Dell Studio XPS 13 Ultraportable, HH Tested

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Dell's Studio line of products is a breath of fresh air to everyone who remembers the company's tendency toward "beige boxes" from days gone by. The hip, modern look embodied by the Studio moniker has rubbed off on the new Studio XPS 13, a tight-fitting ultraportable notebook with loads of style and plenty of power to go around, including a hybrid SLI graphics engine.  Without question, Dell has gone its own way with the Studio XPS 13. It's not trying to compete with the MacBook Airs and MSI X-Slim X340s of the world; instead, it's hoping to spark another trend and lead the way…

Typically, users gunning for a 13" machine have to sacrifice extra power to get a machine that's thin, or they have to sacrifice style for a machine's that widely available at a reasonable price. Dell's attempting to do an awful lot within a single 13" notebook.  We're going to explain just how well we feel they've succeeded, in the pages to come.

 

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kid007 replied on Sat, May 9 2009 9:02 AM

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.

 

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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.

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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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