The MacBook is a beautiful machine, but Dell has recently released a worthy contender for Windows users: the all-new XPS 13. The sleek and lightweight notebook is touted as the “smallest 13-inch” on the planet… and feels that way as well.
Dell recently provided us with an XPS 13 to review, so we offer a closer look at this capable laptop.
Obviously, front and center, the main highlight of the XPS 13 is its compact design. It’s 23% smaller than the current MacBook Air 13, and 8% smaller than its predecessor. Measuring at just 9-15mm thick and only 2.6 pounds, the notebook can be easily be stored in a purse or bag, making it perfect for travel. It also boasts a stunning, borderless infinity display (an industry first) that is just 5.2mm bezel on the top and sides … making it the thinnest frame on a notebook yet.
Secondly, it features an industry-leading battery life of 15 hours on a single charge. While battery-use benchmarks can vary, depending on the programs and your settings in use, our experience with the XPS 13 was close to the touted 15 hours.
Its stunning UltraSharp Quad HD+ display boasts an 5.7 million pixels — 4.4 million more than an HD+ and 2.5 times that of a Full HD display — allowing for eye-popping clarity and detail for the user’s viewing enjoyment.
It also comes equipped with a 5th generation Intel processor, up to CoreTM i7, alongside an Intel HD 5500 Graphics card, a solid state drive and Intel Rapid Start that allows it to boot up within seconds.
Aside from its impressive technical specs, it’s solidly constructed as well. It’s beautifully made with premium materials for maximum durability, including machined aluminum — both the top cover and base are precision cut from a single block of aluminum. A carbon fiber palm rest offers a premium look and feel, as well as comfort. Furthermore, it’s built with the environment in mind, free of materials like lead, mercury and some phthalates, making it the greenest XPS laptop to date.
Ports includes two USB 3.0 ports with Powershare, a mini DisplayPort, a SD card reader, headset jack, Noble lock, and a 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC).
Overall, the Dell XPS 13 is stunning, capable and portable, perfect for heavy workload while on the go. It’s available in both Touch and non-Touch versions, starting at $799, at authorized retailers and online now.