Monday, November 6, 2017

Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 Notebook Review


Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 will be the main topic of discussion in this article. Going into the product line Dell XPS (Xtreme Performance System), 2-in-1 laptop is indeed can not be underestimated. Not surprisingly, Dell XPS is known as a "no-compromise" product, especially in the build quality sector. Dell does not hesitate to use high quality materials such as carbon fiber to ensure the best durability of their XPS product line is no exception in this laptop.

The Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 is powered by a Y-Series Core i 7th Generation "Kaby Lake" processor that indicates a 2-in-1 laptop is aimed at those who are targeting laptops with long battery life. Combined with dual channel memory configuration and SSD storage NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 indicates this laptop is ready to display its best performance. Interestingly again Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 equipped InfinityEdge screen with a massive level of QHD + resolution that is ready to give a riveting look.

Specification




Inside the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 embedded Core i7 7Y75 processor with Kaby Lake CPU architecture base. Core i7 7Y75 is included in the category of Intel Y Series power saving processors with 4.5 Watt Thermal Design Power rating. The low TDP rating also makes the Intel Y-Series processor occupy a performance class under U-Series (15 Watt) which is also categorized as power-saving processor. Of course with such a TDP rating makes the use of electrical power to be very efficient where this leads to longer battery life. In addition, the working temperature of the processor also becomes lower so it can use a cooling system with a small size or even no fan at all to produce 0 dB noise.

Core i7 7Y75 is a processor with dual core configuration and has adopted Hyper-Threading technology so that it can perform four computing processes at once in one way. The Core i7 7Y75 has a base clock speed of 1.3 GHz with a Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed of 2.6 GHz when one core works and 2.4 GHz when two cores work.

Dell combines the Core i7 7Y75 processor with an FCBGA11515 socket-based motherboard Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH.

The Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 variant we tested has LPDDR3 memory / RAM with 16 GB capacity at 1866 MHz speed which is the maximum supported Core i7 7Y75 for LPDDR3. Interestingly memory / RAM has been using a dual channel configuration that allows Core i7 7Y75 featuring peak performance. However, the 2-in-1 laptop memory / RAM module is implanted directly on the motherboard PCB so it can not be removed and the upgrade option is not possible given the absence of an additional SO-DIMM slot. The design of memory / RAM embedded on the motherboard PCB without the additional SO-DIMM slot allows Dell to make the laptop as thick as possible.


Core i7 7Y75 features IGP Intel HD Graphics 615 based on GPU Processor Graphics Gen 9 LP architecture. Intel HD Graphics 615 features 24 EU (Execution Units) with a base clock speed of 300 MHz and can go up to 1050 MHz thanks to Turbo Bost 2.0 technology. This IGP supports memory usage / VRAM up to 16 GB or in accordance with maximum support memory / RAM Core i7 7Y75 own. As one of the variants of Intel Kaby Lake processor, the IGP Core i7 7Y75 also features the latest generation Media Engine designed with better capability to handle modern multimedia content in 4K resolution though.


Positioned as a premium product, there is no compromise for Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 body material. For the outside, Dell uses an aluminum material specially formed by CNC Machine. Not only that, the area around the keyboard using a famous carbon fiber material and lightweight with a rubber surface so it is not slippery when held in tablet mode.

One of the appeal of Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 is located in body dimension. This 2-in-1 laptop presents body dimensions of 30.4 x 19.9 cm for long and wide sides. While the body thickness when the screen is closed is 0.8 cm for the thinest side and 1.37 cm for the thickest side. Special with a body size of 11.6-inch laptop, Dell successfully installed a 13.3-inch screen size thanks to the super-thin bezel design InfinityEdge.


The Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display with a resolution level of 3200 x 1800 pixels. The resolution of the massive screen at 13.3 inches yields a very high pixel density of up to 276 PPI (Pixels per Inch) resulting in a sharp display. Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 screen also uses panel IPS (In-Plane Switching) is known to display richer colors and accurate and has a very wide viewing angle up to 178 °. The screen surface is also reinforced Corning Gorilla Glass coating which makes it "hardiness" when used in tablet mode.

The use of a thin bezel makes the camera position moved to the bottom of the screen. The 720P camera is integrated with an infrared camera that allows the login process with face identification (Windows Hello).


Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 includes an Active Sylus Pen device that can be used as a finger replacement when operating the laptop, handwriting, or pouring the creativity of the owner in drawing.

The appeal of the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 as a 2-in-1 laptop is that it can be operated on a form other than a conventional laptop. The use of a 360 ° rotating hinge allows the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 to transform into a tablet device. Of course the Windows operating system 10 will directly make adjustments to the user interface so that still comfortable to use as a tablet. Auto keyboard key disabled on tablet form. Suitable for use when exploring cyberspace or reading.


Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 can also be operated on stand / display mode. Suitable for use while watching videos or video chat.

While the form of tent mode is suitable for displaying videos, photos, presentations, and more on many people.


Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 can also be positioned on a flat shape like this.

The Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 uses an aluminum-wrapped iron hinge that ensures the best durability, especially during 360 ° rotation.


Quite unfortunate on the front side Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 not found a gap that can help open the laptop from being closed. Moreover Dell uses magnets to glue firmly on the screen and keyboard when the laptop is closed.

On the left side of the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 can be found 1x Type-C USB connector 3.1 Gen 2 / Thunderbol 3.0 / DC-In / Display Port / PowerShare and 1x headphone microphone combo jack. There is also a battery gauge button and indicator to check the battery capacity without the need to turn on the laptop.


