Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook Review

Dell inspiron 15z is the latest touch based notebook in the Inspiron series. The new Ultrabook comes with good specifications at a very reasonable price. The laptop has a large 15 inch touchscreen which makes it user friendly while working on the Windows 8 operating system. Being an ultrabook with touchscreen it supports all the basic features of a regular notebook. The notebook though weighs 2.17kgs which is almost double the weight of the normal 13 inch Ultrabooks available.

Compared to other Inspiron notebooks, Inspiron 15z looks quite hefty. However with a 15 inch large touchscreen and with connectivity ports available like 4 USB 3.0 ports, a full HDMI slot, ethernet, card reader, a secure lock slot and jack for a headset, it is made quite compact. Inspiron 15z also comes with an optical read write drive which is not available in other ultrabooks in the market.


ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7
OSWindows8 64-bit
Memory8GB 2 DIMM (4GB x 2) DDR3 1600MHz
Hard Drive500GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD, 32 mSATA SDD
Display15.6 inch LED Display with touch,
HD(1366 x 768)
Graphic CardNvidia GeForce GT630M 2GB
Optical DeviceTray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes DVD)
Sound CardStereo Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® 4.0
Battery6-Cell 44 WHr Battery (built-in)
KeyboardDell™ Chiclet Backlit Keyboard with Multi-touch Touchpad (English)
Adaptor65W AC Adapter
Card Reader8-in-1 Memory Card Reader: SD, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS-Pro, MSXC, MMC, MMC+
Web CamIntegrated 1.0mp widescreen HD (1280 x 720)
BluetoothBluetooth v4.0
Controller CardIntel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230, 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth v4.0
SpeakersSkull Candy speakers integrated
Slots/Ports HDMI 1.4,USB 3.0 x 3,USB 3.0  PowerShare x 1,RJ45 x 1,Microphone/Headphone Jack x 1,Kinsington Lock

Looks, Build Quality, Connectivity Slots

Dell inspiron 15z comes with a matt silver aluminium lid and light grey plastic border and similar to the other notebooks in the Inspiron series. On opening the lid the display screen is cornered with a glossy glass border. The frame with plastic borders definitely cuts down the cost but does not look of great build quality.

The ultrabook comes with a backlit keyboard. If you do not want to use the backlit keys you can manually turn it of using Fn + F6 key. The keyboard is spill resistant and comfortable enough to type on even for a longer duration. The backlit keyboard is helpful while you are sitting in a room with dull lighting.

There is also a large touch pad which is pretty smooth to use and comes with a couple of mouse button on it. Further below, the base has rubber support which give a better grip to the laptop.

The ultrabook looks a little huge (dimensions 15 x 9.8 x 0.9 inch) and is not that stylish. However, it is very simple and mainly for those who want to buy a simple looking low cost model with high specications and touch technology. It also has an integrated 1MP webcam and a microphone adjacent to it for video conferencing.

Connectivity slots provided are HDMI 1.4, three USB 3.0,one USB 3.0 which provides transfer of data at faster speed, common jack for Microphone/Headphone, a secure lock, a card read and also a CD/DVD optical drive.

Display, Touchscreen

15z ultrabook display border is made of a scratch resistant gorilla glass, thus giving it a little glossy effect. The 15.6 inch LED display touch with high definition resolution (HD 1366 x 768) is not good enough for a 15 incher screens. The resolution should have been a minimum of 1400 x 800 to suit the larger screen.

There is no multi touch support with this system. It comes with normal touch, however, touch based laptops is soon going to a basic feature with the Windows 8 operating system. It is very easy to swipe and switch between docs or interfaces. The touch feature also makes browsing menus, interaction with Windows 8 tiles and the Charms menu faster and easier to access.

The Windows 8 UI is created in such a way that the touchscreen becomes addictive and the lack of it makes it harder to navigate. The downside is that the screen might get dirty quickly with fingerprint marks.


The performance is of the Inspiron 15z Ultrabook is good. It takes about 16sec to boot with SSD caching. The skully speakers located at the base just at the chassis are quite large and outputs a good sound quality. The web cam with 1MP outputs a good quality image and adjusts with the surrounding lighting to offer a clear image.

