Webcams have been a staple for the streamer setup since the beginning of streaming. Some companies, like Logitech, have become the standard for webcam expectations with the C922x Pro. In contrast, others, like Razer, attempt to push the boundaries of what we have come to expect with cameras such as the Kiyo Pro.
Yet this past year, we are beginning to see a shift in webcam development. Dell has been attempting to break into the webcam market. They first released the UltraSharp 4K Webcam earlier this year to pretty solid reviews. What was most impressive was that it easily rivaled some of the top gaming webcams while still holding to that 249.99 price tag. However, It looks like Dell isn’t done yet as they’ve just released the new Dell Pro 2K Webcam.
This new 2K version offers many of the same features as its 4k counterpart but at a fraction of the price. Could it be your next steaming upgrade though? Grab that coffee, kick back and find out in our review of the Pro 2K Webcam graciously provided to us by the good folks at Dell.
The Dell Pro 2K Webcam is an interesting design. Getting away from the standard rectangle on a mount, the Pro 2K instead opts for an elongated cylinder style to house its components. On the surface, the camera actually looks like a mini cola can. However, upon closer inspection, you quickly realize all the subtle and intelligent design decisions.
For starters, the Pro 2K comes equipped with a simple lens cover that serves to protect the unit when tucked away in a bag as well as a privacy screen when the camera is not in use. Several other web cams I’ve used have come with similar covers but Dell magnitized the cover so it would fasten not only to the front of the camera but also to the back. This greatly reduces the chance of losing the cover, something I may or may not have done with the covers from other webcams I’ve owned.
The mounting bracket is also integrated into the cylinder design and when not in use tucks into the camera creating a smooth, clean look. A small but durable hinge allows for quick setup and storage and an included tripod mount point is discreetly placed on the bottom side of the mount. It's simple and clean.
Even the USB-A cable that comes attached to the camera is nestled in a small cable tray feeding to the bottom of the camera which allows you to store it upright when not in use as well as reduces bending on the cable connection point.
The whole design is smart, and clean and speaks to a focus on professionals on the go who want to up their Zoom meeting game. It's easy to handle, easy to store and easy to set up, making it an excellent design for those that need portability.
Speaking of setup the Pro 2K webcam is designed for plug-and-play experiences. On both my mac and PC the camera was immediately recognized when plugged in. Everything from discord to OBS to Zoom had no issue recognizing the Camera and the included microphone as options for audio and video.
As a user, you could plug the Pro in and never give it another thought. This makes it a great device for gamers and business professionals that need a simple, convenient solution. Yet to do so would be to underutilize all that the Dell Pro 2K has to offer.
The Pro 2K is an incredibly powerful webcam. Housed within the aforementioned cylinder design is Sony’s STARVIS sensor system. In short, the STARVIS sensor uses a back-illuminate pixel system that allows the sensor to pull a better quality image even in low light situations. Originally designed for security systems, the STARVIS sensor has since been adapted to be used in a number of other applications, including higher-end Webcams. The result is a better quality image both in well-lit and low-lit situations.
As the name suggests the Pro 2K supports up to 1440p at up to 30fps. At the 100-dollar price point, that immediately bumps it up above most webcams in that bracket. However, Dell didn’t stop there. They also included some serious image processing power with support for digital overlap HDR and facial detection auto exposure. The HDR essentially pushes to present a true-to-life color experience despite extreme lighting conditions whereas the facial detection automatically balances the lighting on your face to help present the best picture quality possible.
Finally, the Dell Pro 2K comes with Dell’s own AI Auto Framing which is designed to track a subject and adjust the focus and zoom to follow them as they move. All of these features, along with a host of standard webcam settings are handled from the Dell Peripheral Manager that is available for both PC and Mac. The software itself is fairly straightforward to use and allows you to adjust all of these features easily and quickly.
The Dell Pro 2K overall performed well during testing. I tested everything from lens capture in low to extreme lighting situations, AI Auto Framing, HDR processing and recording at various framerates and resolutions.
In the field of photos and video, the Pro 2K delivers. That STARVIS sensor does a great job capturing images. Recording at 2K 30 FPS presented a clean and well-balanced image throughout my testing. Even during low light capture tests, the webcam managed to produce a pretty solid image. With the image below, I took the shot with nothing but a small backlight and the light from my monitor. The camera managed to pull a fairly detailed image without a lot of noise. Considering how little light there was to work with that’s a pretty impressive feat for a webcam.
If there is a lighting concern, the optional HDR is available to help try to compensate for lighting conditions. However, in my testing, I found that the camera actually handled lighting better without HDR. In most cases, the HDR ended up being too aggressive and added a lot of noise to the pictures I took. In the slides below I took the same picture with HDR on and off. In pretty much every case the image without HDR is the better quality shot.
How for those that are specifically looking for a webcam that can handle less-than-ideal lighting conditions I would still assert that the Dell Pro 2K is the camera that can accomplish that. The STARVIS sensor has no problem handling various lighting conditions during my testing. I would recommend though to keep the HDR off unless there is a specific situation in that you would require it as the images tend to be noisier when shot with HDR.
The Pro 2K is equipped with the aforementioned facial detection auto exposure as well as autofocus. Both work really well and presented some fairly solid true-to-life skin tones. In the case of both features, in all of my testing, the webcam had no issue detecting and then adjusting the focus and exposure to present a fairly clear and well-balanced image.
My critique of the system isn’t how well it accomplishes the job, but rather how quickly it does it. In some cases when the camera is initially scanning it can take up to 3-5 seconds for it to find and adjust appropriately. Thankfully once it's set it doesn’t seem to have any issue maintaining focus and balance. It would have been nice to see a faster response time overall with these systems but the systems themselves performed consistently and well.
