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Dell XPS 13 9300 Laptop Review – Smaller, but slower CPU

16:10 is back! Displays with 16:10 aspect ratios were mostly reserved for Apple laptops the last couple of years, but Dell now returns to this format with the brand-new XPS 13 9300. How does the entry-level version of the new XPS 13 9300 perform? Read our review below to find out.

The new 2020 Dell XPS 13 carries the designation XPS 13 9300 and is the first major redesign of Dell's popular subnotebook in the last couple of years. We review the entry-level spec for 1499 Euros (~$1613), so the new model is about 200 Euros (~$215) more expensive than the previous model. You get a modern Core i5 processor from Intel and 512 GB SSD storage, which should be sufficient for many users, which is also the case for the matte Full HD panel. The latter is also one of the biggest new features, because Dell returns to the 16:10 aspect ratio. We purchased our unit in Dell's German online shop; it is not a preselected press sample. Dell also offers the XPS 13 9300 with Linux.

Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD (XPS 13 9300 Series)
Memory
8192 MB 
, Dual-Channel, LPDDR4-3773, soldered
Display
13.4 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 169 PPI, SHP14CB, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, 512 GB 
, 419 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s (ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.8 x 296 x 199 ( = 0.58 x 11.65 x 7.83 in)
Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 2x 2.5W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 45-Watt USB-C power adapter, Dell Tools, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.189 kg ( = 41.94 oz / 2.62 pounds), Power Supply: 243 g ( = 8.57 oz / 0.54 pounds)
Price
1499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89 %
03/2020
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.4"1920x1200
91 %
02/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
i5-8257U, Iris Plus Graphics 645
1.4 kg14.9 mm13.3"2560x1600
87 %
02/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg16.6 mm13.5"2256x1504
90 %
05/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
01/2019
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.2 kg11.6 mm13.3"3840x2160
86 %
10/2019
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.3 kg13 mm13.4"1920x1200

Case – XPS 13 in a familiar metal look

The Dell XPS 13 9300 uses a completely revised chassis compared to the previous model, but the design language is pretty much still the same. One new feature is the almost borderless keyboard and the very slim bezels (especially at the bottom), but the wedge design is familiar. In addition to our black unit, you can also get a white version. 

Both the lid and the bottom are made of silver aluminum, while the top of the base unit is matte black with the familiar rubberized carbon fiber pattern we know from previous models. The white unit uses glass fiber for the top of the base instead. Overall, the materials leave a very sophisticated impression and the device is well built. We did not notice any problems with fingerprints or grease during our review period, either. The surfaces along the sides are anodized and are extremely smooth. The stability of the slim lid is very good, because there are no creaking sounds and even concentrated pressure does not result in ripples on the screen. The stability of the base unit is also very good, because the surface does not move under pressure. However, there is one small issue when you try to twist the base unit, because you can hear a noise from the clickpad. The latter was not perfectly integrated into the palm rest on our unit and the lower right corner was sitting slightly deeper in the palm rest. The functionality was not affected though.

XPS 13 2019 vs. 2020
XPS 13 2019 vs. 2020

It is no problem to open the lid with one hand and the maximum opening angle is about 135 degrees. The central hinge is well adjusted and keeps the display in position without bouncing. The new hinge construction allowed for a much slimmer bottom bezel.

Size Comparison

311.9 mm / 12.3 inch 217.2 mm / 8.55 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.3 kg2.83 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.03 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 16.6 mm / 0.654 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs

Connectivity – XPS 13 with fewer USB-C ports

There is no cable connection between the stereo jack and the mainboard.
There is no cable connection between the stereo jack and the mainboard.

Similar to the last model of the XPS 13, you only get USB-C ports (with Thunderbolt 3, full PCIe x4 interface), but this time you only get two of them. Dell also puts a USB-A adapter in the box, but since one port is automatically blocked by the power adapter, you can only use one of the two USB ports on mains. The slot for a security lock was waived as well.

We were a bit surprised about the stereo jack once we opened the case, because the jack is integrated into the bottom cover. The attached, the contacts are just lying on the corresponding part on the mainboard. This obviously works, but we cannot comment on the long-term reliability.

