Excerpt: The perfect portable computer is something we’ve been chasing for decades. Ideally, it’s an exceptionally light, incredibly thin computer that can fit comfortably on our lap and slip into a...
Pros: Trim, efficient design, Comfortable keyboard, Great display, Speedy performance
Cons: Clumsy trackpad, Awkward webcam, Poor battery life
Conclusion: If you're willing to look outside the MacBook box and are seeking a stunningly crafted Windows PC that looks great, is reasonably powerful, and delivers good—though not quite the best—battery life, the XPS 13 is easy to recommend. But we'd still like to see a more affordable 1080p touch-screen model, and it would be nice if, with the next version, Dell could keep the fan from spinning up quite as much.
Pros: Attractive, compact design, Gorgeous, bright high-resolution screen, Solid battery life and performance thanks to new Intel "Broadwell" CPU
Cons: Touch screen only offered on expensive, high-res models, Noticeable, near-constant fan noise, Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA connectivity require an extra dongle
Excerpt: The march of innovation in consumer electronics is more persistent and grueling than any other industry. CES 2013 proved this once again as even refreshed designs were rarely based on hardware more than a year old. Yet, among this crowd of new and altered products, there was one that remained resolute: Dell’s XPS 13. To call this a refresh would be charitable. The laptop, which was revealed at CES 2012, boasts only one significant upgrade: a 1080p display.
Pros: Rock-solid build quality, Pleasing keyboard, Class-leading 1080p display, Small and light, Above average battery life
Cons: Poor audio quality, Can run very hot when gaming, Not the best value
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.
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 .
Round Rock's first ultrabook is a chip off the old block
6 March 2012
Summary: Our quest for the perfect ultrabook continues. The XPS 13 isn't quite there, held back by its display, somewhat disappointing battery life, and lack of ports or adapters. It's a shame, too, because it feels like Dell came quite close to a truly excellent machine. Perhaps the battery life couldn't be helped in the smaller frame, but with a higher-quality display to match its well-designed keyboard and chassis, it'd definitely have my recommendation.
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. Overall, Dell has delivered a solid Ultrabook for $300 less than the MacBook Air .