Battery Life and Pricing
One of the things that first impressed us about the XPS 13 back in 2015 was its impressive battery life results. At the time, the just under 8 hours of battery life was very impressive for a notebook in the Ultrabook size class.
The 2018 iteration of the XPS 13 with its 52Wh battery manages to stay in the same 8-hour battery life range, equipped with the 4K display. While we got slightly longer out of our battery test on the previous generation XPS 13, these are still the longest lasting notebooks we've been able to review thus far.
The configuration of Dell XPS 13 9370 that we were sent for review comes in at a staggering $1,899. However, that is one of the highest end configurations possible.
If I were to personally purchase this notebook, I think that I would aim for the 1080p screen (which should come with an additional battery life gain), i5-8250U, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. At this configuration, you could pick up the XPS 13 for a way more reasonable $1,200. While 16 GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD are certainly nice to have, I think most users will fall comfortably within the 8 GB/256 GB configuration.
Compared to similar flagship thin-and-light notebooks such as the HP Spectre x360, this pricing is right in line with the competition.
Before my time with the Dell XPS 9370, I wasn't expecting a whole lot of change from the previous version. From the outset, it just looked like a slightly new chassis design and shaving some thickness off by moving to all Type-C connectors.
Instead, what I found were thoughtful design changes to the XPS 13, which enhanced user experience all while making the device thinner AND perform double-digit percentages better than the previous generation, a rare trifecta.
While the move to exclusively Type-C connectors very justifiably might be a dealbreaker for some, I think if you can learn to get past that and embrace the dongle life, the XPS 13 9370 is the best option in the thin-and-light notebook category.
Paired with a Thunderbolt 3 dock like the CalDigit TS3+ we just reviewed, the performance presented by the i8-8500U in the XPS 13 could present a compelling desktop replacement for all but the most demanding users.
While it's not the cheapest notebook in this category, the Dell XPS 13 9370 is the best example of a thin-and-light notebook we've seen to date. The advancements over the previous Dell XPS 9360 are well worth the additional price tag.