Dell XPS 13 9380 Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by arctics, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Hyrule

    Hyrule Newbie

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    I bought my Dell XPS 13 (9380) in March as a business laptop. Frost White, i7-8565U, 16GB Ram, 1TB Samsung SSD, 4K Touch Screen. So far I've been impressed with it.
    I had an initial issue where the RAM usage was 50% and above upon login, with no viable reason why. After further investigation I traced the route cause to the Killer Wireless Control Center software. As soon as I removed this program RAM usage was around 18% upon login, much more appropriate. The only other odd thing is the occasional screen flash where it blacks out for a brief moment as well as the fan noise when the CPU automatically overclocks.

    For a fresh start I created a bootable thumb drive based on the base Dell image, then did a clean Windows 10 installation and downloaded any missing drivers from the Dell website.
    Happy to say it's running like a dream. The performance is very good, the screen is very sharp with bright vivid colours. Thankfully the webcam is now in a sensible position and it handles my workload well.

    Time will tell how it holds up over the coming year.
     
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  2. Grasshopper9

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    I've now had my 9380 for a few days - no problems no far!

    My specs:
    i7-8565U Processor
    16 GB RAM
    256 SSD (PM981 NVMe Samsung 256GB)
    FHD 1920x1080 (Panel: AU Optronics [Unknown Model: AUO5B2D])
    Frost White

    I purchased via the small business side of dell.com. Running Win10 Pro from factory and uninstalled the Dell utilities and McAfee.

    I'm very happy with the FHD choice as the display is clear and for the longer battery life.
     
  3. daibatzu

    daibatzu Notebook Guru

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    Is yours the full hd touch or matte?
     
  4. Grasshopper9

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    Any opinions on various Thunderbolt docks etc? I've read alot of reviews that the Dell TB16 has many problems...
     
  5. Grasshopper9

    Grasshopper9 Newbie

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    FHD Matte - Not a fan of touchscreens for a laptop. I looked at the 2-in-1 in the store which is the best way to determine if you want a touchscreen
     
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  6. rubenvb

    rubenvb Notebook Consultant

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    Mine was just delivered!
    i7-8656U
    16GB RAM
    Full HD (It's shows these device id: DISPLAY\AUO5B2D\4&7ED8028&0&UID265988)

    First observations:
    • I'm loving the finish around the keyboard.
    • Screen is more matte than my previous (Sony Vaio VPCZ13), and it's about a third of the volume.
    • No bleeding at the edges of the screen though, which is better too :).
    • I'll need to get used to the smaller arrow keys (the Sony had them a bit larger and they extended beyond the rest of the keyboard, which made them a pleasure to use).
    • The touchpad is very pleasant as well. First time I have a clickpad. I already caught myself trying to click on my old laptop I'm currently backing up.
    • I also know again why I am going to throw Linux on this machine. The nice changing login screens aren't going to woo me over. Neither is the fingerprint reader. For sure since no browser supports using that to fill in passwords any more.
    • Windows wasn't activated when it arrived. Strange, but trying it again worked fine.
    • Wifi didn't immediately reconnect after coming out of sleep.
    • Fan is dead silent. Brilliant. Haven't actually done anything yet though, so that's not representative at all.
    I'm not sure if I should install BIOS updates or not. Currently at 1.1.1. I can Always install them later through the UEFI.
    I'll know more after installing Arch.
     
  7. Latitude7

    Latitude7 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Does the new XPS 13 (Whiskey Lake) heats more and consumes more energy than the previous generation?
     
  8. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    I really like the new designed XPS. I am waiting for the 13" version of the new 15 2 in 1. I want a 13 inch 2 in 1, with maglev keyboard, new internals, 4k screen, at least 1 tb of storage and 16-32gb of ram, pen support and thunderbolt so I can plug in an external GPU and play some games (mainly GTA of any version and Forsa). That would be my ideal device. I am just waiting now for this device to be developed and I will be first in line. Until then, my old cheapy dell is serving me fine (besides gaming).
     
  9. daibatzu

    daibatzu Notebook Guru

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    I also owned a sony vaio z13. My best laptop ever.
    Yes, the keyboard on this is a bit of a problem because the backspace, curly braces and \ key are really tiny. I do a bit of programming every now and then and have to type in some weird characters so this is a problem for me.
    Do you like the display on yours even though you said it was more matte than your vaio z? I own the 4k version but thinking of getting a 1080p one when ice lake comes out.
     
  10. Grasshopper9

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    After a week of heavy use of the laptop in multiple locations and lighting conditions (including outdoors - sunny and cloudy), the matte screen has been perfect. Just minor adjustments of the brightness and everything was readable text in browser, Outlook and Powerpoint were all good.

    I did have to adjust the Windows setting for night light mode - a few dark rooms it shifting color modes. Easily fixed with Night Light toggled off.
     
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