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Asus Zenbook UX305 Laptop – A Detailed Product Review

Detailed Review on Asus Zenbook UX305 Laptop

When Steve Jobs first introduced the MacBook Air at a Macworld conference in 2008, the world went wild for the “world’s thinnest notebook”.

As usual, Apple won a huge following for its latest creation. And no one could have dared dream that the world’s thinnest notebook would ever be outdone.

But it was.

Enter the Asus ZenBook UX305.

When Asus launched the ZenBook UX305 in 2015, feathers were ruffled, especially in Apple’s camp.

This was not just because the ZenBook UX305 looked a lot like the MacBook Air, but because it promised users more than what the MacBook was offering.

But does the ZenBook really qualify to even dare take on the mighty MacBook?

For a lot of consumers, the good news is that the answer is “yes”.

Asus brought a lot of laptop users a lot of power and performance in a thin profile when they launched the Asus ZenBook UX305 – all that at more affordable prices starting from as low as $870.54.

But is all the hype over the Asus ZenBook UX305 worth you even considering purchasing one?

Let’s find out shall, we?

The Asus ZenBook UX305 – Power, Performance, and the Perfect Price

ASUS UX305 13-Inch Laptop [2015 model]

One of the Asus ZenBook’s superpowers is its ultra-portability (but don’t mistake that for flimsy).

Measuring just 0.48 inches thin with a 12.8 x 8.9-inch footprint, this is one of the thinnest notebooks you’ll find on the market.

What about its main rival, the MacBook? The MacBook Air was at one time the standard for ultra-thin notebooks with its 11 x 7.73 x 0.52-inch dimensions. It certainly isn’t fat, but the Asus ZenBook UX305 trumps it in that it packs in more ports and has a better keyboard in its tight cover.

Even though the Asus Zenbook UX305 takes the cup in thinness department, its 2.6-pound weight still makes it slightly heavier than the MacBook Air’s 2.03-pounds.

But then I’m getting ahead of myself (and you).

In order to start appreciating what the Asus ZenBook UX305 has to offer, a brief look at its spec sheet is the first place you need to visit. So let’s start there.

Asus ZenBook UX305 Specs

  • CPU: 900MHz Intel Core M3-6Y30 (dual-core, 4MB cache, 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3L (1,866 MHz SDRAM)
  • Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display
  • Storage: 256GB SSD (M.2 2280)
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3.0, SD card reader, micro HDMI, headset jack
  • Connectivity: Integrated 802.11ac
  • Camera: 2MP HD webcam
  • Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Size: 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.48 inches

Just a casual glance at the spec sheet above shows the power this little laptop packs and the performance it promises.

Let’s take a closer look and see exactly what all those figures and acronyms mean for you as a user.

Design

The design team at Asus pulled off the unimaginable when they designed the Asus ZenBook UX305.

How they achieved such a feat as squeezing in all these specs into such a small chassis managed manages to squeeze plentiful specs into a compact chassis at a compelling price point is one thing, is nothing short of miraculous.

But part of the magic in the ultra-slim design is the fact that Asus used Intel’s Broadwell chips. These are low power chips that allow the ultrabook to passively cool, thus eliminating the need for cooling fans.

Donning a beautiful aluminum shell with Asus’ signature radial lid, this is one ultrabook you’ll proudly take out of your bag. Even if you are in a sea of high-end MacBooks and Surface Books, you won’t look out of place with Asus’ beautiful design.

On lifting the lid, the Asus ZenBook UX305 will greet you with a gorgeous deck made of one solid piece of metal that has an anodized and fine grit finish. If you spend prolonged periods of time typing, you’ll really appreciate this as the deck provides a nice soothing texture for your wrists.

To add to its sophisticated flair, Asus gave the lid a brushed aluminum finish, which, however, has a captivating radial design as opposed to the traditional straight lines found on most laptops. The best part about this design is that the Asus logo sits right in the center of these concentric lines, giving it an ethereal look.

Despite its small size, the Asus ZenBook UX305 has a very spacious Chiclet-style keyboard that features full length “Enter” and “Backspace” keys. The keys themselves are very responsive, immediately springing back from their shallower than normal travel distance.

Unfortunately, the Asus ZenBook UX305 doesn’t have a backlit keyboard, but you’ll certainly overlook that flaw for the convenience, power, and performance it offers you.

The ZenBook UX305 also has a surprisingly spacious trackpad (it actually extends to about 3 thirds of the laptop’s width). Although this gives it a bit of a quirky appearance, the extra space and the frictionless surface make it more functional than other trackpads in its category. The pad itself and the keys are very tactile, providing just the right amount of feedback to keep track of what you are doing.

For most people, one of the greatest marvels of the Asus ZenBook UX305 is the way it manages to carry a lot of ports in such a thin profile. Packing 3 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a headphone jack, and a micro HDMI port, the Asus ZenBook offers you connectivity even premium laptops like the Surface Book and the MacBook Pro can’t even match.  

This is why this ultrabook is an engineering marvel, especially since it offers you all this real estate and superior performance at such a low price point.

Speaking of performance, let’s see what this little piece of dynamite can do. We’ll start with the display.

Display

The Asus ZenBook UX305 features an impressive 13.3-inch 1080p IPS screen that is a pleasure to look at whether you are working on an assignment or simply watching a movie.

