Dell launched the 2015 version of the XPS 13, which comes with several improvements from last year’s model. The notebook now comes with an edge to edge display, is overall thinner and has subtle design changes that makes it one of the best notebooks to have come out of Dell in a long time.
The XPS 13 checks a lot of boxes for those looking for a high-end Windows-based Ultrabook: the 13.3-inch touchscreen is offered in a QHD+ resolution (3200 x 1800), the keyboard is backlit, the design features aluminum in abundance (as well as carbon fibre), and the whole thing is powered by Intel’s latest fifth-generation processors. The icing on the cake is the pricing, which starts at just $800.
You also get a 15-hour battery life on the full-HD variant, with the QHD+ panel offering a nine-hour battery life on a full charge. The borderless edge to edge screen is a sight to behold, with Dell managing to fit a 13.3-inch display into the chassis of a 11-inch notebook. The weight has also been reduced, and is at barely over a kilogram. The XPS 13 still has a full chiclet keyboard, but the trackpad is now an all-glass precision affair that allows you to undertake Windows 8.1 gestures with ease.
The $800 variant of the XPS 13 will come with a full-HD screen, Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort as well as an SD card slot. You can get a Core i5 for $900, and a Core i7 variant with 8 GB RAM for $1,000.
The QHD+ version starts from $1,300, with the highest configured model with Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD retailing for $1,900.