Left side: USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, microSD reader
Left side: USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, microSD reader
Right side: USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, 3.5 mm stereo jack
Right side: USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, 3.5 mm stereo jack

SDCardreader

Dell does not remove the microSD reader, and it is once again a very fast unit. We managed transfer rates of up to 195 MB/s in combination with our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro M501).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
184 MB/s ∼100% +17%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
157 MB/s ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
144.6 MB/s ∼79% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
79.1 MB/s ∼43% -50%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=130)
63.3 MB/s ∼34% -60%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
195.6 MB/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192.6 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
187.5 MB/s ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
86.5 MB/s ∼44% -56%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=132)
80 MB/s ∼41% -59%

Communication – Dell's Subnotebook with fast Wi-Fi 6

There is currently only one WLAN module for the XPS 13, which is provided by Killer (AX1650s) and also supports fast Wi-Fi 6. In our standardized test with the router Netgear Nighthawk RAX120, we managed to utilize the full potential of the card, at least when it receives data. Here we can measure almost 1.5 Gbps, while the send performance topped out at about 900 Mbps. All in all, the results are still very good and we did not experience any stability issues during the review period, neither with the router from Netgear, nor a Fritz!Box 7490.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1460 MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Broadcom 802.11ac
648 (min: 317, max: 666) MBit/s ∼44% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
646 MBit/s ∼44% -56%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
640 MBit/s ∼44% -56%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1460, n=149)
574 MBit/s ∼39% -61%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
524 (min: 459, max: 576) MBit/s ∼36% -64%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
289 (min: 167, max: 328) MBit/s ∼20% -80%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
906 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
681 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Broadcom 802.11ac
614 (min: 311, max: 623) MBit/s ∼68% -32%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
594 (min: 579, max: 616) MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=149)
560 MBit/s ∼62% -38%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
356 MBit/s ∼39% -61%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
49.8 (min: 3, max: 102) MBit/s ∼5% -95%

Webcam – Above the screen, but poor quality

Dell managed to locate the webcam above the screen, despite the very slim bezel. The manufacturer also advertises an improved quality, but we cannot really confirm that. There is plenty of picture noise, even in good lighting conditions. The webcam is sufficient for simple Skype calls, for example, but decent smartphone front cameras are superior by quite a margin.

Test chart
Test chart
ColorChecker
14.4 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
15 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
11 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
14 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD: 12.16 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 21.67 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom cover can be removed with a corresponding screw driver (Torx T5). Inside you see the two fans and the M.2-2280 SSD, which is located underneath a metal plate. It is also possible to replace the battery in theory, but that is about it.

Internals Dell XPS 13
Internals Dell XPS 13

Input Devices – XPS 13 with decent, but loud keyboard

Keyboard

The keyboard has changed, and the subjective typing experience is now a bit richer. Even longer texts can be entered very comfortably. The power button is now integrated into the upper right corner of the keyboard, which can result in wrong inputs at first if you expect the Del-key at this spot. The power button also accommodates a fingerprint scanner, which works reliably. The biggest drawback of this keyboard is the pretty loud typing noise.

You still get a two-stage white background illumination. It will turn off after a couple of seconds by default, but you can change the duration in the BIOS or even activate it permanently.

We prefer the input over the previous XPS 13 as well as the current MacBook Pro 13 (Butterfly keyboard) and it is comparable to the current Apple keyboard in the MacBook Pro 16, which will soon be available in Apple's smaller laptops as well. However, it is not quite in the same ballpark as serious business laptops like HP's EliteBook series or Lenovo's ThinkPads.

Input Devices
Input Devices
Keyboard illumination level 2/2
Keyboard illumination level 2/2

Touchpad

The touchpad of the XPS 13 is 11.2 x 6.5 cm (~4.4 x 2.6 inches) and offers plenty of space for inputs. We like the gliding capabilities and basic inputs are well executed, but we had some issues with drag-and-dop gestures and our inputs were sometimes not executed reliably. Apple's trackpads are still superior in this respect.