Sporting a matte screen, the Asus ZenBook UX305 went against the normal display trend of most modern laptops. Although it gives less color, the gambit pays off as you get a brighter display that affords you wider viewing angles – close to 180-degrees. This screen also gives you better visibility outdoors and is gentler on the eyes, allowing you more screen time for those times you need to do a lot of word processing or spreadsheets.

When tested for brightness, the ZenBook UX305 registered 281 nits, a good score seeing that the mainstream average for ultrabooks is 247 nits.

As of color reproduction, the Asus ZenBook UX305's display managed to reproduce 93.9 percent of the sRGB spectrum, again, a pretty good figure for an ultrabook that doesn’t burn a big hole in your pocket.

The display is evidence enough that Asus didn’t skimp much on the design of the Asus ZenBook UX305. You really get more value than you pay for.

Above the screen, you’ll find a 720p webcam that is as clear enough to give you good picture quality and records videos at 30 frames per second. Although it’s not the best webcam you can find on an ultrabook, it certainly is one of the best you can find for a $870.54.

Performance

Looking at the spec sheet, it may be a bit alarming seeing that the ZenBook’s processing speed is south of 1GHz. Don’t let that fool you as the Asus ZenBook UX305 can easily compete with ultrabooks fitted with an i3 processor.

The Asus ZenBook UX305 features an Intel Core M-5Y10 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. The Core-M (Broadwell) processors are famous for their low power usage and allow the ZenBook UX305 to run a fanless cooling system.

Despite the seemingly small processor, the Zenbook doesn’t struggle with everyday tasks and is, in fact, capable of handling 10 open tabs and streaming a movie without any lag.

When it comes to file transfer speeds, the Asus ZenBook UX305 is bound to impress. It only takes it 33 seconds to transfer 5GB of mixed media files, giving it a transfer rate of 154.2 MBps. That is way above the mainstream average of 106 MBps and puts it ahead of the more expensive Dell XPS 13’s 87.7. Sadly, it is still slower than its competitor, the MacBook Air (Haswell processor) that has a transfer speed of 242 MBps.  

The Asus ZenBook UX305 didn’t do so well in the spreadsheet test as it took 6 minutes 50 seconds to match 20,000 names and addresses. That’s 2 minutes slower than the Dell XPS 13. Again, the Asus ZenBook barely managed to keep up with the MacBook Air’s 5 minutes and 36 seconds in this test.

Overall, the Asus ZenBook UX305 is a pretty good performer when it comes to day to day tasks (and streaming), especially factoring in its small processor.

Graphics and Gaming

As with all ultrabooks, the Asus ZenBook UX305 is not built for heavy gaming. But if you have a gaming itch that needs to be scratched, the ZenBook’s Intel HD5300 graphics card is capable of affording you an average gaming experience.

If you are looking for a laptop capable of handling more intense games, you’ll just have to look for a more powerful laptop as all ultrabooks won’t be able to quench your thirst for adventure.

Battery Life, Heat, and Noise

One of the features ultrabooks are known (and sought) for is the remarkable battery life they afford.

And the Asus ZenBook UX305 doesn’t disappoint in this aspect, living up to Asus’ claims of a good 10 hours of continuous use.

That’s a pretty impressive runtime, especially since it is nearly 3 hours more than the average runtime of 7 hours 27 minutes.

As for overheating, that’s a word you’ll have to cut out of your dictionary as long as you are using the Asus ZenBook UX305. Because of its Broadwell processor, the ZenBook is more power efficient, leading it to run cooler. Asus also went a step further in ensuring a cool running system by designing the lid to lift the laptop 4mm above the ground when open, allowing for better airflow to cool the system.

And because the Asus ZenBook is passively cooled, there are no fans to create annoying sounds when the system starts running loud. This is a big deal considering that the Asus doesn’t come with the loudest speakers on the block.

That being said, the Asus ZenBook UX305 comes with a very efficient system that you’ll definitely find hard to find in a laptop priced at $870.54.

The Asus ZenBook UX305 – Best Value for Money

If you are looking for a laptop that will give you the best value for money, pound for pound, the Asus ZenBook UX305 offers you just that.

It’s difficult matching a 13-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel matte display, an Intel Core M 5Y10 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD with the same price tag the Asus ZenBook UX305 comes with.

This one is actually a no-brainer. If your budget is in the same ballpark as the price range of the Asus ZenBook UX305, then you’ve just found your perfect laptop.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop Review: An In-Depth Look of its Specifications

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop Review

It’s amazing what a measly can get you these days. Take the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 notebook, for example: A great looking laptop that you can either use as a tablet or a PC.

Whether you are looking to use it as a kids’ training-wheels laptop or as a secondary machine to add to your stock of hardware, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is a solid option. Its design speaks for itself and its performance is among the best you can get within its price range.

But since consumer reviews and opinions about this PC have been divided for quite some time, you should read this unbiased review that aims to settle the debate once and for all. So without further ado, take a look at the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 and find out what it’s all about.

Full Review of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Dell 2018 Newest Lightweight Inspiron 11.6" Touchscreen 2 in 1 Laptop PC AMD A6-9220e Processor 4GB DDR4 RAM 32GB eMMC SSD Hard Drive Radeon R4 Graphics Wifi Webcam Bluetooth 3.2 Lbs Windows 10 (Red)

To review everything the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 has to offer, it is important to break its features into small bits for easier, deeper analysis.

