Summary: After having this laptop for a week, here are my thoughts: For a 1000$ laptop, it should not be having issues such as coil whine or trackpad jumping. When the backlight is on, there is an absolutely annoying coil whine that does not get better. Even at times when the backlight is off, but the cpu is at the slightest load, the coil whine returns. This, in my mind, is absolutely pathetic for such an expensive laptop.
Summary: I have one of these Ultrabooks and it is a very nice machine with two exceptions. One is the lack of ports: two USB 2.0 ports, a mini-display port and a headphone jack. I'd really like to see more. You'll find yourself buying extra dongles to use the display port or to connect to an ethernet line. The second problem is the moue cursor jumping all over the place and occasionally deleting text I've been writing.
Summary: This laptop looks great and performs well. However, even though I bought the 128 GB SSD, I only received 77 GB of free space right out of the box! While I expected the initial free space on the hard drive to be a little less than 128 GB, I feel as if receiving 51 GB less than what Dell told me I was receiving constitutes false advertising and fraud. If I would have known that I was purchasing a laptop with a 77 GB hard drive, I would not have purchased the item.
Summary: Good looking lap top but I am sorry I purchased it But way too much overheating, freezing. Two HD crashes. Seems like I am always having problems with drivers. Feel like I have spent more time with Dell than with my family. The only positive is the in-home visit hardware support. A great feature to buy - - because you'll need it.
Backlit died after 10 hours of use. Runs extremely hot
22 June 2012
Summary: I've had this laptop for a few weeks now. It's a replacement to the Alienware M11x that USPS lost while being shipped back to me from Dell warranty repair. I use it for traveling and for emergency work if my home office losses internet or power.
Pros: It's a decent laptop. Nothing magical.
Cons: 1. The backlit died after about 10 to 15 hours of use., 2. Runs very hot., 3. Trackpad is wonky and clicks loudly., 4. Can't open the screen very far.
Summary: I was initially quite impressed with the system. Very solidly built and quite portable. It booted up quickly relative to other Windows systems. However, within a day, the system would crash and give me the blue screen of death about every 20-30 minutes. I called Dell technical support and they wanted to send out a technician to replace the hard drive within a week. I was finally able to convince them to exchange the system.
Pros: Size is very portable., Design is very appealing.
Cons: Our biggest issue was that the system would crash with the blue screen of death., I would also echo the issues regarding the track pad. It is very jumpy and seemed to click on random parts of the screen., Battery life is poor.
Summary: Pros: Very lightweight, decent speed, decent hard drive memory (500GB), decent ram (4GB). Overall, there's nothing that sticks out or is exceptional especially compared to what computers and laptops have to offer today. Cons: Runs VERY HOT even when just browsing the internet or watching videos. A cooler is a must have.
Summary: I don't own this product (although I'd love to!), I just wanted to point out that there's a suspicious amount of reviews on the XPS 13 that come from users who have ONLY reviewed THIS product.... Beware of fraudulent and corrupt reviews, not everything written on Amazon comes from good Samaritans and friendly neighborhood altruists, hoping to share an honest, objective opinion about a product they just bought.