Best Smart Locks – Safety the Smart Way

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If a complete smart home is what you’re after, you most certainly are going to want to pick up a smart lock. After all, it is the gateway into your home, and the first thing your friends and family will notice as part of your smart ecosystem. Since they’ve been around for a good while at this point, there are plenty of smart locks to choose from, but there are a few key factors to consider to make sure you get exactly what you’re after.

See also: What is the Internet of Things?

We’ve put together a list of what we would consider to be the best smart locks on the market right now. Not seeing your favorite? Let us know about it in the comments below!


August Smart Lock

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First up on our list is the August Smart Lock. Not only does this thing look amazing, it has a couple of really cool features that make it a lot of fun to use. For starters, as you would expect, the August Smart Lock automatically unlocks as you approach your door, and locks back when you leave the house. Since you won’t be the only one coming in and out of your house, you can give access to friends and family. This gives them the same ability as you, but you can also customize the times they are able to access your home, and you can revoke their right to access the house at any time. Installing the August Smart Lock is fairly simple, and doesn’t require you to replace the outside portion of your existing hardware.

The August Smart Lock app is quite handy, providing 24/7 activity monitoring, so you always know when your door has been opened. If you’re away from home, you can see exactly who has entered your home since you’re able to assign unique keys to each user. For an additional cost, you can pair your August Smart Lock with the August Connect, giving you the ability to remotely lock and unlock your door. Need to let the dog walker in long enough to pick up fido? No problem.

Overall, this is a solid option for a smart lock. It’s easy to get up an going, and it works with the major smart home hubs like Amazon Echo, Google Assistant and Apple Homekit. If function and form is what you’re after, give this one a shot. Price wise, the August smart lock will set you back $ 228.95.


Schlage Sense

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Similar to other smart locks, the Sense series of smart locks (available in multiple styles and finishes) has the ability to automatically open when you are nearby using Bluetooth. Before we get too far, you must note that this lock ONLY works with Apple HomeKit. So, Android users – you’re out of luck here. If you opt for the Schlage Connect, you can power your lock with Amazon Echo, so that should fix your problem. If you’re grumbling under your breath about Apple HomeKit, one cool feature to keep in mind is the ability to solicit actions from the lock via Siri commands. So, saying “Hey, Siri – Unlock the front door.” will get the job done.

You’ll notice the lock also has an exterior-facing number pad that is accessible to anyone visiting your home. The cool part is, you can assign 30 unique access codes that will let others into your home. Give one to your neighbor, your aunt, your grandma, friends, or anyone else that might ever need access to your house. Now, if you are an Apple HomeKit user, and also happen to have an Apple TV, you can work some wizadry and control the lock remotely from your iPhone.

The Schlage Sense will set you back around $ 180.


Kwikset Kevo Lock

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Next up is the Kwikset Kevo Lock. Kwikset actually offers a range of smart lock products, including the Kevo Convert, Kevo Fob and Kevo Plus. All of these products are obviously geared toward making the process of entering and exiting your home a bit easier. The Kevo Lock prides itself on it’s Touch-to-Open technology. Like the name suggests, if your paired smartphone is in your pocket or purse, you simply need to tap on the lock, and voila – the door is unlocked. Outside of that nifty feature, this lock does all of things you might expect. You can assign unique codes to anyone that needs access to your house, and you can control the device remotely. However, you will need to upgrade to Kevo Plus (an additional $ 99 and extra accessory) for the remote control.

Kwikset’s other products in the lineup make the ecosystem worth considering as well. If you don’t need the fancy Touch-to-Open technology, you can purchase the Kwikset Convert to install over you existing deadbolt, turning it into a smart lock with no wiring required. Additionally, the Kevo Fob allows you to use the Touch-to-Open technology without having a smartphone. Unfortunately, the Kwikset lineup doesn’t support Apple Homekit or Google Assistant at this time.

As for pricing? It will set you back around $ 223.


Lockitron Bolt

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If cost is your biggest motivating factor, you’re in for a treat here. The Lockitron Bolt is the most affordable of our list of best smart locks, but be warned – you’re going to be missing a few features that you will find in some of the more expensive options.