As we have already mentioned in the section Case, the touchpad of our unit was not perfectly integrated into the base unit. The lower right corner was sitting a bit deeper, but it did not affect the functionality.

Display – XPS 13 with matte IPS screen

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Almost no screen bleeding
Almost no screen bleeding

The 16:10 panel in our test model is the base screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and it has a matte surface. The subjective picture impression is very good and bright areas do not appear grainy, despite the matte surface. Dell advertises a luminance of 500 Nits, and our panel easily manages that at all measuring spots; the average luminance is even 590 Nits. The black value is not too high at 0.35 considering the high brightness, which results in a very good contrast ratio of more than 1700:1.

At a brightness level of 20% or lower we can detect a flickering at 2500 Hz, but this should not result in problems. Screen bleeding is hardly noticeable, and you will only see slightly brighter spots on a completely black picture. However, you can notice the comparatively long response times, for example, the ghosting of the cursor. You will get used to this in practice and we know this issue from many laptops with very narrow bezels.

571
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
619
cd/m²
610
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
586
cd/m²
573
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
SHP14CB
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 619 cd/m² Average: 590.7 cd/m² Minimum: 29.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 528 cd/m²
Contrast: 1769:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 1
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
99.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 66.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.14
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
SHP14CB, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
APPA03D, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
BOE, NE135FBM-N41, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.5
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
LP133WF7-SPB1, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
ID: AUO 282B B133ZAN Dell: 90NTH, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
Response Times
1521%
-26%
1%
-3%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
60 (28.4, 31.6)
50.4 (24.4, 26)
16%
55 (25, 30)
8%
57.6 (28.4, 29.2)
4%
58 (26, 32)
3%
47.6 (23.2, 24.4)
21%
Response Time Black / White *
33.2 (16.4, 16.8)
35.2 (19.6, 15.6)
-6%
31 (17, 14)
7%
34 (18.4, 15.6)
-2%
36 (20, 16)
-8%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
12%
PWM Frequency
2500 (20)
116300 (66)
4552%
208 (90)
-92%
2500 (25)
0%
Screen
18%
-13%
-1%
-22%
3%
Brightness middle
619
603
-3%
474
-23%
356
-42%
404
-35%
549.8
-11%
Brightness
591
577
-2%
426
-28%
336
-43%
389
-34%
520
-12%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
82
-10%
88
-3%
85
-7%
86
-5%
Black Level *
0.35
0.35
-0%
0.29
17%
0.16
54%
0.37
-6%
0.39
-11%
Contrast
1769
1723
-3%
1634
-8%
2225
26%
1092
-38%
1410
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3
1.7
43%
2.38
21%
3.6
-20%
3.72
-24%
2.12
29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.2
3.1
62%
5.88
28%
5.5
33%
7.38
10%
3.66
55%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1
0.7
30%
2.69
-169%
1.1
-10%
2.06
-106%
1.37
-37%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.2
2.1
60%
3.75
28%
4.7
10%
4.44
15%
2.6
50%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.18 101%
2.37 93%
2.48 89%
2.34 94%
2.3 96%
CCT
6340 103%
6843 95%
6466 101%
6374 102%
7095 92%
6884 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
66.9
76.7
15%
65
-3%
61.3
-8%
60
-10%
65.4
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.3
99.4
0%
100
1%
95.7
-4%
93
-6%
99.7
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
770% / 340%
-20% / -16%
0% / -0%
-13% / -19%
7% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Our analysis with the professional CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer reveals a slight color cast towards yellow in combination with a slightly too warm color temperature. The average deviations for the grayscale and the colors are also comparatively high. Still, the panel from Sharp has a lot of potential, which is evident after our calibration. All values are within the target of 3 without any outliers. In combination with the full sRGB color gamut, this means the panel is suited for picture editing (sRGB). The calibrated profile can be downloaded for free in the box above.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN Saturation calibrated
CalMAN Saturation calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated


vs. sRGB: 99.8 %
vs. sRGB: 99.8 %
vs. AdobeRGB: 66.9 %
vs. AdobeRGB: 66.9 %

The matte panel is well suited for outdoor use. Even bright environments are no problem as long as you can avoid direct reflections from light sources. We were a bit surprised by the fact that Dell slightly reduces the brightness on battery power (by about 90 Nits). We could not change this behavior, neither in the drivers, nor the BIOS.

