dell XPS 13

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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.

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