Dated design  The design, keyboard, trackpad, and display of this XPS 13 are the same model we tested earlier this year. However, I'd like to add that the new XPS 13 2-in-1 feels much more modern than the standard XPS thanks to its sleeker design, larger trackpad, larger (though more polarized) keyboard and more convenient 16:10 display 13. As a rule, Dell announces new designs at CES. I suspect that this six-core XPS 13 is a bit of a swan song for a design that has been around for almost five years.
The really interesting thing is inside This model and everything revolves around this new chip. The Core i7-10710U is a 14-nanometer six-core processor, hyper-threading (12 logical threads), a 1.1GHz base speed, a maximum turbo speed of 4.7GHz, 15W power consumption, and Intel's UHD integrated graphics that are identical to the graphics on the previous 8-generation 4-core chips.
This chip transfers much of the computing power reserved for larger 15-inch laptops to a smaller chassis, and the XPS 13 is the first computer on the market to use it. You must spend at least $ 1,349.99 (before sales or incentives) to get an XPS 13 with this processor. The model I use with 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of memory and a 4K touchscreen costs up to $ 1,799.99 before discounts.
But thanks to Intel's extremely confusing 10th-generation chip palette, it's not so simple. "Get this laptop if you want the fastest computer." Concurrently with the release of the six-core i7 Chips also brought Intel the processor line "Ice Lake" 10th Generation on the market. These chips have four cores, a more efficient 10-nanometer chip and a significantly improved integrated Iris Plus graphics processor. These "Ice Lake" processors are available this fall in a variety of thin and lightweight laptops, including Dell's own XPS 13 2-in-1.
So, to make the right choice, you have to weigh exactly what you are looking for. Use your laptop for, and then select the processor that will give you the best performance. The six-core chip features numeric processing and multithreading (thanks to its two additional cores and four additional threads), making it more suitable for compiling code or executing extremely complicated macros in Excel worksheets. Benchmark tools that measure multithreading functionality get higher scores.
However, due to its older and slower integrated graphics, the 6-core chip is less powerful than the XPS 13 2-in-1's 4-core processor for performing creative tasks using the GPU, such as: For example, working in Photoshop or Lightroom or editing videos in programs like Premiere Pro. This has been shown in my tests: The six-core XPS 13 took 24 minutes and 10 seconds to export a 4-second 33-second, 5-minute clip from Premiere Pro, while the XPS 13 2 -In-1 with four cores Ice Lake Chip and Iris Plus Graphics completed the task in 17 minutes and nine seconds.
The processor of the XPS 13 could not reach the full 4.7 GHz speed during the export and reached the highest value of 4 GHz after 6 minutes and 6 seconds before settling down to 3.5 GHz in the course export to 1.8 GHz. This could be because Premiere is trying to shift as much as possible to the GPU during an export, but it's also likely that the XPS 13 is still a thinner and lighter computer and does not have high-speed cooling for long Maintain periods of time. There are good reasons why chips with so many cores have not yet become 13-inch laptops, and many of them are based on the inability of such a thin case to keep them cool.
The extra computing power of the 6-Core i7 does not affect battery life as much as you might expect. I had an average of six hours and 20 minutes between charges while using the unit for my daily work on the Internet, writing, emailing, slack, and other productivity tools. That's not very good, but it's also not far from what I get with the quad-core chips of other 13-inch laptops.
The six-core XPS 13 is a strange computer. It feels like a remnant until something better is available both in design and in the interior. The first part is probably not too far away as CES 2020 is only about a month away. However, it's hard to say how long it will take to get Ice Ice Lake six-core chips, a 10-nanometer chip and the new chip on the market, enhanced Iris Plus graphics. As soon as this happens we will have some real leaps in performance in the category Thin and Easy to Celebrate.
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