The Dell XPS 13 is the first ultrabook from Dell. The company introduced the 13.3 inch thin and light laptop at CES in January, and now it’s available for purchase for $999.99 and up.

Dell XPS 13


For that price you get a laptop with a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk.

You can configure the laptop with additional storage or a faster 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7-26737M processor, but those options will cost you. The starting price for a model with a 256GB SSD and Core i7 CPU is nearly $1500.

The Dell XPS 13 measures 0.71 inches thick and weighs 2.99 pounds. It has a compact design, and Dell says the laptop is about the size of a typical 11.6 inch notebook thanks to a thin bezel around the display. The laptop also features a backlit keyboard.

via Laptop Reviews

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13 replies on “Dell XPS 13 ultrabook now available for $1000”

  1. I’ve purchased one and am really happy with it. I wrote a review for a
    website I created for Dell XPS 13 owners or potential owners. About the vs apple comments, its not really
    fair to compare them because Windows is such a hindrance. I run Linux
    Ubuntu on mine that levels the playing field.

  2. 1366 x 768 is so lame nowadays. Manufacturers should move on to full HD

  3. stick ivy-bridge in there and i will be very tempted.

    stick a 17W AND Trinity Fusion APU in there and i’ll buy one in a shot.

    there is no two ways around it tho, the sandy-bridge GPU is totally insufficient for a device capable of productivity computing.

    1. Depends what you mean by productivity. I had no problems at all with the Intel HD 3000 graphics in the Asus Zenbook UX31 I reviewed, and I was using it as my primary machine for blogging for a while.

      1. well, when i use the term productivity computing i use it in reference to the PC as a general purpose tool, so being able to accomplish tasks across the range of what might be termed productivity computing.

        Video editing
        Music creation
        3D animation

        and certainly a GPU is important for at least three of those tasks.

        1. Hehe, that could be the first time I’ve seen someone call gaming a “productivity” activity.

          I didn’t really try any 3D animation or serious gaming on the Zenbook, but it’s definitely the fastest computer I’ve used for office, video, audio, and related tasks.

          I’m kind of debating whether to wait for Ivy Bridge to buy a new portable laptop too… but that Zenbook and a slightly cheaper Sony Vaio SA3 with a similar high resolution screen are kind of hard to resist right now — especially since it looks like we may not see Ivy Bridge until this summer.

          1. it comes down to GPU OpenCL capability, and general graphics capability to me, as these will be essential parts of the wider gamut of what i consider productivity computing.

            ivy-bridge will have both in sufficient quantity to pass muster, sandy-bridge just does not.


        2. Hey, Jed, I didn’t know you were Bitcoin mining on your laptop.  (For people who do not know, most GPUs can do more than draw 3d scenes these days, such as performing calculations to mine for Bitcoins)

          1. no bitcoin for me i’m afraid, but yes that is another use.

            my most immediate interest is being able to (usefully) run blender on a portable laptop by having a gpu capable of running the cycles render engine in CUDA/OpenCL.

  4. For something bigger than a netbook, I opted for Dell’s far more inexpensive Inspiron 14z.  It weighs 1.2 pounds (.55 kilos) more, but the hard disk and memory is far easier to replace (I replaced the HDD with a SSD) and it’s under half the price ($550-$800 depending on the exact model and what Dell has on sale a given week).

  5. Wow, I was excited about Ultrabooks…  now I just feel like they’re trying to rape my wallet for a case that’s .2 inches narrower with 50% less battery and no GPU options…

    1. Aren’t ultrabooks supposed to last longer than most other laptops?  I thought that was one of the selling points.  What I don’t like is that many of them are not upgradable.  I would like to at least be able to upgrade the memory and hard drive easily.  

      1. Last longer, not really, but they are suppose to have a higher minimum run time than is presently being achieved.  Then again they’re also suppose to have a lower starting price.

        Thing is it takes time to set up a new mainstream product and initial costs of R&D and setting a product up properly for mass production all add into the initial pricing.

        While the weight constriction and cost cutting measures limits what size battery they can include and thus the limited run times they have now.

        Not to mention many of the companies coming out with Ultrabooks right now have no history of making Ultra Thin & Light laptops before.  So there is also a learning curve for each.

        Though these issues should start clearing up soon and when the 2nd and 3rd generation models come out is when we’ll start seeing them more in line with what Intel envisioned.

        While Ivy Bridge will help this along, we’ll still be seeing Sandy Bridge for awhile, but at a lower pricing than we see them now.  Likely even to be cheaper than the newer Ivy Bridge systems.

        I’d expect Ultrabooks won’t really kick off until 2013, when Haswell replaces Ivy Bridge and provides Ultrabooks with a SoC solution that will include many enhancements.  Along with possibly the SP1 for Windows 8 and enough room in the system to squeeze in a larger battery.

        Also by then we’ll hopefully have a standard universal docking port that’ll help kick start the accessory market for Ultrabooks.

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