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Dell Rose Gold XPS 13 (Intel Kaby Lake) Laptop Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Touchscreen Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Dec 15, 2016 2:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Dell

Here are key points about the XPS 13.

 

What's Hot

 

Kaby Lake: The Core i7-7700U is quite the mobile processor. Adding 400MHz to core clocks while greatly improving the integrated graphics at the same TDP as their predecessors, the new Kaby Lake microprocessors are great little mobile CPUs. These improvements allow for longer battery life while streaming content, especially 4K content.

 

 

13.3" 400-NIT QHD+ Touchscreen Panel: Dell claims the XPS 13 is the smallest 13-inch on the planet with the world's first InfinityEdge display. The display is almost borderless and is only 5.2mm thick. The display also has a resolution of 3200x1800 (QHD+), offers touchscreen capability, and 400 nit brightness. It's quite stunning in person.

 

Rose Gold: The XPS 13's construction is top notch. The Rose Gold body is cut from a single block of aluminum and the carbon fiber interior palm rest feels soft to the touch. The new body provides durability while the device remains lightweight.

 

Battery Life: More than half of the interior space is taken up by the battery, allowing the XPS 13 to stay powered on for long periods of time. Dell claims you can stream Netflix for 13 hours (depending on configuration). My findings were more conservative, but tests put the XPS 13's battery life at the head of the pack.

 

Excellent Connectivity Choices: A lot of newer notebooks are coming out with USB type-C only, or only offer a single type-A port. The issue is that type-C hasn't caught on as quickly as most people had thought, so there is still a need for USB type-A ports.

 

The XPS 13 has two type-A ports and a ThunderBolt 3 port which doubles as a USB type-C port and can be used to charge the notebook as well. While Killer wired NICs don't offer much over their Intel counterparts, Killer's Wireless AC solutions do seem to offer a little extra, and the tests agree.

 

Dell's 1-Year Warranty: Dell's 1-Year Limited Warranty has you covered in case remote diagnosis doesn't solve your issue. Dell will have a technician and/or a replacement part at your door in as little as 1-3 business days, something many other brands just cannot offer.

 

What's Not

 

Camera Placement: Since the display's bezel is so thin, Dell wasn't able to locate the camera up top like most people are used to. Instead, it's in the bottom-left corner of the display. It is quite awkward.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The Dell XPS 13 is one of my favorite notebooks I have tested. It is lightweight, fast, and slim. The display is vibrant, the speakers are decent, and the fan noise does not intrude upon the experience. While viewing the display is a pleasurable experience, the notebook's shell is also quite beautiful. The Rose Gold might cost you extra, but it is worth every penny if you want an eye-catching conversation piece.

 

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Dell's inclusion of a single type-C port, which supports almost every current type-C standard including USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB type-C charging, along with two USB 3.0 ports ensures that your old and new devices will be able to connect without issue.

 

The Dell XPS 13 is very reasonably priced as well with the base model at only $800. The XPS 13 is an excellent, well-rounded, ultra-lightweight notebook – one of the best in its class.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality including Design and Build97%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money93%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: Dell's XPS 13 is loaded with the latest hardware and high-performance features wrapped in a beautifully crafted rose gold shell, and can be had for a very reasonable price.

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