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Dell's XPS 13 family is split into two main product lines; 2-in-1 convertible notebooks and traditional clamshell-style laptops. It wasn't too long ago that we looked at the latest 2-in-1 with Intel's 10th-generation Core i7-1065G7. That machine was a thin, light, flexible beauty and a great performer, thanks in no small part to its improved graphics capability with the Intel 10th Gen Core series of CPUs. So when Dell offered up the latest XPS 13 clamshell version with a bright 4K display and Intel's Comet Lake 6-core 10th Gen CPU on tap, we just had to kick the tires a bit.  For those not in the know, 10th-generation Intel Core mobile processors have two very different CPU families. The... Read more...
Brace yourself for a barrage of product announcements, as that tends to happen when Intel releases a new batch of processors, as it did this morning. In this case, Intel added a bunch of new Coffee Lake chips to the fold. Dell did not waste any time utilizing the new CPUs, as it has gone and revamped several of its product lines, notably its Alienware and Inspiron gaming laptops, and its Inspiron all-in-one family. Dell's Alienware 15 and 17 laptops now boast new 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processor options, including those newfangled 6-core chips. And for the first time ever, Dell says its Alienware laptops can be overclocked up to 5GHz, a feat made possible in part by added focus... Read more...
Dell has not done much to tweak the physical design of its XPS 13 laptop over the past couple years, though it's not out of laziness or complacency. The past few models have exemplified excellence in engineering, with the size and weight of the XPS 13 belying what lays in wait when you crack open the lid. Its InfinityEdge display all but eliminates bezel and delivers a larger-than-expected viewing area based on the laptop's overall dimensions, and the hardware powering it has, for the most part, been cutting edge. In keeping with that latter theme, Dell upgraded its XPS 13 for late 2017 with a new 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, specifically the Core i7-8550U, effectively doubling the... Read more...
Anyone who is into street racing knows never to assume what the other driver is rocking underneath the hood. Sure, that family sedan may look like it would get throttled by a Mustang or Camaro, but if it's sporting a souped up engine inside and maybe even a shot of NOS, it will burn rubber with the best of them. Likewise, Dell's updated XPS Tower Special Edition desktop system rolls to the line with a subdued style that seemingly belies what lays inside its compact chassis. Make no mistake, the XPS Tower SE is not a run-of-the-mill OEM system. It has some unique features that we will get to shortly, but more importantly, it is able to keep pace with sportier looking desktops. To what extent depends... Read more...
Lately, Dell has been able to deliver notebooks that bring a smile to our faces, especially when a new XPS laptop slides across our desk. It hasn't always been that way, but since revamping the XPS line, starting with the XPS 13 back in 2015, Dell’s premium laptops have been leaders in the ultrabook market, especially in the 15 and 13-inch formats. The XPS 13 and its new 2-in-1 variant make great and highly portable workstations to tote around, but their smaller frames and relative horsepower may not be for everybody. That’s where the crossover to a 15-inch machine might make for a worthy trade-off. For a little more heft, the XPS 15 of yesteryear boasted a discrete GTX 960M onboard with... Read more...
Intel has been gradually rolling out its 7th generation Kaby Lake-based Core series processors for an array of computing platforms, from desktops to notebooks and 2-in-1 hybrid devices. We've shown you what Kaby Lake can do for enthusiast and gamer desktop platforms. We've even recently explored optimizing its price/performance ratio through overclocking, and of course, Kaby Lake notebooks led Intel's charge starting in the summer of last year.What we haven't gotten a chance to look at yet is Intel's lowest powered Kaby Lake variant, known as Kaby Lake-Y. Kaby Lake-Y is the the 4.5 - 7 Watt family of processors intended for thin and light, fanless 2-in-1 devices. Fortunately, since... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, Dell has been driving a widespread redesign effort of its consumer and commercial product lines and has been systematically been updating both design signatures and the technology platforms within them. Dell's premium consumer XPS product line, perhaps more so than any, has seen the most significant design reinvention, with features that could be classified as "iconic," as with the company's XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops that employ Dell's Infinity Edge display technology and premium carbon fiber composite materials.  Today, Dell is taking the redesign of their XPS product line another model deeper with the unveiling of one of its first new products out of the... Read more...