Another feature that I was excited to test was the AI Auto Framing. I have, in a previous review, had the opportunity to test another AI-driven tracking camera and was curious to see how the Dell Pro 2K handled the process. My testing revealed two things; the system essentially relies on leveraging the full 78° angle and then zooming and tilting the camera lens within that angle range to track the subject and this process is quite slow. So much so that I wouldn’t find it to be helpful to use in a real-world setting without some very intentional, movements planned in advance. It's a conceptually great idea and does work but too slowly to leverage on a day-to-day base.
The Pro 2K also comes with a built-in mic designed for noise reduction and clean pickup. It does offer a slight noise reduction but still sounds hollow and lacks any real low-end pickup. It does present clean enough audio to be usable and is arguably better than an onboard laptop mic but won’t compare to a headset or USB mic for quality.
Despite a few shortcomings, the Dell Pro 2K Webcam is still a solid offering at a bargain price. Its overall capture quality and low-light capabilities easily beat anything else I’ve tested at that price range. While some of the features, such as the AI tracking, focus and exposure and slow, they all do work well. The only area I really wish to have seen a bit more from is in the area of HDR, the feature really didn’t impress me when compared to what the camera could capture without it on.
Overall, if you’re in the market for a solid webcam that won’t break the bank, I would consider checking out the Dell Pro 2K Webcam. Currently priced at 99.99 on the Dell site, it's a good camera at a great price.
The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.
Working from home regularly and looking for great laptop deals to enhance your productivity? You need the Dell Vostro 3510. Even better, right now, you can buy the Dell Vostro 3510 for 49% off when you get it direct from Dell. Normally priced at $927, it’s down to $469 for a limited time only. Read on while we look at why it’s worth every cent.
Dell is one of the best laptop brands around so you can always be confident about what you’re buying from the firm. In the case of the Dell Vostro 3510, you get an 11th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of memory plus 256GB of SSD storage. The screen is well-made too, being a 15.6-inch full HD display with narrow borders, an LED-backlit panel and a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080.
Realising that the best business laptops need to be a little different from the other best laptops around, the Dell Vostro 3510 also has useful tools for work purposes. Express Charge means you can get up to an 80% charge in one hour while a large touchpad is easy to manipulate as you work on the move. 6.4% bigger keycaps are convenient while there’s a lift hinge included so you gain more ergonomic wrist angles while you type. Increased airflow also assists. A numeric keypad further rounds things off well, especially if you need to enter a lot of figures regularly.
Alongside all that, you also have the benefit of reliable build quality courtesy of Dell always knowing how to construct a good laptop. It’s great peace of mind for anyone relying on it for work purposes. It’s the ideal system for anyone who needs to work from home without having a setup that takes up excessive room in their apartment or dorm.
Normally priced at $927, the Dell Vostro 3510 is down to $469 meaning you save $458 off the usual price. Practically half price, this is an excellent time to buy a well-designed business laptop for far less than usual. It’s available now directly through Dell. Snap it up while stocks last. We can’t see this sale lasting for long.
When it comes to comparison shopping for student laptops, the MacBook Pro 13 vs. Dell XPS 13 contest is a hot one. Both models have had important updates for 2022, and both are similarly priced, mid-tier machines with, at first glance, fairly similar capabilities.
The reality, however, is that the two are very different laptops below the surface, even beyond the obvious OS and component differences. At their core, the design philosophy behind both is significantly different, with Apple aiming for a sleek, flashy statement piece while Dell continues down the path towards simplicity and elegance.
Of course, the Dell philosophy is slightly muddled by their love of brand dilution: even beyond the standard annual and model number confusion that is rife in the laptop space, Dell has further confused the issue by adding an XPS 13 Plus option with a slightly upgraded CPU and touch bar, as well as a version of the base XPS 13 (opens in new tab) that trades the flexible hinge for a fully detachable folio keyboard and tablet core.
For our purposes, however, we’ll focus on the base XPS 13 2-in-1 with the built-in keyboard and flexible hinge, the model closest in design to Apple’s latest shiny M2-powered, 13-inch offering.
For more advice on student technology, check out our guides to the best laptops for students and best tablets for students. We also have advice on how to get the Apple student discount too.
Core design is the area where the differences between Apple and Dell’s philosophies are most stark. The 2022 iteration of the MacBook Pro 13 is, essentially, the same product Apple sold you in 2020 but with a new M2 processor tucked inside. It retains the same chassis, the same display and Magic Keyboard, the same divisive Touch Bar. It’s even got the same pair of Thunderbolt ports as the 2020 model but, oddly, welcome new features that were added to the MacBook Pro lineup in late 2021 are absent here, things like a 1080p webcam, HDMI ports, and MagSafe charging.
The XPS 13, on the other hand, boasts not only brand new internals (the highlight of which being Intel’s new 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs) but also a redesigned exterior. This is the lightest and thinnest 13-inch XPS yet, at a mere 2.59 pounds and very svelte 13.9mm thickness (compared to the Pro 13 at 3 pounds and 15.49mm).
Dell has simplified its manufacturing process with an eye towards reduced finishes and materials, for a clean, unified aesthetic in silver grey or brown. In terms of pure design it’s a win, particularly for students on the go, or anyone who wants a portable computing solution that’s barely noticeable in a backpack or messenger bag.
Winner: Dell XPS 13
As we mentioned above, the biggest (and arguably only) major upgrade in the MacBook Pro 13 is the new M2 processor, and it’s a fine SoC. Compared against the Core i7-1250U option in the XPS 13 it’s just slightly behind in pure processing/CPU performance, but a step ahead on the GPU side against Intel’s integrated Iris Xe solution. That said, it’s not a gaming powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, and is outperformed handily by the M1 Pro Apple includes in the 14-inch MacBook Pro.
