Dell XPS9360-7336SLV High-End Laptop Review

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November 2, 2016
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There are not many ultrabooks (actually I can’t think of any) that cost more than Dell XPS9360-7336SLV. A heavy price tag is rarely appreciated, however it will also bring something in return: top notch performance, high built quality and beautiful screen per advertisements. But whether these ads are actually true or not will be discussed below…

The good

Dell XPS9360-7336SLV runs on a 512GB M.2 solid-state drive. In such unit, both storage and performance are in perfect balance. You should expect the operating system to boot up in a matter of seconds, also programs load quicker if you compare to older drives. In short, the SSD makes the laptop function faster than a computer with mere hard drive. Both SATA 3 and PCIe 8Gbps interfaces are supported in case you want to upgrade the drive.

Processor is not any worse, it being the new 2016 model Intel Core i7-7500U. The vital specs include two cores, 2.7GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. It’s indeed a low voltage (25W) chip, yet it possesses very decent performance, getting around 5400 points in CPU Mark. It can be compared to some faster desktop processors.

Some people pointed out the 13.3″ touchscreen looks damn good. Well, I can easily believe that, after all it sports 3200×1800 resolution which often means crystal clear quality. As you can see from the photos, the bezel is extremely thin, so there’s hardly any wasted space on the edges. The only downside of this is the webcam (720p) location, lower left corner, which can make you look strange on video chats. The operating angle seems to be up to 135 degrees, meaning this computer will only work in laptop mode.

The neutral

Dell XPS9360-7336SLV comes with 4-cell 60Whr battery, sadly the operating time isn’t listed in the specs. Perhaps this means the battery life is not that good? Well, expecting at least 6 hours continuous web surfing should be realistic on such an ultrabook. Bear in mind the battery is an integrated one.

Memory is already maxed out at 1GB (LPDDR3). But it doesn’t matter that you can’t upgrade it, the sixteen gigabytes should definitely suffice for anyone.

It’s not a surprise this computer doesn’t have an optical drive. The inside doesn’t have space for one, and anyway DVDs are not so popular anymore (Internet streaming is). Media card reader is included, it’s good for SD, SDHC and SDXC cards.

The USB ports offered are three: two USB 3.0 and one USB Type-C. On top of those, just one headset port is there, so not many different connectors. But you can connect a monitor (HDMI) to the USB Type-C port with a right cable, it’s a new multi-function port.

There’s a built-in WiFi card (supports the faster 802.11A/C standard) for networking. It looks like Bluetooth is enabled, too.

The bad

I’d be wary of graphics performance. Dell XPS9360-7336SLV does not have dedicated graphics, but Intel HD 620 which is integrated on processor and not too gaming friendly chip. Tests show that if you want to achieve playable FPS on many games, settings and resolution as well need to be closer to minimum (GTA 5 at 30FPS and Battlefield 4 at 40FPS for example). Some very fancy games such as The Witcher 3 wouldn’t probably even run – frame rates being around 15. Dota 2, World of Warcraft and other easy-on-the-graphics games are not an issue however.

Summary

You can’t get a better ultrabook than Dell XPS9360-7336SLV. It’s powered by the best low voltage processor and a huge 512GB solid-state drive, so impeccable performance for any programs is guaranteed. The display offers Quad HD resolution which is practical for digital artists and perhaps movie enthusiasts. If you have a knack and dough for premium laptops, going for this Dell would make sense.


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