Dell XPS 11 review: Dell XPS 11

A 128GB SSD rounds out the internal specs, but it's not enough to deliver top-tier performance. Our overall performance benchmark, PCMark 8, showed that the XPS 11 is relatively slow compared to other laptops in this price range, with a score of just 1602. It's fast enough for basic web browsing and word processing, but if you try to watch a YouTube video while encoding MP3s and scanning for viruses, expect to be hit by a severe case of slow down.

For such a small device, the XPS 11 has a decent number of connections. Twin USB 3.0 ports provide high speed access for peripherals, while an SD Combo card slot will come in use for shutterbugs. Finally, HDMI out means it doubles as a decent media player, a welcome touch given the internal speakers are so average. The inclusion of 802.11ac support is fantastic to see, especially now that the standard is powering full steam ahead. Given the low-power components within, we expected excellent battery life, and the PowerMark result of 289 minutes was the top result in the roundup.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated Test

  • 1889
  • ASUS Vivobook S551LB
  • 1602
  • Dell XPS 11
  • 2231
  • Gigabyte U24Ti5
  • 2215
  • HP Spectre 13
  • 2625
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440s
  • 2394
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  • [CRASHED]
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E540
  • 1727
  • Sony VAIO Multi-flip Fit 13
  • 1690
  • Sony VAIO Pro 11
  • 1844
  • Toshiba Satellite U50D

(Longer bar equals better performance)


3DMARK 2013 Edition - Cloud Gate

  • 5101
  • ASUS Vivobook S551LB
  • 2165
  • Dell XPS 11
  • 4590
  • Gigabyte U24Ti5
  • 4030
  • HP Spectre 13
  • 4643
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440s
  • 4667
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  • 5597
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E540
  • 3847
  • Sony VAIO Multi-flip Fit 13
  • 2080
  • Sony VAIO Pro 11
  • 2432
  • Toshiba Satellite U50D

(Longer bar equals better performance)


PowerMark - Battery Life (minutes)

  • 270
  • ASUS Vivobook S551LB
  • 289
  • Dell XPS 11
  • 198
  • Gigabyte U24Ti5
  • 276
  • HP Spectre 13
  • 253
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440s
  • 243
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  • 257
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E540
  • 229
  • Sony VAIO Multi-flip Fit 13
  • 231
  • Sony VAIO Pro 11
  • 261
  • Toshiba Satellite U50D

(Longer bar equals better performance)

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    Dell XPS 11 (Fall 2013)

    Part Number: XPS11-9231CFB
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    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Weight 2.5 lbs
    • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4200
    • CPU Intel Core i3 (4th Gen) 4020Y / 1.5 GHz