Is the Dell XPS 13 any good for video editing?

Is the Dell XPS 13 any good for video editing?

Best answer: With a high-quality, high-resolution display and powerful internals, the XPS 13 is a great, highly portable laptop for editing video. For more power when at home or in the office, add an eGPU to give you some more graphics horsepower. The latest revision will be available from August 27.Edit on the go: XPS 13 (From $999 at Dell)More horsepower: Razer Core X ($300 at Amazon)

A high-quality 4K display

Perhaps one of the most significant improvements on the more recent generations of the XPS 13 from the perspective of video editing is that it now has an option for a 4K display.

The panel used in the XPS 13 is also bright and has excellent color reproduction hitting 99 percent sRGB and 79 percent Adobe RGB. Color accuracy is essential for video editors. They want the peace of mind that how it looks on their laptop is how it will look when they offload their finished work.

Dell also added an anti-glare layer to what is essentially a glossy touchscreen display. This layer preserves the quality, brightness, and color accuracy while minimizing reflections.

Powerful yet portable

Video editing is an intensive process. While you'll never replicate a desktop rig in a tiny Ultrabook, the latest XPS 13 benefits from recent advances to provide more grunt than ever before.

With the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor you get four cores with eight threads, and Intel touts double-digit performance increases over the 9th Gen chips. It's still a laptop processor, but when you're looking at editing video on the go, the 10th Gen Core i7 will give you the best chance of getting your edits and exports done efficiently.

The size of the Dell XPS 13 is perfect for editing on the go. It's still one of the tiniest laptops around that packs this much hardware, and it'll go inside any bag with ease.

Connect an eGPU for more power

Thanks to its Thunderbolt 3 port, the Dell XPS 13 can be connected to an eGPU which will add the performance of a desktop graphics card to your laptop.

Naturally, this isn't something you can carry around with you, but in a home office, it's a way to turn your XPS 13 into a desktop PC. Dedicated GPUs can help lighten the load on a system during video rendering, and since the XPS 13 only has integrated Intel graphics, anything you can add from the outside is a bonus.

Something like the Razer Core X is a great shout. It's affordable and relatively compact while still accepting full-sized graphics cards. It's self-powered, and a single Thunderbolt 3 cable is all you need to hook it up to the laptop.

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