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Inside Dell XPS 13 9305 – disassembly and upgrade options

As always, the XPS 13 is not the best notebook in terms of upgrade options. However, it has its own strengths.

Check out all Dell XPS 13 9305 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To open this laptop, you need to undo all 8 Torx-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel starting from the front corners. After that, lift the panel from the chassis.

2. Battery

Inside, you will find a 52Wh battery pack. Before you continue, unplug the battery connector. To remove the unit from the device, you need to undo a total of 5 Phillips-head screws.

3. Memory and storage

Unfortunately, the memory here is soldered to the motherboard. On the bright side, you can pick between 8 or 16GB either of which works in quad-channel mode. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe slot, hidden beneath a metal shroud.

4. Cooling system

As for the cooling, Dell relies on the same solution with two heat pipes and two fans, which we saw a couple of years ago.

Check out all Dell XPS 13 9305 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

Dell XPS 13 9305 in-depth review

The XPS series is by far the most recognizable premium brand of Dell. It has not only been synonymous with the manufacturer's engineering excellence, but also with a design fashion that remained the same for more than three years. However, 2020 was the year Dell diverted to 16:10 displays and big changes to the chassis took place.Apparently, either due to popular demand or because of a high volume of unused inventory, the marque created their XPS 13 9305. It combines the best of both worlds, as it brings back the same chassis from before 2020 (with 16:9 displays), but equips it with 11th [...]

Pros

  • Astonishing battery life
  • Very thin profile
  • 99% sRGB coverage and accurate colors with our Gaming and Web design profile (Sharp 4V0HY-LQ133M1 (SHP14AE))
  • No harmfull PWM above 120 nits and reaches above 400 nits (Sharp 4V0HY-LQ133M1 (SHP14AE))
  • Charges via Type-C
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4 + MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Needs a dongle to expand the I/O
  • Soldered memory