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Dell XPS 13This is the first ultrabook from Dell, and even though the company is a little late to that particular game, the XPS 13 nails a lot of what makes for a good ultrabook experience.
Hi. I'm Dan Ackerman and here we are, taking a look at the brand new Dell XPS13. This is of course Dell's first ultra book, you've seen us talk about this a little bit at the very end of 2011 and then a more detailed hands on look at CES just a month or so ago. Well, now we've actually got the final product here and it really is Dell's version of that ultra book, super thin form factor that's becoming so popular now. And of course, as you can see just by taking a look at it, it's very Macbook Air-like. They're really not even trying to pretend it's something else. There is one big difference between this 13 inch laptop and the 13 inch Macbook Air. The Dell XPS13 actually has a smaller footprint. If you look at it compared to some other 13 inch laptops, wow, that's really small. Dell claims it's closer to an 11 inch laptop footprint even though they crammed in the 13 inch screen, it's really somewhere in between. This thing is bigger than the 11 inch Macbook Air but it's smaller than the 13 inch Macbook Air. And because it has the bigger screen and it. with the edge to edge, really glass over the entire display, it actually feels a little bit denser or heavier than you think it would just looking at it. There are a bunch of other cool features that we liked on here packed with keyboard, always welcome, big glass click pad, again something we really expect to see on an ultra book these days. You are gonna find not quite as many ports and connections as you may be used to on a 13 inch laptop. There's one USB2, one USB3, oddly they have display ports for (ads?) instead of HTMI and no matter how hard you look, there's no SD card slot on this. Even Apple has an SD card slot on the 13 inch Macbook Air, although not on the 11. The Dell XPS13 runs standard Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, the basic 999 version that we have here has a 128 gig SSD, that's really where you wanna be with an ultra book right now and you could trade up for a few hundred dollars more and get a faster processor and get a 256 gig SSD. I did like especially the little battery meter on the side. That's something we used to see on a lot of laptops, don't see that too often now. I like just being able to take a look and see how much battery power I have left. So Dell's come a little bit late to the ultra book game. In a way, I'm glad they waited because they put together a very nice system. There's not a lot about it that's really gonna jump out to you and go you know, in your face, look at me, I'm exciting. Instead, it's well made, it's got the components that you want, they got the price right, 999, it's really where you wanna be in an ultra book these days. And of course I really love that they got the bigger 13 inch screen into a smaller body. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Dell XPS13