Impressive features and affordable pricing contribute to the success of the Dell XPS 13.
Dell is known for its sturdy and durable PCs. But the technology company is upping the ante this year by announcing the XPS 13, a 13-inch laptop that garnered praise and admiration from both consumers and PC enthusiasts for its modern design, top-notch specs, and affordable price. It has been called the best PC this year.
True to its name, the Dell XPS 13 features a 13.3-inch display, although Dell says it's the smallest 13-inch laptop because of its thin bezels. Dell calls it “infinity display,” a display technology that allows bigger displays to be installed on a smaller frame. Think of it as an 11-inch laptop with a 13-inch display.
Yes, it's so thin that the webcam has to be moved down to the bottom. While it's not that bad, you'll most likely get a nice view of your nostrils during video chats. Weighing only 2.8 pounds, the XPS 13 is extremely portable—another selling point.
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There are two models to choose from—a base model, which is cheaper, and a touch version that has a 3,200 x 1,800-pixel resolution. The base model costs $799 while the latter costs $500 more.
The ultrabook also features Intel's 6th generation Core processors and graphics. The base model is powered by a Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM while the touch version has a Core i5 chip with an 8GB RAM. If you're looking for an ultrabook with an impressive battery life, the base model fits the bill. On the contrary, the touch version drains the battery faster.
You'll also get two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and side-mounted speakers. Best of all, the Dell XPS 13 runs Windows 10, which is the best Windows version to date, thanks to Cortana, Microsoft's digital personal assistant, Microsoft Edge browser, and Continuum, which allows users to transition smoothly from desktop model to tablet mode.