I’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.
$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
Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel
Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button
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.)
More images in our gallery.
Video playlist below.