Dell XPS 13 (2015)

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89

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

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Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptop

Summary

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.

from $744.99+
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
Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptop

CES has come and gone; the holidays are long past; and now all we're left with are a few months of dreary weather. No fun, right? Right. Except if you're a tech writer. Now that most major companies have revealed their new lineups, we have the exciting job of testing all this stuff; seeing how it holds up in real life. The first product of the year to cross my desk: none other than the Dell XPS 13, a compact 13-inch laptop that ranked as a finalist for our annual Best of CES awards. In addition to being the first system we've tested with Intel's new fifth-generation Core processor, the redesigned XPS is notable for its nearly bezel-less display -- a design feat that allows it to have the footprint of an 11-inch machine. Particularly with a starting price of $800 (pretty reasonable for a flagship laptop), it seemed poised to become one of our new favorite Ultrabooks. And you know what? It actually is.

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Scores

Engadget

89
 

Breakdown

Battery life
7.7
Design and form factor
9.1
Portability (size / weight)
8.3
Speed and features
8.3
Display
9.1
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Specs

XPS

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

XPS

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort
Pointing device
Trackpad
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