CES 2017 is just warming up, but already we have seen a ton of hot new products unleashed. Among these is Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible notebook, which first broke cover on Monday. Today, we had the pleasure of taking a closer look at this Infinity Edge’d stunner. Dell’s XPS 13 notebook has long been a favorite of ours, earning Editor’s Choice after Editor’s Choice. We thought there wasn’t much more Dell could pack inside its 2.7 pound frame. We were wrong. Somehow, they managed to engineer a strong and sturdy 360-degree steel hinge without tacking on any extra weight. Check out the full tour below: The XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible packs in Intel’s latest Kaby Lake chips with a choice of... Read more...
Mechanically speaking, Dell has done little to change or update the company's wildly popular XPS 13 and 15 series of premium consumer notebooks since their initial release. There's no mystery as to why that is the case, however. When something works this well, you stick with it. The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 have been two of the best selling notebooks in the company's history. That's a bold statement and it stands to reason. The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 line of machines, with their unique Infinity Edge displays and gorgeous carbon fiber and aluminum adorned chassis, are some of the best looking, best built, and highest performing laptops on the market. However, despite minimal exterior design changes,... Read more...
Update 4/26/2016: We've refreshed our battery life test suite for this review and have new, more real-world metrics to share on page 8. When Dell launched its updated XPS 13 notebook with an Infinity Edge display that squeezes a 13 inch IPS panel into essentially a 12-inch frame, it was met with universal praise for its unique mechanical design advantages and premium build quality. In fact, it was so well-received that many of you, upon seeing our review, almost immediately started asking if Dell would follow-up with the same sort of revamp for their 15-inch XPS 15 line as well. Dell apparently already had the same idea in mind and clearly the new XPS 15, with its 15-inch Infinity Edge display,... Read more...
Dell recently refreshed its popular XPS 13 with new hardware to bring it up to date with current CPU and storage offerings.  The updated model now sports a Skylake-based Intel processor and a Samsung PM951 NVMe solid state drive, plus a few minor tweaks to its already impressive design.  When the current iteration of the Dell XPS 13 debuted back in January of last year, it was nearly unrivaled in terms of its power to size ratio, and overall value in the space. The ultrabook market has heated-up a lot since then though, and the XPS 13 has some stiff competition at the moment. In addition to checking out Dell's tiny powerhouse, we should also mention Intel's SpeedShift technology, available... Read more...
The 2-in-1 and convertible PC space has changed significantly over the past couple of years. What was once a cluttered mess of kludges is now a well-defined market segment packed with refinement, power, and plenty of options. You could partially credit Microsoft's Surface line for making 2-in-1s an object of desire, but it's also products like the Dell XPS 12 that make today's line-up of convertible devices so much more interesting. Dell's XPS 12, which was first announced last fall, is just as capable as a laptop as it is a tablet. That's no small feat, and it's multifaceted abilities are largely due to Dell's top-shelf keyboard cases. Though it's engineered as a tablet first, the 12.5-inch... Read more...
Utlrabook designs just keep getting thinner, more powerful and more capable with each iteration of the various platforms on the market. Dell's XPS line of ultrabooks has always done relatively well in the arena, with some notable break-out features, like composite carbon fiber construction, that helped them stand out in a sea of offerings from the competition. In fact, when we took a look at Dell's 2014 version of the XPS 13 back in March of last year, it scored high marks with us for impressive battery life, great build quality and good performance, though it didn't have an SD card slot on board. That was a glaring omission for us, in what was otherwise a fantastic machine.  Since then,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco are sans the half geek, but still go on to discuss Google's Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 announcements, the Digital Storm Bolt II gaming system, NVIDIA's Mobile Maxwell GPUs--the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M, the Dell XPS 18 AIO mobile workstation, Android on x86, some giveaway details and more... Show Notes: 01:10 - Google Nexus 9 By HTC Also Official, NVIDIA Tegra K1 Under The Hood, Android Lollipop Driven 20:24 - Digital Storm Bolt II: Devil’s Canyon Inside 27:19 - Mobile Maxwell: NVIDIA Outs GeForce GTX 980M, 970M 37:17 - Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One: Haswell Reloaded 44:06 - Android On Intel x86 Tablet... Read more...
