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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the 2019 Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 refresh, model 7390. There are a lot of improvements over the first gen model, with the new more powerful Intel 10th gen Ice Lake 10nm 15 watt CPUs, a new display aspect ratio, active cooling with vapor chamber and an even slimmer and lighter unibody aluminum design. The 2-in-1 convertible Ultrabook has a 13.4” full HD or 4K display with touch and optional pen support, fast DDR4 low power RAM, an NVMe SSD and WiFi 6.

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  1. Am confused about specs. Can I get 32RAM in FHD or only 4K. Can I get 1TB in FHD. Basically what is the maximum spec I can get WITHOUT going to 4k. And can I get that maximum spec in both black and white or am I stuck with white ?

  2. People actually upgrade their laptops in 2020?

    Years ago I had a Sony vio. By the time I needed to upgrade the ram, it was far cheaper to buy a budget laptop with better performance.

    Since then, if I buy an upgradable PC – I upgrade it right away, while the components are still available and cost effective.

  3. Can i Ask wich one is better for a student XPS 13 or HP elite dragonfly??
    can you please make a video where you go into this ?? and in the spesific use of the pen and screen comfort.

  4. To get a 1 TB SSD you have to opt for the UHD display and 32 GB RAM! I want the 1 TB as the SSD is soldered on but not sure the upgrade to UHD from FHD is worth it or needed. Any thoughts on the benefits of UHD screen when compared to the FHD screen? To do so puts you in the $2500 range Yikes. Thanks

    Updated: 12-12-2019. I ordered the spec system referenced above from the Dell Outlet at a substantial savings but was disappointed. The 4K screen kept flickering and during HD streaming color banding was crazy bad! I testing the same feed over WiFi on my phone, tablet, and Samsung MSI GS65 and the color banding was not present. The fingerprint reader is a waste and rarely works! I reset three times and took my time using it but 9 out of 10 times I had to use my PIN. The keyboard just streaming and doing productivity work got to HOT to type on comfortably? Even after changing the Thermal settings from Ultra Performance (How it Came) to Balanced it was still too HOT. Dell also sent me the White Keypad version by mistake. You cannot see the Key using the backlighting! They are easier to see with the lighting off. I wanted the Black Keypad for this reason. Had to completely remove the Killer Apps which is needed for all Dell / Alienware systems that have Killer internet cards. Once you remove all the Killer suite software and only install the drivers the network works much better. I have had to do this for every Dell / Alienware system for the past year and half?? Really. When you call tech support they know all about it and have you do the same thing. The SSD performance was subpar and you are stuck with it because it is soldered on. For this level of system Dell should use a better performing SSD. I was not able to tell the difference between the 1080P and 4K UHD screen. In fact the 4K screen was washed out and as I working mostly with 1080P media and items the system had to convert it to 1080P which I think is worse than staying with a native 1080P screen option. The keypad, Hum sometimes it felt good and then it as I picked up my typing pace I could not continue without to many mistakes. For me the key feedback and travel were not there. It is possible you could get used to it but the layout is good. The touchpad is great. It is possible the Outlet system I received continued to have issues Dell did not catch before releasing it for resale. Based I the system I had I would not recommend the 4K screen. It does have HDR but it did not translate to better picture quality on the system I had. I did have the 512GB – FHD screen model but wanted more SSD space and had both the FHD and UHD models to check out. Surprisingly the FHD (1080P) looked much better and did not have the color banding present on the 4K model. Still looking for a good 2-in-1.

    Just in case I had an bad Dell Outlet system I ordered a new 4K, 1TB, 32MB system. Well it had the same issues as listed above. I did determine that enabling HDR made a big difference in the stream video quality but not for the better. In fact it made the screen much darker and introduced the color banding making everything unwatchable! With it off the stream was better but not even close to how it looks on a phone or tablet! The battery life was 4 hours just sitting there with just popping back and forth between the web and doing updates! The hit to the battery life is not worth the 4K; which doesn't seem to be an upgrade from the 1080P.

  5. Lisa, I just love the way you do your reviews. I watch them even though i may have zero interest in the product that you are reviewing. Need some advise from your end please. My primary laptop is the new MacBook Pro 16”. However, I need a second device from a portability point of view, one that I can use for media consumption and some basic intermittent office work (Remote Desktop, MS Office, Internet). Which one would you recommend of the following:

    1. XPS 13 2-in-1 i7 512GB 16GB RAM

    2. IPad Pro 12.9” 3rd generation

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  6. Thanks for your video. I 've just bought a new Dell 2 in 1 13 7390 i7 and asked their staffs which active pen would be compatible with it and the answer is: there is no active pen supporting for this notebook. I wonder if the active pen you recommend here will work? Could you please tell me more about it. Many thanks in advance!

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