Dell XPS 13

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The XPS 13 from Dell has been one of the most pop­u­lar ul­tra­portable Win­dows note­books in the mar­ket, but it is start­ing to look a lit­tle aged in the face of newer designs from com­pet­ing brands. In 2015, Dell gave the XPS 13 an ex­ten­sive re­design and the 2017 model that we have here is still based on that.

The XPS 13 might have been slim and light two years ago, but it is now one of the heav­ier 13-inch ul­tra­portable note­books out there. Its pro­file mea­sures 15mm at its chunki­est point and weighs 1.29kg, which hardly makes it a be­he­moth but the in­escapable re­mains: it is no­tice­ably bulkier than its cur­rent ri­vals. That said, thanks to the thin bezels of its In­fin­i­tyedge dis­play, the XPS 13’s over­all foot­print still re­mains rel­a­tively small.

The XPS 13 makes up for its bulk in other ways. To be­gin, it has one of the nicest dis­plays. Its 13.3-inch IPS dis­play sup­ports a res­o­lu­tion of 3,200 x 1,800 pix­els, one of the high­est in its size. It is touch-en­abled too. But more im­por­tantly, it looks fan­tas­ti­cally crisp and vivid. The dis­play’s ul­tra­thin bezels ac­cen­tu­ate the bril­liance of the dis­play fur­ther.

In terms of the in­ter­nal hard­ware, the XPS 13 is pow­ered by In­tel’s lat­est eighth gen­er­a­tion Core pro­ces­sor, specif­i­cally the quad-core Core i7-8550u. This is com­ple­mented by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Per­haps it is be­cause of its beefier chas­sis, the XPS 13 was able to put In­tel’s lat­est hard­ware to bet­ter use. There’s no per­for­mance throt­tling here and the XPS 13 was the over­all top per­former in our se­ries of bench­mark­ing tests.

The XPS 13 of­fered good bat­tery life too, record­ing a pretty im­pres­sive 247 min­utes or just over 4 hours in our rather de­mand­ing bat­tery life test. Part of this has to do with its rel­a­tively low power con­sump­tion; but also be­cause at 60Wh, its bat­tery is ac­tu­ally one of the largest in its class. The other up­side to be­ing larger than its com­peti­tors is that the XPS 13 is able to ac­com­mo­date more ports. In ad­di­tion to two full-size USB 3.0 ports, the XPS 13 also has a sin­gle USB-C Thun­der­bolt 3 port and an SD card reader. SD card read­ers are fast be­com­ing a rar­ity amongst modern ul­tra­porta­bles so it is nice to see that the XPS 13 still of­fers one.

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