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Editorial: Dell XPS 13 9370 - not bad, but where's the beef?

Editorial: Dell XPS 13 9370 - not bad, but where's the beef?

As part of CES, Dell presented its latest cash cow, the completely redesigned and rebuilt XPS 13, during CES. Contrary to common practice, the latest XPS 13 is brand-new on the outside yet remains completely unmodified on the inside (CPU/GPU). One might wonder: how exactly is the new XPS 13 better than its predecessor? We took a closer look only to discover: it really isn't.
Thermal map of the XPS 15 2-in-1 after video streaming for some time.

CES 2018 | The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is real — and it sure runs hot

[Update: The preliminary temperature measurements are of an early unit unrepresentative of the retail model.] Thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the XPS 15 9560, the XPS 15 2-in-1 features a 65 W Kaby Lake-G processor and new Mag-Lev keyboard. Something has to give, however, and we believe it will be in warmer temperatures.
Dell claims their Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD is one of the most compact and fastest in the world.

CES 2018 | Dell introduces super-sleek TB3-based portable SSDs

Dell has announced a compact TB3-based portable SSD that should deliver transfer rates up to 2650 MB/s. It won't come cheap, however, as the 500 GB and 1 TB models will retail for US$439 and US$799 respectively.
The XG Station Pro's all-aluminum enclosure makes it much more professional-looking than Asus's previous eGPU offerings.

CES 2018 | The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU

Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
The Dell XPS 13 9370 is the full refresh we've been waiting for

CES 2018 | The Dell XPS 13 9370 is the full refresh we've been waiting for

More than just a thinner facade, the next generation XPS 13 offers a host of new hardware features from top to bottom for a starting price of under $1000 USD.
Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017

The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017

Creativity, unhindered. Holiday season is finally upon us, and thus begins one of the most lucrative periods for anyone mulling to purchase a new notebook excelling both in content creation and consumption. The choices can be daunting, but leave it to us to help you decide on the best multimedia notebook to perfectly complement your needs.
Dell XPS 13 9360R (i5-8250U, QHD) Laptop Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9360R (i5-8250U, QHD) Laptop Review

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.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
The Dell XPS 15 9560 is all set to get an enticing refresh in 2018. (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter

The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.
Dell XPS 15 9560 2017 model. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Dell XPS 15: Claims of GTX 1060 with QuadHD+ and 5K screen options but 4K might be gone

A user on Reddit was browsing the XPS 15 section of the Dell Canada website, where they claim to have seen some important specifications such as the inclusion of a GTX 1060 option, QHD+ (touch enabled) and 5K screens, and the apparent absence of 4K.
Dell XPS 13 9360 (FHD, i7, Iris) Laptop Review

87% Dell XPS 13 9360 (FHD, i7, Iris) Laptop Review

More GPU or more CPU performance? Dell offers the popular XPS 13 with faster Intel Iris graphics, but can the cooling solution handle the additional performance, and is it a good upgrade? Or should you get the one of the new Kaby Lake-R chips instead?
Intel Core i7-7560U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Black Friday comes early (for Dell)

Black Friday comes early (for Dell)

It's the holiday season, which means Black Friday deals are coming. Dell is kicking things off with some enticing deals on XPS and Alienware notebooks and desktops. The sale is on now until 8 AM EST on November 3.
What we'd like to see in the 2018 XPS 15 9570

What we'd like to see in the 2018 XPS 15 9570

The Dell XPS 15 still remains one of the best laptops money can buy, but is not without its flaws. As we head into 2018, we expect Dell to refresh the XPS 15 lineup with new Intel 8th generation CPUs and hopefully address some of the nagging problems in the current generation. Here's a list of what we'd like to see changed in the upcoming refresh of an already great piece of hardware.
The first look of the new Dell XPS 13 in pristine Alpine White. (Source: TechRadar)

Dell XPS 13 vNext gets teased ahead of CES 2018

Dell showed off a sneak peak of the upcoming XPS 13 way ahead of its official CES 2018 announcement. The new XPS 13 seems to sport new color choices and ditches all legacy USB ports in favor of USB Type-C.
The Dell Latitude 13 7370 is now available at a heavily discounted price. (Source: eBay)

