Dell XPS9360-1718SLV Performance Laptop Review

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October 31, 2016
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If it’s high quality or performance you are after you need to pay a lot. That is, and always will, be true. With notebooks, it means going for something like Dell XPS9360-1718SLV. It’s laptop with a lot of premium stuff for people who can put such things to good use, but are there also some drawbacks you should know about..?

The good

If you are a friend of great screen, then you’re in luck with Dell XPS9360-1718SLV. It features a compact 13.3″ touch display however the resolution is 3200×1800, much more than Full HD. So, if you’re planning to watch high resolution movies you can do them here, and they will look damn sharp. That said, the text might look small cause of the Quad HD, but you can always change the resolution. Just remember it’s not a so-called 2-in-1 laptop, so the screen won’t rotate more than 135 degrees.

Lately, Intel released a new generation (the 7th) processors. One of them, the Intel Core i5-7200u, is found in this Dell. Like its predecessor the Core i5-6200U, the new version is a dual-core unit, but contains a bit higher clock frequencies with 2.5GHz base speed and 3.1GHz turbo. In real life, it should be considerably faster, the CPU Mark score is ~4900 while for the older i5-6200U it’s ~4000. So expect top-notch performance here!

The neutral

Dell XPS9360-1718SLV features soldered 8GB DDR3L 1866Mhz memory, it’s a good amount for anyone. But indeed, it’s installed so that you can not upgrade the RAM here.

Having a solid-state drive is a nice thing, although I must say the 128GB on this notebook is quite a small one. If you want a bigger drive you can choose another model or just upgrade the drive yourself. It’s a M.2 SSD and interface accepts both SATA 3 and PCIe (8Gbps) standards.

The selection of ports includes one USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3) multi-use connector and two regular USB 3.0 ports. For example, HDMI-output isn’t available, but the USB Type-C works for that (and many other standards) if you have the right cable.

It’s a petite laptop so there is no DVD burner included, however media card reader is available for SD and its faster brethren SDHC and SDXC.

To connect this thing to Internet, you can use the WiFi adapter which supports 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth 4.1. Due to the small laptop size RJ-45 port had to be left out, however there is USB adapter for that, too.

This unit comes with an integrated battery, its specs being 4-cell 60Whr. Battery life tests or information isn’t available, but shooting for around 6 hours should be realistic.

The laptop has one front-facing webcam, it offers 720p maximum resolution at 30FPS.

There is a backlit keyboard included.

The bad

These ultrabooks are not real gaming laptops, they have integrated graphics which are good for movie watching but not really for many games. The graphics unit in Dell XPS9360-1718SLV, the Intel HD 620, surely is one of the better integrated ones, but you still won’t get excellent frame rates here. Expect the popular GTA 5 run at around 30 FPS on low settings and resolution – games like Battlefield 4, Sims 4 and World of Warcraft work a lot better.

Summary

Dell XPS9360-1718SLV might not be the best choice for a casual user because it is so pricey, but a professional who can appreciate the performance should find this kind of a notebook an excellent choice. The new Core i5 processor is a beast for laptop, and the solid-state drive will only help in general performance and booting up the laptop quickly. The screen is crystal sharp thanks to the Quad HD resolution. If you got the money, check out this high-performance Dell!


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