The all new Dell XPS 13 is the first ultrabook that Dell launches in this year. This laptop is not only regarded as the 2012’s very important Laptop but also has certain specifications that essentially make it a Windows MacBook Air.
Though the company is a late comer in this ultrabook game, but nails few fascinating features to provide ultimate mobile computing experience to the end users. Let us now delve deep into its specifications and see what lies beneath these bragging titles.
Dell XPS 13 Features
Dimensions and Weight
The Dell XPS 13 has dimensions of 12.5 x 8.1 x 0.25 inches and weighs around 3.6 pounds along with the AC adapter.
The most eye-catching part of the Dell XPS 13 is its chassis that combines magnesium alloy, aluminium and carbon fibre to assure an excellent build quality. Large space for the touch pad, backlit keyboard and edge to edge Gorilla Glass covering for the display certainly depicts an impressive laptop.
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However, the screen resolution is quite decent, though it is not the best, but it is better than most of the ultrabooks crowding the shelves of the tech market.
If you have already decided that the Asus Zenbook UX31 is the closest look-alike of the MacBook Air then this ultrabook is worth considering. When the lid is closed, it is really hard to distinguish between the two, provided the logo of Dell or Apple is not visible.
The two heat vents located on the bottom part of the device raises it by a few millimetres making it more distinctive as compared to the smooth body of the MacBook Air.
The chassis of the Dell XPS 13 is made more compact and from a single glance at the device it may seem as if it falls somewhere between the 11 inch and 13 inch laptops.
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However, the display measures 13 inches diagonally and protected by the edge to edge Gorilla Glass. The screen has a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Though the keyboard is quite shallow, but being soft it is quite pleasant to use. In spite of being embedded with bright backlight, the black keyboard tray and the keys suppress its luminosity. Moreover, an all-over non-glossy surface is highly appreciated when it comes to laptop interior and this ultrabook has an impressive matte black finish to its keyboard.
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The ample acreage of the touchpad also boasts of matte surface and is also better than most of the other Windows laptops. Though you cannot expect the same tactility of a MacBook Air touchpad, but it definitely requires some tweaking to provide useable tap sensitivity.
The Dell XPS 13 is engrafted with Intel Core i5-2467M processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM and Intel UM67 chipset. For high definition graphic detailing the device is also implanted with Intel HD 3000 graphic processing unit. The ultrabook runs on 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.
The connectivity options in Dell XPS 13 include DisplayPort, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Dell XPS 13 Price
The Dell XPS 13 was launched with a price tag of $ 980.