The Inspiron 15z is not a gaming notebook but comes with Nvidia GeForce GT630M 2GB graphics card. It consumes less power and does not overheat. However, it is not convineint to use this for hardcore gaming.

The battery used is 44Whr which is a little disappointing because it only lasts for 3 hours which is not that feasible for an Ultrabook.


Overall it’s a budget ultrabook with all the latest specifications. There is no limitation on the basic features and ports provided in the regular notebooks. The screen is pretty huge and comfortable to work on with the touch feature. It also supports DVD/CD optical drive which is usually not found in many of the ultrabooks. It also comes with skully speakers which are good enough for the laptops.

The best thing is with the 3rd generation intel core i7 processor and memory of 8 GB, 500GB HDD, a pretty good 15 inch touchscreen with Windows 8, Dell Inspiron 15z costs only Rs. 74,990 which is quite reasonable compared to other same spec ultrabook available in the market.

The bad is its very heavy to carry and looks hefty. The display resolution could be much better. Poor battery life might also limit the amount of time you can use the device without using the AC adapter.

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet Review

Windows 8 has been with us for about few months now, and despite being the first consumer release of Windows which is optimized for both touch and non-touch interfaces, the supporting hardware from a touch-interface point of view has been basically non-existent. Sure, there’s the Surface, but trying to get it here in India isn’t exactly straightforward. Thankfully, Dell’s stepped in and released the Dell Latitude 10 Tablet. Dell sent me a review unit & I had a chance to play it for a week. Let’s see how it fares.

Tablet Specifications

The Dell Latitude 10 is based on Intel’s Atom Z2760 (Codenamed Clovertrail) processor & runs Windows 8 Pro, not the RT edition. Here’s some more detailed specs

  • Processor: Intel Atom  Z2760 @ 1.80GHz
  • Main memory: 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
  • 10.1″ IPS screen with 1366×768 resolution
  • Expansion & Misc ports: 1xUSB, 1xHeadphone out, 1xMini HDMI, 1x MicroSD, 1xMicro SIM slot

Packaging, Looks, Build Quality & Weight

The Latitude tablet was packaged in a box very similar to the one which came with the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. The box was a laptop briefcase-esque carton, thought unlike the XPS 13 carton, there was a lack of foam padding. Inside the “briefcase” was the tablet placed in the cardboard box. The box contents were minimal — the box featured just the tablet and the power adapter and power cord. The absence of other accessories is surprising, considering the expansion options that the tablet has — especially with the presence of mini HDMI port. A bundled mini-HDMI or a Mini-HDMI to HDMI converter would have have been much welcome.

With an all-black body the Latitude looks pretty slick. The front of the tablet gets a big 10.1″ highly glossy reflective screen, with a GorillaGlass protection, while the back of the tablet has a more subdued, matte-grey with rubber finishing to prevent slippage. There’s a pretty thick bezel however, that tends to detract from the looks of the tablet.

Dell Latitude 10

The rounded corners on the tablet edges mean that you wouldn’t run into any sharp cuts. The Latitude 10 weighs in at about 650g for the 2-cell battery version. However, the review unit came with the optional 4-cell, 60Whr battery, tipping the weighing scales at a hefty 820g. With either versions, it’s practically not possible to operate the tablet with one hand, and you’ll definitely not be using it as a bed-side device for reading.

Connectivity options

For a tablet, the Latitude comes with a bunch of connectors – you get a USB port, a mini-HDMI port, headphone jack, a microUSB port for charging, and a dock connector. In addition, there’s also support for a SD card and a microSIM port. The microSIM slot, however, is very easy to ignore and dismiss – much like cell phones, the microSIM slot is under the battery which also makes hot swapping SIM cards impossible. Despite these connectivity options, you’ll have to invest in your own cables and accessories — Dell, in it’s infinite wisdom thought it was a great idea to skip out on all cables and leave you with the job of getting your own cables.

