What Makes Dell's XPS 13 a Worthy Hybrid Laptop Contender

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2017-01-06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What Makes Dell's XPS 13 a Worthy Hybrid Laptop Contender

    Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 hybrid laptop is one in a multitude of new PC models that Dell and other PC makers are introducing at the Computer Electronics Show 2017.
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    It’s a 2-in-1 Hybrid Laptop
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    It’s a 2-in-1 Hybrid Laptop

    The Dell XPS 13 is a two-in-one hybrid, which means it can be used both as a tablet and a laptop. It also comes with a touch-screen and when placed in a tent-like position can be used as a display screen so users can view content without having to hold it.
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    It Has an Edge-to-Edge Display
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    It Has an Edge-to-Edge Display

    Arguably the biggest new feature in the XPS 13 is its edge-to-edge display. The feature, called the InfinityEdge, makes the screen look as though it spills off the edge of the case to maximize screen real estate and minimize bezels. The screen measures 13.3-inches diagonally and offers up to a 3,200-by-1,800-pixel resolution and a 170-degree viewing angle. It can accept 10 simultaneous touch-points.
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    Intel Core CPUs Give it Solid Processing Power
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    Intel Core CPUs Give it Solid Processing Power

    Dell XPS 13 customers will be able to choose between seventh-generation Intel Core i processors. The device ships with an Intel Core i5 processor, though customers can choose a processing speed of up to 3.2GHz. Those who want Intel Core i7 power can get clock speeds up to 3.6GHz.
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    Graphics Could Be Improved
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    Graphics Could Be Improved

    The XPS 13’s graphics processor isn’t all that impressive. The computer ships with the Intel HD Graphics 615, a chip that will do a decent job for work-a-day computing chores but won’t be able to handle graphics-intensive applications. It’s a bit of a disappointment.
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    It Ships with Windows 10 Home
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    It Ships with Windows 10 Home

    The XPS 13 ships with Windows 10 Home, which isn’t ideal for business users. However, Dell gives customers the option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for additional performance and security. It would be nice to see Windows 10 Home out of the box, but since this is a mainly a consumer product, Windows 10 Home will work fine.
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    Battery Life Is Competitive
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    Battery Life Is Competitive

    The Dell XPS 13 delivers impressive battery life for most users. According to Dell’s own benchmarks, the computer can last up to 15 hours on a single charge for standard use. Those who want to watch continuous video should be able to get up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.
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    Dell Active Pen Stylus Is Optional
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    Dell Active Pen Stylus Is Optional

    The Dell XPS 13 comes with support for the Dell Active Pen, a stylus offering 2,048 levels of precision and lets users write on the screen to annotate a PDF, take notes and more. The stylus is sold separately, however, so those who want the feature should be ready to spend a bit more.
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    Thin Design Makes it Highly Portable
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    Thin Design Makes it Highly Portable

    In general, the Dell XPS 13 is a nicely portable device. It weighs 2.7 pounds regardless of the components customers choose and measures just .3 inches at its thickest point. The Dell XPS 13 should be easy to carry around.
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    Accessories Support a Lot of Connectivity
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    Accessories Support a Lot of Connectivity

    Dell offers several accessories to go with the XPS 13, including an adapter that lets users connect to projectors, TVs, Ethernet and more, all at the same time. Those who want to keep the computer safe should consider the Dell Premier Sleeve 13 case. The Hybrid Adapter and Power Bank is an external power source. And of course, there’s the Dell Active Pen.
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    What to Know About Pricing
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    What to Know About Pricing

    As of this writing, the Dell XPS 13 is ready to ship in just a few days. While the computer comes with an affordable $1,000 starting price, customizations will quickly increase the price. A nicely equipped option, for instance, will cost customers $1,400.
 

Dell is making news at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas, thanks to multiple announcements about new PC models and peripherals. The company has introduced new laptops, hybrids and even a monitor, and says there are more product announcements to come at the show. But arguably one of its biggest announcements at CES is the debut of the XPS 13 2-in-1 hybrid laptop. The computer, which is available now with a starting price of $1,000, features an edge-to-edge display and thin design. The XPS 13 ships with an Intel Core i5 CPU and Windows 10 Home, which is fine for consumers, but an optional seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 10 Pro and impressive battery life makes the XPS 13 suitable for enterprise users as well. Plus, it supports Dell’s stylus, putting it in direct competition with other prominent computers such as Microsoft's Surface Book. By nearly all measures, the Dell XPS 13 is a strong competitor to many notebooks and hybrids on the market today. This slide show will discuss the XPS 13's features and why it is one of the more interesting new PCs reaching the market early in the new year.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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