Dell XPS 13 i5-8250U
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell XPS 13 i5-8250U
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.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/14/2018
Source: CNet France FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN
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.
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.
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.
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85.9%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
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