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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.

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