On its face, the Lockitron Bolt has a great, modern and sleek design that will fit well in many households. Outside of being very good-looking, the Bolt can perform many of the same actions that you’ll find with the other’s on this list. For instance, since the lock works off the Bluetooth standard, you’ll have no issues pairing with your iOS or Android device. Once you’re within range, you can setup automatic unlock – no more fiddling with your keys in your purse or pocket.

Unlike other smart locks like the Schlage Sense and the August Smart Lock, the Lockitron Bolt doesn’t come with an auto-lock feature. However, for an additional cost ($ 79) you can add on Lockitron’s bridge which allows you to remotely lock and unlock from anywhere. It’s a bit of a bummer that the Lockitron Bolt doesn’t have some of these crucial features, but it makes up for it with a well-designed and reliable app. With Lockitron’s app you can keep tabs on all of the people that are entering and exiting your home without missing a beat.

The real winning factor here is that the Lockitron Bolt is only $ 99, making this a great entry-level option.


Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt

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Most of the smart locks on this list will work with your phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. What’s different about the Yale Real Living smart locks is that it’s full potential is reached by using an existing ZigBee or Z-Wave home automation system. Now, in 2017, ZigBee and Z-Wave are starting to seem a little dated, given the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Assistant, but there are still a lot of options out there for the systems. If you happen to have one of those, this product should be an easy add for you.

The real benefit here in my opinion is the hardware itself. The Yale Real Living smart lock comes with a backlit capacitive screen that’s used for it’s number pad. So, unlike some other number pads, this one is quite a bit more responsive and requires less pressure to register a touch. On the downside, this lock can’t work directly with your phone, so it’s not quite as convenient as something like the Kwikset Kevo or the August Smart Lock. Programming this lock is also a bit trickier, as there isn’t a dedicated app to get the job done. Instead, there is a voice-guided programming menu that will help you out.

If you’re a ZigBee or Z-Wave user who likes solid build quality, definitely give this one a look. As for pricing, you’ll find it for $ 200.


So, as you can see, many of the smart locks on the market share a lot of commonalities. However, there are a few that will give you a little more in the way of features such as auto-lock, remote access, etc. The question really becomes, are you willing to cough up the extra dough in order to get these features? And, are those feature really worth the extra money?

Are you using any of these smart locks? Is your interested peaked by any of them on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Next: Top 3 smart fridges you can buy right now!

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3 smart fridges worth buying right now

Smart phones, smart TVs, smart everything! With all our electronics slowly getting smarter over the last few years, it was only a matter of time until our home appliances made their way to the internet of things. We’ve seen smart water bottles, smart microwaves, and now, even smart refrigerators slowly making their way into the mainstream.

Read also: What is the Internet of Things?

At least for now, there are actually only a few smart fridges actively available on the market, but how do they differ exactly? Let’s take a look.


Samsung Family Hub

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This refrigerator is at the top of our list for a reason. There are so many features available in this fridge that you might not know what to do with them all, but fortunately Samsung seems to have stayed relatively mindful with making these features useful.

The Samsung Family hub allows you to look inside from anywhere with your phone, display recipes on the front of the fridge, and even order groceries from a built-in app. It’s meant to be a all-in one hub for your kitchen, and it does this very well. The calendar and notes app can help you keep track of what you need and your events for the day, while the photos displayed by your fridge help bring joy to you any time you’re in the kitchen.

With TV and music playback built right in, there’s little this refrigerator can’t do. All these features aren’t cheap however, and will cost you a pretty penny for the luxury. The family hub starts at $ 2,500.00 for the base model and moves upwards of $ 5,500 for the top model. Even so, it’s one of the best options available on the market, so if you’re looking for the best of the best, there’s no denying that you should give the Samsung family hub a look.

Buy the Samsung Family Hub!


LG Instaview

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LG introduced the Instaview at CES 2017, and they’re looking to make checking your food as effortless as possible. The primary feature included in the Instaview is the ability to knock on the refrigerator in order to check on your food, allowing you to see what’s inside without even opening the fridge.

LG also introduced a feature they call “Door-in-Door”, which allows you to grab the important things from the door of your fridge without opening the main door. LG says this helps keep the cold air inside the fridge to keep your food fresh for a longer period of time. The fridge is also super large capacity, so you should be able to fit in much more than you would previously.