In the sun (with reflection)
In the sun (with reflection)
In the sun (without reflection)
In the sun (without reflection)
In the sun (display turned away from light source)
In the sun (display turned away from light source)

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
33.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 16.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
60 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 28.4 ms rise
↘ 31.6 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. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.3 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 2500 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2500 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2500 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18215 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – XPS with less CPU performance, but faster GPU

Dell ships the XPS 13 with the so-called Power Manager. It also includes profiles for the temperature management with the default setting "Optimized". We have also used this profile for our following benchmarks and measurements. The selection of "Ultra-Performance" did not improve the scores in our tests.

The memory is soldered onto the mainboard. If you want more than the default 8 GB LPDDR4-RAM, you also have to get the optional Core i7 processor. More than 16 GB RAM (in this case LPDDR4x), however, is not available as of this moment.

Dell Power Manager
Dell Power Manager
CPU data during CBR15 Multi loop (red: Optimized; green: Ultra Performance)
CPU data during CBR15 Multi loop (red: Optimized; green: Ultra Performance)
LatencyMon Overview
LatencyMon Overview
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
 
 

Processor: Intel Ice Lake Core i5

The German Dell shop only lists two processors, and both are from Intel's latest Ice Lake generation. In addition to the Core i5-1035G1, you can also get the Core i7-1065G7. Our Core i5 can reach up to 3.6 GHz or 3.3 GHz when you stress all four cores, respectively. The Core i5 offers plenty of performance for everyday tasks, so the i7 is not really necessary.

It is always interesting to see how the cooling solution performs in such a slim laptop and how much CPU performance you can use. Dell sets the PowerLimits for the processor at 46W (short-term) and 25W (long-term). These are our results of the Cinebench R15 loop, which repeats the Multi test 25 times.

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Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1; Ultra-Performance: Ø526 (443.49-666.89)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1; Optimized: Ø528 (367.46-659.7)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø672 (632.81-836.68)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø614 (574.66-670.36)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3 Intel Core i5-8257U, Intel Core i5-8257U: Ø634 (611.7-637.97)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø553 (544.51-599.88)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø569 (552-686)
CPU data during CBR15 Multi loop
CPU data during CBR15 Multi loop

The Core i5 consumes around 38-39W running at the maximum 4x 3.3 GHz, but this level can only be maintained for a couple of seconds. The XPS 13 then settles at the 25W limit, which is still enough for 4x 2.5 GHz. This level is maintained for about 10 minutes, before the XPS 13 gets too warm. At this time, we can measure a surface temperature of almost 48 °C (118.4 °F) at the top of the base unit around the "5" key.

CB R15 Multi (25 Watts)
CB R15 Multi (25 Watts)
CB R15 Multi (15 Watts)
CB R15 Multi (15 Watts)

The laptop has to reduce the performance to reduce the temperature. The TDP limit is now 15W, which results in 4x 1.8-1.9 GHz. The processor will try to increase the performance over the course of the test (next 20 minutes), but the TDP is pretty much stable at 15W. The surface temperatures are also lower at around 43 °C (109.4 °F).