Comparing displays is also something of a wash. While the MacBook offers a higher resolution screen (2560 x 1600 compared to the XPS’ 1920 x 1200), the XPS has a touch option, which paired with its flexible hinge means it easily doubles as a highly capable tablet.
Both machines default to 8GB of RAM and both offer a number of SSD storage options, either 512GB or 1TB in the Dell or ranging from 256GB to 2TB in Apple’s counterpart. Both are also somewhat hamstrung by 720p webcams, which seems like an odd misstep in the midst of the teleconference era.
One of the major advantages of the M2, and one of the few areas in which it outshines its M1 Pro predecessor, is efficiency, with the MacBook Pro 13 boasting an impressive 20+ hours of mixed used battery life. Dell advertises that its most power-efficient XPS 13 can stream Netflix for nearly 12 hours without requiring a charge, indicating that its mixed-use life would fall a bit short of the Pro 13’s.
Winner: MacBook Pro 13
One nice mark in the pro column for both of these machines is that they’re fairly customizable, particularly the XPS 13. Dell offers various (though often binary) options for everything from processor to storage, RAM, display, and color. The lowest-spec Dell XPS 13 costs just $999 (opens in new tab), while even the most capable model is a very reasonable $1,599.
Contrast that with Apple’s pricing, which sets the cheapest MacBook Pro 13 at $1,299 (opens in new tab) and the most expensive, before any add-on software, at a steep $2,499. That does include a 2TB SSD, a capacity Dell doesn’t offer, but only 24GB of RAM compared to Dell’s highest 32GB offering. Comparing comparable models across the price spectrum, you’ll unsurprisingly be paying a significant premium for that Apple branding/unified architecture.
Winner: Dell XPS 13
Ultimately our nod goes to Dell in this matchup, in large part because the Pro 13 seems to have something of an identity crisis. The new M2, which admirably power efficient, isn’t capable enough for power users, and the overall chassis and design aren’t streamlined or versatile enough for portable users. The Pro 13 exists in a weird limbo between the new MacBook Air (which fills a similar niche but looks superior but comes with all the upgrades missing here, like MagSafe, a bigger screen, and a 1080p webcam) and the more powerful MacBook Pro 14.
The XPS 13, by comparison, is very much a laptop that knows what it is and embraces it, a mid-tier 2-in-1 that’s designed, specced, and priced accordingly. Unless you’re a hardcore Apple devotee who’s can’t bear to part from MacOS, I strongly recommend the Dell.
Winner: Dell XPS 13 (but it's close)
If you don't think the Dell is right for you, but you're looking for a Windows laptop, then check out our MacBook Pro 13 vs HP Envy 13 showdown to see another great alternative.
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) has huge shoes to fill, but while it does what it sets out to do very well, there are going to be those who are going to be sorely disappointed by some of the changes Dell makes to the XPS 13 (2022), and some of these are going to be absolute deal breakers.
But the XPS 13 (2022) deserves to be judged on its own merits, rather than solely in comparison to the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020), this model's immediate predecessor. This is especially the case since that model is arguably the best laptop in its class.
Still, while we'll get around to weighing the XPS 13 (2022) objectively a bit later, it is important to acknowledge that the new Dell XPS 13 comes with a pedigree and that can't be ignored. In this regard, the XPS 13 (2022) outperforms the model it's replacing in some key areas, but it falls short in others. How you're going to feel about the new XPS 13 is going to depend entirely on where your concerns fall between the two, whether or not some of these are entirely in Dell's control.
What is in Dell's control is the design of the XPS 13, and this is where most of the controversy is going to be. The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is a gorgeous laptop, through and through, from the thinness of its form to its featherweight portability and beautiful display. These come at a cost though, namely in terms of ports, and the two, solitary USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports are going to mean you'll have to juggle some dongles. Fortunately, Dell includes some of them with the laptop itself.
The biggest change though is the absence of the carbon fiber palm rests, which still remain on the Dell XPS 15 (2022) and Dell XPS 17 (2022), in favor of a more svelte aluminum keyboard deck. There is also the new color option, Umber (a bluish-purple), in addition to Sky, which is the standard silver color for the XPS laptop line.
The carbon fiber palm rests are one of the things about the last XPS 13 that we fell in love with, so we're sorry to see them go, but on its merits, the keyboard is still spectacular to use.
The sound still sucks, but all of the best Ultrabooks have terrible audio, thanks to underpowered down-firing speakers. It's the tradeoff you have to make for the form factor, so the XPS 13 was never going to break free of that fate.
Overall, the performance of the XPS 13 (2022) was excellent for everyday use and productivity work, making it one of the best thin and light laptops for professionals who find themselves constantly on the go. Unfortunately, this is also where we run into the XPS 13 (2022)'s major failing: battery life.
While the battery life on the new XPS 13 does last longer than most Intel Alder Lake-powered laptops, it is still a noticeable downgrade from the last XPS 13, which was Intel Evo certified. This, though, isn't in Dell's control as Alder Lake chips just guzzle the juice with wanton abandon and with no consideration of your needs or convenience. You'll be getting close to all day battery life with the XPS 13 (2022), but it's not the all-day-plus battery life some might be expecting from an XPS 13.
Still, the XPS 13 (2022) absolutely holds its own as an Ultrabook, and it does so at a price far below what came before it. Of all the Ultrabook we've tested this year, the XPS 13 (2022) is the closest competition to the new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) on the market right now, which is great for someone looking for an Air-like appeal from a Windows laptop.
Are some of us shaking our fists at Dell-shaped clouds over the redesign? Of course, but change is inevitable, and with a genuinely appealing design, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) shines just as bright as the rest of the XPS lineup, even if it blazes a different trail all its own.