Touchscreen, Display & Audio Quality

Touchscreens generally make or break a tablet – I’ve played with few el-cheapo tablets which gee-whiz-bang specs, only for me to not look at them at all because of their pathetic touchscreen response. With this in mind, I’m very happy to say that the Latitude’s touchscreen is simply fantastic. There was nary a touch that went undetected. To make things even better, the the Latitude’s 10.1″ IPS screen is simply brilliant. Though not in the same league as the iPad’s Retina displays, one glance at the screen with Windows 8’s Start Screen & Live tiles on and it’s near impossible to turn away from the screen. The combination of the brilliant display and fantastic touchscreen response means that you’ll find it very hard to keep your hands off the tablet. The weight of the tablet, however, will make you want to keep it down on the table, or attached to a dock however.

To achieve the fantastic display quality, however, Dell’s opted for a highly reflective, glossy screen. I’m not a huge fan of glossy screens – the light reflection tends to hit my eyes hard, and with my vision problems, causes unwanted strain on my eyes. The Latitude is no different, with even a tubelight lit overhead will result in tubelight rays bouncing off the tablet and hitting your eyes. To make matters worse, the screen is also huge fingerprint magnet – just a day of swiping about and the screen was coated with my fingerprints. I had to resort to using my LCD screen cleaner to keep the fingerprints at bay and I suspect this is likely to be a daily affair.

Dell Latitude 10

Dell Latitude 10 screen

The Latitude’s audio quality wasn’t too bad.  The built-in stereo speakers were loud enough to be heard on a average sized room and performed well. There’s only a 3.5mm jack for connecting a headphone/earphones. The tablet also comes with a 2MP front facing camera & a 8MP rear camera with LED flash. I didn’t get a chance to try out either of the cameras, so I can’t  comment on the picture quality.

Performance And Battery Life

When I first discovered that the tablet features an Atom processor – I wondered what sort of performance I should expect from it. Traditionally, Atom processors aren’t exactly known for the processing prowess. The newer Atom processors codenamed CloverTrail however – performed admirably well. The response of the tablet was pretty zippy, and there was no sign of lag even with a bunch of Modern UI apps running in the background. I didn’t bother running any of the traditional PC-based benchmarking programs, since the scores will be low and there’s no real way to compare the numbers against anything else. Suffice to say, the Tablet was able to cope up with most content consumption activities – be it using YouTube, watch a hi-def movie using VLC or anything else for that matter – the tablet just hummed along fine

Battery performance on the tablet was just brilliant. Throughout my week-long review period, I charged it just once, with an average usage of 2-3 hours, on WiFi. With continuous usage, I think it’s fair to assume that the tablet should last a business day quite easily. Granted, this was on the 4-cell, 60Whr battery, but even on the regular 2-cell battery, the tablet should easily give you about 5-6 hours of battery backup.

Pricing And Conclusion

With all of these goodies, the Dell Latitude’s pricing isn’t too bad – it retails at Rs 47,290, excluding taxes and comes with a 1-year warranty. While strictly not an Apples-to-apples comparison, the current gen iPad with 64GB capacity and 4G is priced at about Rs 52,000 to give you a fair idea where it stands at.

Ultimately though, the Dell Latitude 10, while being a great device, doesn’t seem to be targeted at the home/average user. With the Latitude branding that’s popular among corporates, the security features make it clear that that’s their target audience. Which is a shame because with a little bit of tweaking on the price, the Dell Latitude 10 can be a worthy alternative for the iPad, especially if you don’t want to give up on your existing Windows applications, while simultaneously trying out the Modern UI apps that Microsoft is going with the road ahead.


  • Great battery life
  • Great display and touchscreen performance
  • Great build quality


  • Highly reflective screen which is also a fingerprint magnet
  • Weight adds up at the higher end of the tablet


End of the PC Era: Dell Buyout, Problems for Microsoft and Intel

After Apple launched the iPad in 2010, the technology market was disrupted. The PC gave way to touchscreen tablets. Many Goliath’s at the time, like Dell, Microsoft, and Intel saw the tablet market as being complimentary instead of as a substitute to their PC and laptop market.