1. Design

One of the things that really stand out about the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is its design. This machine comes in a sleek, sturdy design with the matte Dell logo on the center of its glossy lid. The power button is deftly located on the top right corner of the laptop’s full-sized keyboard.

An analysis of Dell Inspiron design features wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the choice of colors you have when buying this laptop. You can have the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 in red, blue, or white colors. However, you should consider giving the white version a wide berth because this hue tends to show all kinds of scuffs.

Weighing just 2.4 pounds with a thickness of 0.8 inches, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is an ultraportable notebook. It is thinner and lighter than the Acer Chromebook 11 N7 which weighs at 2.8 pounds with a thickness of 0.9 inches. It’s closest to the Lenovo IdeaPad in terms of dimensions. However, it’s a little thicker than the IdeaPad by 0.1 inches.

The SD card reader, the power port, HDMI and USB 3.0 are all located on the left side of the notebook. On the right-hand side are the Headphone Jack, USB 2.0 port, and the Noble security lock ports.

2. Display

The display of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 has been one of the main talking points of many reviewers. After a few tests were conducted, it was found that some of the criticism aimed at this notebook’s display may be well-grounded. While it can get the job done, it isn’t the best display for entertainment.

To assess the display of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000, several movie trailers were played so as to check for any color distortion. Unfortunately, the results weren’t that pleasing. Luke Cage’s headboard in The Defenders trailer looks too dark on this notebook’s screen, and Rand’s iron fist renders with excessive orange.

While it’s not a surprise to find a resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels in an average  notebook, it’s a reminder of the phrase “you get what you pay for”.  But despite the display’s wanting resolution, it is still good enough for writing and reading both online and offline.

For purposes of comparison, the color display of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000, the Chromebook 11 N7 and the IdeaPad 110S were all tested. The colorimeter used to measure color display indicated that the Inspiron only produces 67% of the sRGB spectrum. The Ideapad and the Chromebook posted better results, with 70% and 72% respectively.

As you can see, this is definitely not the laptop for outdoor use. Its panel can only emit a brightness of 196, which is dimmer than that of the Chromebook and the Ideapad 110 S, which registered 235 and 213 units of brightness respectively. That being said, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is mainly a business machine, so you shouldn’t expect it to have the display of a gaming laptop.

3. Keyboard and Touchpad

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 doesn’t have the perfect keyboard, but it is good enough for solid typing. The Typing Master 10 app was used to conduct a typing test, and the results weren’t that bad. The keys’ actuation force of 74grams, which is within acceptable limits, was pretty impressive (an actuation force of at least 60 grams is acceptable).

The only problem with the keypad was the 1 mm travel depth, which is lower than the 1.5mm average. While deeper key travel was desired, at least the deck didn’t flex, unlike that of the IdeaPad 110S.

The 3.9 X 2.1-inch touchpad of the Inspiron 11 3000 is also pretty amazing. It’s sensitive enough to accurately track your input and recognize the three-finger navigation gestures of the Windows 10 app. It may feel a little stiff at first, but once you get used to it, you will have no problems with Inspiron’s buttonless touchpad.

4. Audio

You probably know that headphones should deliver quality sound, but would you expect a laptop of the same price to have great audio? Well, you better believe it because this is one of the best sounding laptops in its price range.

The audio of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 was tested in a spacious conference room and it filled it with clear vocals, sweet synths, and accurate bass. You should keep the Dell Audio utility presets for the best audio quality.

5. Performance

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is more of an average performer. With a Celeron N3060 processor and a RAM of 2GB, this is probably not the laptop you’d want to multitask with.

After testing the performance of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 in a number of ways, it was revealed that the most apparent indicator of the laptop's performance was the reduced speed when several tabs were simultaneously opened on the Google Chrome browser. In addition, there was a noticeable stutter when five Youtube tabs were opened all at the same time.

To compare the performance of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 with that of similar laptops, the Geekbench 4 performance benchmark was used. It earned a total score of 1813, which is close to the IdeaPad 110S’s 1847. Both laptops have the same RAM and CPU specifications.

The JetStream score of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 was also compared to that of the IdeaPad 110S and the Chromebook 11 N 7. The IdeaPad came out on top in this regard, with a JetStream score of 57.2. The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 and the Chromebook registered a tie of 49 points.

Another performance test performed on the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 was the speed test. To do this, 4.97GB multimedia files were transferred to the Inspiron 11 3000 and the speed of transfer calculated. This speed was then compared to that of the Ideapad 110 S. This is one of the areas that the Inspiron shone against a machine of similar capabilities, posting a speed of 84.82 MBps against the Ideapad’s 73.75 MBps.

Although the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 performed well on the speed test, it was below average when it came to gaming and image editing. It only supported lightweight games such as the Candy Crush Soda Saga and allowed minimal image editing.

But this did not come as a surprise considering the kind of processor and RAM the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 sports. You wouldn’t expect a cheap laptop with a Celeron processor and 2 GB of RAM to have mind-blowing graphics, would you?

6. Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron sports one of the best batteries in its price range. It beats the IdeaPad 110S and the Chromebook 11 N7 hands down, with a battery life of over 13 hours. So if you thought having a low-end processor was all bad news, think again, because it’s one of the reasons the Dell Inspiron has a long battery life.