While these refrigerators aren’t exactly cheap, they are on average a decent amount more affordable than options from Samsung. Most of these options will cost you around 4 grand, but some of the larger capacities cost more than double that.

BUY THE LG Instaview! 


GE Wi-Fi Connect Refrigerators

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While GE has not built their refrigerators to be smart to the same extent as Samsung or LG, their ‘Wi-Fi Connect’ refrigerator series do have the ability to do quite a lot of smart actions.

The heft of these refrigerators’ abilities are lumped into the GE Wi-Fi Connect smartphone app. Sure, it doesn’t have a giant touchscreen that allows you to see your calendar or leave sticky notes, but you are able to remotely control a number of features from the convenience of your mobile device. The unit also has the ability to send you alerts in case you left the door open or the filter needs to be replaced.

These refrigerators allow you to set heat schedules for your morning coffee, turn the ice maker on and off, and give you status updates about your food freshness and ice levels. Many of the features here are based around alerting you of major changes and toggling small things like ice and water heat. Sure, it doesn’t have anything like a giant touch-enabled tablet that you can draw on, but these also save you a pretty penny if your refrigerator’s smarts isn’t incredibly important for you to spend money on. That said, these are GE, and the quality adds an extra bump to the price point.

You can pick up one of these refrigerators in various colors for $ 3199-3399.

BUY THE GE WiFi connect! 


Are there any refrigerators you think we missed? There are sure to be more and more popping up on the market all the time, so be sure to stay tuned here for all the best options.

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The best smart coffee makers

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Let’s face it, a good portion of the world is addicted to coffee. If you’re like me, you probably get up in the morning and need a couple of cups before you feel completely primed and ready for the day. With the advent of the Internet of Things, it was only a matter of time before our coffee makers moved towards being smart as well.

There are quite a few that have hit the market already, so lets take a look at some of the best options to help you make a smart buying decision.


Behmor Connected

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The Behmor Connected is a coffee maker for those who are more worried about quality over speed. You’re able to control this unit with your smartphone over Wi-Fi and can set the exact temperature you would like to brew your coffee at. This coffee maker is also different than others in the fact that you can soak your beans for a specified time before actually brewing it. In this way, you can brew your coffee exactly how you like, and can make it very similar to how you might see it made in a coffee shop.

The pot is rated to make 8 cups of coffee, and is made with double walled stainless steel to keep your coffee hot for hours. The container uses a brew-through lid so heat is kept in the pot during brewing, and the stainless steel water heater is great for retaining warmth.

You can pick up the Behmor Connected coffee maker for $ 189.95 at the time of writing.


Orenda Smart Coffee Maker

The Orenda is probably one of the smartest and most versatile coffee makers on the market. It allows you to set special brewing instructions for different types of coffee, and can even set timers to always make a fresh cup when you need it.

You can help the coffee maker learn the type of brews you like through the included app, and it will automatically adjust settings over time the more you brew. You can make all different types of coffee based on your settings in this app, so you won’t be restricted to regular hot coffee if you want something like cold-brew instead.

The Orenda comes with a guide wall which breaks the brew container into 3 separate compartments. With this, you’re able to make up to 3 different types of coffee at a time, meaning everyone can get their perfect cup whenever they like.

The Orenda is currently available for pre-order, and will be launching in August of this year. If you order now the company will give you a $ 100 discount on its price of $ 399, so be sure to jump on it quick if you think this is the coffee maker for you.


Mr. Coffee Smart WeMo Coffee Maker

The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker is perfect for making a cup of Joe for the average Joe. The smart features it boasts are quite numerous but also simplistic, and are made for the type of person that just wants to have their coffee automated.

The primary features of this coffee maker are present in the app. Mr. Coffee partnered with WeMo to help you make all your coffee choices from their mobile software. You can set daily brew schedules for up to a week, check the status of your coffee maker and turn it on and off, and finely adjust settings on your coffee maker to better fit your schedule.