We are already familiar with these fluctuations from the previous models, but the new XPS 13 9300 is clearly beaten by both the XPS 13 9380 and the XPS 13 7390. This is a disappointing result for the new XPS 13. All the other competitors are faster as well.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
175 Points ∼100% +5%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
174 Points ∼99% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (166 - 180, n=5)
173 Points ∼99% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
166 Points ∼95%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Core i5-8257U
159.33 Points ∼91% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U
158 Points ∼90% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
148 Points ∼85% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=306)
119 Points ∼68% -28%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
830 Points ∼100% +24%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (518 - 938, n=6)
725 Points ∼87% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1 (Ultra-Performance)
667 Points ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1 (Optimized)
659 Points ∼79% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
666 Points ∼80% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Core i5-8257U
637.97 (min: 611.7, max: 637.97) Points ∼77% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
615 Points ∼74% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U
569 (min: 552, max: 686) Points ∼69% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=318)
360 Points ∼43% -46%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
18106 Points ∼100% +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Core i5-8257U
16580 Points ∼92% +13%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (14733 - 15352, n=2)
15043 Points ∼83% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
14733 Points ∼81%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1571 - 21001, n=55)
11033 Points ∼61% -25%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5652 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
5224 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (5159 - 5224, n=2)
5192 Points ∼92% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Core i5-8257U
4608 Points ∼82% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1260 - 5713, n=55)
3977 Points ∼70% -24%
Geekbench 5
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4368 Points ∼100% +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Core i5-8257U
4181 Points ∼96% +41%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
2972 Points ∼68%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
 
2972 Points ∼68% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 5018, n=23)
2815 Points ∼64% -5%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1301 Points ∼100% +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Core i5-8257U
989 Points ∼76% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
936 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
 
936 Points ∼72% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (260 - 1312, n=23)
902 Points ∼69% -4%
Geekbench 5.1
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4374 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4372 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3858 - 4372, n=3)
4029 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 4855, n=26)
2698 Points ∼62% -38%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1316 Points ∼100% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1229 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (1219 - 1229, n=3)
1222 Points ∼93% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1324, n=26)
881 Points ∼67% -28%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
667 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
166 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
53.55 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

M.2-2280 SSD with metal plate
M.2-2280 SSD with metal plate

The subjective performance impression of the Dell XPS 13 is very good, and the fast PCIe-SSD obviously plays its role. The SSD is located underneath a metal cover and can be replaced if necessary. However, the performance of the SSD is very good, so this is only necessary when you need more storage capacity.

We did not notice any problems during our review period and the results of the XPS 13 in the synthetic benchmarks are also very good.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3998 Points ∼100% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
3587 Points ∼90% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3281 Points ∼82%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3260 Points ∼82% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3039 - 3281, n=3)
3132 Points ∼78% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3125 Points ∼78% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3050 Points ∼76% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4709, n=118)
2568 Points ∼64% -22%
Productivity
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
7179 Points ∼100% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
6766 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (5740 - 6766, n=3)
6395 Points ∼89% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
6301 Points ∼88% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
6273 Points ∼87% -7%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6101 Points ∼85% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7334, n=118)
5283 Points ∼74% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
4786 Points ∼67% -29%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
9678 Points ∼100% +13%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8568 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (8482 - 8568, n=3)
8519 Points ∼88% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
8343 Points ∼86% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8302 Points ∼86% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8033 Points ∼83% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
7982 Points ∼82% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=118)
6951 Points ∼72% -19%
Score
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
4677 Points ∼100% +13%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4122 Points ∼88%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3975 Points ∼85% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3807 - 4122, n=3)
3974 Points ∼85% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3835 Points ∼82% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3832 Points ∼82% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
3751 Points ∼80% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4886, n=121)
3229 Points ∼69% -22%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
5086 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (4832 - 5035, n=3)
4939 Points ∼97% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4896 Points ∼96% +1%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4832 Points ∼95%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4802 Points ∼94% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4302 Points ∼85% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
4238 Points ∼83% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=234)
4098 Points ∼81% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3988 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
3986 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3982 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3759 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3590 - 3988, n=3)
3750 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3629 Points ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3519 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4235, n=263)
3071 Points ∼77% -23%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3988 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5194 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4832 points
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Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3119.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2748.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 384.57 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 365.85 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2110.65 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1497.33 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 50.01 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 121.88 MB/s

GPU Performance

GPU-Z UHD Graphics G1
GPU-Z UHD Graphics G1

The biggest advantage if the Ice Lake processors is the faster integrated graphics unit. In combination with the Core i5 CPU, you get the UHD Graphics G1 with 32 Execution Units.

