Dell XPS 13

Pro­ces­sor: Dual-core 3.5GHz In­tel Core i7 RAM: 8GB Stor­age: 256GB SSD Screen: 13.3-inch IPS LCD, 3200 x 1800 touch­screen £1299, $1650 www.dell.com

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This lap­top’s claim to fame is that it’s the small­est 13.3-inch lap­top on the mar­ket. Its slim screen bezel helps con­trib­ute to a svelte 304mm x 200mm x 15mm form that needs to be held to be ap­pre­ci­ated. Dell’s diet de­sign hasn’t left much room for bat­ter­ies though, and the XPS 13 ran flat after a rel­a­tively brief six hours 34 mins.

That’s a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing given that the fru­gal dual-core pro­ces­sor scores 315 in Cinebench, put­ting it in close com­pany with the MacBook and Sur­face Book, yet th­ese last much longer un­plugged. Like Mi­crosoft’s con­tender, the XPS 13’s screen is touch-sen­si­tive, and it boasts a sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tion and pixel den­sity. Im­age qual­ity is more in line with the ZenBook though, fall­ing slightly short on colour and con­trast com­pared to Ap­ple and Mi­crosoft.

Pros

Ex­tremely por­ta­ble thanks to a slim bezel; de­cent power and screen specs

Cons

Im­age qual­ity is a lit­tle short of the best; medi­ocre bat­tery life

We say

A highly por­ta­ble pack­age with lit­tle com­pro­mise other than bat­tery life Over­all score

You don’t see that many touch­screen lap­tops, but it can help to streamline photo brows­ing and culling

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