Dell XPS 13 (2015)
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.
- 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
- 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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- 86AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE7 ReviewsPC World90Dell XPS 13 review: MacBook Air fanboys, look no fDell's XPS13 shoehorns a 13.3-inch monitor into the body of an 11-inch laptop.Gizmodo80Dell XPS 13 Review (2015): The Windows Laptop To BIf you want a high-quality ultraportable Windows laptop at an incredible price, this is the one to get.Engadget90Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptopIt'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.Laptop Magazine80Dell XPS 13 (2015) ReviewA 13-inch notebook in an 11-inch body, the Dell XPS 13 packs a lot of screen and punch into its wonderfully compact frame.The Wall Street Journal90Dell XPS 13 Review: The MacBook Air Meets its MatcYes, if you’re looking to balance sleek design, state-of-the-art performance and battery life, the XPS 13 is the new laptop to beat.CNET80Stunning screen, compact design make XPS 13 the fiThis new Dell XPS 13 is the first great laptop of 2015, but it owes that title more to a smart design revamp than Intel's new processors.ChipChick907 Reasons Why Weâ€™re Smitten with the Dell XPS 13You’d be silly to buy an 11-inch laptop when you can get the XPS 13 instead. It all comes down to this – laptops may have lost their luster of late, but the XPS 13 brings sexy back to the category.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE8 ReviewsEngadget Reader80November 14, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Dell XPS 13 (2015 model) is, for the most part, amazing. Its mix of portability, power, and style, while still being a fully functional laptop (2-in-1s aren't my thing) makes this laptop one of my best tech choices so far.The XPS 13 has both pros and cons. In my opinion, the cons are easily outweighed by the pros, but not everyone will agree with me. Some of the cons, however, were almost a deal breaker for me in the beginning, almost returning it. Nonetheless, I will list them here (in no particular order):PROS:- It is extremely light and portable. As a college student carrying heavy textbooks, making my backpack a few pounds lighter by using this little thing is refreshing.- Despite the lid being more of the size of a 11"-12" laptop, the 13" screen is just the right size; not too big, not too small.- There is plenty of room to rest my wrists, making this laptop comfortable to type on.- It is FAST. The SSD + Intel i5 processor (not to mention 8 GB of RAM) allows me to do homework, play video games, and use the internet in ways other small, very compact computers cannot. Games played on this include indie, browser, and MMOs like World of Warcraft and Smite. Heavier games like GTA V, Fallout 4 and fast-paced FPS's have not been tried yet, though on low settings, it may/should be able to handle it.- Little to no noise, and it only gets warm when playing games for prolonged periods of time (2+ hours, usually).- Backlit keyboard is great. Screen brightness is also superb.- Speakers are very acceptable quality and loud enough to hear across the room without problem.- When browsing the internet and doing homework (Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, etc.) the battery easily lasts for up to 8-10 hours when screen brightness is 40% or under (usually do not have it above 30% - as stated before, it is very bright!).CONS:- Keyboard is just okay - I wish the keys where slightly larger/thicker (though it is mostly part of the design).- Trackpad is often annoying to use/unresponsive/sensitive. This is a normal problem with Windows laptops.- It is extremely expensive. I paid CAD $1467 for no touchscreen, 128 GB storage, and 8 GB RAM. 4 GB of RAM was only $100 cheaper (4 being far too low for me), and an extra 128 GB of storage was a whopping $400 more; something I greatly needed but could not afford.- Adding to the last point, you cannot customize/expand it once you have purchased it, as everything is fused to the motherboard (think Apple - you can't open it!).- Dust and other particles get stuck in the lip of the screen, keyboard, and trackpad, which drives me insane. I cannot clean in there. Picture: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTyJc1VUcAEN5BU.jpg- The carbon fiber wrist rests get dirty and smeared very easily. I have to wipe it often to keep it clean. Picture: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTyJc93U8AA1f1v.jpg- The bright, white light that emanates from both the front of the laptop (right under the trackpad) and the charger head while it is plugged in is more blinding and annoying than I'd like to admit. - Webpages and windows are sometimes distorted and squished onto the screen, making items overlap and hard (sometimes impossible) to read and click on. I believe this is mainly a Windows 10 problem (as of November 14th, 2015).- The sharp edges of the laptop look wonderful, but have actually ripped through laptop sleeves I have used for it, requiring me to purchase a heavy-duty laptop bag to prevent this.Other points to consider:- Few ports because it is very thin - what did you expect?- Split-screen multitasking isn't amazing due to only having 13 inches of screen to work with.- The webcam is placed in an odd spot, though I don't use it enough to care. I am comfortable where it is.- Keyboard may feel cramped for larger hands.- Speakers can get quite loud - no need to max out the volume.- Bluetooth accessories (mouse, extra keyboard, etc.) are recommended as you only have 2 USB ports.Overall, I am happy with my purchase. However, if I were to buy another laptop right now, it would not be this one. Some of the cons annoy me too much for me to drop another $1500 or so on it.For business or work, if you have a fairly high budget to spend, the new Dell XPS 13 is definitely worth a look. Other than the trackpad, I would buy this over a MacBook Air/Pro any day. Great power and portability combined into one!Engadget Reader100September 19, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Purchased this as an upgrade to a Samsung Series 6 netbook... which was a great machine. I buy a new premium laptop about every three years and study the decision carefully before committing. In comparison, the Dell XPS 13 is way faster, has a much better screen, better battery, more memory, faster and larger hard drive... the works. Zero complains....but even more importantly, I'm enthusiastic enough about it to write a review. I got the touch screen with Windows 10. Nice combo! My IT department guys took it from me to get is set up on the company domain and with all our approved software, etc. They aren't the biggest Dell fans in general, but they returned the machine raving about it. It knocked their snobby socks off.The only thing I'd improve, other than magically shaving 1/3 pound off of it, is the ports are really limited. Even more so than on the Samsung. Luckily the Dell docking station options are pretty nice. The smaller doc is actually perfect for traveling and will save me attachments over what I did with the Sammy.Some have complained mightily about the track pad. I say it's fine. Maybe not fab, but certainly usable for office/web/email tasks without complaint.It has a very solid and high quality build-feel to it... maybe contributing to the weight... I'll take the solid feel over a 1/3 pound savings.My runner up in this decision was a MS Surface Pro 3. That is an impressive tool... but in the end I didn't want or need a tablet to compete with my iPad. Stuck with a more traditional type of machine. Wonder if the Surface Pro 4 will make me regret my decision?Engadget Reader100September 17, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader10August 12, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Rubbish doesn't deserve 1/10 go for Macbook Pro 2015 13 insteadEngadget Reader80March 16, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 26, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My first ultrabook. Form factor is tremendous. Battery is better than any laptop I've owned before but I can see room for improvement. Looking forward to Windows 10 because 8.1 still has issues. The higher res touch screen was worth it with current windows.Engadget Reader90February 23, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget