Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook video review

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Dell is last to market with its Ultrabook, but in many ways the XPS 13 has been worth the wait. With a 13.3in screen crammed into a 12in-equivalent body, it’s compact yet practical and beautifully designed too. What's more it has exceptional build quality, good battery life and, thanks to its great backlit keyboard and lovely touchpad, usability is up there with the best. Unfortunately, connectivity suffers from the smaller chassis and the screen’s poor viewing angles really let the side down, meaning the similarly compact Samsung Series 9 900X3B is a far better proposition if you can afford the extra £170 or so. If not, however, the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is a great premium option.

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jingyeow

January 12, 2012, 4:42 pm

When will manufacturers stop making laptops with grease absorbing palmrests?

It's small details like this why you choose the Macbook Air. Apple focuses on these small details.

Jon Williamson

April 23, 2012, 8:58 pm

Still no 3G data card option. Harumph.

Martin Daler

April 24, 2012, 1:31 am

Would it be churlish to point out that, whilst they may have a "13.3in screen crammed into a 12in-equivalent body" they have only managed to 'cram in' the screen resolution commonly found on an 11.6" screen. Two steps forward, and two steps back again.

gdawg304

April 24, 2012, 2:02 pm

After seeing the TV commercials I thought I'd check it out, looked at the specs on the Dell website, thought 'so far so good'. Then saw screen res of 1,366 x 768 and thought 'Next!'.

Think I'll wait for the Ivy Bridge refreshes of the Macbook Air and the Samsung Series 9.

TechVegan

April 24, 2012, 3:11 pm

It's not too bad on this model actually, and the soft-touch finish is worth a few minor visual blemishes for its enhanced comfort when typing.
Either way this is far preferable to glossy plastic/metal.

TechVegan

April 24, 2012, 3:14 pm

Indeed. We think the option should be there on the majority of high-end laptops, rather than the minority. Hopefully with increasing tablet convergence this will become the standard.

TechVegan

April 24, 2012, 3:16 pm

Not churlish at all but perhaps a little unfair, as it's also the screen resolution commonly found on most 13in, 14in and 15in laptops.

So maybe two steps forward and a little shuffle back? :)

TechVegan

April 25, 2012, 7:46 pm

Indeed, though panel type is at least as important.
Have you heard of the new 1080p IPS Zenbooks?:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

darrellx

April 26, 2013, 2:58 pm

I think you mean MINI Displayport not microDisplayPort, in the age where there is mini and micro USB, mini and micro HDMI, etc, etc, etc, you need to get your facts straight "Trusted" (laughable) reviews.

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