The latest Dell XPS 13 version is one of the best-in-class laptops. It is a thin and light notebook offering excellent performance, hybrid graphics, and luxurious design. Dell has retained all the features we liked in the previous model including a comfortable backlit keyboard, the sexy aluminum and carbon-fiber body, and an optional quad-HD infinity display. It has integrated newer CPUs, Iris graphics, and a snazzy-looking gold color.
Dell XPS 13 – Specifications:
Rather than continuing to squeeze out features to hit a more mainstream, the latest version of the XPS 13 has taken a more premium approach. There are two models, both decked-out flagships. One has a Core i7 processor in a current Intel generation. It is paired with an 8GB RAM and a 256 GB of solid-state storage. There is also a silver model that has a Core i5-6200U processor, an 8GB RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 3,200 * 1,800 Infinity Edge touch screen.
Dell’s XPS 13.3-inch quad-HD (3200 * 1800) touch screen is a sight to behold. It features better brightness and an excellent color range than the touch full HD version. The result is a display whose picture lags only behind that of Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Graphics have also received an upgrade, getting the Intel Iris GPU. The discrete graphics card is not good as having Nvidia or AMD, but it is a big step from standard laptop fare. At the same setting, Yoga 900 has the same GPU. The graphics are sufficient for handling mainstream games.
On the battery front, the touch version of XPS 13 last about 11 hours and 54 minutes when web surfing using WI-FI with the screen at 100 units. Dell’s endurance is better than that of Yoga 900s at 7hrs 57 minutes, with an average of 8hrs 10 minutes. MacBook Air still dominates with an excellent 14 hours but has a lower-resolution. The touch-screen version has a lower battery life at 8 hours and 8 minutes.
Dell XPS 13 – Design and Interesting Features:
Just like its 2015 predecessor, the current XPS 13 features a carbon-fiber deck that is sandwiched between a brushed metal lid and the bottom, creating an appealing and modern two-toned look. When you open the lid, you are meet by Dell’s infinity display that features an almost nonexistent bezel, which seems to disappear into the background.
The new Dell XPS 13 measures 12 * 7.9 * 0.33-0.6 inches and weighs 2.7 pounds (2.9 for the touch-screen version). Dell XPS 13 is smaller than some of the tiniest 13-inch laptops, including Lenovo Yoga 900, that measures 12.75 x 8.86 x 0.59 inches, at 2.8 pounds and MacBook Air that measures 13, 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.11-0.68-inches, at 2.96 pounds.
The Dell XPS 13 keyboard features a shallow 1.2 mm of travel, providing room to work with. The keyboard is also backlit with two levels of lighting. The touchpad measures 4.1 * 2.3 and has a seductive smooth matte-black surface. Mouse movement and multi-finger gesture respond quickly and accurately. Even better is the feeling of the touchpad’s mouse click that offers a satisfactory snap every time it is pressed
Dell XPS 13 – Pricing:
The Dell XPS 13 featuring an i5-6500U, an 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a (3200 * 1800) display retails at $1,599. A gold edition of this laptop that replace the silver lid and bottom with a flaxen tint costs $1,649. For an upgrade to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it retails at $2000. The laptop was introduced early this year.