Pros / It is thin, light and attractive.
Cons / The high-end models cost quite a bit.
Verdict / The Dell XPS 13 9370 is lightweight and beautiful, though it lacks some ports and comes preloaded with too much extraneous software.
The XPS 13 9370 is pretty. Its sleek design and white exterior are a pleasure to look at, and it’s easy to take anywhere because it only weighs 2.7 pounds, the same as the Asus ZenBook 13. The white color will cost you a little more than the standard black model but if you prefer the look, it’s worth it. Don't get us wrong, we love this laptop. We just think there are a few better options out there if you're looking for a home computer.
We tested this laptop in two configurations: One had a 4K touchscreen and the other had a 1080p non-touch screen. Put simply, 4K is ultra high definition while 1080p, though relatively crisp, is a step down to regular high definition. The 4K screen was much better in our tests, putting out 415 nits of light, which is brighter than the average output of comparable laptops. The 1080p screen put out 372 nits, which is also decent. Both screens had vibrant color display, but the 4K noticeably more so. Whether you opt for the 4K or 1080p, the display is 13.3 inches big.
The more expensive model with the 4K touchscreen has a Core i7-8550U CPU with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. The version with the 1080p screen costs less but comes with only half the RAM and storage and a Core i5-8250U processor. Honestly though, we multitasked on both models and didn't experience any glitches or slowdowns. One of the few times we did notice the difference in performance was during a video compression where the basic model took around 20 minutes and the high-end model was able to do it about 3.5 minutes faster. So, if you compress videos often, go for the more expensive model. We also noticed the difference on the Geekbench performance test, which measures a few different areas of processer performance. The high-end model scored 14,180 while the other one scored 13,254, which is a somewhat noticeable performance difference.
The battery life on both models is comparable to some of the other laptops we tested for home computer use. The XPS 13 with the less vibrant (non-touch) screen lasted longer, as one would expect, hitting 12 hours and 37 minutes. With that battery life you can leave the computer at home with your partner or children and not worry about having to find the charging cord. If you go for the 4K touchscreen you'll get 8 hours and 53 minutes of battery life according to our tests, which is in line with similar laptop models like the HP Spectre X360.
On the outside of this laptop you get a standard webcam, but the lens is located at the base of the screen where it meets the keyboard. This results in some pretty unflattering angles. The keyboard itself has rather shallow keys, but we should have probably seen that coming since the laptop itself is a mere 0.3 inches at its thinnest point. Perhaps because it's so thin, the outside is lacking a USB Type-A port and full-size SD card reader. It does however have two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack, microSD card slot, DisplayPort, a Noble lock slot and battery indicator lights.
The other thing we didn’t love about this laptop, regardless of configuration, was the bloatware that comes automatically factory installed. You get a trial of McAfee LiveSafe and a Dropbox promotion for 20GB of free storage space for a year and Autodesk Sketchbook on top of its standard Windows10 preloaded games, including Minecraft and Bubble Witch 3 Saga. Anyway, you can get several different configurations of this laptop according to your needs and budget, so it's worth checking out if you want a machine that can do a lot for a fair price.