Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV is one of the new higher-end laptops available. In the engine room, there are powerful stuff such as Intel Core i5 processor and a quick SSD. Moreover, the display is almost frameless, the screen bezel is very, very thin. Indeed, this Dell seems to be a professional notebook, but another thing is whether one should spend his money on it or not…
Does it run all the software?
Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV is clearly a laptop meant for heavier use. To begin with the most obvious, the processor is a quite strong Intel Core i5-6200u, a low-voltage model yes but belonging to the 6th (= latest) generation. The technical specs include a dual-core setup, 2.3GHz clock speed and a 2.8GHz turbo. You can throw a basic or demanding program (like photo editor) at it, the unit will handle all that easily. The CPU Mark score is ~3900, rather good for a laptop.
There is 8GB memory installed which means the system is quite lag-proof. For example, you can easily have dozens of tabs open your browser. Do keep in mind it’s integrated memory and more can’t be added so you’ll have to do with the 8GB (which should be very sufficient!).
One of the best things of this Dell can be found in the storage section. There’s is a full-blown SATA solid-state drive, however sadly just 128GB, not 256GB one. Nothing is stopping you from replacing it, though, these SSDs should be easy to upgrade. There is also M.2 slot for a supporting solid-state drive.
How about games?
I don’t think Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV is the best choice for gaming, and you might already know why. Yes, there is no dedicated graphics and you can’t install one. You will have to do with the integrated chip called Intel HD 520. For low-level gaming it surely works, for example Minecraft and many Steam-based titles (Counter-Strike: Go) run smooth. But heavier games, such as GTA 5, will struggle with ~25FPS on low settings.
What peripherals can be plugged in?
Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV is not a big laptop so the available ports are not that many, but should suffice for most folks. There are three USB connectors, two are USB 3.0 and one is Type-C (supports USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort). You can also get HDMI connectivity with HDMI to USB Type C adapter.
Optical drive is not included and that is easy to believe, the whole notebook is so small. Media card reader is available, it supports SD, SDHC and SDXC cards.
A high-quality 2×2 802.11ac WiFi card is installed, it also supports Bluetooth 4.1. There is no dedicated RJ-45 port, but again, a special USB adapter will help with that.
The notebook is equipped with a webcam, it features 1280×720 video resolution which is good enough for video chats or filming some stuff for YouTube.
Other noteworthy things
The anti-glare display of Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV is excellent, it’s a compact 13.3″ but supports the 1920×1080 resolution. Moreover, the actual screen takes almost the whole upper part which is efficient and gives the laptop a professional look. It seems this particular model is the non-touch version.
The notebook has a nice 4-cell 56Whr battery, expect ultrabook-grade operating time (~7 hours web surfing) with a single charge.
The keyboard features backlight.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
There are many good things about Dell XPS 9350-1340SLV: it’s very fast, you’ll boot up Windows in no time and may run any program whatsoever without the system slowing down. Also the display is nice, there is not much wasted space due to thin bezel. However, I can’t help noticing some reviews talking about dropping WiFi and trackpad problems. Thus, proceed with caution if you’re wanting to get this, and if you receive a broken item please ask for a replacement. Because when you get a working unit, your computing activities are going to be a smooth sail.