Dell XPS 13 7390 hands-on review

The XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy, plain and simple. But when we saw a preview of the redesigned XPS 13 2-in-1 this summer complete with the new Intel Ice Lake processors and a super-portable form factor, we started to wonder if the old tried-and-true had been surpassed.

Though the 2-in-1 is yet to be launched, we now have an updated XPS 13, timed with the release of the powerful new Comet Lake processors from Intel. It doesn’t look any different from previous versions on the outside, but on the inside it’s got a new beating heart.
Perfecting the wheel
With a design that gets as close to perfection as the XPS 13, it’s hard to imagine where Dell designers would go next. Fortunately, Dell chose not to reinvent the wheel, opting instead of refinements that make an already great laptop better.
That process began earlier this year when Dell showed up an updated XPS 13 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Though the company has been lauded for the striking design with bezels that are almost invisible along the top and side edges, that design forced designers to relocate the webcam to the screen’s bottom edge. To achieve the older sleek look on the XPS 13, users had to compromise on video calling, with awkward up-the-nose angles during conference calls. To rectify this, Dell chose a more balanced design earlier this year, miniaturizing the camera to just 2.25mm, and adopting a more balanced bezel design, and that’s a design trend that’s fortunately moving forward with the latest 7390 model with Intel 10th-gen processor.
Given that not much has changed with the overall design of this laptop, the latest XPS 13 7390 is still constructed of premium materials, including a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display to protect the UltraSharp 4K UHD touch display, aluminum in the shell, and a woven carbon-fiber – you can also choose configurations with FHD touch and non-touch if you’re on a budget – and a machined aluminum lid and bottom cover in a wedge shaped design with carbon fiber palm rest that’s made from woven fibers of glass

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