Dell XPS 13 Review: The Windows Workhorse

People have been asking me to review the Dell XPS 13 for as long as I’ve been looking at laptops. So when Dell offered to loan me the latest version of its nearly bezel-less notebook, equipped with the newest 8th-generation Intel Core i7, I jumped at the chance. What I found was a laptop with a surprisingly conservative design – but enough power (in the processor and the battery) to see me through the longest of workdays. The Dell XPS 13 is a workhorse in the truest sense, and because of that I can’t help but respect it. Join me for MrMobile’s Dell XPS 13 Review, and be sure to check out Windows Central’s take as well in the links below!


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MrMobile’s Dell XPS 13 Review for 2017 was produced following two months with a Dell XPS 13 review device provided by Dell. The review device was running Windows 10, powered by an Intel 8th-generation Core i7 and equipped per the spec sheet found in the video.


Dell XPS 13 Review [Windows Central]:

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46 thoughts on “Dell XPS 13 Review: The Windows Workhorse

  1. Hey Michael, with all the recent issues behind the Matebook X Pro and Huawei, would you think it's wise to look at an XPS? Or still recommend the MBXP? Still deciding between either, leaning on the MBXP though

  2. so how did you fix the chassis after that fall, i'm having the same issue here with the 9360 with a small gap at the side of the laptop when the laptop lid is open

  3. As I watch more of your videos…I start to believe there is something between you and Daniel, some kinda 'more than friend' thing lol

  4. Please shorten your intro….I haven't unlocked immortality yet. Once you get to the actual review, great job! Really enjoyed it.

  5. Being a Thinkpad and MacBook guy I love the design, I hope they include a discrete gpu one of these days even if it gets thicker

  6. should i go for a i7 7th gen or the i5 8th gen
    and should i upgrade the ram for the i5 model i basically have clg work i have been using the dell latitude e5570 before this

  7. Hi… Wish to have a best opinion from you… I am an Architect, as a part of my profession i use to work on AutoCAD, REVIT Architecture, SketchUP, Vray Rendering, Photoshop, Indesign and Premier i am a regular user of all these software for my final productivity of design presentation… I am planing to buy a laptop wich is good in performance, durability and user friendly… In my list of choice LENOVO ThinkPAD T series and ASUS ZENBOOK PRO UX550 is on prior due to its configuration and User friendly design(Size)… Kindly can you help me to choose a better one… ThinkPAD P series is better workstation but i couldn't able to carry such a huge gaint laptop place to place were i travel… Thanks…

  8. Between this laptop and the HP Spectre x360 with the 8th gen Intel i 7 processor, which do you think is better?

  9. Did you have any coil whine issues? I'm thinking of getting an XPS 13, but I just read up about the issue…

  10. I've noticed a lot of reviewers going after the stale, antiquated looks. To be honest I think Dell understands their demographic. There are people that want something powerful, yet sleek. Not gaudy like the gaming stuff but also not frivolous like the apple products. The screen being the physical showpiece is enough in my opinion. It's what the user looks at, not what other people around the user have to see.

    Just my 2 cents-great review Michael.

  11. I wonder if this years model wont need a bios update out of the box ti fix its issues. 15-17 all borked out of the box.

  12. Who uses micro SD-cards? Never understood why they include those crappy readers. I'v only had them in my phones. And who pulls that card out of the phone on a regular basis? If they don't have a regular SD card reader (for cameras sake) they might as well just remove it and put a USB port there instead.

    Otherwise I like the XPS design. Sleek and functional. Only downside on the looks department is the ravioli shaped lid.

    I can recommend the Acer Spin 5 though. I got the SP513 52N Gen 8 i5 on Black Friday for around 800 dollars and it is a really sweet machine for the price. If you can live with the Acer name on it.

  13. I'm not a windows fan but apparently this is one of the absolute best laptop's to run Linux on which I would consider buying it for.

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