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Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Dell XPS 13 (2015)

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89 Engadget Score
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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.

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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
89 Engadget Score
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

80
hailstormknight
The Dell XPS 13 (2015 model) is, for the most part, amazing. Its mix of portability,...read more
100
Jrtthx
Purchased this as an upgrade to a Samsung Series 6 netbook... which was a great...read more
100
Technetium43
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average Critic Score
 
80
Laptop Magazine
A 13-inch notebook in an 11-inch body, the Dell XPS 13 packs a lot of screen and punch into its wonderfully compact frame.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
80
Gizmodo
If you want a high-quality ultraportable Windows laptop at an incredible price, this is the one to get.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
Yes, 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.
 
90
PC World
Dell's XPS13 shoehorns a 13.3-inch monitor into the body of an 11-inch laptop.
 
80
CNET
This 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.
 
90
ChipChick
You’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.

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