The Dell XPS 13 is one of the more popular and highly regarded laptops around, and there are very good reasons for its stellar reputation. It’s not exactly cheap, mind you, but this thing is a workhorse that should appeal to multitaskers who do more with their laptops than just simply create documents, surf the Web, and watch videos on Youtube.
Specs and Features
Here you have a variety of options, because there are several models in the Dell XPS 13 lineup. Specs can be customized, as they should be. However, they all measure 30.4 cm x 20 cm, they have a 13.3-inch screen, and come with the Intel HD Graphics 5500 card. They also have a 15-hour battery life.
The base model uses the 2.10 GHz Intel Core i3-5010U processor with 4 GB of RAM, while the others come with 8 GB of RAM with the Intel Core i5-5200U which can reach up to 2.7 GHz. The thickness ranges from 8.4 mm to 15.2 mm, and the weight ranges from 1.18 kg (2.6 pounds) to 1.26 kg (2.78 pounds). You can outfit it with a 128 or 2356 solid-state hard drive. The 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display is standard or you can opt for the UltraSharp QHD+ resolution (3,200 x 1,800) touch display.
It runs on Windows 8.1, a card reader, a headphone jack, a mini DisplayPort, and a couple of USB 3 ports.
Pros and Cons
These specs are generally sufficient for most multitasking projects, and the Dell XPS 13 compares favorably with its heavier counterparts. It’s not exactly a laptop for the most ardent gamers, but for workplace or school applications it’s pretty much ideal.
What sets it apart is its portability. It’s very compact and lightweight and you’ll have no trouble bringing it with you wherever you go.
The video display is also quite stunning so for those who work with videos and images the Dell XPS 13 is quite a tool. The screen seems bigger than its official 13.3-inch measurement, and that’s because the bezel around it is so much thinner at just 5.2 mm. With the touch display screen, the colors really popped out, the images were truly alive and sharp, the videos played smoothly, and the touch display was very responsive. Even the internal speakers produced a rather crisp sound as well.
Of course, the first obvious drawback is going to be the cost. The base model with the i3 and the non-touch display starts at $1,050 and the i5 with touch display starts at $1,600.
Also, while the trackpad does function well even with the built-in buttons, the compact keyboard may not be suitable for some. The full-size chiclet keyboard is backlit and works well enough, but the crowding of the keys may result in far more errors in typing than some would like.
This laptop is great for serious users, but casual users may be put off by its rather steep price tag. But if you can afford it, then you won’t regret getting it – the powerful features, excellent graphics, and portability more than make up for it.