I must say my favorite product at CES 2015 was the Dell XPS 13, a laptop that shows why Dell has been a leader in laptop manufacturing for so many years. This computer has it all: it’s powerful, beautiful and comes in different iterations to fit your needs.
We gave the Dell XPS 13 a good look at the CES show floor, and we even compared both versions for you, but nothing beats taking a machine home and really putting it through the tests. That is when you find out if a computer is actually good or if it’s simply a good product to showcase at retailer floors. The Dell XPS 13 has finally hit our doorstep and we must tell you we are loving it.
For starters, it looks and feels just as amazing as the first time we laid eyes on it at CES. The computer is sleek and its metallic finish is to die for. The keyboard is well laid out and no pieces are loose. In addition, we got the non-touchscreen version, which helps with the glare and makes for a much more comfortable viewing experience.
Its selection of ports is not amazing, but it’s enough to keep you productive and well connected. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a single Mini DisplayPort, a 3.5 mm headset jack, an SD card reader and a Noble lock slot. But enough about this – how does it actually perform?
Once you turn it on you will find out it’s a perfectly capable computer, but don’t take our word for it. We have decided to put together some benchmarks for your geeky pleasure. Let’s go over these, as well as the specs.
Dell XPS 13 specs (our version)
- Windows 8.1
- 13.3-inch 1080p infinity display
- 5th generation 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-5200U
- Intel HD Graphics 5500
- 8 GB of RAM
- 128 GB SSD
Dell XPS 13 benchmarks
Tech Power Up GPU-Z
Our version costs $899.99, but Dell also offers another non-touchscreen versions for $799.99 and $999.99. The cheaper one would come with an Intel Core i3 processor instead of an i5. And if you want more power, you can also opt for the slightly better one, with 8 GB of RAM, at a $999.99 price point. Now, if you really want some quality, the $1299.99 version comes with a QHD+ touchscreen.
We will give you a full review soon, but we wanted to give you a little tease and show you our initial tests. So far we can tell you this is a great computer to get. As you can see in the benchmarks, this bad boy is nearing gaming laptop performance. And this is not really a gaming laptop… nor does it cost as much as one.