Review: 2014 Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Delivers With Exceptional Battery Life

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Today we’re going to take a look at the latest version of the XPS 13. This updated version has not been redesigned, but it does include a new, larger capacity battery (55WHr compared to the previous 47WHr battery). And along with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core series processor for more efficient computing, Dell claims the new XPS 13 can deliver up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing on a single charge. Other key updates for this iteration of XPS 13 includes an optional 13.3-inch touch-enabled 1080p display and Windows 8.1.



Like previous versions of the XPS series, the 2014 version of the XPS 13 features machined aluminum and carbon fiber for strength and durability. The carbon fiber composite base helps make the XPS 13 very lightweight—as little as 2.95 pounds. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the high-end version of theXPS 13. Priced at $1649, this system features a 4th generation Core i7 processor, Windows 8.1, 8GB memory, a 256GB solid state drive, and is touch enabled.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Mar 10 2014 8:46 PM

This machine is right up there in my top three favorite ultrabooks of 2014 thus far. Nice work Dell!

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Light Book Comes Great Power lol

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Great review, but its a Dell, can't say I'd buy it

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Seth replied on Wed, Mar 12 2014 11:12 AM

I like the specs on this, but I can't say I'm thrilled about the touch screen functionality and windows 8. I know Microsoft wants everyone to have windows 8, but it's too bloated and unnecessary on laptops and desktops. As much as I hate to say it, they should have taken a page from Apple's book and made a different OS for tablets and laptops/desktops. While it looks like a great machine, the manufacturer could have saved us a few bucks by losing the touch screen.

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I think they actually took a page from Apple's book. Apple implemented the launchpad to try to help people who were used to iOS to use a laptop/desktop. Windows took it to another level though and just made everything the same from tablets to desktops. As great as Windows 8 is for tablets, it is not very desktop friendly unless you have a touch screen. I hope they fix things with Windows 9 as I'm staying with Windows 7 till they get the next OS right

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vssf204 replied on Thu, Mar 13 2014 2:10 AM

Would be nice to see a Wireless performance and strength test. The Dell XPS line has had many issues with this.

A Linux install review would be a nice touch as well. Happy to do it, please send hardware.

Great review.

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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Mar 16 2014 7:00 PM

I don't know what the issue is that some folks have with Dell sometimes. It's so unfounded. Some historical issue I'm not aware of I guess...

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I recommend you to buy the 5 year warranty for dell computers, they are very efficient.

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My last dell was an Optiplex 755 years ago. This looks like a huge upgrade to that haha.

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What will you choose between this and MacBook Pro 13"?

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Apr 10 2014 9:02 AM

It depends really on what platform suits you best, Mac or PC.  There are specific reasons why you might choose one platform over the other.

 

That said, the XPS13 is very competitive versus the MBP 13.

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Hi, I've looked at dell web site but I couldn't find any configuration/custumization option including the "4th Generation Intel Core i7-4650U processor (4M Cache, up to 3.3 GHz)" with "Intel HD 5000".

The top one is the i7-4500U with Intel HD 4400. Are you sure the Intel Core i7-4650U with HD 5000 version is actually available?

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