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Review: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

by Parm Mann on 16 February 2021, 14:01

Tags: Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops

System Name
Form Factor
13.4
13.4
14.0
14.0
14.0
CPU
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Core i7-10610U
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
CPU Turbo Frequency
4.8GHz
4.2GHz
4.9GHz
4.1GHz
4.2GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
8 / 16
4 / 8
4 / 8
8 / 16
8 / 16
CPU TDP
45W
28W
15W
15W
25W
Integrated Graphics
AMD Radeon Vega
Intel Iris Xe
Intel UHD
AMD Radeon Vega 7
AMD Radeon Vega 8
Discrete Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
-
-
-
-
Memory
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
8GB DDR4 (1x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed
4,266MHz
4,266MHz
2,666MHz
3,200MHz
4,266MHz
Display
13.4in UHD+ IPS
13.4in FHD+ IPS (SHP14F7)
14.0in FHD IPS (IVO8C78)
14.0in FHD IPS (LEN40A9)
14.0in FHD IPS (B140HAN06.8)
Display Resolution
3,840x2,400
1,920x1,200
1,920x1,080
1,920x1,080
1,920x1,080
Touchscreen
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Battery Capacity
62Wh
51Wh
53Wh
57Wh
61Wh
Wireless
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Ethernet
-
-
-
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
-
Storage
1TB WD SN730 M.2 SSD
256GB Kioxia BG4 M.2 SSD
512GB Intel Optane Memory H10 M.2 SSD
512GB Samsung PM981a M.2 SSD
512GB WD SN730 M.2 SSD
Power Supply
100W
45W
65W
65W
65W
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (20H2)
Microsoft Windows 10 Home (20H2)
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (1909)
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (20H2)
Microsoft Windows 10 Home (20H2)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
299mm x 222mm x 15.8mm
297mm x 207mm x 14.4mm
324mm x 215mm x 17.9mm
329mm x 226mm x 16.1mm
321mm x 208mm x 14.9mm
Weight
1.4kg
1.3kg
1.3kg
1.3kg
1.4kg
Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
3 Years
3 Years
1 Year
Date Reviewed
February 2021
February 2021
October 2020
January 2021
August 2020
Price When Reviewed
£2,900 (inc eGPU)
£1,400
£1,400
£1,540
£900

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our classic number-crunching benchmark tests the single-thread power of the CPU.
Cinebench Release 23 This popular cross-platform benchmark examines both single- and multi-core performance.
Blender 2.90 We render the Classroom scene in this popular open-source creation suite.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that accurately depicts memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Free-to-use benchmark testing both sequential and random 4K storage performance.

System Benchmarks

PCMark 10 A set of tests covering a wide variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace.
3DMark We run Night Raid, a DirectX 12 benchmarked designed specifically for integrated graphics.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Tested in DX11 using the Standard (Laptop) preset at a 1080p resolution.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Display Datacolor's SpyderX professional monitor analyser is used to return a quantitative assessment of display quality.
CPU Temperature Core temperature recorded when idle and while rendering via Blender.
Power Consumption Laptop power draw recorded when idle and while rendering via Blender.
Noise Laptop noise output measured when idle and while rendering via Blender.
Battery Life Measured using PCMark 10's Modern Office and Gaming battery tests, with a dedicated power plan, wireless radios disabled, and screen brightness set as close to 200cd/m2 as possible using a calibration device