Software and Accessories
Accessory mavens will definitely feel underwhelmed when cracking open the elegant black box in which the Studio XPS 13 arrives in. Unfortunately, the only extras that Dell includes are a soft, almost velvet-like sheath to hold the machine in, a few pamphlets (Setup Guide, etc.), an AC adapter and a software booklet filled with restore discs and the like. No mouse, no kitchen sink -- just that.
On the software front, Dell does a commendable job of keeping the bloatware level at a minimum, with our machine booting up quite quickly and only having to load an unwanted McAfee Security Center and Dell Data Safe in the taskbar (outside of more "normal" applications like Bluetooth Manager). Our test rig came with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Microsoft Works 9, McAfee Security Center, a Vista reinstallation DVD and a Studio XPS 13 drivers / utilities DVD.