Apologise for the far and few posts. My laptop, a very old and ancient device that was the best in its day almost died. This is not to say that I use my laptop to post here. My iPad is my go to device for blog posts, however, I had to read a lot to decide on how best to replace my (once) very able laptop. I considered MacBook Pro and waited for their apple event quite eagerly. And we all know how that went. Their update was more of a downgrade, with old processors and hiked base price.
I, then, considered lenovo yoga 910 but then it had a 48 watt battery instead of the publicised 78WHR. I really wanted something like the yoga or HP spectre x360. Both have Kaby lake processors. Anyhow, HP is not known for its best customer service with the worse quality screen wise. Yoga, on the other hand did not give me an international upgrade option. Which is when I considered thinkpad x1Yoga. Now I really wanted that! Active digitiser, FHD (the OLED wasn’t in stock), flexible, anti reflective screen, 3 year warranty business laptop. But, apparently, it has a dismal battery. Not that I am professional programmer or engineering student and need a system for CAD. But I just want something that I can use for the next 5 years.
So after a lot of thought, I bought a dell XPS 13 9360 and yes, in rose gold. Now it isn’t sold here, atleast, the FHD version isn’t and no rose gold either. So I asked someone to get it from the US for me. It burnt a little hole in my pocket. To paraphrase what someone on the dell forum said, when did a $1000 laptop become a budget segment laptop? When I decided I wouldn’t mind spending Rs.50k on a laptop, I thought I was spending a good amount of money to get a decent laptop that won’t weigh a ton and is faster with a better trackpad. I did not know these things cannot be bought for the budget I had in mind. Anyway, I am not complaining. I needed an ultraportable that lasts all day and does not strain the eye. Everything that the XPS promises to deliver. I wish there isn’t any coil whine in my device.
But to top it all, some other person on the dell forum asked somebody else why anyone in their right mind would spend so much money on a consumer laptop and not a professional segment one. And no, it does not do yoga or geometry. It isn’t compatible with an active digitiser or a passive stylus. It is just an ordinary clamshell laptop with really thin to (I wish) non-existent bezels.
Call it buyer’s regret or remorse, I seem to be suffering from it. Happily, it can be cured. I know the day I get it, I feel it, I am going to be really happy.
And yes, I will review it (or really try to).
Dell has excellent customer service, here in India. But in the US, it is exceptional. I called in for a price match guarantee, they did (nearly) match it, post purchase. For Indians: we don’t even know such things exist, much less avail it. I was told I would be credited with $125 (!!!!). Although I should have gotten it cheaper, seeing as how how the HP more than matches the Dell. It has i7 kaby lake and is FHD touch. The box includes USB type C dongle and a sleeve. Not to mention, it can be used in tent mode, tablet mode and has a decent 57.8 WHR. Anyone looking to buy cannot go wrong with the HP spectre x360 (kaby lake) that is now available for $1009 (free shipping but tax will cost you anywhere between $20 and $100).
EDIT: too many problems with the machine. Do not buy this. Not worth your time or investment.
EDIT: I have been seeing an unusual traffic to this blog post, it is only fair that I update this post. I have spent a good ten months with this laptop so I guess, the machine isn’t bad. It does what it needs to do. Lately, I have been having some problems with blue screen. The internet drivers were updated, patches sent and downloaded, it seems to be working a little better now (this is more applicable to Indians because we face internet issues). The trackpad made noises so I got a dell technician to take a look at it and he fixed it (thank God) but that is covered in another post of mine (do scroll up if you want to read that), it’s titled ‘Dell Xps 13 Kaby lake’. It is a decent laptop with okay battery life. Because of the aforementioned internet issues I really can’t sent to enjoy many FHD issues. But more on that in the other blog post.
Thank you for reading!