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Dell XPS 13 i5-8250U


Dell XPS 13 i5-8250U
Dell XPS 13 i5-8250U (XPS 13 Series)
Intel Core i5-8250U 4 x 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, Kaby Lake Refresh
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 1097 MHz, Memory: 930 MHz,
8 GB 
, LPDDR3 1200 MHz, 14-17-17-40, Dual-Channel
13.30 inch 16:9, 3200 x 1800 pixel 276 PPI, 10-point capacitive, ID: Sharp SHP144A, Name: LQ133Z1, IGZO IPS, Dell P/N: RXN49, glossy: yes
Intel Kaby Lake-U Refresh IMC
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, 256 GB 
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: CABC
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 304 x 201 ( = 0.59 x 11.97 x 7.91 in)
60 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Dell Product Manager, Support Assist, Norton Anti-Virus, Waves MaxxAudio Pro, 24 Months Warranty
1.305 kg ( = 46.03 oz / 2.88 pounds), Power Supply: 242 g ( = 8.54 oz / 0.53 pounds)
1275 Euro



Average Score: 85.9% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 70%, features: 59%, display: 83% mobility: 83%, workmanship: 95%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Dell XPS 13 i5-8250U

87.7% Dell XPS 13 9360R (i5-8250U, QHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
A tad slower. The XPS 13 with Kaby Lake Refresh Core i5 trails the Core i7 in raw multi-core performance, but as far as overall system performance is concerned, the model with i7 is only marginally faster.
Mehr Display auf kleinerer Fläche
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/14/2018
80% Dell XPS 13 (2018)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Dells lyx-laptop XPS 13 har blivit starkare, tunnare och smartare
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%



Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the smallest 13.3-inch laptops on the planet has the world’s first virtually borderless InfinityEdge display and the latest Intel processors.  Dell slimmed down the XPS 13 chassis to be 30% thinner at just 0.3 inch (3.4 mm) at its narrowest point and a touch lighter at merely 2.67 pounds (1.21 kg). For design, the most notable of changes to the XPS 13 design is bound to be the brand new Rose Gold on Alpine White color option. While almost every laptop maker has a rose gold color option these days, Dell took it to the next level with an all-new set of materials for the complementary-colored keyboard deck. Dell is particularly proud that the new keyboard deck houses a crystalline silica material that has the white color literally woven into it like a fabric, in nine composite layers. This is the first time woven glass fiber has been woven into a laptop. Plus, the base has a titanium oxide coating, which gives it a pearly shine, not to mention stronger stain-resistance than most. As for hardware performance, although the 8250U is the weakest U-series processor, it still offers four real CPU cores and heavily parallelized software should be able to take advantage of the eight total threads. The predecessor 7200U, which also had a TPU of 15 W, only had two cores and four threads. According to Intel, the Intel UHD Graphics 620 is identical to the Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated into the i5-7200U.

A major improvement upon Dell's XPS 13 design is the display. The screen is available with an UltraSharp QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) resolution beneath a glossy, IGZO touchscreen. A user can see the brightest brights and the darkest darks with a color gamut of 72% and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. Text and pictures are razor-sharp thanks to the rather unusual 1800p resolution. The panel does not look grainy at all and backlight bleeding also is not much of an issue. That touchscreen is coated with a 0.65% anti-reflective coating that aims to offset the downfalls of all touchscreens and screen glare.  In releasing this XPS 13, Dell is touting its use of Gore thermal insulation for stronger heat dissipation. Dell’s new power management software also helps, with a ‘dynamic power mode’ that automatically delivers maximum power when needed, while carefully monitoring system heat. Besides that, the laptop’s webcam comes equipped with four microphones for stronger video chatting input as well as far-field communication for yelling at Cortana from across the room. The Dell XPS 13 is hard evidence that Dell has its ear to the ground for feedback, judging by the newly centered webcam that now has infrared optics for facial login through Windows 10. Better yet, this new IR lens works well for speedy logins.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Dell XPS 13 8250U touchscreen notebook from Dell is a thin, light, and durable notebook designed for users looking for a portable system that's capable of keeping up with them. As one of the first laptops to ship with Kaby Lake R, the Dell XPS 13 ushers in an intriguing new era for laptops, one where quad-core power could start to erase the compromises between portable and desktop PCs. Powered by up to 1.6 GHz 8th Generation i7-8250U Quad-Core processor with a boost speed of 3.4 GHz, 16GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 RAM, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, the XPS 13 can efficiently multitask and quickly access frequently used files and programs. The 8th-generation Kaby Lake R CPUs will be the first to offer quad-core processing power (four cores and eight threads) for ultrabook machines. Intel's promised performance hike is based on tests comparing the 8th-generation Core i7 to the 7th- generation Core i7 (Kaby Lake) part. The XPS 13's design have the beautiful, machined aluminum lid and base that beset a comfy, carbon fiber keyboard deck coated in soft-touch paint. XPS products use carbon fibre that is similar to what is used for some of the world's high-performance cars and racing bikes for a stellar combination of lightweight and strength. The palm rest is strong and thin like aluminium, but lighter and cooler to the touch.

The machine somehow measures even thinner than the previous generation, though only by 0.33 inches (9mm) at its thinnest point to 0.6 inches (15mm) at its thickest. Dell has also lowered the weight of its leading laptop, but by such a small degree it would be impossible to notice from 2.93 pounds (1.32kg) to now just 2.9 pounds (1.29kg) even for the touchscreen model. The display is a stunning UltraSharp QHD+ resolution (3200x1800) that gives 5.7 million pixels (276 ppi) for the ultimate screen performance with precise clarity and eye-popping details. There are over 2.5 times as many pixels as FHD, 5 times as many as HD and 4.4 times as many as the MacBook Air 13 (or other products with HD+ displays). Text and images appear very sharp owing to the high pixel count from the uncommon 1800p native resolution. Graininess is not an issue on the glossy panel and backlight bleeding is kept to a minimum. User could see content clearly from almost any angle with an IGZO2 IPS panel, providing a wide viewing angle of up to 170“. A user can enjoy the vibrant screen together with friends. As for battery life, paired with the Dell Power Companion, user get up to 11 hours and the freedom to power all of their bonus devices. With up to 11 hours on the QHD+, it's leading the industry in battery life.



Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

i5-8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Dell: Dell is a U.S. manufacturer (based in Texas) of computer hardware founded in 1984 and is one of the largest international manufacturers in terms of both market share and notebook models. Its product line includes desktops, notebooks, storage systems, monitors, servers, printers, consumer electronics and peripherals. Dell offers laptops that are suitable for various applications, such as business laptops, gaming laptops, ultra portables and workstations. Dell's business laptops from the Latitude and Precision series are an option for professional users and businesses.

In 2023, Dell had an approximate 17% market share of global PC sales, ranking #3 after Lenovo and HP.

For gaming enthusiasts, Dell's Alienware brand is for gaming notebooks.

85.9%: This is an above-average rating. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that about one fifth of all tested models receive a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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