Dell’s XPS 13 has lengthy held the title of greatest Home windows laptop computer you will get. It affords an ideal mixture of efficiency, premium design and options which makes it a no brainer for nearly each sort of purchaser.
Now, the identical laptop computer is getting an improve. Dell has introduced a brand new XPS 13 that builds on the earlier era with model new options, thinner and lighter design and better-sounding audio system. It is on sale right now beginning at $999. Scroll right down to examine every little thing new.
The brand new Dell XPS 13 is thinner, lighter and sooner
Dell’s newest XPS 13 is not any totally different from the seems of the earlier mannequin, with the identical edge-to-edge keyboard and minimalist aesthetic. Nonetheless, the laptop computer manages to be skinny and light-weight. To do that, Dell needed to redesign the laptop computer’s interiors to suit every little thing. The corporate says it needed to “decrease” the motherboard to be 1.8 occasions smaller, making it the smallest motherboard ever constructed.
End result? The brand new XPS 13 is simply 0.55 inches thick and weighs 2.59 kilos, in comparison with the older mannequin’s 0.58-inch and a couple of.60-pound enclosures. It’s launching in two finishes: Sky (a silvery blue) and Amber (a comfortable maroon). They’re each a pleasant change from Dell’s traditional white and black, and recall to mind the colourful Floor Laptop computer 4. It is comprised of CNC machined aluminum for a extra sturdy and transportable kind issue, and it nonetheless seems each bit as premium because the XPS line has traditionally been.
Trying across the laptop computer, Dell contains the identical twin Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports because the earlier XPS 13, however omits the microSD card slot and three.5mm headphone jack. Dell will make up for the shortage of a headphone jack with an non-compulsory USB-C to three.5mm adapter, however there is not any in-box substitute for a microSD card reader, which is a little bit of a bummer.
For safety, there is a fingerprint reader built-in into the ability button on the keyboard, in addition to a particular array of sensors within the high bezel for Home windows Hi there-enabled facial recognition. Audio system nonetheless sit beneath the keyboard on the XPS 13, however the 4W drivers have been enhanced with “studio high quality” tuning, because of Waves MaxxAudio Professional and NX 3D Audio expertise. There are additionally twin microphones with Waves MaxxVoice expertise to make your voice clearer throughout video calls.
The XPS 13 has a equally sized 13.4-inch show with InfinityEdge bezels, however there is a bump in specs to talk of. The corporate now allows you to configure the machine with 4K UHD+ decision, which is barely sharper than the earlier mannequin’s 4K display screen at 3840 x 2400 versus 3456 x 2160. It is touch-enabled, comes with 500 nits brightness (sufficient to see outdoors), and has loads of expertise onboard to indicate off vibrant and correct colours. There is not any OLED choice simply but, which is a bit disappointing contemplating that the earlier Dell XPS 13 OLED is one in every of our favourite laptops.
Below the hood, Dell contains the newest Twelfth-generation Intel Core processors, with assist for as much as the i7-1250U. The laptop computer is obtainable with as much as 1TB of storage and 32GB of RAM, which is greater than sufficient for most individuals. The battery has shrunk barely in dimension from 52Whr to 51Whr, however Dell nonetheless says you will stand up to 12 hours of use on a full cost.
Rounding issues out, there is a 720p webcam on the newest XPS 13, which is disappointing contemplating how most fashionable laptops have changed the 1080p sensor over time. As well as, Dell will promote the laptop computer in two OS flavors: Home windows 11 (for normal customers) and Ubuntu 20.04 (for builders).
We love the XPS 13 for its nice efficiency, battery life, and premium design. With the brand new mannequin, it seems like there can be an enchancment, which is sort of thrilling. After all, we’ll must get our arms on the machine earlier than we soar to any conclusions and let you know whether or not or to not purchase it, so keep tuned for our evaluate within the coming weeks.
Till then, you will get the brand new XPS 13 beginning right now at $999 for the Home windows mannequin and $949 for Ubuntu.