Compared to the old XPS 13 9380, the new iGPU is between 30-40% faster, but the optional Core i7 processor with the more powerful iGPU and 64 EUs (Iris Plus Graphics G7) is much faster. We would also recommend this CPU if you plan to play games from time to time on the XPS 13. The smaller iGPU is sufficient for simple titles, but more demanding games are limited to the lowest settings. More gaming benchmarks are available here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4594 Points ∼100% +78%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4138 Points ∼90% +61%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, Intel Core i5-8257U
2985 Points ∼65% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2578 Points ∼56%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2133 - 2578, n=4)
2428 Points ∼53% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1841 Points ∼40% -29%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1815 Points ∼40% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 10699, n=390)
1429 Points ∼31% -45%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
833 Points ∼100% +76%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 2840, n=57)
595 Points ∼71% +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, Intel Core i5-8257U
550 Points ∼66% +17%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
472 Points ∼57%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (453 - 472, n=2)
463 Points ∼56% -2%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
3144 Points ∼100% +79%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2743 Points ∼87% +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, Intel Core i5-8257U
1893 Points ∼60% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1755 Points ∼56%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1521 - 1755, n=4)
1647 Points ∼52% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1266 Points ∼40% -28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=271)
1141 Points ∼36% -35%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
18881 Points ∼100% +49%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
16731 Points ∼89% +32%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
12698 Points ∼67%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (10966 - 12698, n=3)
11866 Points ∼63% -7%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10126 Points ∼54% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10126 Points ∼54% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22895, n=289)
8069 Points ∼43% -36%
3DMark 11 Performance
2875 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
60637 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11119 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1673 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
542 points
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low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 74.3 46.8 40.4 14.4 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 35 21.6 11.5 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 83.4 49.7 26.2 24.2 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 21.9 14.7 14.2 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 43 17 15 fps

Emissions – XPS 13 without coil whine

System Noise

Cooling system with two fans
Cooling system with two fans

Contrary to the previous models, Dell now uses a symmetrical cooling solution with two small fans. Overall, the new XPS 13 9300 is a very quiet laptop, which is often completely silent in everyday situations. Moderate workloads only result, if at all, in a quiet murmur, which should not be noticeable in a normal working environment. Only full load (like our stress test or during gaming), you can clearly hear the two fans. 32.4 dB(A) is objectively not very loud, but you can hear a pretty high pitched sound from the small fans, so the subjective noise is definitely audible under load. Still, we would not call it an annoying noise.

It seems Dell learned from the past when it comes to electronic sounds/coil whine, because we could not hear any from our test unit, neither in everyday use, nor the benchmarks.

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 29.3 dB(A)
Load
30 / 32.4 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: 29.3 dB(A)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
Noise
-5%
-3%
-4%
-7%
-4%
off / environment *
29.3
29.5
-1%
30.3
-3%
29.2
-0%
30.4
-4%
28.1
4%
Idle Minimum *
29.3
29.5
-1%
30.3
-3%
29.2
-0%
30.4
-4%
28.1
4%
Idle Average *
29.3
29.5
-1%
30.3
-3%
29.2
-0%
30.4
-4%
28.1
4%
Idle Maximum *
29.3
29.5
-1%
30.3
-3%
29.2
-0%
30.4
-4%
28.1
4%
Load Average *
30
31.1
-4%
31.7
-6%
34.8
-16%
31.7
-6%
31.7
-6%
Load Maximum *
32.4
39.3
-21%
32.7
-1%
34.8
-7%
38.1
-18%
43.4
-34%
Witcher 3 ultra *
43.4

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.434.630.531.731.52528.228.32728.126.5313029.333.630.229.24028.127.932.228.627.75025.327.22725.726.76325.123.526.724278023.923.624.524.12410025.523.525.924.63012522.82424.223.925.216024.7252424.426.620023.622.622.822.223.6250222221.82223.831521.321.121.620.721.440020.520.320.52021.250020.920.520.319.421.563019.819.819.519.320.880020.119.11918.620.3100020.720.219.619.421125019.219.118.117.220.9160018.718.617.316.620.4200018.618.817.916.421.1250019.118.417.415.921.23150191816.815.821.7400017.6171615.720.1500016.616.416.115.618.1630016.115.916.115.717.2800015.915.815.815.616.11000015.815.715.915.615.71250015.515.515.715.515.41600015.315.415.515.315.2SPL30.930.53029.332.4N1.51.41.31.31.7median 19.2median 19.1median 18.1median 17.2median 21Delta22.12.82.30.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseDell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD

