DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook
The market’s been buzzing about the close competition between Dell and Apple, with Dell Launching its new XPS 13. With its Aluminum, Magnesium and Carbon fiber body and a 13 inch screen to go along, the XPS does not take up a lot off space on your desk.
With the screen cut being made of aluminum which works to the advantage of the screen, being exposed it gets the protection that it needs. The XPS keyboard’s made of magnesium with a soft touch of paint. The keys felt comfortable when pressed and typing was managed easily, one of the reasons being the slight curve in the keys, also the keyboard is backlit which helps in dim areas such as an airplane. The XPS’s carbon fiber lower half chassis decreases it weight, also prevents the exchange of heat from its internal components to your lap. The bottom is pretty well sealed with plenty of vents but as it is with ultrabooks it gets harder everyday to find one with an access panel for up gradation and services.
With a 13.3-inch average display, it won’t make for a compelling visual experience. The resolution at 1366×768 when viewed in different angles is not impressing anyone; looking from a straight headed view it certainly looks fine but when you start to tilt the screen you will certainly notice the color issues . But let’s not get you off here, let’s look at the sunny side here , the XPS 13 is covered in corning Gorilla Glass for extra protection which means scratch proof, throw your car keys at the screen and it won’t leave a single mark!! I tried it!
The Built in Speakers on the XPS 13 are located on both sides but if you look underneath the XPS, the Audio comes out from the vent holes. Ofcourse, for hardcore audio junkies they’d still want to plug in their external speakers or their headsets to the single audio jack but over-all, the built in speakers work really well for light music. It even works fine for those who would want to share conference audio calls with their friends, families or co-workers.
The touchpad or clickpad which allows you to press anywhere in order to produce a left click is accurate and the lag in between is minor. There aren’t any left and right mouse buttons but the area has been marked with a grey line so you can know where to press if you intend to use them.
The Specifications are as follows :
13.3 inch 720p LCD with LED backlighting and Gorilla Glass (1366×768)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Intel Core i7-2637M dual-core processor (1.70GHZ with turbo-boost up to 2.80GHZ)
Integrated Intel HD 3000 Graphics
4GB DDR3-1333 RAM (maximum Support)
256GB SSD (Samsung PM380 mSATA SSD)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N6230
Integrated Bluetooth Wireless
Integrated 720P Webcam
No internal optical drive
1-year limited warranty
Integrated 6-cell Battery
45W AC Adapter
Weight : 3.01 lbs (1.365 kg)
Dimensions : 0.24-0.71×12.4×8.1 inches
Price as configured : $1,499.99
Starting Price : $999.99
As the starting price of the XPS 13 is at almost a $1000 we are reviewing the higher Performing Core i7 Processor with the 256GB SSD. As these specifications fall in the A-Class Category amongst ultrabooks, so it should not be a disappointment when purchasing it for almost $1500. If you are looking to settle down with the slower Core i5 with a 128GB SSD the XPS then can be yours for the above mentioned starting price .
When it comes to the Ports in the XPS 13 you only get a USB 3.0 Super Speed Port and a standard USB 2.0 Port, a mini display port connection and ofcourse a headset jack. The other addition in the XPS 13 is the battery life indicator which is on the right side which measures the amount of charging left in the battery. It’s helpful in a way to check if you need the AC adapter for recharging. The problem that can’t be overlooked in the XPS 13 is that Dell did not include a SD card Slot, you could ofcourse, use an external USB but that’s just SO not cool.
Delivering one of the best performances amongst the 13 inch ultrabooks with its i7 Core configuration the Dell XPS 13 is certainly impressive, so it certainly is more than enough for everyday household and office usage .
The battery life of the XPS 13 with the settings being tampered with (screen brightnesss 70%, active wireless) delivered an impressive 7 hours 15 minutes, and well, I would assume that if the screen brightness were turned down a bit more with the WI-FI inactive it could have gone up by another hour and a half.
Coming down to the conclusion the XPS, even though they’ve not included the SD Card Slot, will give its competitors a tough time. It might not be as attractive as the Macbook Air but it’s the durability that you’re getting with the Gorilla Glass Screen, great battery life and exceptional performance.