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At Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Dell’s XPS 13 2015 edition swept the awards for laptops, particularly in the $800 price range. Considering the sheer quality of its competition, this was no easy feat. But, dude, are you getting a Dell? Read on to find out.

Before going private, Dell’s sales weren’t doing great. It had slipped from the top PC seller to somewhere near sixth place in 2007. After a contested buyout in November of 2013, Dell’s future looked uncertain. However, its movements following the acquisition proved shrewd. Rather than releasing a deluge of models, as they had under public ownership, Dell refocused its efforts on building better products. The Dell XPS 13 2015 edition is part of the first line of laptops and tablets released following its departure from public ownership.

The new line of Ultrabooks still use Dell’s made-to-order approach. Buyers configure their device online, selecting from a large number of parts and value-added options, with a base price of $799. Dell then assembles the machine and mails it to their customer, avoiding expensive warehousing costs.

dell_XPS_13_BOX

The business model appears to be working. Premium Ultrabooks below the $900 mark just did not exist until the release of the XPS 13 2015 edition. Judging from first-impressions, Dell didn’t cut any corners on the design or appearance of the XPS 13.

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Aesthetics

Dell didn’t skimp in the construction of the XPS. The XPS features an aluminum top and bottom deck. Sandwiched between the metal is a carbon-fiber palm-rest, with a rubberized, matte coating, and a 5mm black, plastic bezel surrounding a gorgeous 1920 x 1080 IGZO LCD screen. Dell refers to the 5mm bezel, combined with a 13.3-inch screen as an “Infinity Display”. To my knowledge, Dell licensed the screen technology from Sharp and has exclusive access to the borderless version until 2016.

dell xps 13 infinity display

The XPS offers some very unusual positionings for its speakers and webcam. It places the webcam on the lower-left side of the screen bezel. Its speakers inhabit the left and right sides of the laptop, on the same sides as the USB ports. Although unusual, unless you’re obsessed with component placement, neither interferes with the respective function. The speakers don’t sound produce weak volume and the webcam still has full viewability.

dell xps 13 speakers

Few laptops at the $800 price-point offer carbon-fiber and metal construction. Within the same form factor, no other laptop has a similar screen resolution. However, the Lenovo LaVie also includes an IGZO screen, although it runs for $1,299 for its entry-level model. The XPS 13 costs $799.

Underneath the XPS lies two strip-style rubber feet, a magnetic service-hatch, and the air vents. The feet don’t appear to be the kind that tear off with the slightest nudge. I tried prying them up without much success — unless its glue weakens with time, these should stay in place. The air vents, on the other hand, leave something to be desired. From what I can tell, it appears that the air flows in from one side of the vent and out from the other. Ideally, airflow should travel across all components within the laptop, including the hard drive. Judging from the iFixit teardown, there’s not a lot of room for air to flow.

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-5010U (optionally: Core i5-5200U or i7-5500U)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080p IPS with Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (IGZO) TFT
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0 ports, Display port, 3.5″ audio-jack
  • Wireless: 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0 module
  • Storage: Samsung 128GB or 256-512GB M.2 SSD (user replaceable)
  • RAM: 4-8GB (not upgradeable)
  • Expandable memory: SD card slot
  • Weight: 2.6-2.8 lbs
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 with Ubuntu 14.04 coming

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) of Broadwell-U does not represent a tremendous leap in performance over the former Hawell-U series: Intel claims a 3% performance boost. However, they also claim a 2x increase in performance-per-watt, and the claims don’t end there. Broadwell’s biggest advantage: its graphics performance increased 40% over Haswell. This places the i3’s graphics nearly on par with some of AMD’s best mobile APUs.

Its wattage consumption for the i5 and i7 models ranges between 7.5 and 15 watts. The i3 model’s wattage ranges between 10 and 15 watts. Under load, and while drawing power from the battery, the total wattage runs as high as 30-watts.

The Core i3-5010U variant in my possession is strictly less power efficient than the Core i5 model, due to a higher light-workload power consumption (Intel refers to this as cTDP down). However, the integrated GPU in the i3 appears nearly identical to that of the i5-5200U. The biggest difference between the two models is the i3’s lack of Turbo Boost. Turbo permits temporary overclocking of a CPU’s frequency, increasing snappiness and responsivity.

Dell relies on an integrated graphics processor, which inhabits the same chip as the central processing unit (CPU). We see this arrangement on laptops geared toward students and professionals, who value battery life and portability over the ability to quickly edit high resolution videos or play state-of-the-art video games. The integrated GPU (iGPU) is Intel’s HD 5500. It fares adequately on older games, at lower resolutions, but newer games will run poorly even at lower resolutions.

