The Dell XPS 13 is a thin ad light notebook with a high-resolution, 13.3 inch display. But Dell says it’s packed that display into a laptop that’s the size of a typical 11.6 inch model.
I’ve heard companies make that kind of claim before, but it’s usually marketing hype. This time, I actually believe Dell. After spending a little time with the XPS 13, I can say it really is smaller than just about any other 13.3 inch notebook I’ve used.
That’s because the XPS 13 has some of the thinnest borders around the screen that I’ve ever seen. That allows Dell to make the entire case a bit smaller than it would otherwise need to be for a laptop with a display of this size.
The XPS 13 measures just 0.6 inches thick and weighs just 2.6 pounds. A touchscreen option is also available, and it increases the overall weight to 2.8 pounds.
Despite the laptop’s slim size, Dell still packed the computer with a 52 Whr battery that the company says should provide up to 15 hours of run time.
Dell will offer models of the XPS 13 withe Core i3 through Core i7 Broadwell processors, with prices starting at $799 for a version with a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
That entry-level model also has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, but higher-priced models have 3200 x 1800 pixel displays, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage.
The laptop also has 2 USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. It has a backlit keyboard which feels pretty comfortable, and a nice wide touchpad.
Dell’s XPS series ultrabooks have historically been premium devices with nice specs, but rather high prices. It’s nice to see a lower starting price for the latest model.