Dell XPS 13 (2022) Key Specs
Here is the Dell XPS 13 (2022) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i5-1230U
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
Screen: 13.4 FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: 720p at 30fps, no privacy shutter
Weight: 2.59 lb | 1.17 kg
Size (W x D x H): 11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 in (295.4 x 199.4 x 13.99 mm)
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) – also called the Dell XPS 13 (9315) by some retailers – is available now in the US, UK, and Australia, starting at $899 / £854 / AU$1,898. The entry level configuration will get you an Intel Core i5-1230U with integrated Iris Xe graphics, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and a 500-nit, 13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display. In the US, the minimum storage option is 512GB SSD, while the UK and Australia start out with a 256GB SSD.
The best configuration will get you a Core i7-1250U with Iris Xe graphics, 32GB LPDDR5 RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, and a 500-nit, 13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display with anti-reflective coating, and costs $1,549 / £1,754 / AU$3,441.
The configuration we tested was one step removed from entry level, with 16GB RAM rather than 8GB, and it costs $1,049 / £1,004 / AU$2,299.
This XPS 13 model is more oriented towards value rather than performance (which would be the Dell XPS 13 Plus), and so the processors aren't powerful enough really to manage the kind of heavy duty workloads that would necessitate more than 16GB RAM or 512GB storage, and most people will do just fine with the starting configuration so few people will ever need to spend more than $1,000 / £1,000 / AU$2,000 to get one of the best Dell laptops on the market.
This is in stark contrast with the last XPS 13 model from late 2020, which had a starting price of $1,499 / £1,399 / AU$2,399. This is a substantial price cut for a laptop that will give you more or less the same level of performance.
Compared to the rest of the market, the XPS 13 (2022) is positioned squarely in the sweet spot in terms of price and performance. The other obvious comparison to make is with the MacBook Air. Compared to the MacBook Air with M1 from 2020, the Dell XPS 13 is very competitive, matching the MacBook Air on price, though it won't get you nearly as much battery life. The new MacBook Air with M2, however, is more expensive, and while its performance is outstanding, it still doesn't blow the XPS 13 out of the water beyond having better battery life.
All told, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is one of the best, if not the best, value on the market among the best Windows laptops, and other than a few of the best Chromebooks out there, there is little that can really compete with the XPS 13 (2022) on this front.
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is going to split the entire tech reviewer community in two over its design, with defenders and haters making valid points on each side. But consumers don't buy a new laptop every 18 months, so for everyone else, this is still an absolutely gorgeous laptop, though there are some functional issues that will be a problem for many.
First, the XPS 13 is very lightweight, and its slim dimensions make it an easy laptop to toss in a bag as you head out the door. The exterior is little changed from its predecessor and features the XPS line's brushed aluminum chassis, with the biggest change being the option to get it in a purplish-blue color option, Umber.
Opening it up, however, and the redesigned interior removes the carbon fiber keyboard palm rest and replaces it with a sleek aluminum that let the hands glide over its surface with ease. The keys and trackpad are also well positioned and spaced to allow for fluid and comfortable typing, even for many hours at a time.
The display is a full HD+, meaning its a 1920 x 1200p resolution at the 16:10 aspect ratio, and it can get as bright as 500 nits. It's not an OLED display, so it's not going to have the kind of vibrant colors that you get with the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED, but it is more than clear enough to see everything you need to see at this size.
The down-firing speakers are audible, but they will hardly fill a room, even if you have it sitting on a hardwood desk. The 16:10 display is beautiful and very easy to work with, though a 13-inch laptop is not nearly big enough to be using multiple windows at once.
The webcam is the basic 720p@30fps that you see on nearly every other ultrabook on the market, so don't expect much from its image quality. One thing that is lacking is a privacy shutter for the webcam, something many of the best HP laptops and best Lenovo laptops have featured for a long time now. Dell really does need to get with the program on this, in our opinion.
Finally, the biggest issue with the XPS 13 (2022) is the derth of ports. There are just two Thunderbolt 4 ports, that's it. While both are capable of charging the laptop, having it plugged in means that you're now down to a single USB-C port, so any peripherals you have with you either have to be triaged for the most important one, or you're going to need a dock for more than two items.
And since they're USB-C ports, any USB-A or other types of input will need a converting dongle to work. Dell includes a couple in the box with the XPS 13, a USB-A to USB-C and a 3.5mm audio jack to USB-C, but you'll likely need more, which can really cut into the laptop's portability.
Here is how the Dell XPS 13 (2022) performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Multi-core: 5,478
3DMark Time Spy: 1,068; Fire Strike: 3,100; Night Raid: 10,272
GeekBench 5: 1,629 (single-core); 6,546 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 4,324
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 7:31
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 9:17
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is designed to be an affordable, ultraportable laptop that can do what most people need it to do: some web browsing, video streaming, and maybe messing around with a couple of spreadsheets for work or writing reports on an airplane.
It does all of these very well, and it has decent enough processor benchmark scores for a laptop priced as it is. The biggest problem you'll find is if you try to run any resource-heavy apps on the XPS 13, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Blender, and Photoshop.
On these points, it will be able to complete most tasks, but expect it to take a lot longer than it would on a more professional workstation like the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), if it finishes them at all and doesn't simple stall or crash. This is a laptop for light to medium work at most, and the more you can use cloud apps like Google Docs and Google Sheets, the better.
We could also have run a number of games on it to see how they fared, but after the first test with Civilization VI, run on the lowest possible settings, scored a paltry 18 fps, we called it a day and spared the XPS 13 any more gaming embarrassment. A candidate for the best gaming laptop of the year, this is not.