Welcome to the era of dual-mode devices, where the mantra "bigger is better" rules the day. Need an example? Take smartphones -- Samsung's been serving up large size handsets for the past several years, some of which are so big that it warranted creating a brand new category. Even Apple jumped on the big device bandwagon with the recent launch of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. Do you know what you end up with if you take that same mantra and apply it to PCs? You get "Dell's XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop with Touch," a hybrid system that turns a giant sized Windows 8.1 tablet into a full blown desktop PC, and the result is brilliant. We can say that because this isn't... Read more...
Dell aims to give users a premium mobile experience with the company’s XPS line of laptops. Not long ago, we had some hands-on time with Dell’s XPS 15 and really liked it. Last year, we also took a look at the 2013 version of Dell’s XPS 13. Here again, we had many positive things to say of Dell's top shelf ultralight 13-inch machine. 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... Read more...
Dell's XPS line of laptops have always been about foregoing compromise in the pursuit of a premium mobile experience. The company's latest lineup of XPS 15 touch-enabled systems carry that tradition into a new era of computing, driven by Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system. These machines are anything but cookie cutter, and even if you're not a fan of the unified approach Microsoft took with Windows, there's more here than just a touch computing experience. Much more. To begin with, the real star of the show is the optional 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200x1800) display. Dell's the first system builder to employ a QHD+ IGZO panel, which trumps any of Apple's MacBooks with Retina-class displays.... Read more...
If you listen closely, you can hear those bells ringing already... particularly if you're in a sales department. With the holiday shopping season creeping up on us, companies far and wide are refreshing product lines in order to entice you. Dell's one of those, and this week it announced that the new Venue tablets and XPS 15 laptop were available for the taking. The Dell Venue 7, Venue 8 and Venue 8 Pro tablets, as well as the new XPS 15, are available for sale on Dell.com in the United States and in select countries around the world. The Venue 7 starts at $149.99, while the Venue 8 starts at $179.99. Both are based on Android and feature HD IPS displays and Intel's Atom Bay Trail processing... Read more...
Unless you're a gamer or a content-creation professional that requires a lot of computing horsepower, the latest crop of All In One PCs probably seem very attractive. AIOs tend to be quite the lookers, with sleek lines, large and crisp displays, touch capabilities--and of course, a small footprint. We're starting to see AIOs with better and better specifications too, and although they won't be your choice of machine for pwning n00bs just yet, products like the Dell XPS 27 Touch offer very solid specifications in addition to a premium user experience and lots of ports for connecting peripherals, media cards, and more. The Dell XPS 27 Touch is one of the first generational updates to an all-in-one... Read more...
Unless you’re a gamer or a content-creation professional that requires a lot of computing horsepower, the latest crop of All In One PCs probably seem very attractive. AIOs tend to be quite the lookers, with sleek lines, large and crisp displays, touch capabilities--and of course, a small footprint. We’re starting to see AIOs with better and better specifications too, and although they won’t be your choice of machine for pwning n00bs just yet, products like the Dell XPS 27 Touch offer very solid specifications in addition to a premium user experience and lots of ports for connecting peripherals, media cards, and more.  The Dell XPS 27 Touch is one of the first... Read more...
Dell has announced its lineup of desktops, notebooks, convertibles, all-in-ones, and gaming rigs running Intel’s 4th-generation Intel (Haswell) chips, and there’s a lot there. The sexiest new products are arguably the Dell XPS 27 all-in-one and the XPS 12 convertible laptop/tablet. The XPS 27 features an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (2GB) GPU in addition to Intel HD4600 graphics with either an Intel Core i7-4770S (3.9GHz) or Core i5-4430S (3.2GHz) CPU. The 27-inch (2560x1440) display features 10-point multitouch, and there’s a 2MP webcam with dual digital microphones integrated in the front. Waves MaxxAudio Pro is on board, as well as up to 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz (SODIMMs) memory ,... Read more...
It’s a veritable form factor jamboroo in the PC and mobile markets these days. Companies like Samsung are trying to find the sweet spot(s) with a host of different smartphones, phablets, and tablets, and companies such as Lenovo are completely rethinking the notebook with convertible designs. Dell is now getting into the fray with the XPS 11, its own version of a convertible notebook that should compete squarely with Lenovo’s Yoga. The XPS 11 is billed as the “thinnest, lightest, and most compact convertible on the market”, and Dell says that it’s really designed as a tablet first and a notebook second. It offers 360-degree rotation, and it starts at 2.5lbs and 15mm... Read more...
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