Review Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. Best quality Linux laptop on the market


Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition has the same appearance design as its predecessor. This makes the machine possess the strengths of its predecessor, plus the improvements that make the laptop an attractive choice of the high-end segment. The machine possesses a much more impressive performance level than its predecessor thanks to being equipped with the most advanced components.

CPU Intel Core i7-8550U
GPU Intel UHD 620
RAM 16GB
Memory 512GB PCIe SSD
Screen size 13.3-inch
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Mass 1.21kg
Size 302 x 199 x 11.6mm

Although possessing a similar appearance to its predecessor, the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition still has certain changes that make the user experience as optimal as possible. This version is equipped with Thunderbolt 3 high-speed connectivity standard, allowing users to link to a wider range of peripherals than ever before.

The silver-plated metal outer shell has changed slightly from the previous version, but overall, the machine retains the strengths of the minimalist design of its predecessor. This makes the laptop very suitable for carrying to work.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Design

The version in which we use the Linux operating system has a silver and white color option. If you choose the Windows version, you have a choice of gold case color combined with ivory white interior.

This Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition has a reduced size and weight compared to the previous version, 24% smaller than the 9360. To achieve this impressive size, Dell has reduced the capacity of the battery ( from 60 Wh down to 52 Wh). Although the battery capacity is smaller, the battery life of the device remains the same thanks to the efficient processor chip and good optimization with the system software.

Dell replaced the large USB Type-A ports in exchange for the smaller USB Type-C ports, making the body of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition thinner than its predecessor. The machine is also equipped with a microSD card reader slot instead of an SD card to help reduce the size of the laptop.

Because of its thinner body, Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is equipped with a keyboard with a new button mechanism but still provides a good input experience for users.

The device is equipped with an infrared webcam, allowing users to log in using facial recognition. The power button of the machine is located on the body, has the function of cum fingerprint security, but this feature is only available in the version using the Windows operating system.

The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is charged via the USB Type-C port. The device is sold with a high-speed charger plus 3 Type-C connection cables.

The 9360 version of the XPS series has configuration options that are a bit confusing because this model was mid-production with no change in name. Early laptops are equipped with 7th generation Intel chips while later devices have 8th generation Intel chips. The Developer Edition we review today is also equipped with Intel chips. 8th generation, specifically the Core i7-8550U.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

The high-quality screen of the device is pushed to a new level with the resolution improved from QHD + to 4K (the machine still has the option of Full HD screen). The series’ top-of-the-line display selection delivers superb picture quality, with crisp details and impressive color contrast.

The Developer Edition series has configuration options of 8 or 16GB of RAM, and a choice of SSD memory capacities including 256, 512 or 1TB.

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One thing to note is that while the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is a powerful laptop, it relies on the Intel UHD 620 instant GPU for graphics-related tasks, so it’s not the right laptop. to play but high configuration game.

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Performance

Apache 27120.47
C-Ray 37.80
Ramspeed fp 16104.05
Ramspeed int 16463.21
Postmark 2186
Results of benchmarks

XPS 13 Developer Edition uses Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system, is a powerful performance laptop. We test the machine’s real-life processing ability with 30 Chrome tabs, including 3 tabs that play HD videos on Youtube. During the test, the device did not experience any lag.

Not only equipped with new components, the device also has improved heat dissipation compared to its predecessor. During our performance tests, the machine kept the heat output at a steady level.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

In everyday use, the 9370 is a great piece of equipment, allowing you to be more productive than ever. It is highly portable, delivers fast performance, and offers a great user experience thanks to a beautiful display and comfortable keyboard, along with high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity. Except for the times when you have to use an adapter cable to connect peripherals to the laptop, the laptop doesn’t have much to complain about.

As we mentioned above, to produce a laptop with a smaller body, the company has reduced the size of the battery. However, in our battery life test, the XPS 13 Developer Edition did not have much different results when compared to its predecessor. You can still work all day with this laptop comfortably without having to worry much about the problem of running out of battery midway.

The laptop achieved an impressive overall performance score when scored with Geekbench 4.3″, with an impressive result of 9,127 points, outperforming the segment average (7,542 points). The machine’s competitors including HP Specter x360 and Lenovo Yoga 920 have lower results in this test, with measured results of 8,125 and 8,328 points, respectively.

The XPS 13 Developer Edition also did well in the read and write speed test. The machine’s SSD drive copies a file of 4.97GB with a data copy speed of 712 MBps, much faster than the 574 MBps average of laptops in the same segment. This result of the machine is faster when compared to the Yoga 920 (652 MBps). The HP Specter x360 is the winner of this test, with a measured result of 831 MBps.

The XPS 13 Developer Edition that we used to write the review is equipped with a 13.3-inch screen, 4K resolution. The screen of the machine offers a great visual experience, with vivid colors and brilliant brightness.

Testing the ability to represent the machine’s color range with a colorimeter, the Dell laptop achieved 145% of the sRGB range, surpassing the average of laptops in the same segment, which includes the Yoga 920 (123%) and the Yoga 920 (123%). Specter x360 (141%).

The screen of the machine has a brightness index of 345 nit, higher than the segment average of 329 nit.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

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Competitor

If you want to buy a laptop using Linux operating system, with high build quality and fast performance, there is no better option on the market today than the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.

In terms of hardware, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a good alternative, while the Surface Laptop has a similar configuration and the HP Specter x360 is a formidable Windows competitor of the XPS 13.

Dell did a good job with the production of the 9370. Except for the inconvenient location of the webcam, XPS 13 Developer Edition is a laptop that comes closest to a perfect 10 on the market today.

If we had to be a little more rigorous, then we think the touch screen capabilities of the Linux version of the operating system are a bit redundant. However, if you need a laptop running the Linux operating system, the XPS 13 Developer is the best laptop on the market today.

There is one point that you have to get used to that the machine is not equipped with a traditional USB Type-A port, so you will have to regularly carry conversion cables if you want to use an external mouse to work. The main attraction of the XPS 13 is the size and weight of the body.

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9.5
total score

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is a laptop using high-end Linux operating system. The machine has speed performance, beautiful screen.

Strength

  • High mobility
  • Speed ​​performance
  • The leading standard 4K monitor in the segment
  • Comfortable keyboard

Weakness

  • Webcam inconvenient location
  • No USB Type-A port

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