Deal | The Dell Latitude 13 7000 can be yours for just US$599

Dell's premium business offering, the Latitude 13 7370, is currently available on Dell's eBay store for just US$599 — more than 50% off its original price of US$1,300. The discounted price also includes a US$100 on-page discount.
Swelling batteries in the XPS 15 9550 have caused displacement of trackpads rendering them useless. (Source: User Crashnorun on the Dell Support Forum)

PSA | Dell offers to replace swelling XPS 15 9550 batteries for free, even if out-of-warranty

There were problems with batches of 84Wh batteries in the XPS 15 9550 that led to the battery bulging and pushing against the trackpad. Once the swelling was bad enough, it not only hindered the trackpad function but also posed a safety hazard. Users are now reporting that Dell is now finally accepting out-of-warranty battery replacements for the XPS 15 9550...
Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy across the entire XPS lineup (Source: Dell)

Dell Dynamic Power Policy: A look into how Dell manages thermal and power policies across its XPS lineup

Using a combination of hardware and software, Dell designs its XPS lineup of notebooks to dynamically adjust power inputs to the various components to ensure that the system operates within specified temperature limits. We explain how Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy to maximize performance within design constraints.
The key feature of the M5520 anniversary edition is the dark anodized aluminum upper and lower surfaces. (Source: Dell)

The XPS 9560's brother, the Precision 5520, just got a special new color

Dell is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Precision business workstation line with a cool "limited edition" Precision 5520, sporting new packaging, special wallpapers, and (most importantly) a cool dark anodized aluminum finish.
Coil whine, backlight bleed, and keyboard flex were some of the issues found. (Source: hpthetallguy)

Don't expect too much from the ZenBook Pro UX550

Many are eagerly awaiting Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 as a powerful but portable multimedia workhorse, but initial reports suggest the same kind of issues that have caused users to look to the UX550 may cause them to again have to look elsewhere for their dream machine.
(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Though it's had no shortage of bugs, Dell's XPS 15 9560 remains the ultraportable workstation to beat. (Source: Windows Central)

XPS 15 9560 gets BIOS update fixing Skylake/Kaby Lake microcode bug

Dell has rolled-out BIOS update version 1.3.4 for their popular XPS 15 9560-series notebooks. The BIOS update fixes include the recently discovered microcode bug with Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures.
The XPS 15's design philosophy of a 15-inch laptop in a 14-inch laptop's footprint has put the 14-inch laptop in an awkward place. (Source: Dell)

Opinion: 15 is the new 14

Who doesn't want an extra 1.6 inches? Due to the popularity of small bezels, Editor Douglas Black predicts that 14-inch laptops will lose their niche in the market — at least until there's a breakthrough in heat dissipation.
Gigabyte's new Aero 15 has been received with near universal acclaim. (Source: Gigabyte)

Aero 15 gets firmware fix for keyboard rollover bug

Gigabyte has released a firmware update for their new Aero 15 laptop that fixes a bug preventing certain key combinations from registering. The 1.1.5 update is available through the Gigabyte Fusion application.
Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Ever wondered which notebooks the editors prefer to use day-to-day? The staff of Notebookcheck reveal their preferences.
The HP ZBook Studio G4 combines killer specs with design. (Source: HP)

HP introduces updated ZBook mobile workstations

HP has revealed updates to its ZBook line of workstations, including the long-awaited ZBook Studio G4.
After installing the BIOS update, many users are unable to get past the Dell logo.

PSA: Latest XPS 9560 BIOS (1.2.4) may brick notebook

Dell's latest BIOS update for the XPS 9560 (1.2.4) is causing some users' laptops to be bricked after installing. There are two simple methods to make the system bootable again, however.
An improvement of the Speed Step technology, Speed Shift enables much faster power state transitions to increase performance and save battery life. (Source: Intel)

Dell won't enable Speed Shift on the XPS 15 9550 and 9560

After more than a year of badgering by customers waiting for the performance-enhancing technology to be enabled, a Dell representative has stated that though both the 9550 and 9560 support Speed Shift, their engineers are not in the mood to enable it.
With a similar form-factor and specifications to the XPS 15, these two notebooks will be competing for much of the same market. (Source: ExpertReviews)

