Dell XPS 13 laptop is part of the Ultrabook brigade


It seems that this is set to be the year of the Ultrabook, as companies that dabble with notebooks churn out one model after another with the intention of eating into Apple’s MacBook Air market. Dell does not want to be left out of the game either, and their latest foray into the Ultrabook market would come in the form of the Dell XPS 13. The XPS 13 is said to be the most compact 13.3″ Ultrabook to date, boasting an edge-to-edge glass, near “frameless” display, coupled with all-day battery life (claimed, and not tested yet) as well as all the relevant bells and whistles, crammed into a body that tips the scales at just 2.99 lbs, while measuring under 02.5″ at its thinnest point. Let us look at what else the Dell XPS 13 holds underneath the hood after the jump.

You will find the XPS 13 carry a choice of second-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, where its graphical capability provided by an Intel HD 3000 graphics chipset, while its 13.3″ high definition WLED display has a 300-nit display. Storage-wise, your budget determines just how much space you have – you will have to make do with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive. Just in case that is not enough, another 100GB of cloud storage is made available through Dell DataSafe for seamless content backup – for free, of course. Another nice touch from Dell would be a 12-month Skype Premium subscription to help you stay in touch, as Dell probably knows the reason why you got something so light is because you do a lot of traveling – hence making sure you can keep in touch with your loved ones at all times.

The Dell XPS 13 is truly a sight to behold, boasting an edge-to-edge display with hardened Gorilla Glass, a full-size backlit keyboard with a large glass touchpad with integrated buttons and multi-gestural support, and a 47WHr 6-cell battery that is said to offer up to nearly nine hours of juice. It is interesting to note that its design allows the 13.3-inch high definition display with slim bezel fit within a body size that is similar to the form factor of an 11-inch product.

Those with a heart for the environment can also make this purchase with peace of mind, since Dell designed the XPS 13 with the environment in mind by including energy-efficient LED displays that do not have any mercury or arsenic, while Dell also ensured that harmful toxins such as Brominated Flame Retardants and Polyvinyl Chloride (BFR/PVCs) are eliminated during the manufacturing process. The packaging material of the XPS 13 is also green, as it is shipped in many locations with sustainably harvested bamboo packaging material. Other hardware specifications include a 1.3-megapixel webcam, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and 4GB RAM. Prices start from $999 onwards, depending on the configuration.

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3 reviews or comments

Dale C. Says: January 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Dell finally gets it – now if they could sunset all their garbage machines that destroy their image, they could start to reclaim the PC space.

Ed Says: January 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

“measuring under 02.5″ at its thinnest point.”

What is its’ thickest point, 6.5 inches?

Edwin Says: January 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

Marketing speak, Ed :)

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