Review: Dell XPS 13 – Focus and Portability, and Performance

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The Dell XPS 13 is a premium Dell notebook, with focus and portability, and performance. This model has very lean measures and advanced specifications, to ensure great agility in everyday use.

Review: Dell XPS 13

One of the main novelties of this model is that it is now manufactured domestically, which reduced its price by up to 30% compared to previous-generation models. There are also several improvements in design, now with better use of the area by the screen and keyboard, in addition to updated hardware.


The XPS 13 has the beautiful look we expect from a premium product. The first element to call is the compact size, with 1.3 kg and only 1.49 cm thick, it is a very light and thin notebook, easy to throw in the backpack and forget that it is there.


The over kilos in weight are not so impressive alongside another model from Dell itself that we tested recently, such as the Dell Inspiron 13 7000, but there is a noticeable difference in build quality: the XPS 13 has a very robust structure despite the discreet measurements, using a single piece of aluminum sculpted via CNC, while carbon is used in the keyboard region, which in addition to being light and resistant has the characteristic of not conducting heat, making the notebook always cool and comfortable to touch even when under high load.

One of the great merits of this notebook is the excellent use of space. The screen was enlarged by 7%, leaving a very little edge around the display and making the notebook very compact for a 13-inch model. Other elements have also been refined, such as the keyboard that goes from one edge of the notebook to the other and the mousepad, which is 17% larger than the predecessor model and has an excellent area of ​​use.


The display is another crucial component for a high-quality notebook, and we have an exceptional configuration here. For the tests, we received the high-end version of the XPS 13, which includes an UltraHD resolution display, with 3840 x 2400, with a very high definition resulting from so many pixels in a more compact display. In addition to the high degree of detail, the images also stand out for their high contrast and excellent color saturation.

Another feature present for being the top model of the line is the touch screen feature, something always useful for the usability of a notebook, and at various times it is more interesting to touch the display instead of using the touchpad.

A very negative point, however, is connectivity. Putting ports on an ultrathin is not an easy task, and unfortunately, there are not many on the XPS 13. There are two USB Type-C ports, one of which will already be taken by the charger if you have it in the socket. Other ports include a headphone jack and a microSD card. Even with a similar size, the Zenbook 14 gets two USB ports in the traditional format, a power connector that will not take one of them, and also another HDMI output, in addition to the headphone port and microSD card.


The XPS 13 seeks the fastest and most powerful hardware available within the limitations of an ultra-thin model. For this, it uses low voltage models of the 10th Core generation, with models i5 and i7, both with 4 cores and 8 threads. The highlights are the presence of an SD PCIe NVMe M.2 and RAM memories operating at 3733MHz, features that make this model extremely agile.

This is reflected in actions such as taking the notebook out of hibernation, turning on the system, or opening an application. The Dell XPS 13 is very responsive, taking a few moments to switch between functions and giving you the feeling of being “always ready” to act.

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