Summary: - Dell's XPS 13 may seem a bit bland by the latest Windows 8 standards with ultrabooks featuring touchscreens but it still offers a solid and compact option for those wanting a premium feeling system.
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 shoulder bag. It should easily last all day or more without needing to be plugged in.
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.
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: 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.
Pros: Lovely design with great portability (and a carbon fiber undercarriage). Solid performance numbers compared to the competition. Better keyboard than most ultrabooks.
Cons: Touchpad performs well as long as you don’t have to click on anything. Light on ports (and no SD card slot). Rather loud fan (but it only kicks in under heavy load). Wouldn’t mind a resolution upgrade.
Excerpt: Acer Aspire S3. Asus Zenbook UX31. Lenovo IdeaPad U300S. Toshiba Portege Z835. HP Folio 13. And now, Dell's XPS. Since Intel and its OEM partners set out to beat the Apple MacBook Air on price and match its exceptionally thin, superbly solid build, six Windows laptops have risen to the challenge...
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.
Summary: With a leather strip on the lid and switchable graphics, the $1,354 Dell Studio XPS 13 looks and feels like a luxury machine. However, with less than 3 hours of battery life, it's not for highly mobile users; it's a better choice for people who can deal with keeping the (thin) AC adapter handy.