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Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the Dell XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1)

While most manufacturers are best known for their gaming laptops and focus mainly on them, others like Dell are actually more known for their business and productivity devices such as the XPS, Latitude, and Inspiron notebooks.

Today we have the pinnacle of Dell’s XPS brand, the XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1). It is a convertible, combining the best of both worlds. Furthermore, it is backed up by one of the best series of mobile processors in recent years.

Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Dell XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1).

Dell XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1): Full Specs / In-depth Review

3 reasons to BUY the Dell XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1)

1. Design and build quality

Being an XPS device, it gets the premium treatment. It is built from aluminum and carbon fiber. Not only that, but the notebook is also extremely thin and light, measuring at only 14.35 mm while being 1.32 kg tall. The thinness of the device comes to bite it, as there is some bend in the chassis, being enough to make the touchpad register a click.

The lid opens easily with one hand, but the hinges stiffen up after 80-85° degrees, making the base lift up. This reveals a glass display with extremely thin bezels, the top of which houses an HD webcam with an array of IR sensors that are used for face recognition.

2. Display quality

The laptop offers two displays, with either an FHD+ or a 4K+ resolution. The display that is used in our laptop is nowhere near being perfect but offers qualities that can make it usable for color-sensitive work. It has an FHD+ resolution, and a 16:10 aspect ratio, delivering a tad more space on the Y-axis. Furthermore, it has comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 551 nits in the center of the screen, 514 nits as an average for the entire area of the display, and a maximum deviation of 13%. The contrast ratio is very high – 1720:1.

Sadly the panel uses PWM to adjust brightness below 140 nits, and while the frequency is very high, we would still advise you to stay away from it. Thankfully, our Health-Guard profile fixes the issue.

The panel covers 98% of the sRGB color gamut.

The color accuracy with the factory settings is nowhere near usable for professional color-sensitive work. However, once we apply our Design and Gaming panel, the dE value goes down to 1.0.

Here you can compare the results of our color accuracy test with both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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3. Battery life

The 51Wh battery unit manages to deliver a fantastic battery life, lasting for 12 hours and 13 minutes of Web browsing, and 11 hours and 46 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

2 reasons NOT to buy the Dell XPS 13 9310 (2-in-1)

1. Upgradeability

The laptop has soldered memory and storage, so you’re stuck with whatever configuration you purchase it with.

2. I/O

Lastly, the I/O is as narrow as it can get, with only two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, a MicroSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Basically, you’ll have to enter the world of dongles.

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