Dell XPS 13 Review: Sexiest Ultrabook on the market
31 March 2015
Excerpt: When the Dell XPS 13 was announced at CES , people were instantly drawn to it. It's hard not to be: When you first see the tiny bezel around the screen, called Infinity Display, it looks almost magical.
Summary: Dell XPS 13-9343 Touchscreen Ultrabook is set to prove some manufacturers wrong. Dell’s latest Ultrabook pull out all the stops with smart revisions to an already widely-praised design, completely with a top-notch 13.3 inch QHD+ IPS touchscreen.
Summary: Utlrabook designs just keep getting thinner, more powerful and more capable with each iteration of the various platforms on the market. Dell's XPS line of ultrabooks has always done relatively well in the arena, with some notable break-out features, like composite carbon fiber construction, that...
Pros: LOVE the no-bezel QHD+ display, Excellent performance, Fast boot-up, Fantastic build quality w/ carbon fiber, Solid battery life, Great sounding speakers
Cons: High-end SKUs are pricey, Web cam location a bit awkward
Conclusion: Other than an update to the touchpad, there's very little we would change about Dell's redesigned XPS 13: It's compact and well-built, with a gorgeous screen, fast performance and surprisingly good audio quality.
Pros: Nearly bezel-less display allows it to be more compact than other 13-inchers, Vibrant screen, strong audio to match, Attractive design, well-built, Comfortable keyboard, Fast performance, Lots of configuration options
Cons: Merely average battery life, at least on the touchscreen model, Touchpad could use some fine-tuning, Doesn't come standard with a touchscreen -- and is expensive if you do opt for that feature
Summary: If you don't care about having a touchscreen display and are willing to sacrifice a bit of performance, Dell offers a non-touch XPS 13 Ultrabook starting at $1,049.99. As configured, the one reviewed here runs $1,299.99 and sits in the middle of three baseline configurations.
Pros: Sleek and Refined:, Pinch, Poke, You Owe Me a Coke:, Zippy Performance:, Great Battery Life:, Backlit Keys:
Cons: More Ports, Please!:, Non-Removable Battery:
Summary: Dell aims to give users a premium mobile experience with the company’s XPS line of laptops. Not long ago, we had some hands-on time with Dell’s XPS 15 and really liked it. Last year, we also took a look at the 2013 version of Dell’s XPS 13 .
Pros: Impressive battery life, Excellent performance, Fast boot, Great build quality, Nice 1080p display
Cons: High-end SKUs are pricey, No SD card slot, No HDMI output