Dell XPS 13 7390
Dell XPS 13 Price in Nepal. Dell’s XPS 13 would be among the top recommendations, if not the first. And the reason for that is simple: since its inception in 2012, Dell has ensured that it’s able to take on Apple’s MacBook Air head on by offering the best of both worlds – compact design with an oomph factor and a spec sheet that can rival any laptop worth its salt. And yet, there has been something or the other amiss in these devices, with the most recent ones having weird placement for the web camera (at the bottom).
Enter the XPS 13 7390, which is changing things up. In fact, I’d go on to say that it gets very close to being a perfect portable laptop. Curious to know how and why?
Instead of starting with externals, we’ll talk about XPS 13 7390’s innards first… as Dell’s offering is among the first set of devices that come equipped with Intel’s all-new 10th-gen chipsets. Worth noting however, that Dell’s notebook utilises Comet Lake chips which are based on 14nm process and not the power-efficient 10nm Ice Lake processors which we recently bench marked on a test machine. The latest model of the XPS 13 is available in two configurations of the Core-i5 10210 and Core i7 10510. My review unit featured the latter, which is quad-core silicon with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. Its turbo speeds can reach as high as 4.9GHz.
In regular usage, the laptop managed to fly through everything. Even with multiple apps open, the performance was smooth, though I wouldn’t say that it was completely lag-free. There were times when the Dell XPS 13 took a split second to open a new app or switch between apps, though these instances were few and far between. Helping with the multitasking abilities is 16GB LPDDR3 RAM.
Taking care of graphics needs is an integrated Intel UHD graphics, which is a clear indication that the device isn’t meant for hardcore gaming. Upon running casual titles like Rocket League, the device did manage to hold on to its own. I usually saw frame rates of 30fp even after 30 minutes of playing, which is quite good.
Even better is the fact that the XPS 13 maintains its cool under duress. There was nary an instance where it becomes too hot to handle, with the temperature only increasing at the bottom. With that said, the fans do make quite a noise every now and then, even when you aren’t running processor-intensive tasks.
Design and display
The Dell XPS 13 7390 looks as plain as any laptop, and that perhaps makes it all the more alluring. The metallic silver colour at the outside and all-black design lend the device a classy appeal. Add to it the fact that the machine has been built out of a single block of aluminium, and it’s as solid as a notebook could be.
Sadly that makes it seem that the rig is quite heavy. However, considering that it tips the scales at 1.33g, it surely doesn’t feel heavy when placed in a backpack or a laptop bag. It’s not too thick either, as its waistline measures 11.6mm. The rig doesn’t flex, which is a testament to its robustness.
Adding to the premium aesthetics are the super-slim bezels around the three sides of the screen. And yes, this time around, you won’t be getting weird shots either due the poor placement of the camera. Dell has managed to place the webcam on its original place. While the bezels on the bottom are thick, they don’t look odd and the Dell logo reflects on the hinge which seems like a nice touch.
The laptop maker has also made sure that user experience is quite good; considering the palm rest area is coated with carbon-fibre texture. This not only makes typing a joyous affair, but also ensures that your hands don’t need to rest on cold metal, something which will be all the more important in the coming winter season. While my unit featured an all-black hue inside, you can also opt for the arctic white option which looks even classier (the outer lid is clad in rose gold in this case)Dell XPS 13 Price in Nepal.
While we’ll be discussing the keyboard and trackpad area in the next section, it’s worth noting that the power button doubles up as fingerprint reader. It’s accurate and quick too and works with a single press. Although for some strange reason, the key doesn’t turn on the XPS 13 at times even after multiple presses.
The minimalistic attributes continue in the I/O department too, and yet, I’ve no qualms. You get three USB Type-C ports, with one of them doubling up as charging socket. And unlike many notebooks these days, you get a microSD card slot too. Of course, there’s a 3.5mm headphone interface as well, while the four-level LED indicator on the left spine is quite handy to know the battery status. There’s another LED strip on the front of the touchpad that lights up when the battery is below 20 percent.
Keyboard and trackpad
The chiclet-styled keyboard on the Dell XPS 13 is well laid out. That means, there’s enough space between the keys and they offer decent tactile feedback when pressed. Consequently, typing on the notebook doesn’t take too long to get used to and remains quick and accurate.
With that said, the placement around arrow keys is slightly odd as you’ll be pressing ‘Pg Up’ and ‘Pg Down’ keys quite often. The back lighting has two intensity levels and makes it easy to type in dim environments. The Function keys work directly and don’t require you to press the Fn button, though I’d have liked to see the brightness control for the display in these buttons itself instead of it being present on Up and Down keys.
Software, battery and more
Like all Windows laptops, the XPS 13 7390 features Windows 10 out of the box. Dell has also kept the amount of bloatware to the minimum, though there are some first-party apps from the brand itself. Among them, the Dell Mobile Connect is quite useful. As the name suggests, it pairs up with your smartphone and shows messages / notifications directly. While there are quite a few apps allowing you to do this, the company’s solution is seamless and works flawlessly.
The XPS 13’s webcam now measures 2.25mm and thanks to its conventional placement, you won’t get shots that are focusing on your chin. Sadly however, the quality isn’t anything to write home about. There are a noticeable amount of grain and light flair too.
Fuelling the Dell XPS 13 7390 is a 52WHr cell which ensures that you could easily go out for a half-day meeting with the notebook. In my regular usage, while being connected to an external monitor, the device was able to last around four hours usually. This was reflected by the BatteryEaterPro benchmark too as it drained completely in two hours and seven minutes. Juicing the laptop from 10 percent to fully takes two hours with the bundled 45W adapter.
Dell XPS 13 7390 Specification
- Measures 302 x 199 x 11.6mm
- Weighs 1.16kg
- 13.3-inch touchscreen display, 4k resolution
- Intel Core i7-10510 processor
- Intel HD Graphics 620
- 16GB DDR3 RAM
- 512GB SSD
- 3 x USB Type-C ports
- 52WHr battery
- Runs Windows 10 Home
Dell XPS 13 Price in Nepal:NRs. 219,990 ( Expected Price )