15-inch Yoga 720 up for order on Lenovo's website

Lenovo's Yoga 720 is a 15-inch quad-core convertible notebook that also packs an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU. It has just gone live on Lenovo's website for US$1259 and is expected to ship in 4-5 weeks.
The UX550 has a more modern, sleeker design than its chunky predecessor. (Source: Taiwan Excellence)

Asus ZenBook with GTX1060 confirmed; release date unknown

Asus has yet to officially announce a 15-inch ZenBook Pro with GTX 1060, but the Taiwan Excellence Awards website reveals some details.
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD) Laptop Review

89% Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD) Laptop Review

Massive GPU gains. Moving from the i7-6700HQ to the i7-7700HQ is the tiniest of steps forward. Moving from the GTX 960M to the GTX 1050, however, is a significant graphical leap for the XPS 15 series.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD) Notebook Review

87% Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Everything will be good?! Dell refreshes its XPS 15 with the latest Kaby Lake processors and a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, so the performance takes a big leap forwards. How does this affect the emissions and the battery runtime? Did Dell finally fix the numerous bugs from the predecessors? We have initial results and will finish the review over the next couple of days.
Intel Core i5-7300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2 kg
Azor tweeted that though they would begin certifying the XPS series for eGPUs, it will take at least a month to assess feasibility. (Source: Twitter)

Dell will begin certifying XPS notebooks for external graphics: Frank Azor

Alienware and XPS GM Frank Azor has stated that due to demand from customers, they will start to seek external graphics certification for their popular XPS line of notebooks. Without certification, newer graphics enclosures with the TI83 controller will not be able to connect.
Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 Convertible Review

87% Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 Convertible Review

Finally, a 2-in-1 InfinityEdge. Dell has successfully translated its award-winning XPS 13 notebook into a convertible with many of its original features intact including the design and display. Users will have to sacrifice some performance and features along the way when compared to the latest Ultrabooks.
Intel Core i7-7Y75 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
An XPS 15 with fingerprint scanner was on display at CES, but it seems that this feature isn't quite ready. (Source: Windows Central)

The XPS 15 9560's fingerprint scanner has gone AWOL (updated with official response from Dell)

The leaked website for the XPS 9560, specs, and CES display model all showed the update to the popular 9550 would sport a fingerprint scanner. The latest information from the company suggests that it does not currently have one, but may get the option soon.
The long-awaited update to the award-winning XPS 15 9550 is available for order on Dell's website now and will begin shipping in 2-3 weeks. (Source: Dell)

Dell's refreshed XPS 15 9560 with GTX 1050 and fingerprint scanner now up for order

The Dell XPS 15 9560, the much-awaited update to the XPS 15 9550, is finally up for order through Dell. The 9560 update brings Kaby Lake CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, fingerprint scanning, and Windows Hello support to everyone's favorite thin-and-light desktop replacement laptop.
The Precision 3520 Mobile Workstation is available now, while the others will become available over the next two months. (Source: Dell)

Dell now offers Ubuntu-based developer versions of new Precision workstations

Dell's 3520, 5520, 7520, and 5720 Precision Workstations will all have the option of shipping with Ubuntu 16.07 LTS. The 3520 is available now, while the others are coming over the next few months.
The updated XPS 13 Convertible is equipped with Kaby Lake-Y series chips for fanless operation. (Source: Dell)

CES 2017 | Dell officially announces XPS 13 Convertible

The popular notebook line of computers from Dell gets an interesting update - the newest XPS 13 is a fanless convertible.
Dell advertises "data transfers up to 40Gbps" on the websites of the XPS 15 and 13. (Source: Dell)

(updated) XPS 9350/9550's Thunderbolt 3 may be hardwired at TB2 speeds

Schematics of the XPS 9350 show that its TB3 controller is hardware-limited to speeds half of those advertised. This may affect all notebooks with a single TB3 port, including the XPS 9360, 9550, 9560, M5510, and M5520.
The only physical changes seem to be the addition of an optional fingerprint scanner and Windows Hello camera. (Source: Dell)

XPS 15 9560 official: GTX 1050, Kaby Lake, fingerprint scanner, and Windows Hello

