While there is a lot of debate as to which Windows laptop is the best, if you were to do a poll, the device that would likely receive the most votes is the Dell XPS 13 (ad).
In this review, we’ll be looking at the 2015, touchscreen version of this laptop. There are many different variations of the XPS available to you, including touchscreen and non-touch, 12, 13, and 15 inch screens, 5th gen i5, 5th gen i7, and 6th gen i7 processors, 4 or 8 GB RAM, and 128 or 256 GB HDD.
Erasing borders, starting with the display. The smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet has the world’s first virtually border-less Infinity Edge display — amazing both inside and out.
|Device||Dell XPS 13 2015|
|Resolution||3200 x 1800|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-5550U|
|Storage||256 GB SSD|
What Dell has essentially done here is make an thirteen inch laptop be the size of an eleven inch laptop. The new “Infinity Edge” display looks really good, both in how it fits the device, and the actual display itself with its amazing resolution (they mention that the display is 4.4 times better than the MacBook Air). The device also has top of the line everything. 2.6 pounds is quite light, it has a great processor, good RAM, good storage, and an amazing battery life.
I should mention that this device is energy star 6 rated and is made of 90% recyclable parts. Dell has tagged this “the greenest laptop ever.” Some things this device doesn’t have are an HDMI slot and there is no disc drive.
Using the Dell XPS 13 2015 Version
First off, the design of the Dell XPS 13 (ad) is really nice. I love the way the back is a bit thicker than the front. Looking at the side of the device, it forms kind of a triangle. That not only looks good, but it assures the laptop sits well in your lap and is weighted properly. The silver chasis makes this look like a MacBook, which I think is what they were going for, but it still is really well done and looks like solid, quality construction.
I’ve already listed off the specs above, which are essentially all amazing. I found this device to be easy to use and have top-of-the-line performance. That up to 15 hours of battery life that was mentioned is only achievable with power saving settings. I found that it was more like 11-13 hours for normal use, including video playback and using photoshop, which is still really good.
The device comes with Windows 10 already installed and, as previously mentioned all over this site and on the internet in general, it works great and is a huge upgrade on Windows 8. The device also comes with either a 1 or 3 year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe AntiVirus, which I personally am not a fan of.
The Dell XPS 13 2015 Version (ad) is a phenomenal device that is practically top-of-the-line in every aspect. Of course, you are also paying for that quality and this is one of the more expensive Windows laptops. You can get a big savings by going non-touch versus touch, or by slightly downgrading the processor, RAM, or storage (although I wouldn’t recommend the latter three).
If you have the budget and this fits your needs, I would highly recommend it.
Dell XPS 13 2015 Version
- Display fits into device seamlessly with new infinity edge and also has amazing resolution.
- Almost every spec is to-of-the-line
- Great battery life of up to 15 hours
- Lightweight and fits on the lap well
- Expensive, although you are paying for quality. Save by going non-Touch.
- No disc drive or HDMI