Summary: Early versions of the Dell XPS 13 had promise, but lacked must-have features. Over time, the system slowly added a high-res display, then a touch screen, making the new 2014 version an ultrabook that hits nearly all the marks.
Cons: For the same premium price, you could get a MacBook Pro, ports are limited, and the basic design hasn't changed in a couple of years.
Excerpt: Dell’s XPS 13 certainly isn’t wanting for style. Sporting a slick wedge profile that measures .24–.71 inches front to back, the XPS 13 is all matte-silver, machined aluminum up top, with a carbon fiber base. A soft-touch surface on the bottom makes the device easy to grip and two rubber “feet” that run horizontally along the underside will surely hold it in place on any surface and promote airflow.
Pros: Attractive styling; good build; strong performance.
Cons: Loud under load; not easy to open; TN panel; pricey.
Summary: The Dell XPS 13 is impressive: in a form-factor slightly bigger than the Macbook Air 11”, Dell has managed to provide a powerful 13” thin-and-light platform that scales up to a Core i7 processor, 256GB of SSD storage and 4G as an option. At $999, it offers twice the RAM and twice the SSD storage when compared to the current ($999) Macbook Air 11″, and its battery is 50% higher as well (7.5hrs vs 5hrs).
Summary: How would I rate my first Ultrabook experience? The XPS 13 is a fine, well-made, durable-seeming laptop. I feel uncharacteristically stylish using it. Yet personally, if it were my money, I would opt for a faster processor and a lot more storage - and I don't care if that means a spinning disk.
You can argue that Ultrabooks are all about portability, but that's clearly not the case.
Excerpt: Dell’s entry into the ultrabook world may not break any new ground, but does it have to? By covering all of the ultrabases in a good-looking package, Dell’s XPS 13 keeps up with the Joneses while not really trying to show off. The strategy works. You’ll find absolutely no surprises under the hood here, as the XPS 13 stays almost exactly in lockstep with the rest of the ultrabook market .
Summary: The Dell XPS 13 is probably the smallest 13-inch ultrabook out there. And despite its slim-trim dimensions, Dell packs the XPS 13 with a lot of hardware firepower and features an excellent look, feel and design to propel it amongst the best ultrabooks available in the market.
Pros: Elegant, premium look and design, Metal and carbon fibre chassis, Gorilla Glass display, Very good hardware configuration, 3 year hardware, software warranty
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 13 FHD is a solid pick for business and home Ultrabook buyers who don't want a touch screen. It uses top quality materials, is put together with excellent fit and finish and it's a good looking machine. The updated third generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs deliver solid performance and the keyboard is still one of our favorites (Lenovo and Dell fight for top position).
Pros: Top quality materials, attractive, nice 1080p display, excellent keyboard.
Cons: Still no SD card slot, HDMI requires adapter, battery life is middle of the road, no touch screen (some of you might see that as a plus!).
Summary: From its stylish and compact carbon-fiber design to the backlit keyboard to its fast SSD, there's a lot to like about the $999 Dell XPS 13. Intel's Smart Connect technology is yet another plus, which will help you get right back to work when you lift the lid. However, the lack of an SD card slot and the below-average battery life detract from what is otherwise an excellent system.
Pros: Attractive compact design, Comfortable backlit keyboard, Smart Connect downloads data when notebook is asleep, Very fast SSD
Cons: Below-average battery life, No SD card slot, Fan can get loud