This coffee maker will also send you notifications about your coffee to help you know when to replace specific things like the water container, so this should help you to keep your coffee schedule consistent and effective. Each component of this coffee maker is removable and easy to use, so you won’t have to worry about having issues with this just because it is “smart”.

At $ 150, this isn’t going to as affordable as a traditional coffee maker, but the extras and bonuses it offers are more than worth it. If you want an easy to control traditional style maker with some extra functionality, this may be the coffee maker for you.


Nespresso D70 Prodigio Espresso Maker

If you’re someone who likes to enjoy a cup of espresso on the fly and also wants the precision and control of a connected coffee maker, the Nespresso D70 might be for you.

The Nespresso D70 uses a high pressure pump and heat control system to get you consistent results, and the high temperature is great at keeping the flavor extracted every single time. Nespresso says you can heat the water in just 25 seconds.

You can set various brew sizes depending on how strong you like your coffee, and the automatic capsule ejection makes it so you don’t have to worry about your pods every single time. The app allows you to manage your pod stock, and you can set up a credit card so you can order more pods when you get low. If you’re part of the Nespresso Club, you can receive technical diagnosis of your machine 24/7. If your machine breaks during the guarantee period, Nespresso will come out to your home and give you a loaner machine until yours is fixed.

This machine blends quality with speed pretty darn well, so if you want quality and support fast, this is worth a look.


Brewgenie Smart Coffee Maker

Smart coffee makers don’t have to be expensive. The Brewgenie Smart Coffee Maker has many of the same abilities as more expensive options on the list, but at a much more affordable price. For $ 49.99 you’re getting brewing reminders, water recognition to prevent overheating, and it lets you know when you need to purchase more coffee.

The app is extremely simplistic and included a number of toggles to help you configure your machine. You can ask for notifications and tell your machine to keep warm or turn off, so you should be able to make your coffee how you like every single day.

Sure, this thing doesn’t have all the intricate features of some of the more expensive models, but it will likely do everything you need it to while saving a pretty noticeable chunk of change.


Do you have a coffee maker you didn’t see on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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The best smart water bottles you can buy

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The idea of bringing smarts to electronics is nothing new, with smart phones largely kicking off the trend in the early 2000s (or earlier if you want to get technical) and plenty of other products like speakers and televisions joining the mix more recently. And now in the pursuit of making every object in the world smart, water bottles have become the latest victim. Yes, smart water bottles are now a thing.

Whether it’s playing your tunes at the gym or regulating the temperature of your beverage, there are a number of smart water bottles for every type of consumer. So which is the best for you? Stick around as we explore all the best options.


Hydra Smart Bottle

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As a standard method of water containment, the Hydra Smart Bottle can hold up to 600ml at any given time. While that isn’t the largest capacity water bottle in the world, there are quite a few extra features that make this water bottle special.

The Hydra Smart Bottle has a bluetooth speaker built right in, meaning you can jam to your favorite tunes while working out. While it’s probably best to use headphones when you’re somewhere like the gym, this is a great feature for those that want to bring this bottle with them on a picnic or hike. There is also a microphone built right in, so you should be able to make calls and activate voice commands on it as well. That’s the future for you — conference calls from a water bottle!

One of the most interesting features of the Hydra Smart Bottle is the 4 LED options that is has for users. It can shine quite brightly in these 4 different color options, so you can use it for all kinds of different scenarios. Use red for emergencies, white to find your lost items, or anything else you can think of.

In addition, there is a 4,000mAh battery built into the side of the bottle, which can be used as a backup battery for the bluetooth speaker or can charge any external device. This bottle really is more of a utility item, and should be an amazing addition to anyone’s everyday carry. You can pick it up for about $ 59.99 on Amazon.

H20Pal Smart Bottle

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The HydroPal Smart Bottle doesn’t have a ton of features, but what it does have it does very well. The bottle works as a hydration tracker, logging every ounce of water you ingest over the day. The bottle will track all your water through their native app, and can send you notifications throughout the day to remind you to drink more.

The app also features a personalized hydration goal that will help you to drink more water on a daily basis, and can even connect to Fitbit and Apple Fitness to help track all that information in your favorite app.

This bottle looks much more like a traditional water bottle than many of the other options on this list, but H2OPal is charging quite a premium for this fact. Their option will run you a hefty $ 97.74 on Amazon, but most of the customers say this price is well worth it.

