Dell Studio XPS 13 Ultraportable Notebook - HotHardware

Dell Studio XPS 13 Ultraportable Notebook

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Perusing through Dell's own information portal on the Studio XPS 13, you'll come up empty if searching for a specific battery life figure. Indeed, the company simply asserts that opting for a 9-cell battery (over the standard 6-cell) can "increase your hours of entertainment."



During our testing (shown above in minutes), we found the battery life of the machine to be somewhat underwhelming, but not embarrassingly so. With performance mode enabled (meaning that the discrete GPU was activated to assist the integrated set), we squeezed out just under 1.5 hours before Vista forced itself into hibernation. With Power Saving mode activated (which disables the Hybrid SLI system and uses the integrated GPU alone), we were able to get just under 2.5 hours of life.



Mind you, this test represents "normal" activity. Light web surfing, MP3 usage, typing, etc. -- if you did absolutely nothing else, we wouldn't be surprised to see the battery hold up for three hours. 2 hours and 21 minutes isn't awful for an ultraportable, but it's certainly not inspiring. If you think you'll need more than that per sitting, go ahead and invest in an additional 9-cell to pack alongside the stock 6-cell.

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based on the looks Dell finally got the point that the XPS needed to be redesign. XPS 1330 which i have is beautiful but it is full of details that make it sometimes not wortht he price. With the XPS Studio it seems that they have fix that plastic feeling keyboard and use a one like the Sony laptops! which is great also the hinges look that they took their time to be done properly so they won't have a gab like the xps1330.

overall love the review! probably would be something that i would buy

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I'm currently locking at getting this notebook, and would like to know whether it can power two external monitors using both the VGA port and the HDMI port. Apparently the existing M1330 XPS could power two external displays do this. Dell customer service won't say whether it can or not, so was wondering if either someone knew if it did, or could test this for me.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to the forums.  If I were you, I would send Shawn (the author) a personal email.  He will most likely be of more help.

shawn.o@hothardware.com

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 Thanks for your help. I've sent him an email with my question.

 

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Sure thing, post back with what he says, I'm curious about whether that would work.

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