The Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Review: The Ice Lake Comethby Brett Howse on November 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST
It’s difficult to overstate how important the XPS 13 is to Dell’s lineup, and to the industry as a whole. This is the device that reshaped the entire market with the advent of the InfinityEdge display back in 2015 which transformed the laptop landscape in an instant, rendering all other devices as dull and out of date. But other manufacturers are relentless, and Dell’s early design lead was never going to last forever. Other laptops have arguably caught, and even surpassed the XPS 13 over the last couple of generations. But Dell’s latest model of their flagship 13-inch laptop hopes to take the reins back.
Dell has made some serious updates to the 7390 model, which we're checking out today on the 2-in-1 version of the laptop. The biggest update is a shot in the arm that all manufacturers have been anxiously awaiting: Intel’s Ice Lake platform, dubbed the 10th generation Core, and based on the long-delayed 10 nm Intel process. Over the previous generation Intel has seen some serious competition from their x86 neighbor, and AMD’s Zen core has brought AMD back from the brink, offering competitive performance, and in laptop guise. All of which comes coupled with a potent Vega GPU which has run circles around Intel’s UHD 620 found in all of the 8th generation U-Series processors powering so many laptops.
Intel is looking to change that with Ice Lake, offering not only improved CPU performance thanks to the Sunny Cove CPU architecture, but a much-improved GPU as well, with the Gen 11 graphics. The vast majority of previous generation U-Series processors offered just 24 Execution Units (EUs), with some premium devices offering Intel Iris Graphics which had 48 EUs in the 15-Watt range, but Ice Lake improves on that significantly with 64 EUs on the G7-suffix processors, 48 EUs on the G4 range, and 32 EUs on the lowest-tier G1 lineup. Our Dell XPS 13 7390 features the top of the line offering in the 15-Watt envelope with the Core i7-1065G7, meaning it also sports the 64 EU GPU.
But an improved processor can’t be the only defining change, as all manufacturers will be offering Ice Lake in one form or another. Dell has also taken their InfinityEdge display to the next level, bumping the overall screen size from 13.3 to 13.4 inches, and moving to a 1920x1200 16:10 aspect ratio, which dramatically reduces the bezel on the bottom of the display. In addition, Dell is offering a 3840x2400 panel which hits 90% of the P3-D65 gamut, and is HDR 400 and Dolby Vision certified. If you need it, the displays also offer touch and pen support as well.
|Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1|
|As Reviewed: Core i7-1065G7 / 16GB / 512 GB / $1749.99|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-1005G1
2C / 4T 1.2 GHz - 3.4 GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 32 EUs 300 MHz - 900 MHz
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4C / 8T 1.00 GHz - 3.6 GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 32 EUs 300 Mhz - 1.05 GHz
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4C / 8T 1.3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 64 EUs 300 MHz - 1.1 GHz
|Memory||4 / 8 / 16 / 32 GB LPDDR4X-3733|
|Display||13.4-inch 1920x1200 IPS
100% sRGB 500-nit
Touch and Pen support
Optional 13.4-inch 3840x2400 IPS
90% P3-D65 500-nit HDR 400 Certified
Touch and Pen support
|Storage||256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe x4 NVMe|
|Wireless||Killer AX1650 2x2:2 Wi-Fi6
|I/O||2 x Thunderbolt 3 (DP / Power Delivery / 4-lanes PCIe)
3.5mm headset jack
|Battery||51 Wh Li-Ion
45 W Type-C AC Adapter
|Dimensions||297 x 207 x 7-13 mm
11.69 x 8.15 x 0.28-0.51 inches
|Weight||1.32 Kg / 2.9 lbs|
|MSRP (USD)||i3 / 4GB / 256GB - $999.99+
i5 / 8GB / 256GB - $1299.99+
i7 / 16GB / 256GB - $1469.99+
i7 / 16GB / 512GB - $1699.99+
The changes don’t stop there. Despite the almost 85% screen-to-body ratio, Dell is still offering the webcam at the top of the display, unlike the original InfinityEdge design, and the latest XPS 13 2-in-1 is 8% thinner than before.
As a modern, premium laptop, the XPS 13 also offers two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, although there’s no legacy USB-A port which may hinder some people. Dell does ship the laptop with an adapter, but having a dongle on-hand when you need it is one thing to be prepared for.
There’s also WiFi 6, based on Intel’s wireless card but with the Killer software as well. The latest XPS 13 offers an instant-wake feature, and an integrated fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello support.
Dell is offering a lot in the XPS 13 2-in-1. They revolutionized the laptop back in 2015, but the competition has fought back. Let’s dig into the latest model and see how the XPS 13 7390 stacks up.
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Teckk - Friday, November 15, 2019 - linkThat's a decent integrated graphics performance jump for Intel! Did Dell launch XPS 15 on Ice Lake as well?
Smell This - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link""Unfortunately for the XPS 13, there’s currently an Intel GPU driver bug...""
Teckk - Friday, November 15, 2019 - linkYep, did read that. Other than that, surprisingly good performance for the historically not so popular IGP is what I meant.
Smell This - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link
Historically, this is the 20th anniversary of the original IGP__the "Intel 810 Chipset" for the Socket 370 (and Slot 1) processors. Both Chipzillah and DAAMIT have come a long way over the years with their 'integrated' graphics and video ASICs ...
Ryan Smith - Friday, November 15, 2019 - linkXPS 15 uses 45 watt (H-series) processors. Ice lake is only available for low-power U and Y series processors right now.
dusk007 - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - linkNow what I would want is a 15W Ice Lake with a 15 inch screen. Why are all the options of high quality notebooks for bigger screens always something like a XPS 15 or Macbook Pro 16" which have way more power than needed?
Can some one please tell Dell to give us a 15" 15W Ice Lake with XPS build quality "2 in 1". With Linux options perferably. I want more screen but I do not want a dedicated GPU (optimus is a pain on linux) I also don't need a 45W CPU, a notebooks that stays quiet is much better.
Death666Angel - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - linkA quick search for 15W TDP CPUs in 15"+ laptops with 2736x1824+ resolution shows 39 options, Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, LEnovo and MSI. Envy, Zenbook, Spectre, ZBook, Thinkpad, Lifebook, Prestige. Surely there is something for you? :) All laptops I've had with dedicated GPUs had the BIOS option to turn it off.
grant3 - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - linkwhere could someone perform a search like this?
TheinsanegamerN - Monday, November 18, 2019 - linkwww.google.com
JBCIII - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link"Intel Core i5-1065G7". ark.intel.com lists no such i5 CPU. I think that you mean "i7-1065G7" as stated in the "as tested" notes.