With a market in need of a better alternatives to the Macbook Air, Dell answers this call with the newly redesigned XPS 13. When I first saw this in my feed I was stoke to see the Macbook Air potentially dethroned as the go to laptop for battery life and ease of travel.
The first thing I saw was the gorgeous screen on it. And by the looks, this easily the smallest 13-inch laptop on the market boasting the near edge-to-edge screen. Starting at the standard 1080p the monitor goes all the up to 3200×1800 touch ready.
In the performance department, the XPS 13 boasts the latest 5th generation intel chips starting at a 2.2GHz i5 processor all the way up to an i7 with on board intel 5500 graphics. Being Dell, they are always generous with customizations. No quite enough juice for me personally, but if it was just for travel photography it would be perfect – especially with that 3200×1800 monitor.
So far the only things that bother me would be the smaller chiclet style keyboard as certain keys have been shrunk to fit that tiny body – reviews so far said that this isn’t an issue but it still bothers me as I have fat fingers – and the fact that the laptop doesn’t fold up in to an even rectangle but rather tapered towards the front to appear thinner which is complete unnecessary.
While it still has a reported average of 7.5 hours of battery life (running highest resolution and touch screen) as to the advertised 15 hours. If you want a windows alternative to the Macbook air this is your best bet almost wining the best of CES award. I can’t wait for it hit markets so I can have a full on hands on test of it.
The starting price on an i5 unit is at $800 or about ฿26,000 – a tad bit pricey – and is set to hit markets later this year.
via – Gizmodo