Dell xps 13 Kaby Lake

As promised, my review.

I am not going into a detailed review of the specs. To keep things short, it’s FHD matte 13.3, 8GB RAM, 256 GB storage unit in rose gold chassis. Please read more from mobile tech review if you need to know how the system works  and specs in terms of RGB, scaling etc. I am here only for the end user, no idea about warm cool colours, sort of a review.

The key travel is normal by today’s standards, doesn’t feel short, as if it’s keys are sinking into the system. It’s nice. Sometimes, I seem to miss hitting the keys properly, maybe because I am used to the old keyboards, with more travel and are also slightly bigger. This is not to say, things are cramped here, but you do need to get used to it if you are coming from using laptops from a couple of years ago. 

Battery is what am used to, in fact, a little better than I am used to. On any given day I get about 8-10 hours, maybe more, but I don’t do anything intense on it (neither is it really equipped to run AUTOCAD or editing), but the standard word, excel sort of a thing. It’s really my PhD laptop, so I don’t even watch too many videos. It’s all work, work, work.

It’s not LIGHT, but it is light, again, I come from a really old generation of laptops. It takes about 15 seconds to boot. Sometimes, Word crashes. I haven’t able to figure out why yet, but the Dell Cares Pro has suggested something that I need to try out. 

The precision trackpad (and multiple gestures) is amazing! Not like my old Dell where cursor jumped with no prompt from me, or worse, would not work at all. I did have a ratting problem with it, that has since been attended to by a dell technician. Please contact Dell Cares Pro and not Dell Cares on Twitter, because the latter will tell you it was designed to rattle. Needless to say, it wasn’t. If this is what you are facing, return the system or get it looked at. Mine does not rattle anymore, and all it took was for a technician to tighten things up. I wouldn’t suggest anyone to do it on their own. The dell guy needed three different types of screw drivers to open the unit. Things are real compact, inside. 

It does not heat much, it might, just a very little, while charging. 

My only problem is with the internet. The killer card does not do any wonders for me. The first day I used, oh my God! It took ten minutes for it to load Gmail. So I updated my BIOS and wifi drivers. Just as a very interesting aside, I expected better quality control from Dell. Trackpad aside, they could have shipped my system with updated BIOS, which was released on November 29, I think. My system was not one of those ready to be shipped ones,so I thought they would give me updated everything. Also, things seem to work better, internet wise, with system updates, and especially when plugged in. 

Watching anything on YouTube is a pain in the ass, therefore. All other devices work well. But the laptop, oh my God. Also one of the reasons why I don’t feel like watching anything on it despite it having the famous infinity display. 

But do I like my laptop? Yes. I don’t have big problems per se, and I did spend a little too much on it to not like it. 

Would I recommend this to anyone? 

Actually, yes. I love the laptop because of how it looks and weighs. It’s sleek and so well designed. I get so much done on it, work wise. It’s my constant companion. And somehow, not being able to watch movies on it because of the internet seems to have increased my productivity. 
Also, you get about 232 GB of storage of which about 200 is left after all the updates. That’s all for now. I will add if I see or do something on it that makes me really happy or is of concern.
EDIT: too many problems with the machine. Do not buy this. Not worth your time or investment. 

Dell XPS 13 9360 Rose Gold

Hey all,

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.