Dell has finished it yet again. The most recent and best Dell XPS 13 just lately arrived, and it’s the best laptop on the earth.
This time coming outfitted with the most recent, seventh era () Intel processors behind that very same eye-dropping show and punchy keyboard we’ve come to get pleasure from typing on – now all inside an non-obligatory rose gold body – the brand new XPS 13 has wowed us yet again.
And, a lot of that isn’t due to loopy improvements or recent additions, however just a few key refinements that assist the XPS 13 stand out amongst a sea of laptops which can be maybe attempting to alter a bit too rapidly. The XPS 13 is a tortoise surrounded by hares … solely it’s obtained a rocket strapped to its again.
Worth and availability
Out there now via its web site and several other retailers, Dell begins the bidding for the usual XPS 13 at $799 (£999, AU$1,899) to begin. Within the US, that will get you a Kaby Lake, dual-core Intel Core i3 processor with Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage behind an FHD (1,920 x 1,zero80 pixels), non-touch InfinityEdge show. (The UK and Australian variations come beginning with an Intel Core i5.)
If you would like the touchscreen at QHD+ (Three,200 x 1,800) decision – and the 2 display options solely come as a pair – you’ll must cough up no less than $1,299 (£1,249, AU$2,499). That additionally nets you a dual-core Intel Core i5 chip, however sadly doesn’t up the storage or RAM capability. After all, you possibly can select to improve each of these parts for further money.
Whilst you won’t see it once more till subsequent January, Dell has handled us on to a sneak preview of its 2018 flagship laptop computer. That’s proper, the Dell XPS 13 could also be coming to CES subsequent yr, however that hasn’t stopped the corporate from displaying it off in a shiny Alpine White end.
Notably, this model of the Dell XPS 13 will use a brand new woven glass fiber materials to really feel as smooth because it does sturdy, two phrases that often contradict each other. Nonetheless, in a transfer doubtless impressed by Apple, Dell is lastly turning its again on USB Three.zero as nicely, in favor of three USB-C ports.
The subsequent model of the Dell XPS 13 doesn’t repair the tough digital camera angle, however it appears to be like to probably make up for it with the addition of a second digital camera (we’re assuming it’s for Home windows Good day). They’re each positioned within the heart of the laptop computer beneath the show this time, too.
Right here is the Dell XPS 13 configuration despatched to TechRadar for assessment:
CPU: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U (dual-core, 4MB cache, as much as Three.5GHz)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)
Display screen: 13.Three-inch QHD+ (Three,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge contact show
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
Ports: 1 x USB Three.zero, 1 x USB Three.zero w/PowerShare, 1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt Three), SD card reader, headset jack
Connectivity: Killer 1535 802.11ac (2.four & 5GHz); Bluetooth four.1
Digicam: 720p widescreen HD webcam with twin array digital microphones
Weight: 2.9 kilos (1.29kg)
Measurement: 11.98 x 7.88 x zero.33 – zero.6 inches (W x D x H) (304 x 200 x 9 – 15mm)
Frankly, there isn’t a ton to be stated of the XPS 13’s design this time round, as little or no, if something, has modified. You continue to have the 13.Three-inch show as sharp as QHD+ (Three,200 x 1,800 pixels) with non-obligatory contact controls squeezed inside an 11-inch-wide body.
And, you continue to have the attractive, machined aluminum lid and base that beset a comfortable, carbon fiber keyboard deck coated in soft-touch paint. Solely this time, the lid and base are available rose gold – the salmon shade that’s all the fad in tech merchandise lately – in addition to the standard silver choice.
The machine one way or the other measures even thinner than the earlier era, although solely by a hair: zero.33 inches (9mm) at its thinnest level to zero.6 inches (15mm) at its thickest. For these preserving rating, the earlier mannequin got here in at two hundredths of an inch thicker on the nostril.
Dell has additionally decreased the burden of its main laptop computer, however by such a small diploma it could be unimaginable to note: from 2.93 kilos (1.32kg) to now simply 2.9 kilos (1.29kg) even for the touchscreen mannequin. Wanting a serious breakthrough within the supplies used to assemble the XPS 13, we’re doubtless wanting on the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook from Dell for some time. (Please, show us flawed.)
All instructed, we’re nonetheless obsessed on the XPS 13 design, and albeit we’re joyful it hasn’t modified a lot, as a result of it doesn’t should. One small request: if Dell might no less than heart that backside bezel-oriented webcam prefer it has on the brand new , that may be clutch.
Extra ‘professional’ than the MacBook Professional?
Throughout our time with the brand new XPS 13, we realized an necessary level: this laptop computer can match and even surpass the brand new, entry-level part-for-part. For 100 bucks lower than Apple’s newest laptop computer, the XPS 13 provides a sharper display, a stronger processor and the identical quantity of RAM and storage.
Oh, and this man has a full-size SD card slot.
The MacBook Professional? You’ll get yet another Thunderbolt Three port – certainly one of which must be used for charging – and little else for its beginning worth. On paper, it looks as if the XPS 13 will provide you with a greater time modifying pictures and video than its archnemesis. Effectively performed, Dell.
Nick Pino has additionally contributed to this assessment.
First reviewed January 2017