Considering that you can get one of the best Chromebooks on the market and it will perform about as well on cloud-based apps, the performance of the Dell XPS 13 on its own might not be enough to justify the relative premium you're pay for it. If all you're going to be doing is running Google Chrome and listening to Spotify or watching Netflix, definitely consider saving yourself some serious money and give Chromebooks a look before you make the jump on a nearly $1,000 Windows laptop.
The battery life on the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is not great, if we compare it to its predecessor. On our PCMark 10 battery test, it lasted on average about seven hours and 31 minutes. It did better on our looped video test, managing an average nine hours and eight minutes.
The XPS 13 (late 2020) managed a battery life of nearly 12 hours, so the XPS 13 (2022) has definitely regressed in this regard, but that has been the case with Alder Lake laptops across the board. They just consume too much power and we've seen many ultrabooks last between six to seven hours on average, so the XPS 13 (2022) is at least ahead of its competition on that front.
|Value||With a very compelling starting price, the XPS 13 (2022) offers one of the best values on the market for an Ultrabook||5 / 5|
|Design||While the new design is going to evoke strong feelings from XPS 13 fans, the laptop is objectively beautiful in its own right.||4 / 5|
|Performance||The XPS 13 (2022) is built with value and portability in mind, and so performance beyond everyday tasks and light to medium productivity work suffers as a result.||3 / 5|
|Battery Life||While not the worst battery life among this generation of Ultrabooks, it is a major step back from its predecessor's solidly all-day battery life.||3.5 / 5|
|Total||While not without fault or controversy, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is a very solid value for most people out there.||3.9 / 5|
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The Latitude 9430 is Dell's premier 14-inch business laptop—far from cheap (starts at $2,169; $2,994 as tested) but with the best the company has to offer, from Intel's latest processing and networking silicon to optional 4G or 5G mobile broadband. Available in both clamshell and our tested 2-in-1 convertible form, the 9430 delivers solid performance and connectivity and fine battery life, though we're mildly disappointed it doesn't offer a 4K or OLED screen option.
The Latitude 9430 2-in-1 doesn't change much from last year's 9420 2-in-1, casting the same aluminum chassis in a somewhat darker hue and putting a 12th instead of 11th Generation Intel processor inside. The screen is the same 2,560-by-1,600-pixel IPS panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the webcam has the same ingenious SafeShutter that snaps open automatically when you launch an app with camera permissions.
The non-convertible, clamshell-style laptop Latitude 9430 starts at $2,169 with a Core i5-1245U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB NVMe solid-state drive, and a 1,920-by-1,200-pixel display. Our $2,994 test 2-in-1 moves up to the higher-resolution touch screen; a Core i7-1265U chip (two Performance cores, eight Efficient cores, 12 threads) with Intel's vPro management and security technology; a 512GB SSD; a Rechargeable Active Pen stylus; and three years of next-business-day on-site service with Dell's deluxe ProSupport. (Settling for basic on-site service would save $137.)
At 0.54 by 12.2 by 8.5 inches (HWD), the Dell is a tiny bit trimmer than its rival the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 (0.61 by 12.4 by 8.8 inches), though the Lenovo is lighter (3.04 versus 3.2 pounds). There's just a bit of flex if you grasp the screen corners or press the keyboard deck. The screen bezels are slim; a face recognition webcam and fingerprint reader in the power button give you two ways to skip passwords with Windows Hello.
On the Latitude's left side, you'll find two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports (either suited for the AC adapter), an HDMI video output, a microSD card slot, an audio jack, and a security lock slot. The only port on the right is a USB 3.2 Type-A connector.
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth are standard, and 4G or 5G mobile broadband is optional. If you have a USB Ethernet adapter, the supplied Dell Optimizer utility can boost download speed by using both a wired and wireless network at the same time.
Two more tricks Dell Optimizer can do are use the IR webcam to lock and unlock the system as you walk away and return, and blur the screen if some nosy parker looks over your shoulder. It also removes background noise in conference calls and offers a choice of cooling and performance modes. Speaking of the webcam, it has 1080p instead of lowball 720p resolution, and it captures well-lit and colorful images with minimal static. Well done, there.
The backlit keyboard arranges the cursor arrow keys in an HP-style row, with hard-to-hit, half-size up and down arrows stacked between full-size left and right, instead of the proper, more comfortable inverted T. It also makes you pair the Fn key and vertical arrows for Page Up and Page Down, though there are real Home and End keys on the top row. On the positive side, the keyboard has a comfortably snappy, slightly loud typing feel, and the buttonless touchpad glides smoothly with an easy click.
Speakers flanking the keyboard produce some of the loudest sound we've heard from a laptop, not distorted or hollow even at booming volume. There's not much bass, but highs and midtones are clear (which is good, because there's no software with music or movie presets, or an equalizer), and it's easy to make out overlapping tracks.
As we said, we think Dell is missing a trick by not offering the 9430 2-in-1 with a higher-resolution or ritzy OLED screen. That said, the touch panel is about as good as an IPS display gets, with rich, well-saturated color; clean white backgrounds; and sharp contrast. Brightness is ample, and viewing angles are wide. Fine details in photos and the edges of letters look crisp. Dell's 6-inch PN7522W Bluetooth stylus is a real pen that feels good to hold, not a skinny swizzle stick, with two buttons and a USB-C charging port. It sketched and scribbled accurately with good palm rejection as I played with it.
For our benchmark charts, we matched the Latitude against three other 14-inch 2-in-1 models: the business-focused Asus ExpertBook B7 Flip, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7, and our Editors' Choice winner among premium consumer convertibles, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7. The last spot went to a 15-inch model that straddles the consumer and business worlds, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360. You can see their basic specs in the table below.
