Dell XPS 13 Touch Screen Eats This Much Battery Life

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Which version of the Dell's refreshed XPS 13 with Kaby Lake CPU should you go for? That depends on how much you value your display and battery life.

On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi, a model with a a 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display lasted 9 hours and 11 minutes. That's nothing to shake a stick at, as the ultraportable category average is a little over 8 hours.

chart 1478312705883However, the nontouch version of the XPS 13, which has a lower-res 1080p screen lasted a whopping 13:49. That's one of the longest runtimes of any laptop we've tested this year.

It should be noted that the touchscreen model featured a Core i7  CPU, as opposed to the nontouch XPS  13's Core i5 processor, but the high resolution and touch options are more likely culprits to be battery suckers during average use.

MORE: Dell XPS 13: Full Review

The displays are noticeably different. The 1080p version is great; It covers 94 percent of the sRGB color gamut and reaches 302 nits of brightness, all with great viewing angles.

But the QHD+ version, at 105.7 percent of the gamut and 305 nits of brightness, has a higher resolution that looks far more detailed. When I watched the latest trailer for "Wonder Woman," the sky, trees and oceans of Themyscira were more vivid than on the non-touch screen.

Unsurprisingly, the Core i7 CPU outperformed the Core i5 on Geekbench, 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited and other performance tests (read our full review here).



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  • Alec Sandoval Says:

    I have late 2016 dell xps 13 with 1080p screen with with touch screen and I get about 3-5 hours of continuous usage. Horrible

  • Saul Richardson Says:

    No.Try 1-4 hours of battery life. Try battery draining even when sleeping or off. And it doesn't always charge wen plugged in. Not to mention slow wifi and generally sluggish performance. This machine is not good. The battery life advertised and reported in commercial reviews is misleading if not false.

  • David Says:

    Magazines should publish PRECISELY how they test battery life. I know three people with XPS 13s, none has ever gotten over 5 hours battery life.

    Publish any tweaks, mods, bios fixes, uninstalled software etc. that you did to get high battery life, otherwise be honest and say it gets 5 hours, not 11 hours.

  • John L Says:

    Are you sure it isn't because of the higher resolution QHD vs touch? QHD increases GPU processing by 300%

  • Adrian Says:

    Can one disable the touch features and save battery life?

  • Tommy Says:

    Does a 1080p touch version exist even for the previous generation?

  • Digbijaya Mohanty Says:

    Im using the QHD one from 6 months and even with low brightness, only browser and wifi mode never reached 5+hr.

  • Tager Says:

    I think you got the non-touch and touch models slightly mixed up on your chart?

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