Dell XPS9360-3591SLV Power Laptop Review

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October 27, 2016
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If only a pristine, high performance laptop is what you want, prepare to shell out some money! Beasts like Dell XPS9360-3591SLV are expensive. Many times your average laptop. But in exchange, they should offer unbeatable performance and durability. So it might make sense to buy this kind of computer, right…?

The good

Dell XPS9360-3591SLV is quite a lightweight unit, weighing just 2.7 pounds with the 13.3″ screen. And yep, the display is a quality one: it features Quad HD (3200×1800) resolution so movies, videos and whatever you’re watching is going to look as sharp as a needle on the screen. The actual display also spans almost the whole top part so there’s not much bezel (wasted space) at the edges. Refresh rate is 60hz, and the operating angle 135 degrees at maximum – so it’s not a 2-in-1 laptop.

Processor performance is exemplary, there’s Intel Core i5-7200U commanding the notebook. It’s a late 2016 release, featuring 2 cores and 2.5 – 3.1GHz clock speed depending on turbo. The CPU Mark score is around 4800 which indicates suitability for demanding software such as Adobe Photoshop and complex programming environments.

This model has a 256GB solid-state drive, the only real choice for this kind of a computer. The interface supports both SATA 3 and PCIe so you can upgrade the drive without problems if you want. However, as it is, I think the current SSD is enough for most people out there.

The neutral

Dell XPS9360-3591SLV has 8GB DDR3 (1866MHz) memory which is sufficient for anyone – from casual to power users, if you ask me. However, if for some reason you wanted to upgrade this, it wouldn’t be possible – the RAM is integrated in the mainboard.

Battery life for this particular model is not known – it’s a 4-cell 60Whr unit you’re getting so I’d expect around 6 hours considering the power-hungy QHD display. As you might guess, it’s an integrated battery, so replacing it will require a lot of effort.

The computer sports three USB ports, one is USB Type-C connector for multiple standards and then there are two regular USB 3.0 ports. No dedicated video outputs are available but with a special cable you can use HDMI with the USB Type-C port. Networking is provided by the WiFi card which supports the faster A/C format and Bluetooth 4.1.

Due to small size the laptop doesn’t have an optical drive. However, SD(HC/XC) card reader is included, so for example uploading photos from digital cameras is easy here.

The bad

I can vouch Dell XPS9360-3591SLV for many people, but for gamers I can’t really recommend it. You see, it’s nothing but an integrated Intel HD 620 taking care of the graphics here. With games, this means low settings and resolution and even in that case not everything will work. You’ll get away with GTA 5 and Battlefield 4, but something like The Witcher 3 is too much no matter what. Older and simpler games like sports ones, Minecraft and Dota 2 are not an issue here.

Summary

Dell XPS9360-3591SLV comes with all the “neat” things: a speedy processor, solid-state drive and a compact yet Quad HD supporting display. This kind of little giant is best used for heavyweight performance where also portability is required. I’d imagine a businessman, power user or (well off) student will enjoy this laptop. Indeed, if you have money for it and need power in small package, this kind of Dell would be an ideal buy.


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