An ultrabook can be a smart choice if you want portability and performance in one package. But, there’s one downside to the lightweight power laptops – those ultrabooks cost quite a bit. In this review, I’ll tell you more about one of them, the Dell XPS9350-8008SLV, and whether it’s a recommended choice or just an overpriced piece of junk.
Dell XPS9350-8008SLV is equipped with Intel Core i7-6560U, a new 2016 (and 6th generation!) processor sporting two cores and 2.2 – 3.2 GHz clock frequency with the help of turbo boost. The thermal design power (TDP) is 15W, the chip is a low-voltage unit. In CPU Mark, the processor receives around 4700 points so it’s quite a capable for laptop. The performance is enough for day-to-day tasks as well as for heavier types, such as image editing and similar programs.
Storage drive is golden here, a 512GB M.2 solid-state drive. If you ask me it offers quite a lot of storage space; also the performance itself is excellent. No extra slot for another drive is available inside so you’ll have to do with this one internal SSD.
The notebook has 16GB memory which is an excellent amount. Just remember it’s already maxed out and soldered so you can’t change the memory.
Is it good for gaming?
Dell XPS9350-8008SLV has low to decent gaming performance. The laptop does not have a dedicated graphics card and it’s not possible to install one. So, the graphics are handled by an integrated chip, called Intel Iris 540. It’s better than old chips like Intel HD 4000 but you still have to be careful with settings in games. For example, GTA 5 will give around 50FPS on low settings and 720p resolution. Older titles such as WoW and Minecraft run smooth using higher settings.
Ports and connections
The notebook comes with three USB ports – of those, two are USB 3.0 and one is USB Type-C (the new standard). There are no video outputs, but the USB Type-C can be used with DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA and DVI accepting peripherals (such as external screens or HDTV) with an adapter. Furthermore, there is no RJ-45 port, but an excellent dual-band 2×2 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1 card is installed (and USB to RJ-45 adapter can be used if you want to access Internet with cable).
The computer doesn’t have an optical drive, so if you want to use discs prepare to get an external DVD burner. And don’t forget the notebook has an SD card slot, you can transfer data with that (or expand the local storage) by using SD, SDHC or SDXC cards.
Other important things and features
Dell XPS9350-8008SLV has a nice screen, a small 13.3 inches display but with professional 3200×1800 (also known as Quad HD) resolution. It’s a touch screen and the panel has matte finish. The system also has a webcam (1280×720 video resolution), just keep in mind it’s located on lower left hand side corner, not the typical place on top of the screen.
There’s a 4-cell 56Whr battery powering the system, it provides around 6 hours operating time (web surfing) on a single charge.
The system includes a backlit keyboard – just like all laptops in this price category.
After taking a look at it and reading many comments from people who bought the laptop, I can say Dell XPS9350-8008SLV is a proper ultrabook. It has its place in the hands of a power user – the sixth generation Core i7 CPU together with 16GB memory and half a terabyte solid-state drive is a beast trio. The lack of ports might look sad at first, but remember the USB Type C works with many standards. You could also use this thing for gaming, just keep settings down with new and graphics-heavy titles. All in all, if a fast, sleek and lightweight notebook is what you’re after, I can recommend this Dell for you!