DELL XPS 13 Review

In paper the Dell XPS 13 is a very similar critter to the Asus ZenBook. It’s a very similar size, adopting the 13.3 inch ultraportable format to go head to head with Apple’s new MacBook. Packing what appears to be comparable hardware to the ZenBook, it’s only $100 more expensive. However, after spending quality time with the XPS 13, we have to say that it’s definitely the better of the two. For starters, the XPS 13 has more of a premium feel and finish to it, bringing it more in line with the superb build quality of the MacBook. The fact that the display stretches all the way to the edges makes a huge aesthetic difference, foregoing the unattractive border found on the ZenBook. The polished aluminum also feels a little sturdier than the ZenBook UX305, though some may dislike the rubberized finish around the keyboard. Make no mistake, this is an ultraportable device, tipping the scales at just 1.18kg. It’s slightly deeper than the competition, measuring 20mm at its thickest point, which definitely feels chunkier than the ZenBook and MacBook. However, this extra girth has allowed Dell to cram in some of the fastest components around, but more about that in a moment.

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