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Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 reviews of Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and screen. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the price. There are some mixed views about the touchpad.

portability, performance, usability, screen, size

price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the portability. The size also gets good views. There are some mixed comments about the reliability. Many are less positive about the usability.

size, portability

usability

50% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS13 13.3 Inch Ultrabook with American Keyboard (2.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB SSD, Windows 8.1)Dell XPS13 13.3 Inch Ultrabook with American Keyboard (2.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB SSD, Windows 8.1)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Views about the size and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

portability, performance, usability, screen, size

50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS13 XPS13-9343 13.3-inch Ultrabook Computer (2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive, Windows 8)Dell XPS13 XPS13-9343 13.3-inch Ultrabook Computer (2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive, Windows 8)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (9343, Late 2014) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS13 13.3-inch Ultrabook Computer (2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive, Windows 8)Dell XPS13 13.3-inch Ultrabook Computer (2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive, Windows 8)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Bernie Pechlaner (notebookcheck.net)

Dell XPS 13 (Early 2015) Notebook Review

 

Simply brilliant. Dell now offers the XPS 13 with a non-touch display and a more mainstream resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for a much more affordable price. Not only is the new display brighter, but it's matte as well, which improves outdoor...

Bright & matte Full-HD display, Very narrow bezel, High-end parts and superior build quality, Very small chassis for the given screen size, Ports are all the way at the back and won't get in the way, Great battery life, Very good overall performance

Color accuracy not that great, Minimal expansion options (RAM is soldered on), 128 GB SSD might not be big enough for some, Only 2x USB 3.0, CPU throttling under maximum load levels

The QHD+ touch-equipped version of the XPS 13 impressed us with our editor noting that "...Dell’s latest Ultrabook pulls out all the stops with smart revisions to an already widely-praised design...". The newest member of the Ultrabook, this time sans...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Sascha Mölck (notebookcheck.net)

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Review

 

No compromises - part 2. Compact, highly mobile, attractive - this is how one could sum up the Dell XPS 13. Thanks to its Core i7 processor, the notebook is quite powerful as well, although the battery life suffers as a result.

IPS QHD+ touchscreen, Thin bezel, Good battery life, Good performance, Build quality is high, Attractive and robust chassis, Good input devices, Stiff hinges

Comparatively dark display, Not very generous port selection

With the XPS 13, Dell introduced a very compelling mobile 13.3-inch Ultrabook - but of course at a price. The input devices are very good and the notebook with its fast SSD is capable of very good overall performance. In addition, the temperatures are...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Steve Schardein (notebookcheck.net)

Dell XPS 13-9343 Touchscreen Ultrabook Review

 

Refusal to compromise… You can't have it all—or can you? Dell's latest XPS 13 pushes the envelope in a number of different critical categories, but most notably portability: this is the smallest 13.3-inch notebook we've reviewed. Could we be witnessing...

Beautiful QHD+ Touchscreen, Impossibly small bezel, Excellent battery life, Fast system performance, Impeccable build quality, Aluminum casing that's both rigid and attractive, Good input devices, Sturdy hinges, Excellent thermal management, CPU...

Somewhat constrained port selection, Average wireless performance, Noisy fan on rare occasions, Touch configurations are relatively expensive

Another day, another serious contender for the ultraportable crown. This past year alone, we’ve seen the latest MacBook Air revision (which, for all its strengths, features a relatively pedestrian display lacking touch), the Microsoft Surface Pro 3...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Kenny Yeo (hardwarezone.com)

Dell XPS 13: To infinity & beyond

 

The Dell XPS 13 is touted as the world's smallest 13-inch notebook and much of this can be attributed to its ultra slim display bezel. But is there more to this notebook than its stunning looks? We take a closer look.

Awesome QHD+ IGZO IPS display ; Attractive "infinity display" design ; Compact, light, very portable ; Decent all-round performance ; Good battery life

No HDMI port, only a Mini-DisplayPort ; Weird positioning of webcam ; Inaccurate trackpad

On a whole, the Dell XPS 13 is easily one of the best 13-inch ultraportable notebooks in the market right now, packing decent performance in an extremely compact and sexy package. Could it mark the beginning of a reversal of fortunes for Dell? We would...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Chuong Nguyen (gottabemobile.com)

Dell XPS 13 (2014) Review

 

Though you wouldn't necessarily know it by looking, Dell's MacBook Air challenger got a whole lot better in 2014. Now, in its third generation, the XPS 13 for 2014 hasn't changed at all externally, which actually is a good thing as Dell's design and...

