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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 13 has become one of our top Ultrabook picks. You really can't go wrong with most first gen Ultrabooks since they share similar specs and shoot for higher end appointments, but Dell has a winner with their combination of premium materials, excellent performance and great looks.
Pros: Excellent build quality and top notch materials and components. Good backlit keyboard, works with large high resolution monitors, nice display. One of the best Ultrabooks on the market.
Cons: Fan can be boisterous when working the notebook hard, trackpad not the best.