DELL XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is arguably the most impressive Ultrabook to look at. For starters, its CNCmachined aluminum body gives off a lovely silvergray sheen that exudes an undeniably premium feel. Upon opening the lid, you're greeted by a gorgeous edge-to-edge IPS display that boasts a screen resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels.
The thin bezel is more than just an aesthetic decision though, and it has actually enabled Dell to cram the XPS 13's 13.3-inch display into the body of an 11-inch laptop. This means that the XPS 13 is essentially the smallest notebook in this review, which is saying quite a lot in a category of compact Ultrabooks and convertibles. At 1.29kg and measuring just 304 x 200 x 15 mm, it is exceedingly portable and makes for a great traveling notebook.
But because of the thin bezel, the usual HD webcam has been relocated to the bottom left corner. It's a little unconventional and may possibly give whoever you're chatting with a slightly unflattering view of yourself, but it's nothing we can't live with.
The ultra-high resolution display is also touchcapable, which gives you the convenience of being able to navigate via touch. But considering that the XPS 13 is not a convertible, this feature is more of a luxury than a necessity, and is no doubt part of the reason why the notebook costs as much as it does.
In addition, it has a decent-sized 56Wh battery, which helps it score points for mobility because its battery life was only second to the Lenovo YOGA 900, which has a larger 66Wh battery.
One other thing to note is that the XPS 13 doesn't have any dedicated display outputs. Instead, it relies on the USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port to output over DisplayPort and HDMI. So yes, you'll still be able to hook up to an external display, but you'll need the right adapter. The Thunderbolt 3 port provides up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth, so you get USB 3.1 speeds using it too.
Another nice feature is the presence of five battery level LED indicators on the right edge of the XPS 13. Pressing the adjacent button will cause the LEDs to light up and show the current battery level in steps of 20 percent. It will even work when the notebook is powered off, so you can quickly check if you need to juice it up before taking it out.
The Thunderbolt 3 port allows you to output over HDMI and DisplayPort.