7. Webcam

The .9 megapixel webcam of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is barely adequate for Skyping. Although you would be recognizable in the selfies you shoot with this laptop, there would be tons of visual noise on the background.

During testing, green surfaces showed blotches of distortion, while red surfaces and clothes had too much yellow. If you are looking to use the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 for video calls, you might want to mount a better webcam.

8. Heat Regulation

Don’t let its hot shade of red fool you: The Inspiron 11 3000 stays cool even when performing heavy tasks. After streaming a 15-minute long HD video, the touchpad’s temperature only rose to 74 degrees Fahrenheit, while the underside heated up by 87 degrees. Both temperatures are well below 95 degrees, which is the maximum comfort threshold for machines like the Inspiron 11 3000.

9. Warranty and Software

The Dell Inspiron comes with Windows 10 software, which includes a fully stocked Microsoft Suite. It is one of the advantages of choosing the Inspiron 11 over the similarly priced Chromebook. While the Chrome OS offers the same performance as the Inspiron 11, it lacks the full Microsoft Office Suite, which is often a necessity in most schools and offices.

The Inspiron 11 3000 may come with just 32 GB of storage, but there’s a silver lining to it – the small storage space doesn’t allow Dell to load the notebook with much bloatware.

However, it does come packed with everything you’d expect from a Dell notebook, including the SupportAssist system and the Power Manager Lite settings utility. Other software included are Sling, Candy Crush and Minecraft, which you might want to get rid of to free up precious storage space.

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 come with a limited one-year hardware warranty. Under Dell’s standard warranty, you are required to supply the box your machine came with before the company pays for shipping. Standard Dell warranty terms and conditions apply.

10. Configuration Options

You can have the Dell 11 3000 in two configurations, which Dell offers in blue, red and white designs. The entry-level version has a RAM of 2 GB, Intel Celeron N3060 and an eMMC hard drive of 32 GB. The second model of this notebook comes with 4GB of RAM and costs $249.00.

Dell 2018 Newest Lightweight Inspiron 11.6" Touchscreen 2 in 1 Laptop PC AMD A6-9220e Processor 4GB DDR4 RAM 32GB eMMC SSD Hard Drive Radeon R4 Graphics Wifi Webcam Bluetooth 3.2 Lbs Windows 10 (Red)

Pricing and Where to Buy

The Dell online shopping platform offers the best deal for this notebook and currently values the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 at . The retail price of other online shopping platforms—including Amazon — is $249.00.

How the Inspiron 11 3000 Stacks Up Against Similar Notebooks

You will notice that throughout this review, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is mostly compared with the Acer’s Chromebook 11 N7 and Lenovo’s IdeaPad 110S. This is because the two laptops are the Inspiron closest competitors, and have similar specs to this notebook.

Acer Chromebook 11 N7 11.6" Traditional Laptop (NX.GM8AA.001;C731-C8VEN)

The table below summarizes how the Inspiron 11 compares to the Chromebook 11 N7 and the Ideapad 110s by rating their ease of Use, build quality, assembly time and warranty.

Product

Price

Ease of use

Assembly time

Build Quality

Warranty

Price

Ease of use

4 Stars

Assembly time

4 Stars

Build Quality

4 Stars

Warranty

4.5 Stars

Price

Ease of use

4 Stars

Assembly time

4.5 Stars

Build Quality

4.5 Stars

Warranty

4.5 Stars

Ease of use

4 Stars

Assembly time

4 Stars

Build Quality

4.5 Stars

Warranty

4 Stars

Pros and Cons of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Pros of the ​Dell Inspiron 11 3000

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    Pocket-friendly price

Cons of the ​Dell Inspiron 11 3000

  • Dim display
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    Poor webcam

Final Verdict

Generally, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is a great buy. For just $249.00, you get a laptop with solid audio, over 13 hours of battery life, and a sleek design. While its display is quite dim, this is expected of a laptop in this price range.

On a rating scale of 1 to 5 stars, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is worth at least 3.5 stars. Of all its aspects, the display ranked lowest and was responsible for the relatively low rating. If you’d like a better display, you will have to make do with the restrictions of the Chrome OS because the Chromebook 11 N7 offers the best alternative in terms of display. Lenovo’s Ideapad is also a solid option, but its battery life is shorter than that of the Inspiron 11 3000.

 

Dell XPS Laptops: An In-Depth Review of Their Specifications

Review on Dell XPS 13 Laptop

Are you shopping for a performance laptop? If so, you can be easily overwhelmed by the large number of options available in the market. But with the right head start, you won’t have to skim through the sheer number of material on the various types of laptops being sold out there.

One of the best performance laptops available today is Dell’s XPS line. These range of laptops are designed and built to match the needs of virtually every laptop user, from basic users to heavy users.

Here is a complete review of the Dell XPS:

What is Dell XPS and How Does it Work? 

This is a range of performance laptops and 2-in-1’s made by Dell. They are ultra-thin and lightweight yet powerful enough to accomplish everyday tasks fast and efficiently, saving you time and effort. Dell XPS convertibles come equipped with a solid, innovative flip-hinge that allows you to easily switch between two main modes – tablet mode and laptop mode.  