Temperature

The XPS 13 9300 can get pretty warm under load and we measure up to 50 °C (122 °Fin the central upper keyboard area. Both the palm rests and the bottom of the base unit stay noticeably cooler though, so it is still possible to use the device on the lap. There are no problems in everyday situations. 

During the stress test with combined CPU and GPU load, the system can maintain the 25W consumption for the processor a bit longer, but it eventually drops to 15W as well. At the beginning of the test, we can see up to 46W for a couple of seconds. After the stress test, there are no performance limitations.

Stress test CPU@ 46W
Stress test [email protected] 46W
Stress test CPU@ 25W
Stress test [email protected] 25W
Stress test CPU@ 15W
Stress test [email protected] 15W
Max. Load
 43.3 °C
110 F
50.8 °C
123 F
41.3 °C
106 F
 
 44 °C
111 F
43.3 °C
110 F
42 °C
108 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.1 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 50.8 °C = 123 F
Average: 39.3 °C = 103 F
41 °C
106 F
42.2 °C
108 F
38.5 °C
101 F
35.6 °C
96 F
40.1 °C
104 F
38.1 °C
101 F
32.2 °C
90 F
33.3 °C
92 F
32.4 °C
90 F
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.7 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.3 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 50.8 °C / 123 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 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 39.7 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.6 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.1 °C / 86.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-1.6 °C / -2.9 F).
Temperature development top (stress test)
Temperature development top (stress test)
Temperature development bottom (stress test)
Temperature development bottom (stress test)

Speakers

One of the two speakers
One of the two speakers

The two stereo speakers are very good, especially for such a compact system like the XPS 13. The sound is very spatial and rich when you watch videos or movies, only the bass is very limited. Music playback (like web radio) is no problem, although you should not expect a serious Hi-Fi replacement.

We are also convinced by the speakers in conference calls with clear voices and we did not notice any problems with the microphones during the review. As we have mentioned before, the contacts of the stereo jack are just lying on the mainboard. We cannot say whether this will result in long-term issues.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.731.62528.126.53130.230.24028.629.85025.726.5632426.18024.125.510024.635.912523.946.616024.453.520022.256.52502255.431520.755.54002058.950019.463.463019.364.580018.668.9100019.470.7125017.268.3160016.667.7200016.468.6250015.967.6315015.865.7400015.765.8500015.661.5630015.760800015.658.91000015.653.71250015.545.41600015.336.6SPL29.378.4N1.342.1median 17.2median 60Delta2.36.729.833.223.824.226.627.426.426.531.531.122.526.621.834.924.345.222.146.323.251.321.652.521.954.320.658.120.761.620.162.218.964.519.565.419.765.617.770.417.171.116.671.416.169.615.864.815.563.415.759.615.660.115.562.115.36215.257.414.947.329.579.11.342.9median 17.7median 622.55.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHDApple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 9% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management – XPS 13 runs and runs and runs

