Dell XPS 13 Review

Dell XPS 13 has been touted as the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop and it does embraces the title well. This model is the top choice for any premium Windows ultraportable laptop at its own size, thanks to the speedy performance, amazing display and everything else that this model has. Dell XPS has brought a splash of refinement to the laptop market of Windows which was previously expected in all the Apple models only.

Design:

The beautiful white interior accompanied by a subtle rose gold exterior is what makes the best design, thereby standing out from all its predecessors. This combination of rose gold and white might set your back with an extra budget of $50, however the creation pretty much justifies it. The material used in the carving of the design of this model is stiffer than its black version and the same comes with a woven texture, thereby making this particular model more opulent and sophisticated. While a majority may prefer the black XPS 13 over the white, the latter still manages to look and feel premium. For people who love to build their own hackintosh, the Dell XPS 13 is one of the best hackintosh laptop.

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Keyboard:

Like its predecessors, the keyboard of the XPS 13 remains great, in fact the makers have tried to improve it a slightly this time. Both the keyboard as well as touchpad have been kept untouched in terms of their overall quality, looks and feel. The only drawback in the overall design of the keyboard is the ‘Page Up’ and ‘Page Down’ keys which are located directly above the arrow keys, thereby creating a little mess while handling an easygoing typing. The beautifully designed glass-coated touchpad of this model is as wide as it is expected to be. Your fingers literally glide smoothly along the surface, thereby making the feel of the click oddly satisfying to long-term typists.

Display:

The team at Dell must be given a pat on the back for the amazing display that they have incorporated in the XPS 13. The display has been given a major improvement and the screen has been made available with an option 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, present under a beautiful and glossy IGZO touchscreen. This clearly states the sharpness of display if the same is compared with other competing laptops present in the markets. The touchscreen of this model has been coated with a 0.65 percent anti-reflective coating the major aim of which is to counterbalance the undoing of all the screen glare and touch screens. Furthermore, the brightness scaling of this model is superior to mention and putting the screen at a total brightness setting of 10 percent doesn’t detract from our tendency to read and write on this laptop.

Battery:

Although the battery of Dell XPS 13 has been shrunk if compared to the previous models, but that doesn’t change the fact that this laptop is sturdy enough. Slimming the overall profile of the laptop didn’t compromise its performance or keyboard, however a little difference was encountered in terms of battery life, and it wasn’t found to be tempting enough. This new model embraces a 52 watt-hour unit which is sure a downgrade from the superior old model having 60 watt-hour units. Dell XPS 13 doesn’t come with the best battery life in class, however it is still near the top of the bulk. The testing sessions experience 13 and a half hours in the video loop along with a 1080p display which was later cut back to a total of 10 and a half hours along with the 4K display.

Performance:

Regardless of this laptop being smaller in size, XPS 13 is not a slouch whenever it comes to testing its overall performance. The laptop embraces a powerful eighth-generation Core i5 or i7 processor options with a total of up to 16 GB or RAM along with an enough storage of 512GB respectively. This entire configuration is easily able to handle all kinds of productivity needs without any blinking. The sad news here is of course for all the gamers, as they cannot really play games on the XPS 13, however the Thunderbolt 3 ports of the laptop do permit for plugging in any external GPU and gaming this way.

Price and Availability:

Dell XPS 13 falls on a little expensive side, however it makes up for all the higher price tag as it has boosted both its performance as well as design. Fortunately, even the least expensive edition of the model comes with a rocking quad-core processor, a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U which is going to set you back with price $999 which also promises you 1080p non-touch display, 4GB of RAM as well as 128GB of SSD storage.

All in all, the Dell XPS 13 is going to cost you a total of $2,349 which certainly is a lofty sum to pay for any average user. However, this laptop comes with a fine 4K display, 1TB storage space as well as 16GB RAM. The Rose Gold on Alpine White version of this laptop is pricier than the standard silver-on-black model. Overall, all the configurations for the amazing Dell XPS 13 incorporate three USB C-ports, the two of which are Thunderbolt 3, a 3.5mm audio jack as well as a microSD card reader.

The Good:

The body and appearance of the Dell XPS 13 is smaller which comes with a better internal cooling along with a sharp looking all-white interior. The bezel-free screen creates a good impression and there is also a presence of a fingerprint reader hidden beneath the power button. The attractive display options, strong performance as well as great keyboard and touchpad serve as the plus points of this laptop.

The Bad:

The touchscreen of this laptop isn’t very standard if compared to the competitors. The biggest quirk in this laptop is a below-the-screen webcam. Besides, most number of the ports have been substituted by USB-C which is surely a drawback.

Bottom line:

With an amazing design, strong performance and overall superiority, Dell XPS 13 establishes itself as one of the best 13-inch laptops available in the market and is surely a smart choice.

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