To use the computer as a laptop, you’ll need to adjust the display and keyboard to your desired viewing angle. To switch to tablet mode, simply flip the display 180 degrees so that it touches the back of your keyboard. Switching between the different work modes is that easy.

The Dell XPS is a line-up of laptops and convertibles from Dell. To provide you with useful insight on these computer devices, it is important to narrow down the focus of this XPS review to a few technical specifications that matter the most.

Key Specs of Dell XPS

Here’s a look at some top specs of the XPS range:

1. Central Processing Unit (CPU)

One of the most important things to consider before investing in a new laptop is how powerful it is. A powerful laptop will ensure everyday tasks are accomplished on time or with minimal delay. Dell’s XPS range runs on Intel Core processors. These processors ensure that laptop users enjoy fast and reliable performance when using their devices for work or play.

Keep in mind that the power delivered by Dell XPS laptops varies from model to model. For example, the new XPS 15 convertible, which comes packed with the first-ever quad-core eight-gen Intel Core i5-8305G processor, is more powerful than the XPS 13 2-in-1 that runs a seventh-gen Intel Core i5 processor.

2. Operating System (OS)

Laptops comprising the Dell XPS range come equipped with either a Windows 10 Home or Ubuntu Linus OS. Both types of operating systems deliver different features and benefits, and have unique limitations. If you don’t want to be plagued by compatibility issues, a Windows 10 machine is the obvious choice, as Windows OSes are by far the most widely used OS universally.

But if your specific job requires that you use an Ubuntu Linux OS, and you are well-versed with it, you can get an XPS laptop that runs the Linux software.

3. Memory (RAM)

As other performance laptops and convertibles in their consumer-grade category, the XPS range comes paired with different GB’s of RAM. You can get an XPS machine with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB OF RAM, depending on your particular device memory needs.

With the right memory, your computer should keep running fast and efficiently.

4. Storage Capacity

Built-in storage tends to increase with an increase in RAM. For instance, the Dell XPS (2015) comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, whereas Dell XPS paired with 16GB of RAM offers 512GB SSD. Hard disk sizes are upgradeable up to 1TB or more. So, it is important that you assess your storage needs before making your pick.

5. Battery Life

No matter how well a computer device has been designed and built, it isn’t of any use when it runs out of power. That is why getting a laptop or convertible that can deliver long battery hours is crucial.

Dell had this in mind when they made the batteries used on their XPS machines. Laptop battery tests conducted on various XPS models revealed that Dell’s XPS range delivers at least 9 hours on average when used to search the web non-stop.

This makes the laptops a great choice for PC users who need to work or play while they are constantly on the go.

6. Display

Dell’s XPS laptops and 2-in-1s are available in two display sizes – 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches. All 13-inch XPS devices fall under the XPS 13 range, whereas their 15-inch counterparts belong to the XPS 15 line-up.

Each display comes with either a full HD or 4k ultra HD screen resolution that delivers incredible color for work and video streaming. Displays with 4k screen res screen generally cost more than those with 1080p screens, but they are a worthy buy because they deliver superior image clarity.

The all-important display characteristic that you need to consider is the pixel density, which is measured as the number of pixels per inch (ppi). The greater the number, the greater the level of clarity you will experience when staring at your screen.

7. Keyboard and Touchpad

The XPS range feature keyboards for laptops and keyboard-touchpad combos for 2-in-1s. When in laptop mode, users operate their XPS device by pressing the buttons on their keyboards. When switched to tablet mode, device users simply need to tap on the touchpad to perform various functions.

Pricing and Where to Buy

What is the price range of the Dell XPS line-up of laptops and convertibles? Prices vary from device to device and seller to seller. The price of XPS products ranges between $899.99 and $1,019.00.

There are multiple sellers of the Dell XPS laptops and 2-in-1s across the world. You can check the price and availability of the XPS product on you want on Amazon, Best Buy or Walmart.

How Does Dell’s XPS Compare with Lenovo’s Yoga 910 and HP’s Spectre X360?

In order to make this review accurate and detailed enough, it is important to compare the XPS with other laptops within its price range and user category. Keep on reading below to learn about how the XPS compared with Lenovo’s Yoga 910 and HP’s Spectre X360.

Dell XPS vs Lenovo Yoga 910

Lenovo is one of the leading manufacturers of performance laptops and 2-in-1s worldwide, and they are giving Dell’s XPS range serious competition with their Yoga 910 selection.

The Lenovo Yoga 910 has a 13.9-inch display, which comes with a full HD or ultra HD screen resolution. This means that users can watch full HD or ultra HD content, as long as they get a compatible computer device. The XPS range, on the other hand, also delivers 1080p and 4k display.

But the difference in display size can impact the overall quality of text and images that appear on your screen when comparing models with the same screen resolution.

The XPS 13 range can deliver slightly increased display quality because it has more horizontal and vertical lines per square inch compared to Yoga 910s with equal screen resolutions. The XPS 13 selection, on the other hand, may deliver slightly reduced picture clarity because it has less pixel density than a Yoga 910 with an equal screen resolution.

The bottom of line is that Dell’s XPS gives laptop buyers the freedom to choose which display suits them best, while the Yoga 910 limits them to a 13.9-inch screen. And, retailing at a starting price of $799.99, the XPS range appeals to more price-savvy laptop buyers.

Dell XPS vs HP Spectre X360

HP’s Spectre X360 is another laptop range that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Dell’s XPS. The Spectre X360 run Windows 10 Home OS.

