Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS Premium Laptop Review

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April 7, 2017
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Concentrating on premium laptops is never boring for me. They offer a lot of performance and features which is always interesting to look at. One of those high-performance notebooks is Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS which, among other things, offers a quick Core i5 processor and well-sized SSD for your enjoyment. The disadvantage is the high price, so in this review I’ll discuss if using your money for this would be a good idea or not…

Design

I can only say that Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS looks like an expensive notebook. It has that feel. The case is made of aluminum and colored silver which is big part of the professional design. The only real downside of aluminum case that I can think of, is that it scratches more easily than a plastic case.

Moreover, do not forget the unit is damn thin! The thickness is just 0.6 inches, contributing to the streamlined design. Being an ultrabook this model does not weight much either, only 2.7 pounds. A good news for people on the go, eh?

Performance

Probably the biggest factor defining laptop’s performance is the processor. Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS has got it right, Intel Core i5-7200U is running in the heart of it. Surely the i5 does not have the same heavyweight performance than i7s, but the 2.5GHz unit still does a good job with demanding programs, including multitasking. There is also a turbo boost that ups the frequency to 3.1GHz in tight spots. The CPU Mark score of ~4700 is decent for processor in 2017.

Even more important than the processor for some, the notebook has a wonderful storage solution. It’s a 256GB PCIe M.2 solid-state drive you’ll be using. The SSD should be good as it is (fast and appropriate storage), but if you want to replace it, you can use SATA 3 or PCIe drive both. There are no extra slots for drives so only one storage unit can be installed at a time.

The eight gigabytes memory this laptop has is an excellent baseline amount. Truth be told, only a handful of programs can put it all to good use, mostly if you’re multitasking. The memory on this laptop is the older LPDDR3 (1866MHz) type. It looks like the RAM is integrated, which unfortunately means you are not able to upgrade memory on this model.

Video

Gaming in nutshell

With Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS, many things are possible. Unfortunately, gaming is not really its strong points. As is the case with most ultrabooks, also this Dell does not feature a dedicated graphics card. Instead, a mere integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 is what you’re going to find in the graphics department. Playing new games is tough but doable on low settings and resolution. As an example, firing up GTA5 on medium settings and 720p resolution would give ~25 frames per second. The case with Minecraft and other simple-graphics games is however better!

Ports and connections

A host of useful ports is sprinkled on the sides of Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS. Two USB 3.0 connectors welcome your peripherals, and because they are the fast 3.0 version, you’ll have no issues with moving a lot of data through them (like with USB sticks or DVD drive). In addition to the regular USB, a multifuction USB-Type C / Thunderbolt 3 port is also available on this computer.

The manufacturer made a decision to leave dedicated video outputs out of this Dell. So, no HDMI-output is available, however you are welcome to use the USB Type-C port as a video output – you just need a right kind of cable for that.

If you are in need of a DVD burner, let me tell you this unit has none. You are still free to use an external one with the laptop’s USB port. You also get to use the built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader which allows easy data transfers from some devices, most notably digital cameras.

Other benefits

Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS should have a pristine, high-quality touch display. Being an ultrabook the diagonal is a compact 13.3 inches while resolution is ridiculously high 3200×1800 – people also call that Quad HD. The refresh rate is 60hz. It’s a so-called infinite display, meaning the actual screen takes almost all upper part area, leaving only very very thing bezels on the side. This looks darn professional, but it has one downside: the webcam is not in the top center, but in the area below the display, on lower right.

The laptop has a cookie-cutter battery of four cells and 60Whr. However, the components are certainly not power hungry so you can expect this notebook go on for a full day under lighter use (8 hours for web surfing etc). A small disadvantage, the battery is a non-removeable type.

Like a good ultrabook should, this Dell is equipped with a backlit keyboard.

Verdict

In most areas Dell XPS9360-5000SLV-PUS just rules. The core performance it offers because of the new i5 processor and solid-state drive is very decent – a person with any kinds of programs would find the Dell a smooth sail to work with. One of the highlights is also the screen with very thin bezels, excellent resolution and bright image. The “cons” section mostly consists of little annoyances such as webcam location and gaming performance on the poorer side. If you however can overlook these little blunders, I think the Dell is totally worth the money for a high-performance ultrabook seeker.

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