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    Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

    A couple of comments.

    Idle power - 8w seems high, but pretty regular for laptops now. As reference, my old Broadwell Mac mini idles at 1.9w (8GB RAM, 256GB apple SSD + bodged 1TB sata SSD) - odd that this has gone up so much (the screen will only use a watt or two).

    The biggie - have they fixed the sleep trackpad bug? In the 7390 and the other recent 15" versions, the trackpad will randomly flip between responsive and dead after the machine sleeps.

    Dell have done nothing to fix this - it's a driver/firmware bug as people have had the pad swapped out (same issue) and you can restart the driver manually as a workaround.

    If you're interested in this, don't buy until you confirm it's been fixed as it's infuriating.
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    Re: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    (the screen will only use a watt or two).
    At 200 nits? I'd guess it's a majority of that 8w idle figure.

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

    Phones got more RAM, like what is 8GB @ 2021??? :X

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

    Quote Originally Posted by edmundhonda View Post
    At 200 nits? I'd guess it's a majority of that 8w idle figure.
    I scratched my head at this - in the past i've seen 1-2w for the screen, so cracked out my work XPS (7390 / i7-1065G7 / clean Win10). 8-8.3w in idle with screen (4K touch) at full brightness, 5.3w when it dims, then 1.7-2.2w with the screen off. I knew there was a penalty with these mega screens, but that's crazy. I'll be sticking to the 1080p screens for my personal devices, really don't need the 4K and can run at 100% scaling too.

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9301)

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    I'll be sticking to the 1080p screens for my personal devices, really don't need the 4K and can run at 100% scaling too.
    I'm on a 27" 4K panel. I think it was a mistake. The scaling is stupidly high to make anything usable, although thankfully Windaz 10 has finally got over its 4K + HDR pant wetting phase.

    I realised how bad it was when I ran two fresh installed Windaz 10 VMs side by side and I couldn't see a thing.

    I'd say the optimum resolution for 27" is 1440. And my mobile phone runs 1080 whilst it's capable of 1440 and I can't tell the difference.

    From my experience, on a 27" panel (the optimium size I've been using for ages) is best at 1440 with any extra money saved from not going 4K being spent on better HDR and backlight uniformity.

    For below 27" I'd consider 1080 as being adequate. Certainly for a laptop 1080 is fine and there are way more important metrics to consider if a good panel is on your wish list.

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