Unfortunately, the Latitude is one of only a handful of Windows systems that have suffered a software hiccup and balked at our primary productivity benchmark, UL's office workflow simulator PCMark 10, though it ran PCMark's Full System Drive storage test without a hitch.
Three other benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC's suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon's Cinebench R23 uses that company's Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs' Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).
Our final productivity test is Puget Systems' PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe's famous image editor to rate a PC's performance for content creation and multimedia applications. It's an automated extension that executes a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.
The Latitude's 15-watt U-series CPU puts it at a bit of a disadvantage against the systems with 28-watt P-series chips, but it's a perky performer, taking the silver medal in our Photoshop contest. It's not a CGI rendering or data analysis workstation, but multitasking with numerous office apps and browser tabs was no problem.
We test Windows PCs' graphics with two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL's 3DMark testing suite: Night Raid (more modest, suitable for laptops with integrated graphics), and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs).
We also run two tests from the cross-platform GPU benchmark GFXBench 5, which stresses both low-level routines like texturing and high-level, game-like image rendering. The 1440p Aztec Ruins and 1080p Car Chase tests, rendered offscreen to accommodate different display resolutions, exercise graphics and compute shaders using the OpenGL programming interface and hardware tessellation respectively. The more frames per second (fps), the better.
The Dell landed in the middle of a predictably mediocre pack here. Like every laptop we've tested with Intel's Iris Xe and other integrated graphics, the 9430 2-in-1 doesn't pretend to play demanding games—it's an office productivity PC that's fine for casual gaming and streaming video.
We test laptops' battery life by playing a locally stored 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie Tears of SteelTears of Steel) with display brightness at 50% and audio volume at 100%. We make sure the battery is fully charged before the test, with Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting turned off.
We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and its Windows software to measure a laptop screen's color saturation—what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the display can show—and its 50% and peak brightness in nits (candelas per square meter).
All five convertibles delivered excellent battery life, easily able to take you through a transcontinental flight and then a full day of work at your destination. The Latitude's screen is also excellent, with great color coverage and brightness for an IPS panel, if not the sky-high contrast of the Yoga 9i and Galaxy Book2 360.
We liked its 9420 predecessor and we like the Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1 very much; enterprise IT managers will find it a highly capable, easily deployable option with attractive features ranging from its sunny screen to available 4G or 5G. The thing keeping it from Editors' Choice honors isn't its lack of an OLED screen, though that would be a nice status symbol. It's a high price tag—we know business laptops cost more than consumer models, but the Latitude's almost $3,000 while the OLED-screened Yoga 9i is under $2,000. Still, if your company can amortize that pain over three to five years, the Dell will reward you handsomely.
A capable gaming laptop for less than $1,000
By Nicholas De Leon
It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of a $1,000 gaming laptop seemed like an impossible dream, but times have changed. Now you can walk into just about any retailer and walk out with a perfectly capable gaming laptop for that price. The question then becomes, which one? And how to choose?
We were wondering this as well, which is why we recently purchased the Dell G15 SE. We paid $959 for the notebook, which has an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, 512GB of solid-state storage, and AMD Radeon RX5600M graphics. It runs Windows 10 out of the box (though this can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free, which is what we ended up doing).
Those would probably be considered midtier specs as far as gaming laptops go here in late 2022, but for the money it’s not a bad package.
At the end of the day, the Dell G15 SE is simply a powerful PC that can easily serve as a school or productivity device during all those times when you’re not playing games, even if you’re tackling truly demanding tasks like rendering 4K video or creating 3D models. Can’t say that about a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox.
Dell G15 SE
Gaming-capable specs: This is not quite a top-of-the-line PC, but it’s not far off the mark. The aforementioned specs unlock the ability to play today’s games at smooth frame rates, though perhaps not quite at “ultra” settings.
High-refresh-rate display: A high-refresh-rate display (here, 144 Hertz) enables much smoother motion that what you’d find on standard, 60Hz displays. This is mostly intended to keep games looking nice and slick, but your eyes will thank you nonetheless even just navigating around Windows or the web. The display’s resolution is 1080p.
Portability, sorta? We say this all the time: You don’t buy a gaming laptop for its killer battery life or get-up-and-go light weight. Still, at 5.5 pounds the G15 SE doesn’t weigh too much, in our opinion, so you can slip it into a bag without too much trouble. The sheer power under the hood, however, tends to make it a battery hog, so do make sure you bring the power brick with you.
Subdued design: We have no problem with the typical gamer aesthetic, with its RBG everywhere and an overall aggressive vibe, but the G15 SE takes things in a different direction. Sure, it might look out of place in a board room, but the silver and black color scheme feels mature in a way you don’t always get with gaming laptops.
It’s very good overall. We have some nitpicks here and there, but for the money it’s hard to complain.
Right up top we’ll note, again, that this laptop ships with Windows 10 out of the box. Given that Windows 11 has been around for about a year now, we’ll go ahead and say you might as well upgrade, especially because it’s free to do so. If you’re going to set up a PC and make it your own, at this point it makes sense to start with the latest and greatest operating system.
Once that’s done (which may take a while, depending on the speed of your internet connection) you can really start using this thing.
I downloaded Steam, the popular video game app store, and loaded a handful of exact games to get a sense of how the laptop performs. I tried the Halo Master Chief Collection, Mortal Kombat 11, and Black Mesa, a fan project that updates and reimagines 1998’s Half-Life for the modern era.
Quick version: They all played well.
We generally stuck to the games’ medium graphics preset, which delivers good looking graphics at very smooth frame rates. Generally, the older the game, the more you can turn the settings up, increasing things like the resolution or shadow quality, before causing the frame rate to dip.
The backlit keyboard is large, responsive, and comfortable to type on. There’s even a dedicated number pad on the right-hand side, which is somewhat rare on laptops nowadays.
