Dell XPS 13 : Is it worth it?

Disclaimer: No one paid me anything to do this review. Maybe they should. 

This is my review of the Dell XPS 13 running Windows Operating system after 1-day use. I have been a happy Dell customer for many years from the old Alienware 14 to Alienware Aurora R5 to the latest Alienware 15 R3. My office desktop is also from Dell but not Alienware line.

Why do you buy XPS 13?

I need an Ubuntu laptop with a reasonable price. Too poor to buy Apple laptop.

What are the Specs? 

Dell XPS 9360, Intel 8th Gen i5-8250U, 8GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz RAM, 128GB Hynix M.2 SSD, a 13-inch screen with a 1080p display (350 nits maximum), fingerprint reader, 60Whr battery. It also has a touchscreen.

How much does it cost? 

It is about $550 after cash back from Dell outlet.

Is it worth $550? Yes.

Does it worth more than $1000 for its regular price? No


Why is it worth $550?

It has the latest i5-8250U CPU, which has double the core for the previous generation of low voltage CPUs. The extremely thin bezel is also nice.  The build quality seems nice when you hold it. Mine also came with a fingerprint reader. The touchscreen feature is really nice.

Ports (PRTS)
2 USB 3.0 – 1 w/PowerShare
1 SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
1 Headset jack
1 Noble lock slot
1 Thunderbolt™ 3 (2 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3)

I like most about its 10hr battery life. It has such a long battery life that you could use it for a day without charging it. When I bring my Alienware, I will always need to find a place to charge my computer

Some people report that they have coil whine, which is the noise that the electrical coil makes, and sometimes it could be really annoying. But mine did not have any coil whine as far as I could tell. Lucky me!

Recently I began to love the refurbished computers. It is cheaper and has much fewer problems than new computers since they need to fully test it before they ship to you. I mostly only purchased from the official refurbished Dell website called Dell outlet.

Why is it not worth over $1000 for its regular price?

First, the speaker is just crap. Like the crap came out of the crap, especially comparing it to my Alienware laptop. Come on, Dell, I know you could do better than that.

Second, the keyboard is bad. It feels really mushy, like a keyboard from a cheap Chromebook. But you could type really fast on it once you get used to it.

Third, the trackpad is small and sometimes not so precise compared to my Alienware. But having a touchscreen really compensate for it.

Easily upgradable parts: SSD and WiFi card. 

That is about how I feel about the XPS 13. In the next blog, I will try the Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 for its compatibility, which is why I purchased this laptop. Stay tuned.




SSD buying guide for everybody

Why do you care about storage? Well, it is the place where you put your games, videos, books, programs and all the dirty secrets.

Various people have drastically different storage needs for size, speed, and place. This is a quick review of all the possible solutions in the commercial market so far, plus some explanation of confusing concepts that bothers me a lot.

What if I do not really understand or do not want to understand anything about it? Just buy Samsung SSD. Samsung did not give me any money, they just make the best consumer SSD.

If your computer does not support a gum-size SSD called M.2 SSD, then buy Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch SSD. If you computer support a gum-size SSD, then you could try the Samsung M.2 970 EVO SSD. If you could not put it on your computer, then just buy Samsung M.2 850 EVO SSD.

If there are still some problems, then you need to continue to read my blog.

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