Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Laptop Review: 16:10 is the New 16:9

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The Dell XPS 13 9300 is unique in that it’s currently one of the only (if not the only) Windows subnotebook clamshell with a 16:10 4K UHD touchscreen. If you’re considering the 4K UHD option over the base FHD option, then there are some advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind.

First, the advantages: Aside from the denser resolution and crisper screen, the 4K option offers faster black-white and gray-gray response times than the FHD option for less noticeable ghosting. Pulse-width modulation is completely absent whereas the phenomenon is present on the FHD models. Contrast and color space are essentially identical to the FHD panel as well meaning users won’t lose out on either if opting for the higher resolution display.

The main drawback to the 4K option is that it’s not as bright as the FHD option. It’s not enough to make a difference if working indoors, but every extra nit of brightness will be helpful if you plan on using the laptop outdoors frequently. Battery life is also a bit shorter by one to two hours, but that’s merely a dent to the already long runtimes of the XPS 13.

4K offers some unexpected advantages including faster response times and no pulse-width modulation when compared to the FHD version. If you like to work on-the-go, however, then the FHD version may be the better buy simply because it is 50 percent brighter than the 4K option.

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