SmartShow Smart Cup S1

The SmartShow Cup S1 is a hydration tracker like many of the other options on this list, but it also has some other cool features that make it worth picking up.

The Smart Cup S1 can tell you the temperature of your drink simply by touching the lid, warning you as to not burn your mouth on the liquid. It will also tell you how much water is left in the bottle, so you’re not left guessing if there is any liquid to actually drink. In addition, the screen is able to tell you the purity level of the water you are drinking, so you do’t accidentally consume water that could be physically harmful.
The Smart Cup S1 features wireless charging, sitting on an inductive base in order to stay juiced up. The company says the bottle will charge to full capacity within 10 minutes, and should last a whole day on a single charge.
The bottle is very durable and made with a colorful rubber coating, so you can take hot drinks with you without worrying about burning your hand. You can pick it up in blue, yellow, or white for $ 69.00.

Gululu Interactive Water Bottle for Kids

Getting kids to drink enough water on a daily basis is quite a challenge. With all the sugary drinks on the market, it’s difficult to get them to actually want water. So how do you make them interested? Make it a game, of course! The Gululu bottle allows kids to choose their own interactive character to use, which will prompt them to drink more throughout the day. They can rack up points for staying hydrated, and can compete against their friends for the highest score.

The bottle allows parents to track how much water their kids have consumed throughout the day, and even gives the ability to set up parental controls that limit the interactive features when kids need to be sleeping or concentrating.

The bottle charges via a wireless charging dock, and is coated in a shock absorbing layer to keep it from breaking when dropped. You can pick up the Gululu Interactive water bottle on Amazon for $ 129.

Trago Smart Water Bottle

Looking for a water bottle with accurate hydration metering? The Trago Smart Bottle was made to ensure that you meet your daily water consumption goals based on multiple factors, including body type, outside weather, and more.

The Trago Smart Bottle can keep liquid cold for hours, and uses double wall vacuum sealed technology to maintain a consistent temperature for your favorite drinks. The stainless steel construction is robust enough for almost every situation, and should be safe anywhere you go. The bottle will even count how many plastic bottles you’ve saved over time, making you feel better about saving the environment.

The bottle can hook into almost any fitness app, including Fitbit, Google Fit, Apple Health, Under Armor Record and more. If you’re looking for a no-frills smart bottle that does its core functions exceedingly well, the Trago Smart Bottle is a fantastic choice.

You can pick it up for $ 69.99 on Amazon.

Ember Temperature Controlled Mug

While this may be more geared towards coffee or tea, the Ember temperature controlled smart mug can be used for just about any liquid you can imagine. Ember says their mug can keep your drink at an exact regulated temperature for up to 2 hours while unplugged, or for eternity if set on the charging coaster.

The mug doesn’t have any physical buttons to mess with, just a dial which can be used to change the temperature of the drink it is holding. You can also regulate the temperature with the included app, which gives you additional options like setting notifications, naming your mug, and more.

The Ember Smart Mug even works with your Apple watch to allow you to change temperature on the fly, so you can adjust your settings remotely without opening your phone. It has a minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and caps out at a maximum of 145 degrees.

You can pick up the Ember Smart Mug on Amazon for $ 149.95.


Are there any smart bottles that you think should be on this list? Let us know! We’ll be testing out various options down the road to see which rock and which don’t, but let us know your own thoughts in the comments below!

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7 common Dell XPS 13 problems and how to fix them

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The Dell XPS 13 was first introduced back in 2012, and was the company’s first ultrabook. The laptop has received various upgrades and enhancements since then, with multiple versions often being released in the same year, as was the case in 2013 and 2015,  which saw 2 versions of the XPS 13 being launched.

There was a big jump in between the 2013 and 2015 models, with the latest iteration revamped with a new, even sleeker design, an edge to edge display, and a display with a 3200 x 1800 resolution. Many agree that the XPS 13 (2015) was one of the best ultrabooks that year, and Dell has continued to make improvements to the line with the latest 2016 version. Overall, if you are in the market for a sleek and portable ultrabook that packs a punch, the Dell XPS 13 series is the way to go.

