Intel Core processors are now in their tenth generation, at least according to the manufacturer's calculation method. In fact, these are several big and small developmental steps that have been taken over the years that Intel has put together in easier-to-sell collections. For example, the tenth generation Core currently consists of two different processor architectures, Comet Lake based on 14-nanometer technology and Ice Lake, Intel's first 10-nanometer processors.
The Dell XPS 13 has been one of our favorites in the 13 inch thin and light range for the past few years, but we forgot that there is also a 2 in 1 version of the computer with flip-flop touchscreen and tablet mode.
It gets more current now that the XPS series has just been updated with new hardware and version 2 in 1 has just received an Ice Lake processor. The XPS 13 2 in 1 is called short and good, and with extension 7390 to distinguish it from the previous version of the same computer, which has the 8th generation Intel processor with Amber Lake architecture.
Family design and luxurious finish
We never tested it, so we can't confirm it one hundred percent, but as far as we can see, nothing has changed in the design for the exterior. It's a solid, slim 2-in-1 computer, built with a 13-inch screen and extra-thin edges, especially on the sides, but also on top, where it only makes a few millimeters margin difference, despite a really good webcam and light sensor environment .
The display covers and chassis are made of solid aluminum, while the interior of the mouse and keyboard has black carbon fiber with a lightweight finish that makes it very comfortable to use. The keyboard has high build quality and gives the buttons a distinct click feel, thanks to the magnetic switches, but is of a significantly flat type with almost no impact height, which can be difficult for some users to get used to.
The computer is available in a variety of configurations, with two different processors, different frame and ssd memory and 1080p and 4K display respectively. Here we tested one of the most expensive but not the most maximized models. Our model has 4k screen, 16 GB frame, 256 GB ssd and the fastest processor.
Fast and dynamic processor
It is called the Intel Core i7-1065G7 and has four processor cores with a 1.3 GHz base frequency and a maximum frequency of 3.9 GHz in a single core. This makes it possible to get a lot of performance over a short period of time, while it usually remains quieter and is cooler and with less power.
The result is a computer that in almost every situation seems fast and we avoid temporary resistance and delay by, for example, starting applications, applying filters to image processing programs or loading heavy documents. The fact that frame memories and ssd are pleasantly fast also adds to this experience.
The G7 indicates that the processor has slightly better graphics than just Intel UHD graphics. Here, instead, Iris Plus, which provides some elevation, is primarily in programs for creating images and videos. There aren't enough graphics yet to play most games, but we don't expect an ultra-thin laptop in the Ultrabook class either.
Thunderbolt, and nothing more
If you want your computer, you can invest in an external graphics card case connected to a desktop screen. You can connect one of the computer's two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one on each side. They also support battery charging and display port. This and a headset are all the connections you get; Therefore, you might consider a good docking box with more USB ports if you don't just want the mobile computer.
Not only is the processor new, but also the wireless network adapter, which has now been updated to support Wifi 6, which gives you a great boost in speed and stability if you've already provided a router that delivers it. If not, maybe it's time now. Now computers and cell phones are starting to set a new fast standard.
In our tested model, there is a high resolution screen, a 16: 10 4k panel and some extra pixels in height, sharp contrast, uniform backlight, wide color range, Dolby Vision hdr support and excellent brightness. Dell specifies for 500 cd / m2 and although we currently do not have access to a light meter, the experience of using it gives us no reason to doubt.
With a completely shiny glass surface, there are some noticeable reflections on the screen, and a lot of sunlight can of course add to it. The touch screen function has good accuracy and control, but we may have a bit of trouble if, for example, we try to open a window. Probably this has to do with having a lot of extra pixels to handle and it will be challenging to get a quick response for Iris Pro as well.
It consumes a lot of power
The screen also seems to consume a lot of power. At high brightness, battery life decreases significantly and even at maximum the screen is not as dark as on other laptops. Therefore, it will be difficult to assess the energy efficiency of Ice Lake hardware. This particular computer doesn't impress with uptime, and Dell itself says you get about 60% more from a 1080p model.
It may also be due to a slightly thin battery. Its 4 cell battery has 51 watts / hour capacity. It's almost what some cell phones have today. Perhaps we would have appreciated more battery capacity, even if it meant more weight.
Good screen care has eliminated the sound, which also maintains the high quality. Its 2×2 watt stereo elements may not be directly powerful, but have good frequency distribution and fine detail reproduction, and Wave Maxxaudio Pro software corrects for good control and natural surround effect. Unfortunately, the sound from the headset is not so convincing and, above all, lacks sufficient volume. Instead, we recommend some good usb bluetooth devices or headphones.
Extra program, minimal with swelling
Dell XPS computers are sold to consumers and businesses. In stores, you should find it primarily in Windows 10 Home, but if you buy it from Dell.se, you can find it in the retail section of the online store, Windows 10 Pro, and typical commercial terms of service. But of course you need to pay a little more for this already expensive computer.
In either case, the Dell touch pen is included as an optional extra. It is not included in the basic set. The only extra we get is a usb-c to usb-a connector adapter. We didn't bring any of these to our test computer either, so as the screen is good for a creator with a pen on the high end we seem unspoken. Technically, it has good condition with pressure nuances and tilt sensitivity.
Either way, your computer is not overly loaded with bloatware. In addition to the preinstalled Netflix, we didn't order it directly, and all the little power that Microsoft stubbornly insists on, we only get added value – a one-year license on the 20 GB McAfee Livesafe and Dropbox security package, plus some system maintenance, audio settings, networks, lightning and battery optimization.
With this upgrade, Dell is moving fast and is taking an already impressive small tunnel to new levels of performance. However, we are not really in the notes with the option of running a 4k screen. In 13-inch format, the 1,440-pixel 2k screen provided the same clear experience, but saved a lot of battery life.
Product's name: Dell XPS 13 2 in 1 7390
proven: October 2019
processor: Intel Core i7-1065G7, 1.3 GHz Quad Core
graphics: Intel Iris Plus
memory: 16 GB ddr4
storage: 512 GB ssd, micro sd space
display: 13.4-inch Blank Ips, 3840×2400 Pixels, Multitouch
on webcam: 720p, wide angle
connections: 2 spokes 3, 3.5mm earphone
wireless: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (wifi 1-6), bluetooth 5.0
Operational system: Windows 10 Home
other: 12 months McAfee Livesafe
battery life: 1h 5min (high load), 10h 10min (low load)
The sound level: 0-36 dBa
size: 29.6 x 20.7 x 1.3 cm
Weight: 1.33 kg
Price rec.: 23 990 kr
Cinebench R20, CPU: 1,446 points
Geekbench 5, cpu: 4,825 points
Geekbench 5, gpu: 10 232 points
Disk reading: 1,161.1 MB / s
Disk Search: 0.1 ms
Build quality on top.
Excellent performance for the format.
Good picture and sound.
Mostly silent operation.
Battery life is not peak.