“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by cannibalizing PC sales, but by causing user shift to tablets,” says Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst of Gartner.

The end of the PC era seemed all too clear with the dismal earnings shown by HP and Dell last quarter. Today it seems that Dell, which is the master of custom-delivered computers, is in talks for a buyout. Sources have said that Silver Lake Partners was in discussions with Dell for a leveraged buyout at around $13 to $14 per share. This will be one of the largest deals since the global recession.

This is seen as a desperate attempt by Dell to focus on new areas away from its core PC business. Its decline has been the worst in its sectors after its shipments fell by 21% to 9.2 million. This news resulted in a surge of its stock price to $12.29.  Dell has declined to comments on these developments.

Consumers are flocking towards tablets. A recent study has already claimed that at the current rate, tablets will outsell notebooks this year. This may be due to the booming tablet market in China and the recession. The report explains that tablet shipments will reach more than 240 million units worldwide this year, with notebooks forecast to reach 207 million units.

After Microsoft launched Windows 8 in October last year, the expected boost to their sales would have come from users who upgrade their operating systems, in addition to users who buy new PCs or laptops. However, the declining PC sales (down 6.4% in the last year) will give them cause for concern.

The rise of mobile systems is not helping Intel either. Its era of extraordinary profits and market invincibility seems to have come to an end. Intel’s shares have fallen by over 7% last year. Its competitors are chip manufacturers for tablets and smartphones who have to work with smaller profit margins. Having said that, Intel’s server chip market is still growing very fast. This is mainly due to the rise of cloud services. Also, Intel is fighting back with a strong focus on Ultrabook laptops that have touch screens.

(Source: Gartner and Reuters)

Dell XPS Duo 12: a Windows 8 Ultrabook That Can Swivel into a Tablet

This year’s Mobile World Congress saw a flurry of ultrabooks with manufacturers queuing up to compete with the Apple MacBook Air. Now, at the IFA 2012, the trend seems to have shifted towards convertibles or hybrid devices – ultrabooks with detachable display units that can also be used as tablets.


We have already covered Samsung’s Smart PC and HP’s Envy x2. A short while back, Dell also got into the game with its XPS duo 12. Unlike others, the XPS doesn’t have a detachable display unit. Instead, you can flip the display unit over to use it in a tablet like form factor. The distinctive disadvantage of this is that even when you are using the XPS duo 12 as a tablet, you will have to put up with the additional weight of the keyboard.

The XPS duo 12 is built using Aluminum and Carbon Fiber, and sports a 12.5-inch full HD multi-touch display, which is covered from edge to edge by Gorilla glass. The XPS duo will be a premium device, and processor options will go all the way up to Ivy Bridge based Intel Core i7.

The XPS duo 12 is an interesting device, but it seems to be a notebook first and a tablet second. The large form factor and bulk might make it a bit too bulky to be used regularly as a tablet. However, it will be among the most powerful hybrid devices around. Dell will be releasing the XPS duo 12 when Windows 8 becomes available on October 26.

Dell Discusses Plans To Launch Windows 8 Tablets, Isn’t Worried About The Surface

When Microsoft announced the Surface, they didn’t just want to make a high-quality piece of hardware that’s intended to make Windows 8 shine. They also did so to push otherwise sloppy OEMs to step up their game and develop equal — if not better — devices that are both exceptional in quality and innovative. With the exception of Acer, OEMs have been largely positive about the Surface. Dell is joining Lenovo and HP in making generally neutral/positive comments about the device, while also stating during an investor’s call that they have plans to release Windows 8 devices of their own throughout the fourth quarter and into next year.

Here’s what Senior VP Brian Gladden had to say about it:

“As you think about Microsoft entering the space, clearly, as we think about it, we’ve spent time talking to Microsoft and understanding sort of how they’re thinking about it. There clearly are opportunities for us, as Windows 8 comes through, in having differentiated products. And I think at the same time they have announced the Surface product that would be in the space, we will have products in there, and I think you’ll see a diverse set of offerings that take advantage of what Windows 8 brings to market.”

