Summary: Pixel monster. Following the FHD version, we are now testing Dell's new XPS 13 with a QHD Infinity screen alongside Skylake Core i7. Will higher image pleasure and more power be at the expense of battery life?
Pros: metal casing's impeccable build, slim profile, ultra mobile, bright QHD panel, extremely thin display bezel, very good system performance, perceptibly faster graphics card, quiet even under load, decent connectivity for the size, superb input devices, tightly pulled hinges that do not rock, very ...
Cons: webcam's poor quality, color space coverage could be better; color accuracy is decent, restricted maintenance/upgrade options, lack of control over ambient light sensor
Conclusion: Or, if Dell really wants to impress us, we'd like to see a model of the XPS 13 that can charge over the USB Type-C/Thunderbolt connector (much like Apple's super-thin 2015 MacBook, but with additional ports).
Pros: Attractive, compact design, Good battery life and performance, thanks to new Intel "Skylake" CPU, Addition of USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port
Cons: Ethernet and video connectivity require dongles or new cables, Oddly placed Webcam isn't ideal for video chats
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
Summary: Simply brilliant. Dell now offers the XPS 13 with a non-touch display and a more mainstream resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for a much more affordable price. Not only is the new display brighter, but it's matte as well, which improves outdoor usability.
Pros: Bright & matte Full-HD display, Very narrow bezel, High-end parts and superior build quality, Very small chassis for the given screen size, Ports are all the way at the back and won't get in the way, Great battery life, Very good overall performance, The beautiful and sturdy construction, novel b...
Cons: Color accuracy not that great, Minimal expansion options (RAM is soldered on), 128 GB SSD might not be big enough for some, Only 2x USB 3.0, CPU throttling under maximum load levels, A display panel with slightly higher color accuracy would be nice
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: Refusal to compromise… You can’t have it all—or can you? Dell’s latest XPS 13 pushes the envelope in a number of different critical categories, but most notably portability: this is the smallest 13.3-inch notebook we’ve reviewed. Could we be witnessing the best ultraportable to date?
Pros: Beautiful QHD+ Touchscreen, Impossibly small bezel, Excellent battery life, Fast system performance, Impeccable build quality, Aluminum casing that's both rigid and attractive, Good input devices, Sturdy hinges, Excellent thermal management, CPU manages max turbo clock rates under stress, The sma...
Cons: Somewhat constrained port selection, Average wireless performance, Noisy fan on rare occasions, Touch configurations are relatively expensive, A better wireless card and possibly, somehow, a third USB port!
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:
Conclusion: Dell’s XPS 13 is an excellent piece of engineering that combines the latest Intel hardware with a robust, attractive and portable chassis. There are minor flaws. The speakers could be louder, the glossy display can be distracting in bright rooms, and the fan is loud at load.