Like the Dell XPS, the HP Spectre X360 series offer laptop users a choice between a 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch display. When it comes to performance, the XPS range is on an almost equal level with the Spectre X360. Intel’s Core i-series processors, which are used on both series, deliver solid performance.

When comparing the exact performance parameters, the XPS range is slightly better than the Spectre X360. Both have pretty user-friendly keyboards so you can easily operate your laptop.

One area where the XPS beats the Spectre X360 is when it comes to battery performance. Dell XPS machines generally tend to deliver an extra one hour if battery life on a single charge.

Overall, both laptops are a great option. They deliver compact performance and are beautifully designed. Opt for the XPS if you need to constantly use your laptop in the go. But if portability is the number one priority for you, consider buying the Spectre X360.

Pros and Cons of the XPS

The XPS delivers a wide range of benefits to its users, but it is not without its shortcomings. Keep reading on below to find out some of the noteworthy advantages and disadvantages of this lineup of laptops from Dell.

Pros of the XPS

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    Reliable Performance
    As a laptop user, one of your first priorities should be to get a machine that will get the job done without resulting in unnecessary downtime.Dell’s XPS range is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a performance laptop on a budget. The Intel Core i-series processors that these laptops run are proven performance boosters.
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    Visual Appeal
    If you are looking for a laptop that looks enviable, you should see just how good Dell’s XPS machines look. These laptops are not just powerful but also designed to impress. The XPS is the perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics.
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    Enhanced Viewing Experience
    The XPS introduces you to the world of HD resolution. HD resolutions mean improved text and picture quality. Whether you intend to use your laptop for work, play, or both, you’ll love the beautiful, crisp and refined colors on your screen.
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    Great Battery Life
    Dell XPS laptops can stay turned on up to 10 hours without requiring a recharge. This makes them a great option for those who need to use a personal computer on the move.
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    Easy to Carry Around
    While the XPS laptops may not be the lightest in the consumer market, they are still pretty lightweight and can be lugged between meetings or classes without much trouble.
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    The Best of Windows 10 Home OS
    The XPS range runs Microsoft’s Windows 10 Home OS. This opens the doors for you to enjoy using some of the latest and exciting features that the OS has to offer, including a personal digital assistant called Cortana, Windows Hello, Edge browser, Start menu, Xbox streaming and many more.
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    Runs Pretty Nicely
    Unlike some other comparable laptops, Dell XPS laptops don’t run too hot or too loud. This significantly boosts user experience.

Cons of the XPS

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    Awkwardly-Placed Webcam
    One of the most noticeable things about the XPS is the front camera placement. Instead of conveniently being placed at the top of the display, it has been installed at the bottom part of the display, which makes camera operation quite a hassle.
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    Brightness
    When used in rooms with optimal light conditions, XPS laptops deliver remarkable display quality. However, in bright places, increasing the brightness of the screen to the maximum possible level may not help improve image clarity as much. With that said, Dell should consider the prospect of increasing the maximum brightness of the display by at least 20 percent.

The Final Verdict

With all its shortcomings, the XPS range has terrific laptops that deliver well-rounded performance for regular users, but they are not designed to serve heavy graphics users, like photographers and video editors, equally well.

If you’re considering getting a beautiful, solid performance with a long battery life, these laptops are a great buy. Rarely do you get so many amazing features bundled into one laptop these days. The best part is that you will only need to spend between $899.99 and $1,019.00. Now that sounds like a really good deal.

A 4-star rating sums up the good and the bad of the XPS, or what do you think? Feel free to contribute to the discussion by providing your feedback.

Best Razer Blade Laptops & Computer Equipment For 2018

Razer Blade

2018 is a great time to be a tech fan – or even a laptop shopper looking for a great deal.

There are plenty of high-end brands that combine technical insight with a penchant for listening to consumer feedback. The result is a line of reliable machines, the biggest question about them being which is superior.

It can be a tough decision, as quality computer makers understand the importance of sticking to a good thing. It’s their adherence to the right formula combined with a choice to add the right upgrades in that makes choosing so hard.

Razer Blade laptops are this type of brand despite having a limited number of designs. The creation team behind them has released models for all types of needs. From graphics-hungry gamers to creative artists to savvy businesspeople, every type of user can find something in Razer Blade’s lineup. Whether a user values sleek looks, light weight, or both, there is usually a great choice for them.

Here we’ll rank the best Razer Blade laptops and computer equipment for 2018. In addition to examining each of the laptops in Razer’s limited and exclusive line, we’ll examine the equipment inside of them and compile the best specs to look for in a buyer’s guide at the end.

Don’t forget about the equipment – we’ll be looking at the extras Razer Blade offers including power cables, networking equipment, and more.

How We Choose Our Ratings

What goes into a good Razer Blade laptop? There are a few things any buyer looks for. Even if they aren’t familiar with the best specs in each class, they want certain qualities in a computer. These include sleek looks, user-friendly design, and enough computing power to last for years to come.

We choose our ratings based on a number of factors, including what buyers look for and how owners feel about the computers. We’ll take into account Razer Blade’s design style and look at what each of their main models offer, not counting different variants with small changes (hard drive size upgrades, etc.).  

