Centre Stage – Dell XPS 13 2-1
The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Vegas (and possibly over by the time you read this), and in case it wasn’t already obvious technology is growing like a watered plant on steroids. Making a big splash this year was Dell, who announced a slew of new devices and accessories that are sure to please and possibly expand their fanbase. Among Dell’s latest was the spotlight-stealing XPS 13 2-1 tablet/laptop. Taking all sorts of the right cues, the XPS 13 is painstakingly thin, sturdy and packed with speed, clarity and power.
The XPS 13 is touting itself as the “world’s smallest” 13-inch 2-1 device. That means a supremely thin bezel and the utilisation of InfinityEdge borderless edge-to-edge display. But thin most definitely doesn’t mean flimsy because the XPS 13 is strong and sturdy, made with machined aluminium, carbon fibre and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. And that display is more than just borderless, it’s also supremely clear, bright and detailed thanks to UltraSharp QHD+ resolution that delivers a colour gamut of 72%, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, up to 5.7 million pixels and the utmost accuracy for viewing or editing pictures. Take the device outside and anti-reflective coating on the screen ensures that your viewing experience isn’t diluted one bit. Rounding out the buffet of external features is an effortless touchscreen and an IGZO IPS panel that offers viewing angles of up 170°.
Because 2-1 devices are built for the mobile experience, the XPS 13 really cranked up the precision in terms of power and endurance. Depending on the type and amount of activity, the device generally lasts between 13-15 hours before needing to be recharged. It also uses thermal sensors to offer trusty performance for longer stretches of time. Lastly, this baby is fast and ready for action in seconds, courtesy of Intel Rapid Start technology and up-to-date PCIe options.
So let’s quickly review, shall we? The XPS 13 is thin, sturdy, powerful, dynamic, graphically stunning, long-lasting and fast. Review over. Go buy one.