UL­TRA COOL

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

No one has to tell you that the Dell XPS 13 is an Ul­tra­book. It tries to stick to the In­tel stan­dard al­most to the last let­ter. Though it is slightly fat­ter, the curved sil­ver-grey me­tal body that will re­mind you of the Macbook Air. And, the car­bon fiber base is some­thing the oth­ers should also been look­ing to adopt. We said fat­ter than the Ul­tra­book, but still the XPS 13 is just 18 mm at its thick­est point. And it is pretty light­weight at just 1.36 kg. Open the lid and all-black in­te­ri­ors stare at you. We doubt if many oth­ers have a key­board that is good to use. There is just enough travel in the keys, which are not at all pla­s­ticky. In fact, the rub­ber fin­ish of the palm rest re­ally makes it easy to type for long hours. The track­pad, how­ever, is a bit too smooth and lacks grip. But the killer fea­ture is the back­light which comes on as you touch a key or track­pad and sleeps if there is no ac­tiv­ity.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Great ul­tra­book, but very costly.

DELL XPS 13 UL­TRA­BOOK

Price:

` 79,900

Specs:

13.3-inch Hi-Def (720p) True Life(1366x768) WLED Dis­play; In­tel Core i52467M; 4 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD; In­tel HD 3000 graph­ics; Blue­tooth 3.0, In­tel Cen­trino Ad­vancedN 6230 802.11 a/g/n; 2 USB; 1.36 kg weight. SCREEN & SOUND The screen is edge-to-edge bonded Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass, which when not pow­ered gives you the im­pres­sion of look­ing into a tinted screen. De­spite the glass, the HD screen does not re­flect am­bi­ent light. How­ever, you might have some trou­ble find­ing the right an­gle if you switch off the lights. We doubt if we have tested a louder, dis­tori­tion­less 13-inch lap­top, thanks to the Waves MaxxAu­dio

speak­ers.

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