The Dell XPS 13 remains one of the most solidly built Windows Ultrabook on the market today with build quality good enough to compete against the class-leading MacBook Air series. Weighing in at just over 3 pounds, the XPS 13 delivers a lot of power...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Andrei Girbea (ultrabookreview.com)

Dell XPS 13 9343 review with Infinity Display – a keeper!

 

Dell did a great job with the XPS 13 9343. They created a compact and light laptop with a 13 inch display, fast hardware, good keyboard/trackpad and long battery life, and on top of all these, a laptop with very little flaws. On the other hand, the...

nice industrial design, splendid build quality, matte IPS display, good keyboard and trackpad, fast hardware, no bloatware on this version, mostly noiseless, punchy speakers, good battery life, affordable starting prices

surprisingly dim display (see the Screen chapter), charges slowly, can get hot, annoying white LED next to the trackpad, touchscreen equipped models are pricey

Update: You should also read this post if you want to know what I think about the laptop after using it daily for 15 months, and this article if you’re interested in my opinion about the XPS 9350, the updated model with Skylake hardware.

Expert review by : Elyse Betters (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 13 is a 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch shell (hands-on) - Pocket-lint

 

Dell has taken the wraps off the latest additions to its XPS family of devices: the XPS 13 and 15. We got some hands-on time with the XPS 13, a laptop

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (techadvisor.co.uk)

Dell XPS 13 9343 review: Dell is making laptops sexy again

 

The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a shining beacon of hope in the world of Windows laptops, a compact laptop that outdoes the obvious competition in some key respects like screen quality and near-borderless display. Here is a 13.3-inch laptop that takes...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (techworld.com)

Dell XPS 13 9343 review

 

The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a shining beacon of hope in the world of Windows laptops. Read our Dell XPS 13 review to find out how Dell is making laptops (and Windows) sexy again.

The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a shining beacon of hope in the world of Windows laptops, a compact laptop that outdoes the obvious competition in some key respects like screen quality and near-borderless display. Here is a 13.3-inch laptop that takes...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Dell XPS

 

Debated between this and a Surface Pro. I think that the Dell XPS is the hands down winner

Wonderfully light laptop. Did not want a tablet but with the touchscreen, size and weight you get the tablet benefits with a very powerful small laptop. The screen is absolutely amazing

Pretty pricey but worth it

Sep, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves

Battery

Battery Capacity:51 / 52
Battery capacity (Watt hours):51 / 52
Battery life (max):11 / 15
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:8.8
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Certification:BFR/PVC-Free
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable)
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber / Aluminium, Carbon fiber, Glass
Intel segment tagging:Home office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Netbook / Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Display brightness:200 / 400
Display Diagonal:13 / 13.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3200 x 1800
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / QHD+
LED backlight:No / Yes
Panel Type:IGZO / IPS
Pixel Pitch:0 x 0 / 0.00361 x 0.00361 / 0.00602 x 0.00602
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:1.3 / 2.31
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1616 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel HD Graphics 5500
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:English / German / Italian / Korean / Pan Nordic / Spanish / Swiss / UK English / US English / US International
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-RS-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598 - 420000 / -598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30
Operating altitude:-598 - 120000 / -598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65 / 40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65 / 40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:1.3 / 2.31
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / Opi
Chipset:Intel SoC
Configurable TDP-down:10 / 7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600 / 800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 4x1 / 2x4, 4x1 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:i3-5010U / i5-5200U / i5-5300U / i7-5500U / i7-5600U / i7-6500U
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 2.9 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-5xxx / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i3-5010U / i5-5200U / i5-5300U / i7-5500U / i7-5600U / i7-6500U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-5000 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series / Intel® Core™ i5-5300 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1168 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / F0
System bus data transfer rate:4 / 5
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology:N
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:N / Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:84697 / 85212 / 85213 / 85214 / 85215 / 88194
Processor code:SR23V / SR23W / SR23X / SR23Y / SR23Z / SR2EZ
Processor package size:40 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, User / Y
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, User

Software

Bundled software:McAfee / McAfee Live Safe 1YR / McAfee LiveSafe 1YR / Microsoft Office Home & Business 2013 / Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 / Microsoft Office Professional 2013
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux Ubuntu / Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:English / Multilingual / Portuguese / Spanish
Trial software:McAfee / McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSafe / MS Office, McAfee / Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2 / Serial ATA III
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 265 / 512

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.87 / 8
Height (front):0.354 / 9
Height (rear):0.591 / 1
Weight:2 / 2.47 / 2.6 / 2.78 / 2.8
Width:12