XPS 13: Dell’s ultrabook

XPS 13: Dell's ultrabook

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During a Paris conference, Dell has announced the launch of its new XPS 13, the brand’s first ultrabook.

Its screen measures 13 inches and it fits in an 11.6 inch chassis. This performance is the result of the decrease in the edges of the screen. In order to maintain maximum strength, Dell added a glass slab Gorilla Glass, currently used on tablets and smartphones. The whole is enclosed in an aluminum shell on the upper part of the computer and in carbon fiber with a pleasant satin touch on the lower part.

By restricting the surface of its XPS 13, Dell declares that it has succeeded in making it 15% less bulky than a MacBook Air, its direct competitor. Weight and thickness are also contained. The manufacturer thus announces 1.36 kg on the scale for a thickness of 18 mm at the highest point. On such a thickness, Dell still integrates two USB ports, including one USB 3.0, a mini-DisplayPort as well as a minijack socket.

Two configurations

Inside, there is in basic configuration a Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 128 GB in SSD, 4 GB of RAM and an HD3000 graphics card from Intel. Of course, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also part of it. This version is available for 999 euros today on the website of Dell. At this price, the MacBook Air is beaten. In the same configuration, its 13 inch model is displayed at 1249 euros.

A second, more elitist version of the XPS 13 is available. She takes a Core i7 clocked at 1.8 GHz, and a 256 GB SSD. All XPS 13 have a backlit keyboard and a announced autonomy of 8:53.

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A recessed definition

At first glance, only one defect is obvious. The screen definition is 1366 x 768 pixels while the MacBook Air displays 1440 x 900 pixels. According to Dell, it would be temporarily impossible to adopt this definition because of the use of a Gorilla Glass panel. Remember that the Intel Ivy Bridge processors arrive next May. An update for the XPS 13 should follow and could include a 1440 x 900 pixel panel.

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