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Dell New XPS 13 Touch (Intel 8th Gen Core) Laptop Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri from Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:45 CST
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Dell

Physical Overview

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Dell's box is simple and very basic, and while the notebook is well protected, it still uses minimalistic packaging.

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There aren't many accessories; you get a 45WW AC/DC power supply, AC cable, and some manuals. The power adapter is rated 19.5v at 2.31a which is roughly 45W. The adapter can maximize cable management, which is a handy feature.

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It's fairly difficult to photograph silver against a white background, but I was able to get some decent shots. The notebooks CNC milled metal enclosure is both stunningly elegant and utilitarian as it won't easily pick up fingerprints like black rubber or plastic. The bottom of the notebook features an XPS cover that hides model and regulatory information. Two very large rubber feet help the notebook stay on a slippery surface without sliding. The vents we see on the bottom of the notebook are for air intake, as the output vents are at the rear of the notebook.

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There is almost nothing at the front of the notebook other than a status LED or two. The rear of the notebook hides vents, if you open the screen, the vents are easily seen. It's a novel way to hide cooling vents, and the same as the original XPS 13 we reviewed many months prior. The left side of the notebook features the DC power jack, Thunderbolt 3.0/USB 3.1 type-C, USB 3.0, combo headphone/microphone jack, and battery level button with LED indicator. A small vent slit exposes where the left side speaker is. We see another speaker slit on the right side, an SD card reader, a USB 3.0 charging port, and a Kensington lock port.

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The New XPS 13 Touch features a carbon fiber palm rest with a nice large QWERTY keyboard and a simple touchpad. The touchpad felt smooth and a bit rubberized to the touch and was generally accurate and well-tuned.

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The 13.3-inch UltraSharp QHD+ (3200x1800) InfinityEdge touch display we have on our model features vibrant colors, but glare can be a big issue, especially if you are outdoors. The touch capabilities of the display are very useful.

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