In addition to examining the specs and equipment, we’ll consider the appearance of these laptops and whether their design is based toward on certain market. In that respect, an ultraportable laptop could be rated next to a gaming laptop – while two different classes, each offer a certain amount of value to anyone browsing Razer Blade’s inventory.

Finally, we’ll look at the feedback laptops have gotten from the community. User reviews, publisher awards, sales records – all of it plays a part in determining which Razer Blade laptops rank on our list.

We’ll take this same approach to Razer Blade’s various equipment offerings. Depending on how valuable they are for the price and how much they can add to your setup, they’ll earn a spot here.

What Are the Best Razer Blade Laptops?

  1. Blade Stealth

Razer Blade Stealth 13.3" QHD+ Touchscreen Ultrabook - 7th Generation...
  • Every Razer Blade Stealth is CNC-milled from a single block of aircraft-grade aluminum for maximum durability and a sleek, beautiful form
  • The 13.3" Razer Blade Stealth is available in a black or gunmetal gray finish. The gunmetal variant features a tone-on-tone Razer logo for a sleek, solid and professional design
  • Experience amazing color saturation with the QHD+ 3200 x 1800 touch enabled display. Images are bright and clearly visible with wide viewing angles of up to 178°

As the name suggests, the Blade Stealth is built for discreet use. Want to move around a powerful laptop that won’t use up a lot of space? The gorgeous 13.3” display is big enough to show you every pixel on the 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display. Big things come in small packages – and that’s one of the most apparent facts of this computer’s design.

But for such a small laptop, it doesn’t lack in features. With an eight-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, it has enough computing power for most peoples’ standard operations and then some. Four cores with hyperthreading and Intel’s newest architecture mean multitasking and keeping multiple tabs running is no problem. The 16GB of RAM help with this as well, giving enough responsiveness for everything outside of high-end video rendering and the like.

But the Stealth can do a bit of that, too. It’s built for creativity in a sense thanks to the touchscreen interface. It comes complete with onboard UHD 620 Graphics from Intel and of course the beautiful backlit keyboard – with countless programmable color options thanks to Razer’s Chroma design.

Our Rating: 5/5

It’s a solid entry into Razer’s lineup, and this means it excels in terms of spec and in terms of being a great computer for its class. Named the best ultraportable laptop of 2017, it’s gotten a lot of attention in a short time. And despite being an expensive model for its class and listing at around $1200, the specs and user feedback it’s gotten more than demonstrate its worth.

  1. Razer Blade 15 (New Model)​​​

Razer Blade 15: World's Smallest 15.6" Gaming Laptop - 60Hz Full HD...
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  • 15.6" Full HD edge-to-edge display (4.9mm bezels), color calibrated
  • Thin and compact, durable CNC aluminum unibody (0.66" x 9.25" x 13.98")

Aptly named the Razer Blade, this is the newest model in Razer’s line up. This model aims to be a middle-of-the-line powerhouse that is geared toward gaming. But it doesn’t mean you can expect a clunky product just because it isn’t the Stealth – it’s still only .66” thin! It also comes with a 15.6” edge-to-edge display with a 144Hz refresh rate. That means great-looking games or great-looking anything depending on what you prefer.

This laptop is capable of a lot. With an eight-generation Intel Core i7-8750H, it offers six cores and twelve with hyperthreading. Each runs at a base speed of 2.2GHz, and you can push them to 4.1GHz with turbo. It has 9MB of Cache and Intel’s HM370 Chipset. There’s also 16GB of DDR4 RAM, expandable to 32 to satisfy any need.

As for the graphics, it comes with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060GB with 6GB of dedicated GDDR VRAM. This one also has Razer Chroma backlighting in the keyboard, meaning it can look as enticing as the HD gaming graphics on the screen.

Our Rating: 4/5

This is a solid new entry to Razer’s growing lineup, and a great choice for all types of gamers. It’s over $2000 which makes it one of the higher-end models as far as the price goes. Luckily, it has the features and sleek design necessary to warrant such a tag. Some models may offer a higher-quality GPU, but this is one of the hotter new gaming laptops on the market.

  1. Razer Blade Pro

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Razer Blade Pro 17: Gaming Laptop - 4K Touchscreen - ULP Mechanical...
  • World's first THX Certified Mobile Device for immersive visual and audio experience
  • 17.3" 4K UHD G-SYNC touchscreen display with 100% Adobe RGB color space coverage
  • VR Ready with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics

This one even has pro in its name, so it’s a direct indicator of how much stock the company put into the model. It’s another gaming laptop, and one that’s received awards and commendations for both its high-performance capabilities and its slim design.

While light, it comes with a massive 17.3” display which supports up to 4K resolution. It’s VR ready, and brings an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, meaning you can play the latest games on the best settings while still enjoying a smooth framerate.

The design is well-rounded throughout, offering an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU. Enjoy quad-core performance and hyperthreading, with speeds up to 3.8GHz possible in Turbo mode. Combine that with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD, and you have a machine capable of nearly anything – and one that will excel in gaming performance.

Our Rating: 4/5

It comes out ahead not just because of its features but because of its reasonable price, going for around $1800 on most sites. It’s solid in all areas, slim, stylish, and most importantly, it’s built to offer gamers the best performance for the cash.