However, as is the case with any new smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, users do tend to run into occasional problems with their gadgets. Which is why, we’ve rounded up some of the common issues faced by Dell XPS 13 owners, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them!

Disclaimer #1 – Not every Dell XPS 13 owner will face these problems, and in fact, it is more than likely that you will not come across any of the issues listed below. 

Disclaimer #2 – As mentioned, the Dell XPS 13 series has been around for a long time. For the purposes of this post, we will be looking at the issues found with the 2015 (9343 and 9350) and 2016 (9360) models of the laptop. However, these solutions may work for older generations as well. 


Problem #1 – USB Type-C port I/O issues

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Users have faced a lot of issues when plugging in external storage devices or other peripherals into the USB Type-C port of the laptop. The connection has been too unstable to be usable in most cases.

Potential solutions:

  • Dell has already sent out several software updates to help address this issue, which has worked for some users. However, there are still quite a few who still face this problem.
  • This issue seems to be because of the fact that the Wi-Fi adapter and port seem to be connected hardware and voltage wise. When connecting something to the USB Type-C port, one workaround is to put the device in Airplane mode, that disables the Wi-Fi. Another option is to lower the power output of the Wi-Fi adapter to 50% or 75%. Once nothing is connected to the port, you can always reset it to 100% again.
  • Here are the steps to lower the power output of the Wi-Fi adapter. Open Device Manager in the Control Panel. Expand the Network Adapters category. Right click on the Wi-Fi adapter and select Properties. Under the Advanced tab, in the Property section, scroll down and click on Power Output. In the Value column, select 75% or 50%.

Problem #2 – Issue with frequent reboots

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A few users have faced issues with frequent reboots, where the device automatically shuts down and restarts, often at inopportune moments.

Potential solutions:

  • Make sure that your laptop is completely up to date. This includes Windows updates, latest BIOS updates, driver updates, and diagnostic utilities updates.
  • Check to confirm that the hard drive is listed in the BIOS. To do so, shut down the laptop. On restarting it, immediately and rapidly tap the F2 key until you enter the BIOS. In the main screen, scroll down and look for “Fixed HDD.” If the hard drive isn’t listed, resetting BIOS defaults may work. Press F9 to load the default settings, and then F10 to save and exit.
  • If the laptop is under warranty, it is definitely a better idea to send it in to Dell for repair, but you can also try re-seating the hard drive yourself as well. The latter is certainly at your own risk though, and some amount of technical know-how is recommended.
  • This may unfortunately be a hardware issue, with the frequent reboots being caused by a corrupt hard drive that is crashing often. In this case, the only option in this case will be to pick up a replacement, or replace the hard drive.

Problem #3 – Audio issues

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Users have come across a variety of audio issues with the XPS 13, including drivers crashing, headphones not being registered when plugged in, external speakers not working even when headphones are removed, and static and hissing noises. A few users have found the static noise issue to have started after the Windows 10 Anniversary update.

Potential solutions:

  • The issue with the headphones has a very simple workaround. The two problems seem to occur when headphones are removed or plugged in while the device is asleep, with Windows thinking that the state is unchanged when the device wakes up again. In this case, all you have to do is plug in and unplug your headphones, or vice versa, once again, while the laptop is awake, to get the audio working.
  • Troubleshooting the audio settings seems to help with the static and hissing noises. in the Task Bar, right click on the Speaker icon, and click on Troubleshoot Sound Problems. Then click on Open Enhancements. Deselect all the enhancements and continue. Go through the rest of the troubleshooting guide, including playing test sounds. Once complete, some users have found that the static and hissing noises are gone.
  • You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling the audio drivers to see if that fixes your audio problems. In the “Search Windows” field, type Device Manager and open it. Expand the Audio input and outputs section, and double click on Speakers/Headphones. Under the Driver tab, click the Uninstall button. Go to the Dell’s Driver Support page here (this is for the XPS 13 9343, you might need to find your own device version), scroll down and click on Audio, and download and install the drivers.
  • Finally, you can check if it is a hardware issue by running a ePSA diagnostic test, and in this case, the only option will be to send the laptop in for repair, or pick up a replacement if still under warranty. To do so, turn off the computer, and when restarting it, immediately and rapidly tap on the F12 key. Select Diagnostics by using the arrow keys on the keyboard, and the ePSA system diagnostic will start. After the display test, you should hear a loud beep. If you don’t, then there is a hardware failure, and getting a replacement is the only way to go.

