In my honest opinion, this is the best windows laptop on the planet. I know that’s a massive call but I do have to kinda justify the $2k price I paid for it. No, it wasn’t gifted to us. I actually bought this with my own money for my own personal use. And here’s why…
This laptop looks absolutely stunning. It’s largely Dell’s answer to the Macbook Air except it’s got a 13 inch screen packed into an 11 inch form factor. It achieves this with the screen running edge to edge, having next to no bezel in what Dell is calling ‘InfinityEdge’ Display. With the lid closed it’s got a smooth brushed aluminium finish on the back, similar to the macbook but with a round signature dell logo to let people know you’re a proud PC owner. The body of the laptop is a crisp black carbon fibre. What I love about the coatings they’ve used is that is shows up practically ZERO fingerprints or smudges from extended use.
I also owned the previous version of this laptop which has much more curved edges than the upgraded model. They’ve squared off much of the corners which in my opinion is a much better look, giving it a ‘solid’ feel. Not only does it look great, at only 9-15mm thick and 1.18kg, it ridiculously portable.
The screen is absolutely stunning. The resolution on this thing is absolutely re-dunk-u-lous at 3200x1800px. That’s 5.7 million pixels! As a 13 inch screen, it’s got better resolution than my 30 inch desktop monitor (although I purchased that around 3 years ago). I had to adjust some of the display settings in windows and increase the font sizes to get it looking right but once you do it’s prefect. While most of the applications like Chrome and MS Office programs work perfectly, I’ve found certain programs to not adjust to the resolution so their icons appear very small. Hoping Dell provides an update to this.
The screen is also touch friendly where you can use all of the windows gestures like swiping in from the right or top to close apps or access settings but I find myself not using these too much as I primarily use the windows in desktop mode. Don’t stress about scratching it as it’s made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass.
The only slight drawback is the keyboard. I use a mechanical keyboard on my main desktop PC which is very tactile to touch and responsive. They keyboard of the XPS is almost as if you are tapping your fingers against a flat surface on your desk. They keeps seem somewhat soft and unresponsive when you type with limited travel, but their saviour is the nice groove built into each of the keys so you can still feel where your hands are and type without looking down at the keyboard. You do get used to this after a while.
I’ve listed the detailed technical specs for you below but in terms of usability, I found the laptop performing incredibly well for everyday tasks with no noticeable lag and an incredibly fast boot time from the solid state drive. I love that it’s got two USB 3 posts, one on each side (none of this singular USB-C port or dongle shit), so I could easily use a mouse and charge my mobile at the same time.
Processor: 5th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English
Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L-RS 1600Mhz (On Board)
Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
Video Card: Intel® HD Graphics 5500
Display: 13.3-inch UltraSharp™ QHD+ (3200 x 1800) infinity touch display
Wireless: DW 1560 + BT4.0 [802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2×2]
Keyboard: English Backlight Keyboard
Battery: 52 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (integrated). Around 12 Hours battery life with the touch display.
Camera: Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with dual array digital microphones
Audio: Stereo speakers professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro 1W x 2 = 2W total
Ports: 2 USB 3.0, Powershare (1), mini DisplayPort (1), SD card reader, headset jack (1), Noble lock (1), 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Dimensions: Height: 9-15mm (0.33-0.6?) x Width: 304mm (11.98?) x Depth: 200mm (7.88?)
Weight: 2.6lbs (1.18kg); 2.8lbs (1.26kg)with touch
The Dell XPS ticks all the boxes for me. It looks incredible, it’s ultra portable, lightning fast, has good battery life and a stunning screen that’s a joy to work on. I forgot to mention it’s proudly a PC! While there is a hefty price tag for the model I purchased, if you’re going to invest in a laptop as a daily driver, this is it.