While Razer Blade’s line of laptops may be limited at the moment, they’re expanding all the time. They also favor portability and have certain trademark technologies throughout – like the Razer Chroma color options. What should buyers look for when they’re shopping for Razer laptops, or comparing them to other models?

Buyer’s Guide for Razer Laptops: Compare Based on Product Class

There are a lot of things to remember when shopping for a laptop. One of these is to always compare products of the same class. It is possible to rate on features alone, but you won’t get an accurate representation of value unless you look at a computer besides those it’s similar to.

When you’re looking for a Razer laptop, it’s important to measure them by the standards and prices of other computers aimed at slim design. They should also have a similar approach to graphics – favoring 4K graphical capabilities despite the light weight. Portable doesn’t have to limited, especially when it comes to the display.

There are a few important parts to consider if you’re looking for high-end gaming or just solid performance in general. This include:

  • Intel Core i7 Processor: With four cores and hyperthreading, any user can enjoy smooth performance without fear of lag. Make sure the models have the eight-generation architecture if that’s what you’re looking for. Older Razer Blade laptops could have the seventh generation.
  • 16 GB of RAM: While 8 can be passable in some cases, 16 is good for those who want to use their laptops for high-end graphical tasks that are very demanding. More memory means less stress on the machine, which can help it run smoother and stay cooler.
  • Dedicated Graphics (for gaming): This one only counts if you’re looking for a computer to game on. If so, look for models with the NVIDIA 1060 or some card around that lineup. It provides plenty of power and is a staple in many gaming builds.

But what about beyond Razer Blade’s small selection of laptops? They have plenty of gear, each piece being able to improve a person’s setup in some way. We’ll take a look at some of the main categories of equipment and talk about who they could potentially help.

Top Options for Razer Blade Computer Gear

Here are some of the tools you can use to improve your setup, and get more out of your computing experience with Razer Blade.

  1. All-in-One Razer Chroma LED Strip Kit

Razer Chroma HDK Light Pack - Individually Controllable Modular RGB...
  • Want more color? The Razer Chroma HDK Light Packs provide 2 additional lighting strips so you can achieve 4 channels of lighting output
  • On top of individually controllable lights and 16.8 million color options, your LED strips are flexible, bendable and compact enough to fit the edges of your PC case or your desk
  • The Razer Chroma Hardware Development Kit has everything you need to instantly plug in and deck your room out in spectacular colors so you can experience full spectrum control

Razer Chroma is such a phenomenon among its users that they may desire to get the same effect even beyond their computer. These LED strips attack easily to most surfaces, and give users the same type of programmable color options they love in their Razer backlit keyboards.

Enjoy a vibrant display of colors, synchronizing the strips to create a smooth transition effect, a central theme, or a combination. Put the strips inside a computer tower, on the side of a table, around the base of the floor, or anywhere else – these color strips can help improve the look of a rig or the room it’s in.

  1. Stand for Razer Blade Stealth

Razer RC21-01110200-R3M1 Chroma Laptop Stand
  • Ergonomic Design - 18 degree incline for optimal viewing angles
  • Stay Connected with more ports - built in USB 3.0 hub adds 3 more ports to your setup
  • Powered by Razer Chroma

This is built for only the stealth, making it a model-specific piece of equipment. Still, that doesn’t mean it isn’t something an owner should consider. Being able to elevate a computer can be comfortable for your viewing experience or even for casual use.

Given the Stealth is already a compact model by design, a little boost can be helpful. The aluminum construction is sturdy, and a dedicated cable management slot lets you charge your computer without bending up the cable.

  1. Portal Wi-Fi Router

Portal Mesh Wi-Fi Router – Reliable, high-performance wireless ready...
  • ZeroWait ZWDFS technology for lag-free gaming and streaming
  • Dual-band ultra-fast speed (AC2400 Wave-2)
  • Improved signal, reception and mesh network coverage

While some people find their internet connection is sufficient for networking and gaming, others find it to be sluggish. Other people crowding up the connection can lead to lagging and stuttering. With the Portal Wi-Fi router, anyone can increase the strength of their connection.

It’s important to remember the purpose of this device is to help create a stronger connection between your device and the relevant network – meaning it enhances the connection between your existing laptop and internet switch, effectively bridging a gap.

  1. Power Bank

AIRGINE A-16 External battery Power bank Portable Charger Powerbank 1...
  • Compatibility: Charges smartphones and other portable devices through the usb port, such as iPhone se 5s 5c 5 6 6s 7 plus iPad
  • Safe to charge: High quality shell
  • Super fast charging: 3 usb (5v 1a & 5v 2.1a) ports allow for charging of your devices simultaneously and quickly

It’s a convenient solution for anyone who has ever had a problem with their laptop’s battery life. Using your Razer Blade laptop could be an all-day affair, so having a power bank on hand can make things much simpler.

Simply connect to the unit and enjoy the 12,800mAH capacity battery. Great for traveling or long days in the field creating content, this is an accessory anyone can make use of.

Buyer’s Guide for Razer Blade Computer Equipment

Razer Blade offers some of the best computer equipment out there and helps you ensure you get the most out of your computing experience. There are variants of some of their products, such as power cables, but the buyer’s guide for gear like this is largely subjective. It’s about what you need for your setup.

One thing to check for is packaged deals – sometimes Razer will bundle computers with equipment. If you can get your preferred laptop with a nice accessory or two, it’s an even better buy!