Dell’s new XPS 13 laptop is thinner than its predecessors, features slimmer bezels, and adds a Windows Hello-compatible infrared camera. There’s also a brand new white model if you prefer that to the black and silver version Dell’s been offering for the past few years.

I got a chance to check out the new XPS 13 recently, and it’s a pretty striking little computer.

It’s also now available for purchase. Dell is selling the laptop for $974 and up.

The based price gets you a model with a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid state storage and Ubuntu 16.04.

A model with the same specs, but Windows 10 Home 64-bit sells for $1000.

If you’ve got more money to spend, the new XPS 13 is available with up to a Core i7-8550U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of PCIe solid state storage, and up to a 3840 x 2160 pixel touchscreen display.

All models feature two Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an SD card reader, and a headset jack.

The laptop features a backlit keyboard, an awkwardly-placed webcam (it’s below the screen), and the whole thing measures less than half an inch thick and weighs about 2.7 pounds.

Dell is also continuing to offer last year’s XPS 13 for $800 and up if you’d prefer to save a few bucks by picking up a model with a dual-core 7th-gen Intel Core processor (and a slightly thicker body that measures about 0.6 inches thick).

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5 replies on “Dell XPS 13 with 8th-gen Intel Core now available (with Windows or Ubuntu)”

  1. Before you consider this Dell XPS 13, I’d highly recommend you go to Best Buy/Costco etc…to take a look at one in person. I saw the Costco model for 1300 last night and all I could do was laugh…then cry. All of the laptops from HP Dell etc we’re overpriced flimsy pieces of trash. Even the Surface Pro from Microsoft seemed a little cheap. I was actually shocked at the lack of quality vs. my $350 HP Spectre x2 12. Given the choices I saw at both places…I’d purchase the Spectre still today. Kind of ridiculous to be paying these high prices for cheap garbage…I don’t care what processor is inside.

    The sole reason I went out to Best Buy was to look at the new Ryzen laptop from HP. Thought I might pick it up. I couldn’t tell if it was plastic or metal, seemed gimmicky, and flexed way too much(especially the keyboard). I felt like I was going to break it in my hands. Scared to touch it actually. What left me befuddled though…was the fan…even sitting there at idle it was very noticable from 5 feet away. No thanks.

    At the end of the day I decided to purchase a 2012 HP Z420 Workstation and just keep my HP Spectre x 12. I’ll take another look in a couple of years and see what they come up with. The “old” HP Z420 workstation I put together “brand new” for $400 on ebay. Six cores…but damn if it doesn’t have those little usb-c connectors.

    Who cares.

    Best,

    Michael

  2. 4GB RAM for a $974 laptop – no thanks! Time all the laptop h/w vendors stop bait n switch. Maybe even the laptop should go the way of a desktop.

  3. The lack of an USB-A concerns me. It would be fine if we got all the stuff we usually connect over USB in USB-C flavour, but there are rather few USB-C flashdrives, printer-cables or even wired mouse and keyboards (or wireless mouse adapters for that matter). I agree that we’ll need to make the jump sooner or later, but not without getting ready. Dongles are not a solution, they take away all the benefit that having USB-C has in the first place. For the time being I think all business notebooks should keep at least one USB-A port. This is the ‘brave’ iPhone and the jack connector again.

    1. USB drives use type C these days so they can work with android phones. Printers, wired mice and keyboards are all things you’d only want at a desk where a thunderbolt dock can handle things. I see type A sticking around for a while but tucked away on a dock, not on the main body of the laptop.

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