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Dell XPS 13: Still drop-dead gorgeousThe no-bezel screen on the XPS 13 still wows two years later, and the updated components keep it in the hunt against newer, thinner 13-inch laptops.
The Dell XPS 13 became one of my favorite 13 inch laptops when I first saw it in early 2015. While it's a name Dell had used for years for different systems, this new version was a stunning departure, stripping away the traditional wide band of wasted bezel space around the display for a nearly edge to edge look. It didn't hurt that this was generally an excellent laptop on top of that and offered high res touch screen options which set it apart from the other premium 13-inch laptop everyone always obsesses over, the Macbook Pro. Late 2016 brings us the refreshed version of that new XBS 13 and while it's got a few updates, including a new processor It's essentially the same system from last year. And not that that's a bad thing. The vessel free screen which now called an Infinity Display is still unparalleled a math book doesn't even come close. And the A sturdy, attractive body has room for plenty of ports and connections, which is something almost every other thin, 13 inch laptop is dropping the ball on these days. But since this design was introduced almost two years ago now, the competition hasn't been sleeping. We've seen many much thinner laptops, like the HP Spectre, and amazing OLED screens like in the Lenovo X1 ThinkPad. Also unchanged is this single biggest thing I've heard people complain about in the [UNKNOWN] The [UNKNOWN] and display means there's no room above the screen for a traditional web cam. So that has to get shifted below the screen which makes for a perfect [UNKNOWN] shot