Power Consumption

Charging
Charging

The XPS 13 9300 is a very efficient laptops with light workloads, but you should be a bit careful with the keyboard illumination. It increases the consumption by 1.8W on the first stage, and another 1.5W on the second stage. This can have an effect, especially if you are on the road without the possibility to charge the device. The 45W power adapter is sufficient since the maximum consumption of 50W is limited to a couple of seconds. A pretty small power adapter also means a long charging time though, because it takes 161 minutes before the laptop is fully charged again.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.52 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.4 / 6 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 36.6 / 49.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
i5-8257U, Iris Plus Graphics 645, Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.5
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
0%
36%
-6%
-18%
10%
7%
-29%
Idle Minimum *
3.4
2.1
38%
1.8
47%
3.4
-0%
4.8
-41%
2.6
24%
3.5 (3 - 4.3, n=4)
-3%
6.49 (1 - 36, n=628)
-91%
Idle Average *
6
6.9
-15%
4.6
23%
5.6
7%
8.6
-43%
5.3
12%
6.33 (5.4 - 7.5, n=4)
-6%
9.7 (2.06 - 39, n=628)
-62%
Idle Maximum *
10.2
7.8
24%
6.1
40%
8.7
15%
10.4
-2%
7
31%
8.3 (6.8 - 10.2, n=4)
19%
12 (3.9 - 55, n=628)
-18%
Load Average *
36.6
42
-15%
27.4
25%
43.6
-19%
37.9
-4%
43.1
-18%
32 (29 - 36.6, n=4)
13%
33.4 (6.3 - 75, n=618)
9%
Load Maximum *
49.3
64.5
-31%
27
45%
65
-32%
48.5
2%
49
1%
43.3 (29.4 - 49.3, n=4)
12%
40.5 (7.6 - 111, n=621)
18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
43.1

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The battery capacity is still 52 Wh, and the recorded battery runtimes are very good. Our practical WLAN test runs for almost 12 hours and still 8.5 hours with the maximum display brightness. Our video test at 150 Nits even runs for around 14.5 hours.

We expect similar battery runtimes for the optional 1200p touchscreen, only the UHD panel should consume significantly more power.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
11h 43min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge 44)
8h 32min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 25min
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 52 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
i5-8257U, Iris Plus Graphics 645, 58.2 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 54.5 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 51 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
11%
-24%
-32%
-30%
-24%
-38%
Reader / Idle
1281
1032
628 (87 - 2735, n=556)
H.264
866
627
-28%
764
-12%
489 (182 - 1174, n=125)
-44%
WiFi v1.3
703
777
11%
620
-12%
499
-29%
498
-29%
537
-24%
490 (206 - 991, n=247)
-30%
Load
205
139
-32%
94
-54%
141
-31%
122 (40 - 347, n=570)
-40%

Pros

+ high-quality and very compact case
+ very good matte screen
+ fast Wi-Fi 6
+ decent input devices
+ very long battery runtime
+ no coil whine
+ very quiet with daily workloads
+ available with Linux

Cons

- only 12 months warranty by default
- Clickpad of our unit was not perfectly integrated
- bad webcam
- display brightness is reduced on battery power
- slow response times of the panel
- more expensive than the predecessor

Verdict – XPS 13 9300 is overall better than before, but also more expensive

In review: Dell XPS 13 9300
In review: Dell XPS 13 9300

Overall, the new XPS 13 9300 leaves a very good impression in our review. The case is well built, extremely compact, and sturdy at the same time. The matte 16:10 display can convince us expect for the slow response times, but we recommend to calibrate it. The two speakers are also completely sufficient.

The performance is a double-edged sword, because the CPU performance is lower compared to the predecessor. This is certainly not an ideal development, but to be fair, the performance of the Core i5 will still be more than sufficient for many users, especially in combination with the fast SSD. The performance of the iGPU has increased as well, so you can play some games. This brings us to the optional Core i7 with the even faster iGPU. There should not be an advantage in terms of raw CPU performance, but the iGPU is a significant upgrade and worth a look.

Dell's new XPS 13 9300 is a very good successor for the popular subnotebook. We did not find any serious drawbacks during our review, but the new model is no bargain at an entry-level price of 1500 Euros (~$1614).

The return to the 16:10 display is an appreciated move and we also like the fast card reader, but we would have liked to see one more USB port. We will also review the XPS 13 9300 with the faster Core i7 and the UHD panel soon.

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Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD - 03/19/2020 v7
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Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
62 / 75 → 82%
Weight
73 / 20-75 → 96%
Battery
89%
Display
89%
Games Performance
55 / 78 → 71%
Application Performance
88 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
94%
Audio
75 / 91 → 83%
Camera
29 / 85 → 34%
Average
78%
89%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-03-21 (Update: 2020-04- 7)
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Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Notebooks
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.