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Temporary: Sharing my really feel and expertise about Dell XPS 13 Kaby Lake Ubuntu version after utilizing it for over three months.

Throughout Black Friday sale final yr, I took the bullet and ordered myself a Dell XPS 13 with the brand new Intel Kaby Lake processor. It acquired delivered within the second week of December and for those who observe It’s FOSS on Fb, you may need seen the reside unboxing.

Although I used to be tempted to do the evaluate of Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu version nearly on the identical time, I knew it gained’t be truthful. A model new system will, in fact, really feel good and work easy.

However that’s not the actual expertise. The actual expertise of any system comes after weeks, if not months, of use. That’s the explanation I maintain myself again and waited three months to evaluate Dell XPS Kobylake Ubuntu version.

Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu Version Evaluate

Earlier than we noticed what’s scorching and what’s not within the newest model of Dell XPS 13, I ought to let you know that I used to be utilizing an Acer R13 ultrabook guide earlier than this. So I could evaluate the brand new Dell system with the older Acer one.

Dell XPS 13 has a number of variations based mostly on processor. The one I’m reviewing is Dell XPS13 MLK (9360). It has i5-7200U seventh technology processor. Since I hardly used the contact display screen in Acer Aspire R13, I selected to go together with the non-touch model of XPS. This choice additionally saved me a couple of lots of of Euro.

It has 8 GB of LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM and 256 GB SSD PCIe. Graphics is Intel HD. On connectivity aspect, it’s acquired Killer 1535 Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 and Bluetooth 4.1. Display is InfinityEdge Full HD (1 920 x 1080).

Now, you already know what sort of {hardware} we’ve acquired right here, let’s see what works and what sucks.

Feel and appear

At 13.3″, Dell XPS 13 seems to be even smaller than a daily 13.3″ laptop computer, because of its non-existent bezel which is the specialty of the infinite show. It’s gentle as a feather with weight just below 1.23 Kg.

The outer floor is metallic, not very shiny however a good aluminum look. On the inside, the palm relaxation is fabricated from carbon fiber which may be very comfy on the relaxation. Not like the MacBook Air that makes use of metallic palm rests, the carbon fiber ones are extra pleasant, particularly in winters.

It’s nearly centimeter and a half excessive at it’s thickest half (round hinges). This additionally provides a plus level to the magnificence of XPS 13.

Total, Dell XPS 13 has a compact physique and a sublime physique.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard and touchpad combine properly with the carbon fiber interiors. The keys are easy with springs within the again (maybe) and provides a wealthy really feel whereas typing. All the vital keys are current and usually are not tiny in dimension, one thing you is perhaps nervous of, contemplating the general tiny dimension of XPS13.

Oh! the keyboards have backlit help. Which provides to the wealthy really feel of this costly laptop computer.

Whereas the keyboard is a good expertise, the identical can’t be stated in regards to the touchpad. In actual fact, the touchpad is the weakest half which mars the general good expertise of XPS 13.

The touchpad has an inexpensive feeling as a result of it makes an irritating sound whereas tapping on the precise aspect as if it’s hole beneath. That is one thing that has been seen within the earlier variations of XPS 13 however hasn’t been given sufficient consideration to repair it. That is one thing you don’t count on from a product at such a value.

Additionally, the touchpad scroll on web sites is hideous. It’s also not appropriate for pixel works due to issue in shifting little changes.


Dell XPS 13 has two USB 3.0 ports, one in all them with PowerShare. In case you didn’t know, USB 3.0 PowerShare ports let you cost exterior gadgets even when your system is turned off.

It additionally has a Thunderbolt (doubles up as USB Kind-C port). It doesn’t have HDMI port, Ethernet port or VGA port. Nevertheless, all of those three can be utilized through the Thunderbolt port and exterior adapters (bought individually).

It additionally has an SD card reader and a headphone jack. Along with all these, there’s an anti-theft slot (a typical safety follow in enterprises).


The mannequin I’ve packs 1920x1080px. It’s full HD and show high quality is at par. It completely shows the excessive definition footage and 1080p video recordsdata.

I can’t evaluate it with the qHD mannequin as I by no means used it. However contemplating that there usually are not sufficient 4K contents for now, full HD show ought to be enough for subsequent few years.


In comparison with Acer R13, XPS 13 has higher audio high quality. Even the max quantity is louder than that of Acer R13. The twin audio system give a pleasant stereo impact.


The weirdest a part of Dell XPS 13 evaluate comes now. All of us have been accustomed of seeing the webcam on the top-middle place on any laptop computer. However this isn’t the case right here.

