Dell XPS 13 9300 Laptop Review – Smaller, but slower CPU
Overall, the new XPS 13 9300 leaves a very good impression in our review. The case is well-built, extremely compact, and sturdy at the same time. The matte 16:10 display can convince us expect for the slow response times, but we recommend to calibrate it. The two speakers are also completely sufficient.
The performance is a double-edged sword, because the CPU performance is lower compared to the predecessor. This is certainly not an ideal development, but to be fair, the performance of the Core i5 will still be more than sufficient for many users, especially in combination with the fast SSD. The performance of the iGPU has increased as well, so you can play some games. This brings us to the optional Core i7 with the even faster iGPU. There should not be an advantage in terms of raw CPU performance, but the iGPU is a significant upgrade and worth a look.
Dell’s new XPS 13 9300 is a very good successor for the popular subnotebook. We did not find any serious drawbacks during our review, but the new model is no bargain at an entry-level price of 1500 Euros.
The return to the 16:10 display is an appreciated move and we also like the fast card reader, but we would have liked to see one more USB port. We will also review the XPS 13 9300 with the faster Core i7 and the UHD panel soon.