The Dell XPS 13 is better than ever. It is not only faster, but also has a durable battery. Besides, it is also available in a wide range of prices. The new Dell offering easily stands out of the crowd with its great specs. For one, this machine was already a known flagship way before the company announced its successor. At a base price of $799, it comes with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. Another interesting thing about this series is the Infinityedge Display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. You can ask for more premium features like a sharper display, but you should spend more on a better configuration.
It doesn’t change much when it comes to design. In fact, it retains the same design language as the previous model. The aluminum lid still makes an appearance and this strengthens the modern appeal of the notebook. We also find the rose gold color appealing. The keyboard deck, on the other hand, creates contrast against the exterior because it comes in a sophisticated dark color. The laptop is thinner than before, but not by much. As expected, the size reduction directly affects its weight, from 1.32kg now down to 2.9 pounds.
The display is nothing we haven’t seen before. It’s not just the design that remains largely unchanged, but the display as well. It features a 13.3-inch screen with a 1920×1080 resolution, which is carried over from the previous model. The brightness can reach up to 400 nits. As a result, the screen is still visible in an environment with plenty of light. We’re not sure what kind of technology it adopts, but there’s surely some sort of anti-glare added to the screen.
As said before, the Dell XPS 13 is available in several configurations. You can buy one that suits your needs and budget. There is one running a dual-core Intel Core i7-7500U CPU. This unit comes with a higher resolution screen, while the RAM amounts to 8GB. It has no problem handling intensive programs, but for gaming, there are other better choices, like the Alienware 13. Some laptops are meant for business, some are specifically developed for gaming, so the resources are typically different and you must understand that. Day-to-day tasks like browsing with multiple tabs show no issue. Even when you do it while editing documents, things will run smoothly. The one with a core i5 CPU doesn’t lag too far behind, so we still recommend it if the higher configuration is a bit too much.
The battery life is good, not really surprising if you’re a user of the previous model. The core i3 model can last approximately 22 hours. It’s way longer than the core i5 version, but understandable because the latter has a QHD+ resolution compared to FHD on the i3 model. The i7 version can’t keep up, unfortunately. However, it’s still comparable to the Macbook Pro which can last around 7 hours. Of course, those weren’t exact figures. It’s still possible to extend the battery life by adjusting settings, like screen brightness, volume, etc.
Dell XPS 13 specs:
- 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor (there are also i3 and i5 models)
- 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge touch display
- Intel HD Graphics 620
- 8GB of RAM, 256GB 256GB PCIe SSD
- SD card reader
- 720p HD webcam with microphones