Dell’s XPS 13 is arguably the most effective conventional Home windows laptop computer round, nevertheless it’s gotten a bit aesthetically stale lately because the design has hardly modified since 2015. Whereas 2018’s mannequin doesn’t transform the formulation, a brand new white-and-rose-gold colorway and even smaller body is welcome change of tempo.
When you can nonetheless get the laptop computer in a standard black-and-silver, the colour is the star of the present. White laptops tend to stain, however Dell says its particular coating ought to guarantee its proof against most stuff you throw on it – together with your grubby pores and skin oils. The white mannequin additionally has a little bit of woven texture that felt good throughout my temporary hands-on, and the non-compulsory fingerprint reader is now built-in into the ability button. (Aspect-note: pardon the shortage of hands-on pictures; my SD card died on me).
The laptop computer is 30 % thinner than the earlier mannequin and begins at 2.7 kilos, as soon as once more making it “the smallest 13-inch on the planet.” The already-tiny bezels are even smaller, and now you can configure it with a 4K display with 100 % sRGB protection. The webcam remains to be on the chunky backside bezel although, and I sort of want Dell would use a taller side ratio like 16:10 or three:2, nevertheless it’s nonetheless top-of-the-line screen-to-body ratios you’ll discover.
One change that may divide some customers is that Dell goes all in on USB-C ports and abandoning USB-A (although there’s an adapter in a field). The laptop computer comes with three USB-C ports, two of them Thunderbolt three ports, and one USB three.1. One other neat bonus: this time these Thunderbolt three ports include a full 4 PCI-E lanes, which ought to allow you to add exterior graphics with out a hitch.
In the meantime the refresh comes with an even bigger battery to each present “as much as 19 hours” of battery with the FHD show, and improved thermals ought to assist get extra out of the Eighth-gen Intel chips below load.
The brand new laptop computer goes on sale at this time on Dell.com and Microsoft.com, beginning at $999. You may learn extra concerning the new laptop computer on Dell’s web site.