Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Review
By on April 29th, 2012

There’s a new breed of laptops coming out in the market. Inspired by the MacBook Air, this new breed, known as “Ultrabook” strives at achieving a perfect balance of weight, performance and battery life. Dell has introduced their first set of such laptops, in form of the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. Let’s see how the Ultrabook performs.

Laptop Specifications:

  • Processor: SandyBridge based Intel Core i7-2637M CPU @ 1.70GHz w/ HTEM64TVT-xVT-d & AES new instructions ( CPU-z validation)
  • Main memory: 2x2GB DDR3 1333 MHz Dual Channel mode
  • SSD: Samsung PM830 mSATA
  • Sound Card: Realtek High Definition
  • Graphics Card: Intel HD 3000
  • WiFi: Intel Centrino 6230 802.11 a/b/g/n plus Bluetooth
  • Expansion & Misc ports: 2xUSB, 1xHeadphone out, 1xMini DisplayPort

Packaging:

The packaging was pretty good. The XPS 13 came in a laptop briefcase-esque carton, with lots of foam padding which offers shock protection. With the foam padding, the box gives you an impression that the Ultrabook is a lot bigger than it actually is.

Dell XPS 13 Box

Dell XPS 13

Inside the “briefcase” was the laptop enclosed in a plastic cover placed within a cardboard box. Present in the box was the XPS 13, an envelope featuring quick start guide, warranty & registration information and safety single page quick usage guide. The XPS 13 Ultrabook also came with a Windows 7 Professional SP1 Reinstallation disk, a drivers & utilities DVD, FastAccess Face Recognition software CD and Webcam central CD.

Looks, Build Quality & Weight:

Dell seems to have taken a lot of design cues from the MacBook Air. From the shape to the thickness to the tapering edges, the XPS 13 doesn’t have any unique design to distinguish itself from the MacBook Air. Not that this is a bad thing – the XPS 13 is amazingly sleek and very, very light. Heck even if you compare it with Google’s Cr-48, the pilot ChromeBook, the XPS comes out as the winner between the two in terms of weight. The top cover has a nice matte silver finish with a Dell logo. Unlike Apple and HP machines, the logo isn’t illuminated. The XPS 13 feels very good to hold and there’s no plasticky feel anywhere on the laptop. The bottom of the laptop has a nice rubber-style texture and helps in getting a good grip on the bottom of the laptop.

XPS 13 Unboxed

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Product Reviewed: Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Review By: Sathya Bhat
We take the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook for a spin.
Rated: 4/5
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  • ashish chatterjee

    1. Simple question- Is it better than a Macbook Air?
    2. “Amusingly, even though the XPS comes with the usual assortment of CDs and DVDs, Dell has skipped on adding a DVD drive to maintain the slim form factor.” – :( . Why o why can’t people pay attention to details?

    • http://sathyabh.at Sathya Bhat

      1. Is it better? From a hardware POV, the Air’s definitely much, much better. From a software POV: That depends. I’m not much of a Mac guy & prefer Windows. So I guess it’s a tie?
      2. I know – I was baffled at that decision. Guess Dell wants us to do the juggling of getting the content from the optical media, to let’s say, a USB key.

      • ashish chatterjee

        IMHO Air is as good with software. Besides you can always multi-boot. :). So Air just wins!

        • http://sathyabh.at Sathya Bhat

          Win-win :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1200808263 Naeem Noor

    I’ll wait for the Macbook pro 2012.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543508896 Sathyajith Bhat

      MBP and the XPS 13 cater to different segments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1200808263 Naeem Noor

    I’ll wait for the Macbook pro 2012.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543508896 Sathyajith Bhat

      MBP and the XPS 13 cater to different segments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1200808263 Naeem Noor

    I’ll wait for the Macbook pro 2012.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543508896 Sathyajith Bhat

      MBP and the XPS 13 cater to different segments.

  • russtafari

    So are there any PC laptops with similar features that outshine this one?

 
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