XPS 13 places the webcam on the underside left nook of the laptop computer. That is executed to maintain the bezel as skinny as potential. However this creates an issue.

Picture captured with laptop computer display screen at 90 diploma

If you video chat with somebody, it’s pure to look straight up. With the top-middle webcam, your face is in direct line with the digital camera. However with the underside left place of net cam, it seems to be like these bizarre unintended selfies you are taking with the entrance digital camera of your smartphone. Heck, folks on the opposite aspect may see inside your nostrils.


Battery life is the strongest level of Dell XPS 13. Whereas Dell claims an astounding 21-hour battery life, however in my expertise, it easily provides a battery lifetime of 8-10 hours. That is once I watch motion pictures, browse the web and different common stuff.

There’s one unusual factor that I seen, although. It prices fairly fast till 90% however the charging slows down afterward. And it nearly by no means goes past 98%.

The battery indicator turns pink when the battery standing falls under 30% and it begins displaying notifications if the battery goes under 10%. There’s small gentle indicator below the touchpad that turns yellow when the battery is low and it turns white when the charger is plugged in.


I’ve beforehand written about methods to scale back laptop computer overheating in Linux. Fortunately, to this point, I didn’t must make use of these tips.

Dell XPS 13 stays surprisingly cool when you find yourself utilizing it on battery, even in lengthy runs. The underside does get heated just a little whenever you use it whereas charging.

Total, XPS 13 manages overheating very properly.

The Ubuntu expertise with Dell XPS 13

To date we now have seen fairly generic issues in regards to the Dell XPS 13. Let’s speak about how good a Linux laptop computer it’s.

Till now, I used to manually set up Linux on Home windows laptop computer. That is the primary Linux laptop computer I ever purchased. I might additionally like to say the superior first boot animation of Dell’s Ubuntu laptop computer. Right here’s a YouTube video of the identical:

One factor I want to point out right here is that Dell by no means shows Ubuntu laptops on its web site. You’ll have to look the web site with Ubuntu then you definitely’ll see the Ubuntu editions. Additionally, Ubuntu version is cheaper simply by 50 Euro compared to its Home windows counterpart whereas I used to be anticipating it to be a minimum of 100 Euro lower than that of Home windows.

Regardless of being an Ubuntu preloaded laptop computer, the tremendous key nonetheless comes with Home windows brand on it. It’s trivial however I might have cherished to see the Ubuntu brand on it.

Now speaking about Ubuntu expertise, the very first thing I seen was that there was no {hardware} challenge. Even the operate and media keys work completely in Ubuntu, which is a nice shock.

Dell has additionally added its personal repository within the software program sources to offer for some Dell particular instruments. You may see the footprints of Dell in the whole system.

You is perhaps to see how Dell partitioned the 256Gb of disk house. Let me present that to you.

Default disk partition by Dell

As you’ll be able to see, there’s 524MB reserved for EFI. Then there’s 3.2 GB of manufacturing facility restore picture maybe.

Dell is utilizing 17Gb of Swap partition, which is greater than double of the RAM dimension. It appears Dell didn’t put sufficient thought right here as a result of that is merely waste of disk house, for my part. I might have used no more than 11 GB of Swap partition right here.

As I discussed earlier than, Dell provides a “restore to manufacturing facility settings” choice within the Grub menu. It is a good little characteristic to have.

One factor which I don’t like within the XPS 13 Ubuntu version is the lengthy boot time. It takes whole 23 seconds to succeed in the login display screen after urgent the facility button. I might count on it to be quicker contemplating that it makes use of SSD PCIe.

If it pursuits you, the XPS 13 had Chromium and Google Chrome browsers put in by default as an alternative of Firefox.

As far my expertise goes, I’m pretty impressed with Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu version. It provides a easy Ubuntu expertise. The laptop computer appears to be part of Ubuntu. Although it’s an costly laptop computer, I might say it’s positively definitely worth the cash.

To summarize, let’s see the great, the dangerous and the ugly of Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu version.

The Good

  • Ultralight weight
  • Compact
  • Keyboard
  • Carbon fiber palm relaxation
  • Full {hardware} help for Ubuntu
  • Manufacturing facility restore choice for Ubuntu
  • Good show and sound high quality
  • Good battery life

The dangerous

  • Poor touchpad
  • Just a little expensive
  • Lengthy boot time for SSD powered laptop computer
  • Home windows key nonetheless current 😛

The ugly

How did you just like the Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu version evaluate from an Ubuntu person’s standpoint? Do you discover it adequate to spend over a thousand bucks? Do share your views within the remark under.

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