Summary: Dell took the wraps off a fresh, new revamp of their popular XPS 13 ultrabook line, out at CES in Las Vegas last week. The new machine was widely considered best-of-show for core computing products and racked-up awards left and right from major publications, including accolades from us here .
Summary: The XPS 13 is a capable system that showcases the promise of the new class of laptop thanks to its slim size and light weight, as well as its surprising amount of power. This system really starts incredibly fast, and it's strong enough to be a great computing alternative for users that are...
Pros: Design:, Thin and Light:, Very Quiet and Very Cool:, Battery Life For Basic Tasks:, Sound Presentation:, Performance:
Cons: Battery Life For Processor Intensive Tasks:, Display:, Fan Noise (When It Kicks On):, Lack of Ports:, Glass Trackpad Sensitivity:
Summary: Predictably great. Dell’s 2014 refresh of its critically-acclaimed XPS 13 brings with it a conservative selection of evolutionary enhancements, not least of which is the option of an included touchscreen. But can it still stand with the latest and greatest ultraportables?
Pros: Beautiful, bright, vivid screen, Solid and attractive build, Fantastic keyboard, Comfortable touchpad, Great battery life, Fast SSD, The incredibly bright screen and excellent keyboard
Cons: Port selection is lacking, Screen is still obtrusively reflective, Runs hot under load, Some manufacturing flaws on our review unit, More ports, and somehow, a less reflective screen
Conclusion: Despite its age, the Dell XPS 13 remains one of the most attractive Ultrabooks on the market. The system’s carbon-fiber chassis, extremely thin bezels and elegant appearance combine to create an aesthetic that can easily compete with Apple’s MacBook Pro, and puts alternatives like the Toshiba...
Pros: Strong, attractive chassis, Thin and light, Great 1080p display with record-setting contrast, Excellent battery life, Minimal bloatware
Cons: Warm and loud under load, Limited connectivity
Conclusion: While we've only been able to get our hands on a pre-build version so far, the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook matches jaw-dropping design with characteristically strong performance. Although we would have liked a little more connectivity, there’s very little to fault with this device.
Excerpt: Dell has long been one of the most Linux-friendly PC manufacturers. But with its project Sputnik, Dell has really embraced open source software in a way unique to all PC makers. Sputnik is the nickname for Dell’s newest Linux laptop — the XPS 13 Developer Edition , a sleek ultrabook that runs Ubuntu...
Pros: Linux without hardware issues. Blazing fast performance. A bunch of welcome developer extras. Decent enough battery life.
Cons: Poor Wi-Fi performance. Only two USB ports. No way to upgrade the hardware. A little too rich for what you get.
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 13 was one of the first Ultrabooks to come out, and now a new version is available designed with new hardware and a Full HD IPS display. The once-unique design of the XPS 13 has now also been applied to the XPS 10 Windows RT tablet, the XPS 12 (a convertible tablet/Ultrabook) and the...
Conclusion: The new Dell XPS 13-MLK ultrabook is made for ultimate portability. Its combination of multimedia prowess, a 1080p screen, and a compact chassis make it a great choice for the power user on the go.
Pros: Compact. Comfortable, backlit keyboard. Both USB ports are USB 3.0. Responsive trackpad. Sturdy construction. Large SSD with ample free space. 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi.
Cons: A little pricey. No touch screen. Middling battery life. USB 3.0 ports are black.