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
Summary: The Dell XPS 13 remains one of the most solidly built Windows Ultrabook on the market today with build quality good enough to compete against the class-leading MacBook Air series. Weighing in at just over 3 pounds, the XPS 13 delivers a lot of power and performance, and this year’s refresh adds additional performance gains to an already superb system.
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 Kirabook and Acer Travelmate P645 to shame. The XPS 13 is the pinnacle of design in the Ultrabook market. And there’s more to it than good looks.
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. It differentiates itself from the competition with a head-turning design and keeps up an impressive battery life.
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 out of the box. If the idea of running Linux full-time is foreign or novel to you, this is not the laptop for you.
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.
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 XPS 15 (a powerful notebook).
Dell XPS 13 (Q1 2013) Ultrabook Review: What a Difference 1080p Makes
21 March 2013
Conclusion: I don't think I'm out of line for being disappointed that the fundamental flaws of the Dell XPS 13's chassis design that I cited a year ago haven't really changed. Maybe I'm the only person that uses Intel's Quick Sync, but I've found it to be a tremendously useful tool in the field as a videographer just for making it easy to hand off YouTube ready clips to anyone who wants them, and the lack of an SD card reader in the XPS 13 is aggravating.