Dell’s 2019 XPS 13 DE Edition

The company's "precise work" on the Ubuntu-based machine, the Ubuntu-based machine, the Dell XPS 13 developer version was recently refreshed. Nowadays Dell's XPS line is not a cheap Linux option, nor is it the most configurable or user-upgradeable. And if any of those are a big part of your criteria, then this is probably not the laptop for you.

After all, many Linux users still have a strong line of DIY and will turn their nose at XPS 5 all After all, in a day and age when I test every laptop seems to run pretty well out of the box, do you need government help? If you know what you are doing and don't mind solving your own problems, the answer is probably not.

Yet after spending a few weeks with the latest XPS 3 (the fourth refresh I tested), it's hard to shake the feeling that the nearest thing a company has come to is Linux-computing nirvana. The XPS 13 developer version is a great choice for anyone who likes Linux but wants hardware support from the manufacturer. For all these years of Linux Odyssey, Dell has stood behind operating systems on these machines in a way that many other computer manufacturers have, in my experience.

So if you want a computer that can easily run and for which you can pick up the phone and get the help you need, the Dell XPS 13 remains one of the best options out there (regardless of your OS choice). The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is a solid hardware-built firm that doesn't hurt either. If you've ever dreamed of a Linux Rag that "just works" and comes in a powerful, minimalist package that weighs just 2.7lbs, the XPS 13 Developer Edition fits the bill.



Dell’s 2019 XPS 13 DE Edition



But wait, which XPS 13D to get?


In early 2021, the decision became confused as to who should consider the Dell XPS 13. Judging by the number of machines and models available, the Dell Project Sputnik - the organization's long-standing effort to bring hardware to Ubuntu-based people - is an unqualified success. Not only are there more models and configurations than ever before, Dell generally slows down hardware updates in line with Windows models.
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There is no small feat considering that this hardware should undergo the complete set of compatibility tests of Windows machines. Frankly, some features are lagging behind in Linux models; Fingerprint Reader is a good example. There is a fingerprint reader on the Power button in the Windows version of XPS 13, released in early 2019. The Linux version does not yet have the same features.

While I was testing the developer version update at the end of 2019, Dell announced another update. Get the new 2020 version (10th-gen XPS 13 developer version for those of you who are keeping up), Ice 11 graphics and Ice Lake processor with a new larger screen. This 2020 developer version will also be available in the model I tested with RAM ranging from 16GB to 32GB. Late than ever, support for fingerprint readers is also coming. It will not be available at launch in mid-February, but Dell says support will be coming soon.

As the company has in the past, Dell will continue to sell both the new and earlier XPS 13D releases this year - this time the two devices will go live for four months (November 2019; 2020 this month). Laptop seekers need to know their model numbers: the one I initially tested in late 2019 is 7390, and the upcoming 2020 version is 9300 (yes, Dell told me that model numbers will start at 9300 in 2020. The same model number was used. (2016).

Fortunately, I recently had the opportunity to play with the new 9300 hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (Linux fans would be happy to know: it had a prominent place on the display right next to the Windows version), even the smallest amount of personal data allowed me to make some significant comparisons with the 2019 model.

What's New: 2019 Edition vs. 2020 Edition

The XPS 13 line has stuck with the same design ever since it was launched. The bezel seems to be declining almost invariably, but otherwise the hardware has looked the same over the years. The 2019 model is no exception to this trend. Besides, it's impossible to exclude my own proprietary 2018 model, save for one little detail: no more nose cam.

As Ars mentioned when releasing the Windows model last year, the webcam is no longer on the screen with your nose straight. Instead the webcam at the top of the screen is where it belongs.

In the iteration of the XPS 13 line, I tested the features of Intel's Comet Lake 6-Core i7-10710U processor. This is a marginal step from the previous version, but on external standards I didn't really notice a huge speed increase. What I've noticed is that this version is consistently cooler than my 2018 version (both are running Ubuntu 18.04).

So what are these two extra cores? It may not sound like much, but if you push the processor (video editing, gaming, or compilation software) you will want six taxes আমি I was able to edit a video while reviewing this laptop and exporting it to my 2018 XPS 13 using Lightworks. It took 38 minutes to do the chopping of Comet Lake took just 19 minutes.

The Dell transmitted model had a maximum of 16GB of RAM and 1TB solid state drive for testing. As configured, the test machine will set you back $ 1,899.99. The lowest model, which has a 1080p display, an i5 chip, 128GB SSD, and only 8GB of RAM, is $ 975.

The value of the build has not changed, and the XPS 13 remains as a built-in machine. The construction is great, and the built-in aluminum frame provides a fluff that makes it feel sturdy even when it's so light. Holds the finish pretty well. My 2018 model has bounced around in my bag, smashed across many tables and left kitchen tile counters without much marks. I hope this is also true of the latest models.

Even though I've been using it for a few years now, the XPS 13's InfinitiAdz display still amazes me. No, it's not OLED, but it does enable a 13-inch screen to pack in a body that would otherwise look and feel like an 11-inch laptop. Dell has always sent me versions with 4K IPS touch panels. You can get the XPS 13 with a 1920x1080 screen and it will get better battery life (more than this in a minute) but I think the higher res display is worth the extra money.

There have been a number of pain points in the past with the HDPI screens in Ubuntu, but this is largely a thing of the past. The grub menu and boot screens are still incredibly small, and every now and then there's an app that doesn't scale properly - zoom, I'm seeing you here. However and by and large, the GNOME project, the combination of Ubuntu and Dell's work has addressed these issues.

I find the bright setting to be irresistible when working indoors (the XPS 13 472 Night is out in brightness), though it doesn't dampen a bit of flashes if you're working outside. For me, I'd say it's a screen you want to keep indoors - it's a problem with very high gloss and glitter on the outside. I tend to keep the screen at 70-percent brightness, which helps with battery life and is still quite bright.

As the 2020 version of the XPS 13 developer version, it is again featured on the 10th-generation Intel Core 10nm mobile processor with a newer, larger display.

That new screen is one of the "must" changes. Once you see this you will wonder why it has not been done from the first. Gone is the Dell logo that favors the wide bottom bezel. Instead, you'll get more screen real estate with a new 16:10 aspect ratio (from 2019 and 16: 9 of previous models).

It's a small profit, but in the form of this screen, really, anything is welcome. Just for the sake of it, I'd like to compare the 2020 model to the 2019 version (model 7390). But obviously the levels of the XPS 13 have been slightly tweaked. I can't tell much difference by holding it, but the keyboard keys are noticeably larger. They're also a bit springier than the previous versions (no, thankfully it's not like the 2-in-1 model that the internet likes to hate).

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