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Not the best Ultrabook, but one of the best-looking

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From the moment it comes out of the box the XPS 13 looks and feels like a truly premium product and, with a nice keyboard and respectable performance, it's a nice machine to use, too. But, the display suffers the same complaints we've seen with other Ultrabooks in this price range -- middling resolution, poor off-angle contrast -- and the trackpad only works well when it feels like it. It is, then, another solid choice at the sub-$1,000 price point, but put aesthetics aside and we wouldn't say it's universally better than HP's Folio 13, which is about $100 cheaper. It is, however, better looking.

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Critic reviews

7.7
10 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.8
  • Design and form factor
    9.2
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Display
    7.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    5.5
  • Noise
    5.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.6

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8.1
7 reviews
7.0
Engadget Mar 6, 2012

From the moment it comes out of the box the XPS 13 looks and feels like a truly premium product and, with a nice keyboard and respectable performance, it's a nice machine to use, too. But, the display suffers the same complaints we've seen with other Ultrabooks in this price range

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9.0
PC World Mar 14, 2012

With better display quality, it would be a slam-dunk. Unfortunately, the middling resolution, iffy color reproduction, and poor off-axis viewing leave a considerable stain on what would otherwise be a five-star product.

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8.0
PC Mag Feb 29, 2012

the Dell XPS 13 would be spectacular; as is, if you don't mind carrying a dongle or two, it's an ultra-small, ultra-sophisticated choice that shoots to the top of ultrabook shopping lists.

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7.0
AnandTech Mar 13, 2012

This is a good product at a reasonable price point that basically just needs a refresh. If you're in the market for an ultrabook I wouldn't dissuade you from going with the XPS 13, but I might advise you to really examine how you're going to use it and do some shopping around first.

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7.0
CNET Mar 7, 2013

The bottom line: Attractive and compact, the new Dell XPS 13 ultrabook isn't that much different from last year's model, aside from new processors and a higher-res non-touch screen.

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6.0
Wired Jul 4, 2013

Despite these hardware shortcomings, I found the XPS a pleasure to use and would have no problem recommending it if it were priced around $1,300. However, Dell is currently charging $1,650 ($1,550 with rebate) which pushes the XPS’ price tag.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 4, 2014

But if you're after a solid Windows 8.1 system with enough power and style to take on the best of them, then we think Dell has crafted an absolute winner in the XPS 13. Yes, there might be a limited number of ports, there are some fan noise and sleep/wake quibbles, but these are largely forgivable.

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8.0
SlashGear Mar 6, 2012

If style, processing power and portability are among your top considerations in a Windows laptop, the Dell XPS 13 Ultraportable should be in your short list.

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10
Expert Reviews Jun 27, 2013

The Dell XPS 13 is a beautifully made laptop with a gorgeous screen. The Samsung Series 7 Ultra is arguably a better buy with its touchscreen display and dedicated graphics chip, but few other laptops can match the XPS 13's stunning design and display quality.

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8.0
njashanmal njashanmal

The last Windows laptop I bought was a Lenovo X220 (which I love, but isn't the lightest machine around) and this has over time become my Linux machine. I between I've bought and extensively used both the Samsung Series 7 Slate and the Microsoft Surface RT. I also use frequently use a Chomebook...

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9.0
oneniner oneniner

It's my first review, but I've used a lot of Dell Windows laptops in my day. This one is by far my favorite. Its small, fast and not bad looking. I've used this laptop as a step in minimalizing my laptop bag I usually carry around. It fits into a smaller bag, the battery lasts longer and it's...

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4.0
internalogic internalogic

Dell sent out a tech for on site support to investigate the incessant high pitch buzzing. The tech heard it, replaced the screen, buzzing persisted. It's less noticeable in a busy office environment, but from my home office or in a quiet hotel room the noise is immediately apparent. I've...

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10
TheRydad TheRydad

I replaced a Samsung Series 9 with the Dell XPS 13. This is definitely the best notebook I have ever owned. The screen resolution is average, but the display quality is fantastic. Everything is crisp and clear. The touchscreen works great and complements the track pad well with Windows 8....

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