dell XPS 13
Dell’s first ultra-book is a 13 inch, compact and sturdy metallic device with a robust build. Dell has used carbon fibres along with aluminium to keep this robust ultra-book light and easy to carry. It weighs just 1.3kg, like the rest featured here, but its dimensions are pretty impressive at 12.4x 8.1x 0.7 inches as they put it very close to Macbook Air. It features a premium quality bright display with a generic resolution of 1366x768. The black keyboard boasts of wide backlit keys and a unibody track pad with both mouse keys together. They are a little odd especially the right click. The 13 inch edge-to-edge display features a Gorilla coating that makes it resilient to abrasions or damage.
The configuration includes an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM and Intel HD3000 graphics, making it a decent companion for professionals on the move. It has plenty of connectivity ports like USB 3.0, USB 2.0, WiFi and Bluetooth. Despite the high price, it doesn’t have an Ethernet port. In performance benchmarks, it scores highly with 9465 in PCMark, but a poor 1551 in 3D Mark. Its battery backup, is the saving grace at 4 hrs 30mins.
A perfect traveling companion based entirely on SSD like the Macbook Air. The only issue is the price which at Rs 80 k sounds unreasonable.