Review Of DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook-“Your Travel Friendly Laptop”

Laptops have seen a great revolution since the day they were released. The original laptops were huge and heavy but with the time the size started to reduce and the performance started to increase.Recently the ongoing trend is the new ultrabook series which is known for it’s slim figure and great performance even great battery life. In this series, one of the member is the Dell XPS 13 which was released on 14th march 2012 with Windows 8.

lets go through the specs of Dell XPS13.

Battery Life:
This device is loaded with 6 cell Li-Polymer battery. When you use the notebook for regular uses such as web surfing, writing and playing games it’s battery life lasts till 6hrs which is not bad. It’s not the worse battery life ever experienced in a thin and light notebook.

Unfortunately, the battery is also not removable so if you really need some extra energy and you are not near a power outlet, your only bet is to buy some kind of external battery pack. It’s a little annoying but this can be solved using Timbuk2 power commute or Phorce Bags.

Thanks to both the improvements put into Windows 8 itself as well as its use of an SSD drive, the XPS 13 starts up in just a few seconds. It also quickly starts up from its “sleep” mode. Hopefully, the days of waiting and waiting for a notebook to start up when you push a power button will be well behind us in the near future. Its 45W AC adaptor is really small and easy to carry everywhere.

Body
The innovative design of XPS 13 enables an expansive 33.7cm (13.3”) display in a compact body similar to an 27.9cm (11”) laptop.It’s display is protected with gorilla glass. Its razor-thin 6-18mm profile and weight of 1.36kg (2.99lbs.) let you effortlessly take your XPS 13 anywhere you travel.

No detail has been overlooked — even the keyboard and touchpad on XPS 13 are a pleasure to use. The full-size backlit keyboard illuminates your work so you can be productive in low-light situations.

The body of Dell XPS13 is made up of carbon fibre. the keyboard is using magnesium. The top of the notebook is made up of aluminium finish which resists the fingerprints at the top. All in all, this is not a flimsy notebook and should hold up well with a lot of use, which should make the owners, particularly those who travel a lot, quite happy as it is fast, light and easy.

The notebook itself has curved out its edges. Even the backlit keyboard buttons have a somewhat curved design. It gives the notebook more of a modern and slicker look than the normal laptop. Overall, typing on the keyboard is solid and comfortable also the backlit key feature is helpful when the notebook is used at night. The included touchpad is also well designed and easy to use for those folks who want to use the desktop UI and don’t have a handy mouse around.

The bottom of the case contains a vent that pushes out the air from the XPS 13’s fan. You likely won’t hear the fan too much unless you are playing a “Modern” Windows 8 game. It has a 1.3 MP camera with dual arrey digital microphones which can be used for video calling and chatting through skype.

This notebook has all of its ports on the left and right side. There are no ports on the front or back side. Each side has a small speaker, and they deliver good, but not great, audio output. The left side of the XPS 13 has the power jack, the headphone port, and the USB 2.0 port . The right side has a USB 3.0 port, along with a mini-Display Port. It doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot or HDMI port. Also you have the battery power meter in the right hand side with 5 LED’s which gives you the update about the battery life.

Processor and RAM
It comes with 3rd generation Intel core i5/i7 Processors which are better than most of the 2nd generation and 1st generation processors. Thus the speed of ultrabook is better than most of the laptops and tablets present in the market. It also comes with 4GB/8GB DDR3 RAM which is really good.

Storage capacity
It comes with 256 GB solid storage hard drive which is pretty less but you can configure it and expand it’s storage capacity.

Gaming
It contains Intel QS67 Express Chipset which is not made for high end applications such as high end PC games. So most hardcore PC gamers won’t be able to use this device as their portable gaming computer. We can expect that it was made for a casual PC users or one who travels a lot on business. Perhaps in the future Dell can squeeze in a dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics processor inside another Windows 8 notebook.

Cons

  • It’s screen cannot be tilted completely which affects the view to some users who are standing or watching at a particular angle.
  • It does’nt have enough ports.
  • It’s battery life should had been more.
  • Cannot be used for high end gaming.
  • It’s vent should had been at the sides as there are more chances of it becoming hot faster with vents in the base.

Verdict
If you are thinking of goin for XPS 13 then it is really cool piece of device which is lighter,faster and durable. It is really a “Traveller’s Laptop”. But if you want to use it for high end gaming it is seriously not worth going for this device.This device is available at the price range of $999.

Machine Happy Ratings:

Performance- 4.5/5

Design- 4/5

Value- 3/5

Source: Dell