Dell has been making some of the best Windows computers for a while, and that reputation is as strong now as it has ever been. That’s no more evident than with the Dell XPS 13. The uultra-portable laptop is not only one of the best speced Windows computer you can buy, it’s also one of the best-built computers around.
We had a chance to check out a few of Dell’s past XPS computers, the most recent one being the XPS 13 2-in-1. The XPS 13 is cut from the same mold, minus the hybrid factor. The exterior has the familiar aluminum panels on the top and bottom that adds to the premium nature of the computer. Inside, you get the soft touch base, all-in-one trackpad, tactile keyboard, fingerprint scanner and a beautiful display.
The XPS 13 comes with a stunning 13.3-inch InfinityEdge touch display that’s almost completely bezel-less. Even more impressive is the crispness of the display thanks to the 3200 x 1800 QHD+ resolution. The only trade-off you get is that the camera has now been awkwardly placed at the bottom of the display. It’ll be somewhat of an issue if you use the camera a lot, but we anticipate it’ll be a moot point after you first lay your eyes on the gorgeous display.
Most of the design details are carried over from the XPS 13 2-in-1, but just in a much more compact body without the clunky hinge to fold the display. The computer feels like a feather and super compact, I cannot stress that enough. It all goes back to the bezel-less display that feels like it floats in the air when you are staring at it.
Spec wise, Dell didn’t skip a beat. The XPS can be outfitted with multiple options for processor, memory, and storage. The model we tested out has an eighth generation Intel i7-8550U processor, 16GB of RAM (2100MHz, LPDDR3) and 512GB-PCle of SSD storage. This particular configuration comes in at $1,699.99. That is on the expensive side, but there are much cheaper options available. Base models come with a seventh generation Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD and starts at $799.99. Every model is available in Silver and Rose Gold color options.
If you were worried about ports, the Dell XPS 13 has you covered. Outlining the edge are two USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader, headphone jack, and one Thunderbolt 3 port to charge. Dell even included a useful battery indicator on the side.
So what’s the final verdict on the Dell XPS 13? It is a fantastic portable computer with an amazing display. You can configure the innards to better suits your needs, be that more power or more storage, but the overall package is as solid as any Windows laptop is right now.