With Dell’s XPS 13 9300, you can mark a momentous date in laptop history: the death of the laptop bezel. Previous models killed the top and sides, but that last useless part has stuck around until now.

Dell’s XPS 13 9300, however, kills that bottom bezel dead. More importantly, the smaller bezel makes the XPS 13 possibly one of most compact laptops around.

The story of the XPS 13 is a long and storied one at this point. When the first “InfinityBezel” version hit the scene in 2015, it set the trend for what could be done in a tiny laptop, forcing competitors to reevaluate their designs. The latest XPS 13 9300 ($1,749 at Dell.com) may not move the ball forward much in performance, but its 16:10 aspect-ratio InfinityBezel touch screen and dual biometric inputs still make a difference.

This review is part of of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing models and how we tested them. 

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Dell’s 2020 XPS 13 9300 achieves full no-bezel.

Why thin bezels matter

Lest you think we’re raving about an inconsequential feature, you just have to look back to 2017, when companies were still selling laptops with so much bezel, you could sell billboard space on them. Apple’s 2017-era MacBook Air, for example, looks about as fashion-correct as disco-era bell-bottom pants and wide-lapel paisley shirts would seem during the grunge era.

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The 2017 MacBook Air 13’s big bezel epitomized the wasted space of laptops of yore, and it looks ridiculously out of date and huge in this day and age.

For the new XPS 13 9300, Dell wisely eschews the common, narrow 16:9 aspect ratio that lowers the overall height of the screen. The company instead goes with a taller 16:10 aspect ratio for the 13.4-inch screen. The top of the screen is about the same height as that of a more conventional 16:9 laptop, such as the HP Elite Dragonfly, giving you more screen real estate without increasing the size of the laptop.

The screen itself is a beautiful 450-nit IPS touchscreen. When we say IPS, we mean actual Sharp IPS too, not the “IPS-like” or “wide-viewing angle” language companies use to describe copycat versions. This is a beautiful, top-quality display that will help you stay productive. 

Dell XPS 13 9300 Specs and Features

While the display is clearly the star of the XPS 13 9300’s configuration, it offers plenty more top-shelf parts in its slender chassis. Here are the details.

  • CPU: 10th gen Core i7-1065G7
  • GPU: Intel integrated Iris Plus
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR4X/3733
  • Storage: 512GB Intel 760P NVMe SSD
  • Display: 13.4-inch 1920×1200 Sharp IPS 
  • Biometric Support: Realtek biometric camera in top bezel, Goodix finger print reader integrated into power button.
  • Ports: The XPS 13 9300 features one Thunderbolt 3 port on each side, a microSD reader on the left side, and an analog combo audio jack on the right side. Compared to the previous model, you’re losing one USB-C port and the wedge-lock port. As with the prior model there is no USB-A port. If you retain any legacy USB-A devices or just need more connectivity, it’s time to buy a USB-C hub.
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Ports on the XPS 13 9300 are pretty easy. Each side features a Thunderbolt 3 port. The left side has a microSD reader. The right side adds an analog combo audio jack.

  • Networking: Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, Bluetooth 5
  • Size and weight: 11.6 x 7.8 x 0.27 inches, 2.9 pounds without AC adapter
  • Upgradability: “Upgrades” on modern ultraportable laptops are always very limited, but Dell keeps it down to earth with a standard M.2 slot for the Intel SSD inside of it. This may seem like no big deal, but the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 soldered its SSD. Dell’s reason (like Apple’s) is to save space and make the laptop thinner, but many have roasted the company for the move.
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The keyboard in the XPS 13 9300 is good ol’ traditional dome, and it feels great.

Keyboard, Trackpad and Webcam

One of the better moves Dell takes with the XPS 13 9300 is to stick with a traditional dome keyboard. Although its cousin the XPS 13 2-in-1 is slightly thinner because of its MAGLev 2 low-travel keyboard, it’s a controversial feature. Keyboard feel is subjective, but let’s just say our fingers prefer more travel in our keyboards.

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