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Dell has finished it everywhere once more. The newest and biggest Dell XPS 13 just lately arrived, and it’s the absolute best computer on this planet.

This time coming provided with the most recent, seventh technology () Intel processors in the back of that very same eye-dropping show and punchy keyboard we’ve come to experience typing on – now all inside an non-compulsory rose gold body – the brand new XPS 13 has wowed us everywhere once more.

And, a lot of that isn’t thank you to silly inventions or recent additions, however a couple of key refinements that assist the XPS 13 stand out among a sea of laptops which are most likely looking to trade somewhat too briefly. The XPS 13 is a tortoise surrounded through hares … handiest it’s were given a rocket strapped to its again. 

Dell XPS 13 review

Price and availability

Available now thru its site and several other shops, Dell starts the bidding for the usual XPS 13 at $799 (£999, AU$1,899) to start out. In the USA, 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 garage in the back of an FHD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), non-touch InfinityEdge show. (The UK and Australian variations come beginning with an Intel Core i5.)

If you wish to have the touchscreen at QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) answer – and the 2 display screen options handiest come as a couple – you’ll wish to cough up a minimum of $1,299 (£1,249, AU$2,499). That additionally nets you a dual-core Intel Core i5 chip, however unfortunately doesn’t up the garage or RAM capability. Of path, you’ll be able to make a choice to improve either one of the ones elements for more money. 

Dell XPS 13 review

Latest information

The Dell XPS 13 has been out – Kaby Lake processors, Rose Gold outfit and all – for seven months now and, within the time since its unlock, it’s taken on a lifetime of its personal with lots of latest firmware updates, or even a improve, to thank for it.

With Intel’s processors at the manner, the Dell XPS 13 is come September 12. On that day, for the primary time ever, we’ll see the choice of a Dell XPS 13 donning a souped-up quad-core processor clocking in at as much as 4GHz.

In the intervening time, for present XPS 13 house owners, Dell has issued a realize of an industry-wide vulnerability for Dell PCs making the most of sure specialised Intel applied sciences, together with AMT, SBT and ISM. You can to find out in case you’re machine is in danger .

Spec Sheet

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 3.5GHz)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)
Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge contact show
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
Ports: 1 x USB 3.zero, 1 x USB 3.zero w/PowerShare, 1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), SD card reader, headset jack
Connectivity: Killer 1535 802.11ac (2.4 & 5GHz); Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 720p widescreen HD webcam with twin array virtual microphones
Weight: 2.9 kilos (1.29kg)
Size: 11.98 x 7.88 x zero.33 – zero.6 inches (W x D x H) (304 x 200 x 9 – 15mm)

Design

Frankly, there isn’t a ton to be stated of the XPS 13’s design this time round, as little or no, if anything else, has modified. You nonetheless have the 13.3-inch show as sharp as QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800 pixels) with non-compulsory contact controls squeezed within an 11-inch-wide body. 

And, you continue to have the pretty, machined aluminum lid and base that beset a at ease, carbon fiber keyboard deck covered in soft-touch paint. Only this time, the lid and base are available in rose gold – the salmon colour that’s the entire rage in tech merchandise at the present time – in addition to the normal silver choice.

The device one way or the other measures even thinner than the former technology, although handiest through a hair: zero.33 inches (9mm) at its thinnest level to zero.6 inches (15mm) at its thickest. For the ones preserving ranking, the former style got here in at two hundredths of an inch thicker on the nostril.

Dell has additionally lowered the load of its main computer, however through any such small level it could be inconceivable to note: from 2.93 kilos (1.32kg) to now simply 2.9 kilos (1.29kg) even for the touchscreen style. Short of a significant step forward within the fabrics used to build the XPS 13, we’re most probably having a look on the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook from Dell for some time. (Please, end up us unsuitable.)

All instructed, we’re nonetheless smitten through the XPS 13 design, and albeit we’re satisfied it hasn’t modified a lot, as it doesn’t must. One small request: if Dell may a minimum of middle that backside bezel-oriented webcam find it irresistible has at the new , that might be grasp. 

Dell XPS 13 review

More ‘pro’ than the MacBook Pro?

During our time with the brand new XPS 13, we discovered crucial level: this computer can fit or even surpass the brand new, entry-level part-for-part. For 100 dollars lower than Apple’s newest computer, the XPS 13 gives a sharper display screen, a more potent processor and an identical quantity of RAM and garage.

Oh, and this man has a full-size SD card slot. 

The MacBook Pro? You’ll get another Thunderbolt 3 port – certainly one of which must be used for charging – and little else for its beginning value. On paper, it sort of feels just like the XPS 13 gives you a greater time modifying footage and video than its archnemesis. Well performed, Dell.

Nick Pino has additionally contributed to this assessment.

First reviewed January 2017