74
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Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Dell XPS 13 review

Summary

Dell's XPS 13 is one of the best looking Ultrabooks we've seen yet, but isn't necessarily the best Ultrabook.

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Pros
  • Lovely, sophisticated designGood performancePowerful speakers
Cons
  • No SD readerMediocre displayUnreliable touchpad
Dell XPS 13 review
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Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starts at $999

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You don't have to be a marketing skeptic to agree that "Ultrabook" is a somewhat hyperbolic term for a class of devices designed a little thinner, a little lighter and maybe a little quicker than those notebooks that have come before. From a pure hardware standpoint there's nothing particularly "ultra" about them when compared to a standard Wintel lappytop, but manufacturers are, thankfully, using this as an opportunity to raise their game on another front that's becoming increasingly important in the world of portable computing: aesthetics.

Compared to clunky laptops of yore, many Ultrabooks mark a truly massive step forward when it comes to purity of design and Dell is showing some impressive chops with the new XPS 13. But, when you're buckled in to coach class and it's time to get to work, looks are less important than having a solid laptop that performs. Does the new XPS have the brawn to match its beauty? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Display
7.3
Durability
8.0
Battery life
7.8
Portability (size / weight)
8.6
Design and form factor
9.1
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Specs

XPS 13

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
System RAM
4 GB
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Specs

XPS 13

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
System RAM
4 GB
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