The trackpad is functional for browsing the web or using productivity apps, but we’d highly recommend using an external mouse while playing games. You get a bunch of built-in USB ports to plug into, so you won’t need to bother with a dongle or other adapter.
There’s also a built-in SD card slot for easily transferring digital photos from a dedicated camera for editing in apps like Adobe Lightroom, and a built-in HDMI port for quickly connecting to an external monitor. The display is pretty big (15.6 inches), is full HD (1080p), and as mentioned refreshes at a high rate (144Hz, to be exact). We’re not sure you’d need an external monitor, but the option is there.
This is not a laptop we’d recommend trying to use on battery power too often, and you should steel yourself for some very loud fan noise, but that’s expected when it comes to gaming laptops and is not something unique to the G15 SE.
We think the Dell G15 SE would be good for someone looking to play PC games on a budget (well, budget as far as gaming PCs go) or someone who needs a new laptop and is intrigued by the idea of having something powerful enough to tackle creative tasks (think: Adobe Creative Cloud) and/or play games on the side. You don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate this laptop, and the subdued styling means you won’t be forced to look like a gamer while at the keyboard.
This would also be a good choice for any parents out there who have “gaming laptop” on their kid’s wishlist. Not only will it game, of course, but feels like it would last, say, a full high school career before becoming out of date.
If you wait around for a Steam sale, which happen a few times per year offering popular games at huge discounts, or have an active Xbox GamePass for PC subscription, you (or whoever ends up using the laptop) should have no trouble finding stuff to play.
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Our experts run a series of tests to check things like how fast the laptop is able to carry out tasks like opening apps, bouncing between web pages, and processing spreadsheets. We have two separate battery tests to get a better understanding of what you can expect under different loads: One test plays back a 4K video until the battery is fully depleted, and the other tests cycles through several websites until the battery is fully depleted. Having both numbers should give you a more comprehensive idea of what real-world battery life looks like.
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Dell has launched the professional workstation "New Precision 7865" equipped with AMD's Zen 3 CPU. Up to two professional graphics cards with power consumption of up to 300W can be installed.
Meet the new Precision 7865 professional workstation with Ryzen Threadripper PRO. The CPU is the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 series, which uses the Zen 3 architecture and can support up to two professional graphics cards with power consumption of up to 300W. Furthermore, up to 1TB of RAM and 56TB of storage can be implemented, and complex creative processing can be conducted stress-free. The base model has a Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5945WX CPU, DDR4-3200 ECC RDIMM 8GB memory, an NVIDIA T400 graphics card, a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD for storage, and a 1,350W power supply unit.
The operating system is Windows 11 Pro, and the network has 10 Gigabit LAN and Gigabit LAN. The external measurements are 172.6mm wide, 429.6mm deep, 414mm tall, and 15.88kg. Priced 5009 EUR/USD it's yours.
#6054963 Posted on: 09/27/2022 10:11 AM
If you’re looking for a versatile and powerful device but the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 just isn’t good enough for you, then you should check out Dell’s ongoing offer for the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. It’s currently available at $150 off, which brings its price down to $1,299 from its original price of $1,449. Shoppers are always drawn to Dell XPS deals, and this one won’t be an exception because of the top-notch components in the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, so you better hurry in finalizing your purchase if you don’t want to miss out.
Dell has been influential as one of the best laptop brands, so it’s always a name to watch for when you’re going through laptop deals. That also applies when you’re searching for 2-in-1 laptop deals because of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. It’s equipped with the 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics, and 16GB of RAM, which is the recommended amount in our guide on how much RAM do you need if you plan to use a tablet as your primary PC. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 transforms from a tablet to a laptop through the XPS Folio, which is a detachable keyboard with large keycaps and a spacious touchpad. The device also comes with a 13-inch touchscreen with 3K resolution and a 512GB SSD with Windows 11 Home pre-installed.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 sits on top of Digital Trends’ best 2-in-1 laptops, but if the device’s offers under retailers’ Surface Pro deals aren’t good enough for you, then go for the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, which is considered one of its prime alternatives. When comparing the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and Surface Pro 8, the advantages of the Dell device include a slightly thinner and lighter design, a better-performing display, and longer battery life.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, which is on sale under Dell laptop deals with early Black Friday pricing, will make sure that you accomplish your daily tasks for work or school quickly and efficiently. The device is yours for $1,299 after a $150 discount to its original price of $1,449, but you need to act fast if you want to take advantage of the offer. Don’t hesitate — add the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 to your cart and check out as fast as you can.
The price of the Dell XPS 15 is down to $1,399 in the Dell Black Friday Pricing Sale, which was launched in response to Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale. With Amazon bringing back its Prime Day deals, the Dell Prime Day deals showed a preview of the offers on Black Friday, including a $500 discount on the Dell XPS 15’s original price of $1,899. You’ll want to make the purchase for the laptop now instead of waiting for the shopping holiday though, as there’s no telling how much stock Dell has left of the popular device.
There’s a lot of power behind the Dell XPS 15, which is equipped with the 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card, plus 16GB of RAM that’s recommended by our guide on how much RAM do you need if you’re planning to dabble in higher-end gaming or engage in graphic design work. With these specifications, the Dell XPS 15 matches up to the best laptops, and it can certainly provide a boost to your productivity for work or school. It will be a reliable companion even when you’re on the go, as the Dell XPS 15 promises up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The Dell XPS 15, which is often compared with Apple’s MacBook Pro, isn’t all about performance though. The laptop’s 15.6-inch Full HD+ screen not only looks gorgeous, but it also minimizes distractions with its very minimal bezels. It’s light but durable, so you don’t have to worry that it will get damaged when you take it with you to different places. For your convenience, the laptop’s 512GB SSD comes with Windows 11 Home out of the box, so you can start using and customizing the laptop as soon as it arrives.