As you can see, they’re generally neutral about the Surface, unlike Acer, whose executives have been pretty bitter and negative about the device in public statements. Here’s the tidbit in which Gladden mentions Dell’s plans to launch Windows 8 devices:

“You’ll see new Windows 8 ultrabooks, all-in-one tablets and converged devices in the fourth quarter and headed into next year.”

The form factors that he hints at in this comment are interesting. I’m curious to find out what the “converged” devices look like, and how they differ from the all-in-one tablets. Perhaps they’re Galaxy Note-esque devices, which lie somewhere in between a tablet and a phone?

Dell Earnings: Revenue Drops on Decreased Desktop & Mobility Sales

Dell reported its earnings for Q2 FY13 today, with revenue declining 8% to around $14.5 billion and operating income dropping 21% to $0.9 billion. While its services revenue increased marginally, revenue from products declined nearly 10%. In the products business, storage, mobility and desktop devices saw the greatest decline in revenue.

It reported a net profit of $732 million, down 18% year-over-year, as sales declined and R&D expenses jumped nearly 27%.

Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, said:

“We’re transforming our business, not for a quarter or a fiscal year, but to deliver differentiated customer value for the long term. We’re clear on our strategy and we’re building a leading portfolio of solutions to help our customers achieve their goals.”

Dell’s stock has dropped nearly 5% following the earnings release, as it also lowered its outlook for the coming quarters, and is currently trading near its 52-week low.

As the desktop market is expected to see a decline in growth in the coming years, Dell’s earnings will continue to be hit since desktop products account for a major portion of its overall sales. The launch of Windows 8 might offer some respite, but Dell’s earnings will be pressured not only by increasing competition in the desktop space, but also by the shift to mobile devices where it hardly has a significant presence.

via Dell – SEC

Sputnik Program Taking Beta Testers for the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with Ubuntu

Ubuntu fans are going to have a gala time ahead of them, and even more so, if you are a developer. Dell is planning to bring in the Ubuntu experience to laptops, and it wants to do things in the proper way. That is why, Dell has a beta-testing program in place for the Dell XPS 13 Ultraboook, with Ubuntu pre-installed. This beta testing program is called Sputnik, and it might send Dell sales skyrocketing through the laptop market for two reasons: cheaper prices and free software.


The page announcing the Sputnik Beta testing program reads,

Be a test pilot for the ultimate developer laptop.

Dell is now recruiting volunteers for the Sputnik Beta Cosmonaut program. A limited number of applicants will be selected to receive a discounted, beta version solution (Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04LTS).

With your help, we are confident that this new Ubuntu Linux-based laptop will become the ultimate mobile tool for developers.

The registration form can be found on this page. It takes some personal details along with company details. One promising development is that the program is open for developers all over the world, and not just for those in the US.

Dell has tried selling Linux based laptops earlier though every time, the laptops just vanished from their website without so much as a pop. However, this time, Dell seems serious about the Ultrabook, and is off to a good start. This test will help Dell estimate how well Ubuntu based laptops are received by the developer community worldwide. It might create newer range of Dell products, and give Linux the much needed consumer-market exposure it has always deserved. Nonetheless, it will strengthen the Ubuntu ecosystem, with more developers interested in being a part of this revolution.

Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook Launched In India For Rs.82,990

Dell recently launched the new XPS 14 ultrabook in India. As the name suggests, the Dell XPS 14 sports a 14 inch HD+ True Life Infinity display. The previously launched Dell XPS 13 is highly portable and compact, while the new XPS 14 provides extended battery life and connectivity. Consumers have the option of choosing either Core i5 3317U or Core i7 3517U CPU as well as 500 GB SATA hard drive or 512 GB solid State drive. The Dell XPS 14 offers up to 10 hours of battery-life.

Mahesh Bhalla, Director and General Manager, Consumer and SB, Dell India, said:
“Following the exceptional success of our XPS 13, our customers wanted to see more of the XPS brand. The XPS 14 laptop offers powerful performance, thoughtful design and a superb user experience, along with enterprise friendly features so you can use them for work and for play.”

