Dell XPS 13 review (9310)

Compact, capable and captivating, this is every creative’s perfect travel companion.

Dell XPS 13 review
(Image: © Michelle Rae Uy)

Our Verdict

Thin and compact it may be, but the Dell XPS 13 9310 is proving itself a worthy addition to its line and a capable laptop for creative workflows… as long as you’re not doing anything too complex.

For

  • Extremely portable
  • Great performance
  • Excellent keyboard, trackpad and fingerprint reader
  • Bright and beautiful touch screen

Against

  • Runs hot during intensive tasks
  • Lacking in ports

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It can feel, sometimes, like the new Dell XPS 13 9310 is defying the rules of science. While this Ultrabook is small, thin and gorgeous enough to be easily overlooked by those who need something robust and powerful, it’s a lot more capable than it seems. It’s capable enough, in fact, to see you through some of your photo editing and 4K video editing tasks while you’re on the go – or at least its higher-end configurations are.

Not that we’re taking a dig at its size and design, of course. We appreciate that the Dell XPS 13 9310 is portable and compact enough to be extremely travel-friendly, and stunning enough with that signature woven look to show off to clients, colleagues, and even strangers at a cafe. At the same time, this is also a classic example of how you mustn’t judge a book by its cover.

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Dell XPS 13 (9310)

Thin and compact it may be, but the Dell XPS 13 9310 is proving itself a worthy addition to its line and a capable laptop for creative workflows… as long as you’re not doing anything too complex.

Los Angeles-based Michelle is a writer and photographer. She regularly writes for TechRadar, Steve's Digicams and Techlicious, and is currently a freelance SEO and Production editor for TechRadar.