Performance Summary And Conclusion
Performance Analysis:When it comes to straight-up performance metrics, the new 2015 Dell XPS 13 offered some of the best results we've seen from a 13-inch Ultrabook, generally speaking. Specifically, with respect to CPU and general compute scores, the new XPS 13 leads its class of machines and would only improve on those numbers if you elected to go with a higher-end Broadwell-U Core i7 config. In terms of graphics and multimedia, the XPS 13 we tested, with Intel's integrated HD5500 graphics core, offered performance on par with some low-end discrete GPU configurations and can handle pretty much whatever you could reasonably expect to throw at this class of notebook. It's not a gaming notebook per se, but you knew that. The 2015 Dell XPS 13 does have some game going on though, that's for certain.
In our opinion, the new 2015 Dell XPS 13 is the notebook to beat currently, for 13-inch machines. It's quite frankly as near "perfect" a design as we've ever seen in an utlralight notebook. Though its smaller 11.9-inch form factor and keyboard area may take some getting used to for those with larger hands that like a roomier typing deck, it's an easy learning curve worth making an effort for, without question. Just picking-up and handling the machine, on first glance you get an immediate sense of super premium build quality and then when you flip the lid open and light up that gorgeous near bezel-free display, you're hooked. Of course the location of the XPS 13's web cam isn't the best, but a trade-off had to be made in an effort to trim that bezel down. Perhaps Dell could have thought outside the box a bit more and fashioned some sort of flip-up camera on top, but it would have broken the otherwise very clean lines and sleek styling of the design; not worth it, in our opinion.
In fact, the 2015 Dell XPS 13 isn't just recommended Hot Hardware, it's an easy Editor's Choice.