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89
Engadget
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

Other than an update to the touchpad, there's very little we would change about Dell's redesigned XPS 13: It's compact and well-built, with a gorgeous screen, fast performance and surprisingly good audio quality.You'll pay dearly to get it with a touchscreen, but even then, it's priced in line with other flagship Ultrabooks -- and in some ways it's a better choice, too.

Pros
  • Nearly bezel-less display allows it to be more compact than other 13-inchers
  • Vibrant screen, strongaudioto match
  • Attractive design, well-built
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast performance
  • Lots of configuration options
Cons
  • Merely average battery life, at least on the touchscreen model
  • Touchpad could use some fine-tuning
  • Doesn't come standard with a touchscreen -- and is expensive if you do opt for that feature
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Scores

Engadget

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User Reviews

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greenwizard88
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
JiggaWatson
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
SilverGhost
My first ultrabook. Form factor is tremendous. Battery is better than any...read more
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Average Critic Score

Portability (size / weight)

83
 

Speed and features

83
 

Display

91
 

Battery life

77
 

Design and form factor

91
 

How It Stacks Up

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84
 

Critic

73
 

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78
 
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