Performance-wise, the XPS 13 was pretty good. With a Core i5 on the base system and a Core i7 on the top end model, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB/256GB SSD, the XPS 13 can glide through most tasks – be it multi-tasking with several open programs to virtualization. From a gaming point of view however, the XPS 13 lacks the firepower thanks to the Intel HD 3000 IGP. You’ll probably want to dial down the settings to low levels just to get the games running.
Some benchmarking results:
The XPS tends to dissipate heat well, assuming moderate usage. The vents are closer towards the LCD hinge and work fairly well during normal usage. Load up a game or put it under heavy usage, however, you’ll want to move the Ultrabook away from your lap to avoid burn marks.
Ultrabooks are supposed to have pretty good battery life. However, I was fairly disappointed with the XPS 13’s battery life. Dell claims that the battery lasts for 8 hours, however a closer look at the fine print indicates that the 8-hour life is on a MobileMark benchmark on the i5 version. My real-world benchmark – using it as I would – extensive web browsing, media playing in the background resulted in the XPS 13 running out of juice in about 4 hours time. Curious to know how it’d perform under heavy loads, I ran Battery Eater after charging it to a 100%.
The result: the battery was reduced to 9% in about 2 hours.
Bundled Utilities & Other Miscellaneous Stuff
The XPS 13 comes with Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition, Dell Stage, Dell Webcam(which allows for screenshots & video captures, with various funky effects, integrated YouTube/Photobucket/Facebook/Box upload), FastAccess Face Recognition and McAfee Security Centre. At first boot, in addition to creating user accounts, you’re also prompted to take a picture for the face recognition software to work.
Pricing, Warranty And Availability
The XPS 13 is available in 3 different models/price points
- Rs 79,990 – Intel Core i5, 2GB dual channel DDR3 memory, 128GB SSD
- Rs 89,990 – Intel Core i5, 2GB dual channel DDR3 memory, 256GB SSD
- Rs 99,990 – Intel Core i7, 4GB dual channel DDR3 memory, 256GB SSD
The XPS 13 is a pretty neat Ultrabook. There are drawbacks – the touchpad and the battery life being the main ones, but these are dwarfed by the positives – the build quality, thickness and the weight. If you’re on the lookout for an extremely thin, lightweight and well performing laptop, the XPS 13 is for you.
- Great looks
- Good performance
- Extremely lightweight
- Lousy touchpad
- Battery life not up to the mark