There’s no shortage of Prime Day laptop deals from Amazon, but it will be tough to beat Dell’s offer for the Dell XPS 15. After a $500 price cut, you’ll only have to pay $1,399 for the powerful machine, instead of its sticker price of $1,899. You better hurry if you want to take advantage of this early Black Friday deal though, as we’re not sure how much time you’ve got before it disappears.
Dell's Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme laptop is a portable workhorse designed to withstand the harshest working environments.
Its impressive range of features includes an integrated handle for easy carrying, hot-swappable batteries for extended use without a charger, and security protections to prevent unauthorized access.
The Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme might not be the perfect fit for everyone, but for those on the hunt for a rugged laptop, it is an option that should be considered.
While most laptops are getting thinner and more minimalist in design, with fewer ports included, the Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme Laptop takes the opposite approach. It has an array of ports, each sealed behind a watertight lock and a chunky shell designed to withstand the toughest conditions.
A baseline model of this laptop with Windows 10 Pro comes out to just under $3,700 (£3638.76). A fully featured version with every upgradable option through Dell's website tops out at $7,860.03 (£7218.26).
Specs (as tested)
Weight: 5.11 lbs (2.3 kg)
Screen size: 13.3 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1280
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 (2.4 GHz) / i5 vPro (2.6 GHz) / i7 (3.0 GHz)
RAM: 8 - 32 GB DDR4
Storage: 256 GB - 2 TB SSD
Graphics: Iris Xe Graphics
Ports: 3 USB-A, 1 Headphone Jack, 2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 HDMI Port, 1 VGA Port, 1 RJ45 Ethernet Port, 1 MicroSD Card reader, Express Card reader, Smart Card Reader, SIM Card reader
Connectivity: Wifi 6E, 4G LTE, 5G, Bluetooth, GPS
Every corner of this durable laptop has an additional rubber bumper to help with drop protection and save the device from scratches on uneven surfaces. We found this incredibly useful as we never had to worry about the surfaces we put this device on.
Dell states that this device has an IP65 rating, can withstand drops from 6 ft (1.8 meters), and can survive temperatures ranging from -20°F to 145°F (-29°C to 63°C). We never brought this laptop to those extremes, but knowing it can withstand extreme temperatures makes us confident in this laptop's abilities in extreme outdoor jobs.
The underside of this laptop exposes a handful of screws that allow the computer to open for repairs or upgrades. Also on the back are two hot-swappable batteries and an easy-to-access hatch housing the M.2 SSD bay.
All ports on this laptop are sealed behind locking doors as part of the IP65 rating. Each bay of ports has a toggle switch to unlock and open the sealed door.
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We loved bringing this laptop wherever our day took us while testing, knowing we had no need to fear scratches or drops. Aesthetically, this laptop is not at all minimalist, and for this kind of laptop, we honestly love it. The bulky finishes help remind us that this laptop can handle a day outside the office.
We were thrilled to see how quickly this laptop booted up for the first time. Setup was a breeze all together, taking us a matter of minutes to get through setting up profiles, accounts and security parameters. We could tell even throughout setup that the processor under the hood was quick and responsive, and that regardless of how bulky this laptop was in physical design, the operating speeds were quick and snappy.
The keyboard keys are evenly spaced and comfortable to type on, with a backlight to help with visibility. The function keys at the top of the keyboard also include helpful shortcuts to control the brightness of the screen, volume level, mic mute, backlight settings, and more. The trackpad, however, was slightly disappointing as it’s relatively small and did not feel responsive; the detection was inconsistent, causing the cursor to jump across the screen
We enjoyed the screen, which on this model is ten-point touch-enabled and has a built-in stylus that helps make precision selections. Additionally, this screen can be interacted with while wearing gloves, making it possible to keep working in multiple scenarios. Also worth mentioning is the screen's brightness; we've seen some laptops with a max brightness of 200 nits, but the Dell Latitude 7330 RuggedExtreme is rated at 1400 nits of brightness. The nit level matched with the semi-gloss screen makes it possible to see what is on the screen while working outdoors, in direct sunlight.
Our test model has a 512 GB SSD, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an Intel Core i7 processor, but Dell offers a remarkable level of customization across the processor, storage, graphics, ports, webcam and security measures.
For use in the field, quick and secure access is a must. The fastest way to unlock this device would be to utilize Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric authentication service and. More options include typing in a passcode or utilizing the optional SmartCard reader. With the SmartCard reader, there are both contactless and contact options available.
Meanwhile, the optional TPM (Trusted Platform Module) allows this laptop to encrypt data internally, assisting in processes such as sending and receiving secure emails, creating secure networks and encrypting files. With the most exact update of Windows OS, all devices running Windows 11 now need TPM 2.0 for features such as Windows Hello and BitLocker.
Running benchmark tests on this laptop shows it can handle a load of tasks, while still maintaining excellent battery life. The GeekBench5 CPU test shows the Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme coming in with 1435 single-core and 4964 multi-core scores. These test results indicate that this rugged laptop can power through projects with speed and accuracy, across software like AutoCAD, Solidworks and Adobe Illustrator.
The Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme was intentionally designed for a specific group of people who need rugged power they can rely on.
It has more computing power than your average laptop and can withstand harsh work sites. The incredibly bright screen, for example, makes it easy to use in direct sunlight and the durable design, integrated handle, reinforced corners, and covered ports make it usable without concern in any environment.
Although the trackpad is average at best, the keyboard is comfortable to type on, and we were impressed with handy additional features like biometric authentication
Overall, this computer hits the mark for those who genuinely need a rugged computing device. We won't be taking it to the office anytime soon, but we would take it to a construction site or garage without thinking twice.