The DELL XPS 13 9360 is a very visually appealing laptop with its beautiful display and sleek body frame. This laptop weighs less than three pounds, which makes it one of the lightest laptops on the market, but it also comes at a hefty price tag. Known for its portability and brand name, is this a laptop that you should consider getting?
The first thing that will catch your attention when opening this laptop is its small profile. However, it makes no compromises on the performance. The model which I have been using is the i5 8th Gen with the Intel graphics card and the FHD screen. It does not lag or slow down when doing tasks, and the laptop so far hasn’t had any crash issues. The small frame makes it easy to carry compared to a typical laptop from a few years back, or even current-gen gaming laptops, and looking at the thinness of it makes you wonder how Dell managed to pull it off. It is quite simply the lightest laptop I own which makes it a joy to carry it around and open it more often wherever I am. The keyboard is surrounded by carbon-fiber material which will stain easily and makes the grease marks much more noticeable. It is easy to clean it off, and I have maintained it to look pretty clean so far, but it is an extra step that you have to do compared to other laptops if cleanliness is something that bothers you.
However, the most eye-catching thing about this laptop is its almost edge-to-edge display, which Dell is calling the Infinity Display. The screen stretches virtually towards the end of the frame and leaves minimal bezel. While it does not provide a more considerable viewing experience like the Surface Laptop 2, it is the reason why this laptop can have such a small body. Not only that but for me, working with a screen like this was a joy, as large bezels on my previous laptop always annoyed me. The 1080p FHD was my preference because the FHD comes with a Matte screen, meaning reduced glare and no glossy finish. It makes it easier to use outside in the sun, and the 1080p panel consumes less battery than the 4k version. Moreover, for a laptop screen size this small, the bump up in resolution would not be that much noticeable.
The laptop on the side also has a battery indicator, which is useful because it allows you to see the laptop’s charge without opening it up and turning it on. I have never used the indicator and have mostly forgotten about it. I’ve only checked the laptop’s charge through it once, and that was to test it to see if it’s working.
The laptop is speedy and is more than enough to your traditional work done, such as web browsing and emailing. I have tested other heavy intense software such as AutoCAD and Matlab and was delighted by the load times and performance.
The laptop does, however, suffer from a heat management issue. It may be that since I am more protective of this laptop since it’s my daily driver that I am noticing it more and critiquing it harder, but it is still a concern on the back of my mind when using it. For regular tasks, there was no fan noise or increase in heat. However, I noticed that the laptop did get warm when plugged in for charging. Again, this might be because of the thinness, which makes the heat more noticeable on the keyboard than other laptops. The fans usually kicked on for me when I was downloading multiple files at once, such as stock photos, word docs, songs, movies, etc., and when video calling using software such as Google Hangouts and Zoom meetings. As I said, the temperatures are still average, according to Dell. However, it makes me wonder if I am pushing the boundaries of this laptop by heating it too much, potentially causing internal damage. Once the computer reaches 100% battery, even if its plugged in, it reaches down to its normal temperatures. I am using the i5 version and your results may be different on the i7 or i9 model.
This laptop is charged through a barrel-charger, which comes included in the box. Next, to it you will find a Thunderbolt 3 port which can be used to attach a dock and hook it up to a monitor. This laptop, however, does NOT have an HDMI port nor an Ethernet port. For this, you will need to get a dock that can be plugged in through USB-C. Next, we have two USB A 3.0 ports, which was not enough for me as I needed to connect flash drives, adapters for wireless mouse and keyboard, and cable to charge my phone and transfer data through iTunes. I decided to get a multi-USB A adapter that can be plugged into one of the port and allow you to connect multiple USB A devices through it. The USB C port is also capable of charging the laptop. However, you will need to get another cable for that as it will not be included in the box. The computer also comes with a full-size SD card slot, something that is not available in the newer models. Overall, this laptop has the best port selection for any high-end ultrabooks out there, giving virtually everything you need. The only extra thing I have ordered was the USB A dock which allows me to plug in more USB A devices, and a USB-C to HDMI adapter in case I want to connect it to my TV or an external monitor.
The battery life on this laptop is killer. In my daily usage, I could find it lasting quite a while compared to my previous laptops, at up to 8-9 hours. I’ve mostly used this laptop while it’s plugged up out of habit, but without a charger, there was no noticeable fast loss in the battery. I do not know what the battery degradation because I haven’t noticed any since the three months of usage. Although something like this usually kicks in after one or two years of usage. If this does happen, Dell offers a way to change the battery through one of their warranty services.
This is a great laptop for college students because of its light and compact body, a fantastic battery life, and a powerful processor capable of handling daily tasks. For something like video-editing or intensive gaming, you’ll need a laptop that with a more powerful processor if you care about the time. I have enjoyed the experience with this laptop and will recommend it to anyone looking for a laptop.
I believe that the FHD i5 8GB RAM model is the best model to pick up for the majority of the people.
A better processor won’t show a noticeable difference unless using intensive software; even then the difference will be minimal. The FHD screen saves you battery and makes it easier on the eyes when the computer is in a sunny environment.
The 9360 model is a bit old, initially released in 2017. However, it does have its pros compared to the newer model. This is the last 13 inch XPS to feature USB A ports over USB C ports in the newer model, which is a big deal to a lot of people, including me, who would have to buy dongles for everything if there weren’t any USB A ports, which would cost me money about of my pocket. Moreover, you will be able to find it at a lower price while getting a similar product.
This laptop right now you can find for a great price on Amazon. I recommend going with the refurbished model as you’ll be saving 100-200$ while getting a product which almost as same as a new.