Problem #4 – Screen flickering and/or frequent “display drivers have crashed” message

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Quite a few users have found the screen to randomly flicker, or go blank for 4-5 seconds, which is usually followed by the message saying “display drivers have crashed.” Most users have found this problem to occur when the laptop is connected to an external monitor as well.

Potential solutions:

  • Simply making sure that the display drivers are up to date has worked for a lot of people. You can find the device driver list here (this is for the XPS 13 9350 version, you may have to look for you own device version). Scroll down to “Video,” and download the driver.
  • For those facing this issue when it is connected to an external monitor, the first cause for concern may because the monitor is plugged into the USB Type-C port. You can follow the steps stated above in Problem #1, and see if it fixes it.
  • While it does seem to related to the Wireless adapter, the solution is a little different. Follow the steps stated above in #1 till you get to the Property list. Scroll till you find 802.11d Support (auto country) and disable it in the Value column. This seems to immediately address any screen flickering issues with external monitors.

Problem #5 – Problems where the only solution for now is to keep the BIOS and drivers updated

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There are a couple of problems that are quite common with the XPS 13, but unfortunately, the only solution for these issues is to wait for an official OS update or BIOS update. Listed below are these problems.

  • Repeated Key presses – Many users have come across the problem of repeated key presses, leading them to make typos like “ranndom worrds.” These has been an issue across generations of the device, and is usually fixed with a BIOS update. If you are currently facing this issue, the only option will be to wait for the next update.
  • Touchscreen issues –  Many users have found that when closing the device lid and opening it again, the touchscreen tends to fail. A workout that currently seems to work is to close the lid and rapidly open it again to continue to keep the device in sleep mode, and then use the power button to wake it up, and the touchscreen will be functioning as expected. This is definitely not a long term answer though, and the only option available now is to wait for an update.
  • Audio issues – Some users have come across various audio issues with their device. They either hear a popping sound before audio starts playing, or there is a continuous buzzing sound when audio is playing through the speakers.

Problem #6 – Loud beeping heard

Quite a few users have come across a loud beeping sound from the device. This sound isn’t from the speakers, as it can be heard even when the speakers are muted. Some users hear this sound multiple times a day.

Potential solutions:

  • Dell recommends keeping the BIOS updated. There are also a couple of driver updates you can try to fix this problem which can be found here and here. While updating the drivers have worked for some, the issue does persist for others. In that case, the only answer is to continue to wait for an update from Dell.

Problem #7 – Slower than expected boot times

Some users have come across boot times that are slower than expected. In some cases, this seems to have nothing to do with the loading of Windows 10, but occurs before the OS even loads.

Potential solutions:

  • In case the issue is with Windows 10, there are a few steps you can try. First, make sure that Fast Startup is enabled. Right click on the start button and open Power Options. Click on either of the first two options in the menu on the left, and in the Shutdown Settings section, make sure that “Turn on Fast Startup” is selected.
  • Open the Task Manager, and open the Startup tab at the top. You will see the apps that load on startup, with the startup impact rated as high, medium, and low. You can disable the programs that are slowing things down and see if that makes a difference.
  • In case the slow boot times have nothing to do with the OS, uncheck the “Enable USB Boot Support” in the BIOS under System Configuration – USB/Thunderbolt Configuration. Some users have found that updating the Thunderbolt 3 drivers have also helped. Also, make sure that the BIOS is up to date.

So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the common problems that are faced by Dell XPS 13 owners, and potential solutions on how to fix them. If you have come across these issues, or have faced any others, do mention them in the comments section below, and we will try our best to help you find a fix.

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All said and done, don’t let this list of problems deter you from picking up the Dell XPS 13. As mentioned, you will in all likelihood not come across any of the problems above, and even if you do, a future update will most probably address it. These ultrabooks are still considered some of the best in the world, and continue to keep getting better with every generation.

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