Meanwhile on the reverse side can be found 1x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 / DC-In / Display Port / PowerShare, 1x microSD card reader, 1x Noble Lock Slot hole, and power on / off button.

Fortunately Dell includes a Type-C to Type-A USB converter in the sales package for USB Type-A devices to work on this 2-in-1 laptop.

Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 keyboard adopts chiclet key design. The size of each button, except for six buttons in the lower right corner and in the topmost row, is large enough to be ready for users with large fingers though. The keypad feels responsive when used with a compressive distance of only 1.3 mm.



Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 keyboard features backlit lights that help to type in dark / low light conditions.

In addition to supporting the operating system login process with face identification, Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 also supports other security features with fingerprint.

The bottom sections of the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 without air vents indicate the use of a passive / fanless cooling system resulting in 0 dB noise.


The XPS logo on the underside of the laptop can be opened to display some of this product's information.

The Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 power adapter device is capable of supplying 30 Watt of electrical power. Charging is done through the Type-C USB connector.


Test Results - System Benchmark



PCMark 7 Creativity contains a set of tests to assess system performance in viewing, editing, transcoding, and storing photos and video files.

PCMark 7 Entertainment contains a set of tests to assess the performance of the system in recording, viewing, streaming, and transcoding television shows and movies. The performance of the system in importing, organizing, and browsing music files along with playing games are also tested here.

PCMark 7 Productivity contains a set of tests to assess system performance in loading wirsite pages and running home class office applications.

PCMark 7 Computation contains a set of tests to assess CPU and GPU computing performance.

PCMark7 Storage contains a set of tests to assess the performance of storage components on a system.

Temperature

We are not surprised if Core i7 7Y75 on Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 reaches working temperature up to 90 ° C in 3D rendering testing scenario using Blender application. Moreover Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 uses a fanless passive cooling system. For scenarios of lightweight use the Core i7 7Y75 working temperature in the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 will be much lower.

To view hot spots on the surface of the laptop body, we play the video continuously and then perform the measurement and shooting thermal imaging. Thermal imaging photography using FLIR ONE device. The brightest color areas show the highest temperatures.

The hot spots area is Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1. The brightest area is located near the screen hinge indicating the position of the processor on this 2-in-1 laptop.

Battery Life

Setting: Windows Power Option - Balanced | Windows Brightness - 1/10 | Speaker Volume - 20% | Airplane Mode - On (Video Playback & Charging) | Web Browsing & Video Streaming - WiFi On / Bluetooth Off

Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 successfully carries a battery life of more than 7 hours in the test scenario by running video and surf the virtual world continuously. For activities that are not continuous / paused, Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 should be able to incise even longer. With such battery life, the owner of Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 can perform their daily activities quietly without the hassle of looking for a power outlet each turn on the laptop. The charger device does not need to be always taken for a one-day activity.

Video Playback

Media Engine capabilities in the line of Intel Kaby Lake processors can not be underestimated. The figure above shows the processor utilization is only about +/- 13% with clock speed of hundreds MHz only when running 4K video. As we know the higher the video resolution will require hardware with higher computing capabilities. The "heavyweight" video content - 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) with a frame rate of 60 fps and HEVC / H.265 codec should also run smoothly considering the Core m3 7Y30 (a two-tier variant under Core i7 7Y75) can do so with perfect.

Conclusion


The build quality of Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 is unquestionable with the implementation of aluminum and carbon fiber materials that are notoriously strong but still lightweight. The touch screen surface was reinforced by the Corning Gorilla Glass coating making it resistant to pressure and scratches due to the touch of a finger.

Coming with Core i7 7Y75 processor does not allow us to expect super-fast performance from Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1. This 2-in-1 laptop is better suited for activities with mild to medium computing needs. He is still capable of handling heavy computing like 3D rendering but we rather recommend using a faster system. Fortunately the dual channel memory and NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 configuration make this 2-in-1 laptop can show the best "talent".

Performance Core i7 7Y75 as one variant of Intel Y-Series processor is not disappointing. Our test results show he is able to offset the performance of a number of variants of previous generation U-Series Intel processors in certain scenarios. IGP Intel HD Graphics 615 itself is still qualified to handle games with light graphics and thanks to the latest generation Media Engine, it is ready to handle modern video content with massive resolution and high frame rate. Battery life was satisfactory with the incision of more than 7 hours to make the activities all day free of electrical needs. Such performance was served only by relying on a passive cooling system that produces a noise level of 0 dB. The use of passive cooling systems is not only beneficial in terms of noise but makes this 2-in-1 laptop can be used on soft surfaces (pillows, mattresses, cloths, etc.) without fear of air circulation problems.

As a 2-in-1 laptop, the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 does come with an appeal where it can be converted to different shapes for better productivity in certain scenarios. The ability to be a tablet also makes the owner do not have to bother bring other similar devices. Hinges of iron material wrapped in aluminum also makes the owner does not need to worry about the durability when performing transformation of the form repeatedly.

Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 is also supported InfinityEdge screen QHD + resolution with IPS panel that is ready to deliver the quality of the sharp look rich colors. Security features were well noticed with the presence of authentication feature with face identification and fingerprint. Also available feature to check the remaining battery capacity without the need to turn on the laptop. However, the number and type of connectors is classified as minimal with two Type-C USB. Especially if 2-in-1 laptop is used while charging that makes the number of USB Type-C to be only one. It takes a USB Hub to use a number of USB devices simultaneously as well as a display converter for non-Display Port monitors if it requires a second screen. Another problem we found was the lack of a small gap on the front side that helped make it easier to open the laptop as Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 uses a magnet strong enough to "lock" the screen and keyboard.

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