Dell has gone official with the XPS 15 9560, and it does not disappoint. Changes include a GTX 1050, Kaby Lake, fingerprint scanner, Windows Hello, and Killer Wi-Fi card. Thanks to the updated Pascal graphics, GPU-intensive tasks should run approximately 50% faster than the previous generation.
Dell  XPS 13 9360 FHD i5 Notebook Review

89% Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5 Notebook Review

Quiet evolution. The Kaby Lake i5-equipped version of Dell's XPS 13 subnotebook with FHD display impresses with outstanding battery live, great performance and top-notch ergonomics. The display, however, falls a tad short of our lofty expectations.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5-7200U Notebook Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5-7200U Notebook Review

Small update, no effect?! Dell secretly updated its top seller: The XPS 13 is one of the first models that gets the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel. The chassis does not appear to be changed, and the display is similar as well. We once again do a live review and will update the article continuously.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Dell: XPS 13 with Kaby Lake CPUs announced in Japan

Dell: XPS 13 with Kaby Lake CPUs announced in Japan (Update: International Release announced)

Very quietly, Dell announced a new version of their best selling (probably) consumer-ultrabook. The Dell XPS 13 caused a lot of commotion in the Notebook segment in the last years, and it has started a trend towards smaller display-bezels in the clamshell-formfactor. Now Dell has announced the new version with the 7th Gen of Core i CPUs - for now only in Jap...
How-to guide: PCIe SSD upgrade using the Dell XPS 13 (9350) as an example

How-to guide: PCIe SSD upgrade using the Dell XPS 13 (9350) as an example

Our step-by-step tutorial explains how to upgrade the Dell XPS 13 2016 (9350) quickly and easily with larger and faster PCIe NVMe SSDs. Which ones are compatible? How does an upgrade impact the performance?
Dell XPS 13 9350 2016 (FHD, i7-6560U) Notebook Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9350 2016 (FHD, i7-6560U) Notebook Review

Businessman's toy. We have already reviewed many different configurations of the Dell XPS 13 (9350). This time we want to describe a variant with Intel i7-6560U CPU, integrated Intel Iris Graphics 540, and matte 1080p display. In addition, we will cover the intensively discussed CABC problem of the XPS 13 with FHD display.
Intel Core i7-6560U | Intel Iris Graphics 540 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Dell XPS 12 9250 4K Convertible Review

85% Dell XPS 12 9250 4K Convertible Review

4K for on the go. Dell wants to advance the convertible sector by setting new standards with the new 2-in-1 XPS 12 9259. A 4K panel, 512 GB SSD and Core m7 are some technical highlights that Dell offers. The XPS proves to be a real jack-of-all-trades in routine use but has to accept clear deductions when it comes to battery performance. Find out in our in-depth report what the total package has to offer.
Intel Core m7-6Y75 | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
Dell XPS 13 9350 (i7-6560U, QHD+) Ultrabook Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9350 (i7-6560U, QHD+) Ultrabook Review

Maxed out. Our latest XPS 13 is equipped to the brim with a 3200x1800 resolution touchscreen, Core i7-6560U CPU, Iris Graphics 540, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. Is this higher cost SKU worth the extra horsepower?
Intel Core i7-6560U | Intel Iris Graphics 540 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Dell XPS 15 9550 (i7, 512GB, UHD) InfinityEdge Notebook Review

87% Dell XPS 15 9550 (i7, 512GB, UHD) InfinityEdge Notebook Review

Bug fixes, workarounds and BIOS updates: Dell's XPS 15 does not have a good start. How is the bigger i7/UHD version handling the drawbacks that we experienced with the i5/FHD model? One reader speaks about a “completely different notebook.” Do we share this opinion? Are we even inspired in the end? Update 12/23/2015: Recall BIOS 1.1.14!
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Dell XPS 15 2016 (9550) InfinityEdge Notebook Review

86% Dell XPS 15 2016 (9550) InfinityEdge Notebook Review

High-end without high-end performance. We review the new XPS 15 from Dell and have a look at the performance of the 45-Watt Core i5. Can the latter use its full potential in the flat chassis? Throttling is, fortunately, not the answer – at least not on mains.
Intel Core i5-6300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2 kg
Dell XPS 13 2016 (i7, 256 GB, QHD+) Notebook Review

87% Dell XPS 13 2016 (i7, 256 GB, QHD+) Notebook Review

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
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg

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