Dell XPS 14 Specifications:

  • 14.0 inch HD+ (900p) True Life Infinity Display
  • Edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass
  • 4 GB or 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz memory
  • 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U or i7-3517U processor
  • 500 GB SATA HDD or 512 GB SSD drive options with Intel Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel HD 4000 video graphics
  • High Definition Audio + Waves MaxxAudio 4
  • Standard full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; spill-resistant
  • Glass integrated button touchpad with gesture support
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam with dual array digital microphones
  • 69 WHr 8-Cell Li-Polymer battery; 65W AC adaptor
  • Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional
  • Precision crafted machined aluminum with a silicone base

The Dell XPS 14 comes with the Intel Rapid Start and Smart Response technology. The Rapid Start delivers fast boot-up and hibernate response times, while the Smart Response quickly recognizes and caches the most frequently used files and applications. Trusted Platform Module (TPM) offers user and machine security with BitLocker Data Encryption for network-based client computing.

The Dell XPS 14 is currently available for purchase in India with a starting price of Rs.82,990 for the base model, while the price goes up to Rs.122,900 depending on the user’s customization. You can easily get the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook at Dell Exclusive stores as well as other retail partners. However, you can also order it online from the Dell’s official website.

Dell Expands their Alienware Lineup in India, Introduces Alienware M14x & M17x

Close on the heels of the Alienware X51’s launch in India, Dell has announced the expansion of the Alienware seiries in India, with the introduction of the Alienware M14X and the M17x. The two laptops are aimed at different segments – the M14x is catered towards the gamer who requires a balance between mobility and performance; while the M17x is more of a desktop replacement.

The Alienware M14x and M17x laptops come with the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and Creative Sound Blaster audio chipset with support for THX 7.1 digital surround sound and Klipsch-branded speakers. The Alienware M14x features optional dual drive configurations, up to 16GB of memory, a Blu-ray combo optical drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics engine with GDDR5 graphics memory.

Alienware M14XThe M14X’s bigger brother, the M17X features up to 32GB of memory, an optional 17.3-inch 120Hz Wide WLED 3D display, THX 3D surround sound and an option of  GDDR5-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M and 675M graphics solutions.

Alienware M17X

Both laptops feature Intel’s 3rd Generation processors, HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options, optional 3D HD gaming capability, optional Blu-ray disc drive and surround-sound quality from Klipsch speakers. The laptops feature AlienAdrenaline, which enables users to create shortcuts associated with games, or applications capable of triggering a chain of commands.

Dell has also announced that it has collaborated with EA to implement AlienFX software and lighting control system as well as an exclusive Alienware Arena dog tag in EA’s Battlefield 3. Gamers will see unique loading and menu and player health lighting effects while playing Battlefield 3.

Pricing, Availability And Specifications

The Alienware M14x and M17x can be booked online at Dell’s online store. The M14X starts at ₹85,000 + local taxes and VAT, while the M17X starts at ₹1,46,000 + local taxes and VAT.

The M14X is available in the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i5 and i7 Processor Options
    • Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz (3.1GHz w/Turbo Boost, 3MB Cache) (Standard)
    • Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
    • Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6GHz (3.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
    • Intel Core i7-3820QM 2.7GHz (3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
  • Graphics Card Options
    • 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M using NVIDIA Optimus technology
    • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M using NVIDIA Optimus technology
  • 14-inch WLED HD+ display (1600X900)
  • Up to 16GB of DDR3 Memory(6GB Standard); 2x 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots
  • Up to 1TB drive or up to 512GB Solid State Drive

The Alienware M17x is available in the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7 Processor Options
    • Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache) (Standard)
    • Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6GHz (3.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
    • Intel Core i7-3820QM 2.7GHz (3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
  • NVIDIA Graphics Card Options
    • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M(Standard)
    • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 675M
  • 17.3″ 120Hz Full HD (1920 x 1080) WLED LCD w/3D Bundle
  • Up to 32GB of DDR3 Memory(6GB 1600MHz Standard); 4x 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots
  • Up to 1TB or up to 512GB Solid State Drive

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Review

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


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