Conclusion: We like where Dell is headed with the Studio XPS 13. It's got more nice touches than Ronaldo's right foot - great graphics, backlit keyboard, a clutch of connections - but they're let down by a few flaws in the casing. Still, with prices starting at £849, you won't get more power for your pony.
Pros: Dell's managed to weld together a leather lined laptop that's as good looking as an Apple MacBook, but with more power, and for less. Even the entry level rig will handle recent games and all your multimedia, and if you fork over the extra moolah for the graphics card, you're sorted. If that edge-to-edge screen isn't big enough for you though, you can always lash the Dell Studio XPS 13 up to a monitor or HDTV via the HDMI or DisplayPort sockets instead - your choice.
Cons: For a laptop strutting to be as stylish as a MacBook, there are a few build problems that bug. The only thing wobblier than the keys on the Dell Studio XPS 13 is the laptop itself: the plastic feet are uneven, meaning it moves up and down like old school weighing scales when typing. You won't be cranking out Dickens length dissertations on this, that's for sure.
Excerpt: Dell orientiert sich mit dem XPS 13 nicht an dem Gros der Ultrabooks, die nach vorne hin extrem flach abfallen. Optischer Pate könnte höchstens noch HP’s Folio 13 oder auch das Lenovo U300s sein. Das XPS besitzt eine gummierte Unterseite, außerdem ähneln sich die zweifarbige Optik und gerade die Bauhöhen.