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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).

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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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80
Average user Score
 
80
hailstormknight
11.14.15
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!
 
100
Jrtthx
09.19.15
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?
 
100
Technetium43
09.17.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
10
Taran123
08.12.15
Rubbish doesn't deserve 1/10 go for Macbook Pro 2015 13 instead
 
80
DantheMan
03.15.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
SilverGhost
02.26.15
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.
 
90
JiggaWatson
02.23.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
greenwizard88
02.04.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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