Dell XPS 13 review: The smallest 13-inch laptop is a pleasure to use

Jan 31, 2018 AT 21:37 PM | BY LifeBanter


n a world of flash convertibles, removable screens and gaming machines Dell the right of shooting to the consumption of laptops may appear disappointing.

But the Dell XPS 13 has landed the Windows standard, the laptop has the first place in almost every critics list of the best laptops for the past two years. Thanks to its compact design, excellent battery life and a bright, punchy screen check all the boxes for regular buyers looking for an alternative to their ageing MacBook Air.

The last revision of the XPS 13 leaves little to be seen from the outside, but the internal sound of the upgraded processors have given this laptop a power increase of close by 2017.

But the competition is more and more quick. The new XPS 13 starts at £1,099, making it relatively expensive high-end laptop. So why everyone still loves the XPS 13, and is this upgrade enough to make it a viable choice of top ultrabook in 2018?

InfinityEdge Display and design

The Dell XPS 13 of the current design has been in shape for nearly two years now, but it is still one of the most smart looking laptops you can buy.

The interior is the design of the screen that makes this laptop stand. Dell squeezes a 13.3-inch screen in the body of a standard 11-inch laptop, which it claims makes it the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop. This InfinityEdge screen design has become the norm on mobile phones, but still looks beautiful on a laptop. The model I used came with a 3200×1800 QHD touch screen, which does not glow with details.

T– he simple valve look may seem a little out of sync with a market full of two-in-one, portable computers, and it is not the easiest to open, requiring a bit of force to pull apart.

Dapl retains a meagre selection of ports on the XPS 13, but the much more that you can find in the single USB-C on the new MacBook. You get two USB ports, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, a USB port-C, and an additional standard shipping fee. There is even a wonderful little button on the left side of the laptop that allows you to check the battery, even when the lid is closed.

A disadvantage of this edge-to-edge design is the webcam placement, which is nestled in the lower-left corner of the screen. What this means is that if you have to do a lot of video conferencing or Skype calls, you can see your unflattering meat fingers, sitting in front of the camera – a distraction and an annoyance.

This also means that the laptop does not support Windows speech recognition Hello, but you can add a fingerprint scanner to the keyboard for£25.

Small and lightweight

With a small build for a 13-inch laptop, you can almost forget that you are not carrying a powerful, high-level of your laptop in your bag. Nestled under the arm, the XPS 13 feels unobtrusive, and at 1.29 kg, it feels light on the turn, when, to the house.

Its keyboard is excellent, of course, it is a little small because it is pressed on such a small body, but in general, the technical terms “clickiness” it types like a dream.

The touch pad is a little more tricky. It is quite small and required some playing with the settings to get right, first of all a feeling more sensitive. It was a nuisance, but after a few trials and errors, I found the right combination of settings to enhance the experience.

Performance and battery

The new 2017 XPS 13 is the first laptop announced that it was going to launch with the latest eighth generation of Intel processors, which means that you get even faster performance when running multiple tasks than on previous models.

Running, it is very quiet, although not the silent running you get on some more expensive models.

Battery life is an area where Dell has established itself as a leader on the market of consumer laptops. The XPS 13 claims 22 hours of battery life. While this can work, in theory, with the video of the reading of the tests, in reality, you are likely to get 12 to 13 hours of the laptop, still an impressive run.

The day-to-day use of the XPS 13 ran smooth and fast. The model I was using had the latest processors and 16 gb of RAM, but the cheaper model with 8GB should be enough to zip through everyday tasks.

The future

Dell’s current XPS 13 design has been around for a couple of years now, and it feels like the last call for this construction. That said, if you do choose to invest in the XPS 13 will allow you to obtain an excellent performance of the laptop, which is a joy to use for work every day.

In 2018, we’ll be looking for updates to Apple’s line of laptops. But the current culture, the XPS 13 is a booth at the interpreter, running close to the Microsoft Surface Laptop of one of our favorite Windows phones, I’ve tested this year.

Other key points

  • The XPS 13 comes in silver, but you can pay a supplement of 25 € for a rose gold color.
  • The fingerprint scanner is also an option to upgrade, but there is no facial recognition Windows Hello, it makes a good addition.
  • The laptop now starts at £1,099 for the Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, model, without the touch screen or QHD screen. I have been using a i7 16 gb model with the touch, which starts at £1,249.


Should you buy the Dell XPS 13? Or rather, you should buy the Dell XPS 13 now? In all likelihood, the price of this laptop will go down a bit, and you can get the older 2016 generation online for significantly under £1,000.

Despite the slight signs of age creeping into his design, the XPS 13 is one of the most pleasant and convenient Windows laptops I’ve used. It is lightweight, portable, powerful, and lasts all day, really all you need from a laptop all day.

There are weird things that might put some buyers off, namely the webcam and a bit flaky trackpad, but in two weeks of use, the XPS 13 has won me over.

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