As the leading laptop makers struggle to design a laptop, well suited for the busy lifestyle, which tends to prefer devices which are portable, robust, lightweight and of course , that can run smoothly on its battery and still get some juice remaining for the next day. Enter the all-new Dell XPS 13.
The XPS 13 crams a 13.3 inch gorgeous QHD touchscreen display in an 11 inch chassis. It’s sleek, edgy and the deck is made of carbon fibre while the whole body is an aluminium chassis. Hence, it is extremely lightweight and ultra-portable.
The XPS comes in dimensions of 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33 inches and is therefore 23% smaller than the 11 inch Macbook Air – something which Dell left no stone unturned in pointing out at CES.
Dell did something they dub as "infinity display" - they almost completely removed the bezel and made the borders around the display very thin (0.2 inch). This gives off a really pleasant feel of the whole display. The screen is sharp and boy is it bright!
The XPS 13 houses the latest 5th generation Core i5 processors from Intel paired with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. The deadly duo ensures that the Geekbench scores are way above the competition. The XPS 13 scored a Geekbench 3 benchmark of 5653! On the other hand, the Macbook Air has a score of 5393, close but still less. It has also got 256GB SSD with all the bells and whistles.
Intel's Maxwell processors ensure silent and cool operation and the XPS 13 is no stranger to that. The laptop runs pretty cooler than its competitors.[pull_quote_left author=""]The XPS 13 is a tough competitor to Macbook Air and the Lenovo Yoga[/pull_quote_left]
The laptop doesn't include a dedicated GPU because of its size constraints but thanks to Intel’s integrated HD graphics 5500, the XPS 13 is no slouch either. Don't expect it to run all the latest games though and forget about gaming at the native resolution.
Wherein the online video streaming at 1080p or lower runs smoothly and is quite good while the battery may not support a live movie streaming or any high-end MMO game.
Dell raved about the battery life that the XPS 13 is expected to last around 15 hours under non-touch screen mode in a regular day use and up to 10 to 12 hours in the touch mode.
But that's as far as sayings go. In our battery life test, the laptop barely touched the 6 hour mark which is miles behind the Macbook Air. We will update the review after a little more in-depth testing but as far as battery life goes, the XPS 13 is more of a full stop.
The XPS 13 is best suited for users who give more importance to portability and space over power and graphics. It is aimed for the people who can actually be comfortable with normal day-to-day use of their XPS on the move. But its advisable for the heavy users to carry a power bank or a charger with them on their trip with their XPS 13.
Battery is an aspect which is highly considered by the people whenever they are faced to choose a laptop or ultra book, followed by portability and lightness in which the XPS 13 aces without doubt, but the machine falls short in battery department.
For the touch model, you'll have to shell out $1399 which is still pretty high for the miserable battery. But if your heart rules your wallet, the XPS 13 is the ultra-portable to buy.