Gorgeous, featureful Dell XPS 13 starts at $799, could be ‘the one.’ Details here.

Posted on 07 January 2015 by

XPS 13 Ultrabook Touch NotebookI’m looking closely at the specs, watching the hands-on videos from CES 2015 and thinking, yes, perhaps this is ‘the one.’ The XPS 13 not only looks fabulous but it’s got specs, a great battery life and starts at just $799 with a Full HD ‘infinity’ display.

The new Dell XPS 13 with 5th-Gen Core (Broadwell) is undoubtedly a stunning looking device but if you take a closer look you’ll see the stars aligning for what could be the best Ultrabook ever. You’ve got no-touch options starting at $799 and, if you dare, a QHD+ (3200 x 1800) touch option with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a Core i7 for just $1599. All models have AC WiFi, Sync and Charge USB, DisplayPort, backlit full-size keyboard and a precision touchpad which has already had good feedback from The Verge. (See videos below.) Even fully loaded the XPS 13 weighs just 1.26KG (2.8 lbs) and the best thing is that it’s got a 54Wh battery inside that’s going to power this Ultrabook for a hard day’s work. Trust me, I’ve had the same setup on a Haswell ultrabook and you really can leave the power adaptor at home.

Dell XPS 13 2015 with Infinity screen launched at CES

Dell XPS 13 2015 with Infinity screen launched at CES

$799 Dell XPS 13 with infinity display (2015) specifications.

  • 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-5010U Processor (3M Cache, 2.10 GHz)
  • Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English
  • 4GB Dual Channel DDR3L-RS 1600Mhz (On Board)
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel (R) HD Graphics 5500
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) infinity display
  • 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2×2
  • 52 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (integrated)
  • USB 3.0 w/Powershare (2), mini DisplayPort (1), SD card reader, headset jack (1), Noble lock (1), 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Dimensions & Weight
    Height: 0.33-0.6″ (9-15mm) / Width: 11.98″ (304mm) / Depth: 7.88″ (200mm)
    2.6lbs (1.18kg), 3200 x 1800
  • Exterior Chassis Materials
    CNC machined aluminum
    Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ on QHD+
    Carbon fiber composite palm rest with soft touch paint
  • Keyboard
    Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel
  • Touchpad
    Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button
Dell Power Companion

Dell Power Companion

The high-end version comes with the QHD+  touchscreen, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a Core i7 5500U for $1899,99.

Ship dates for the XPS 13 are 22nd Jan (Core i3) and 28th Jan (Core i7.)

If the battery life isn’t enough for you there’s an external power pack available, the 12,000 mAh (possibly 44Wh) Dell Power Companion, that will boost battery life by up-to 7 hours. (Image, right.)

Dell US product page.

CES 2015 Press release.

More images in our gallery.

Video playlist below.

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  • Chris

    I think this is the device i was waiting for. When are we going to have a review? I want to see matters as fan noise, heat, performance etc. Spectacular machine!

  • Luke

    I noticed one flaw of thin bezel is no webcam:-(.

  • Chris

    No, there is a web cam at the left down corner

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  • JohnCmia

    Stunning yes. I desire more versatility than just laptop mode which is why I was abit disappointed they didn’t reveal an update to their XPS 12.

  • Quako

    What about the fan noise?
    Can anyone say anything about it, specially in comparision to the Lenovo x1 carbon 2015?

  • Jon

    I’m hoping they actually make it easy to install a fresh Linux distro on the Developer Edition. Even a fresh Ubuntu install on the current XPS 13 has issues and Dell doesn’t have very good documentation on getting things working which makes the whole Sputnik project not very helpful.

  • Juvenile Delinquet

    Only Drawback, no Backlit Key-Board

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  • Derek

    There are no fans. Fan-less heat dissipation technology in form factor CPUs is a wonderful thing.

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