Dell laptops was 12.3% and it is 14% in 2016.
89.25%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.
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