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.
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: 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: 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: The Dell XPS 13 ultrabook are a quality that is characterized by a well-designed and well finished. A scratch-resistant display and specifications are interesting. Ideal when traveling, it is equipped with everything you need to work anywhere.
Conclusion: Despite a few of minor moans – some fan noise, a slightly reflective screen and exaggerated battery life claims – there’s not an equivalent Windows laptop we can commend more highly than the Dell XPS 13. It’s enough to give Apple something to chew on.
Pros: Unparalleled infinity screen design, powerful overall performance, small and lightweight, the Windows 8 laptop to give Apple something to chew on
Cons: Fan noise under little pressure, screen a little too glossy, battery life should be better (12,000mAh expansion pack accessory is available however)