Display

I regard Sharp’s IGZO display as the best available on today’s market for laptops. Display technology consists of a liquid crystal matrix and an electro-conductive backplane. The XPS uses the tried-and-tested In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD, instead of Twisted Nematic (TN) — Dell’s selection allows for more vibrant colors and wider viewing angles, at the expense of power consumption.

An IGZO backplane display on a lower-priced Ultrabook is a big deal. The backplane’s superior conductivity allows for less electrical leakage and more light to pass through from the backlight, which translates into lowered power consumption. These displays cost a great deal more than the standard Amorphous Silicon (aSi) backplanes, used in virtually all LCD screens. At its $800 price point, the XPS offers both better specs and value than its competitors.

dell xps 13 image

IGZO backplane displays first entered into consumer grade devices on several gaming laptops and Apple’s iPad Mini. The early release IGZO displays included an unpleasant surprise. On the iPad Mini, the infant technology developed screen burn in – the retention of an after-image. Burn-in on LCD screens occurs when deformable liquid crystals become stuck. On LCD screens burned-in images fade over time, unlike OLED screens.

Similar concerns regarding Dell’s IGZO screen arose. I tested the burn-in propensity of the 1920 x 1080 model by using a 10 minute image retention test. After ten minutes (at minimum brightness), a small amount of after-image showed up. The after-image vanished in a matter of minutes. Some might express concern that IGZO screens might be more susceptible to burn-in than aSi backplanes.

image burn in test

Here’s what the screen looked like after running the burn-in test:

dell xps 13 screen burn in

As you can see, an after-image remains of the checkered pattern displayed on screen in the burn-in test.

On another note, the screen on the non-touchscreen version of the XPS offers excellent viewing angles. It also includes a matte screen finish, which is rarely seen outside laptops marketed to enterprise. For me, a matte-screen finish remains one of the key-selling point of the XPS. I often use it with the minimum brightness settings in well-lit rooms, without much of a loss of screen-clarity, and it’s fully viewable from the sides at most brightness settings. However, it seems that the non-touchscreen Ultrabooks of 2015 also tend to offer matte screens, such as the Asus Zenbook UX305, which will retail for $699.

angles dell xps 13

On the downside, there seems to be a small amount of light bleed around the corners of the display. I didn’t find this to be as distracting as — say — the Nexus 9’s screen. But for purists, this issue might prove deal-breaking.

Broadwell Core i3

Broadwell shrinks down the lithography of Haswell to 14 nano-meters (nm). The die-shrink decreases power consumption, which gives chip manufacturers more thermal headroom to play with. Intel chose to retain the 15-watt TDP of Broadwell, so this means they shifted the power efficiency gains elsewhere. As mentioned earlier, Intel emphasizes graphics performance in Broadwell. The increase places the lower-specced HD 5500 iGPU nearly on par with AMD’s Radeon R7 7550 integrated graphics. On top of that, Intel maintained its per-core performance advantage. Overall, Intel’s hardware now stands head-and-shoulders above AMD — at least until Carrizo comes out in a couple months.

Something everyone should know about CULV processors – they are much slower than mobile (with an M appended onto the end) or desktop versions. You will notice substantially slower performance, particularly in any application requiring fast clock speeds. So why even bother slapping a CULV processor into a laptop?

The tradeoff is better battery life.

Battery Life

Dell quotes 15 hours of standard use for the 1080p resolution screen and around 11 hours for the 1800p screen. Reviewers have so far throw a gamut of tests at the XPS – battery scores range between 5-6 hours for heavy use of video and around 11-hours with standard battery tests. Some posted battery statistics which indicated the battery metrics were run while the unit was either updating or improperly configured for mobile use, leading to a growing consensus that the battery life of the XPS 2015 is mediocre or bad.

The impressive and efficient specifications would suggest otherwise, though. IGZO offers 56% better power consumption relative to standard screens, at the same resolution. Combined with a 15-watt Intel Broadwell CPU, the XPS in theory should offer outrageous battery life, particularly when paired with Dell’s proprietary 52 watt-hour (WHr) Li-Po battery. If used for light workloads, the XPS should manage to attain best-in-class battery life. Other laptops within the 11-inch form factor normally have a substantially smaller battery: the MacBook Air 11-inch employs a 38-WHr battery. Even 14″ laptops, such as the $1,079 Thinkpad X1 Carbon, only offer around 50 WHr.

Another part of its miraculous up-time extends from its display’s backplane technology. Up until CES 2015, all IGZO backplane displays were built into heavy-duty gaming machines MSI GS70 StealthPro-024 Gaming Laptop Review and Giveaway MSI GS70 StealthPro-024 Gaming Laptop Review and Giveaway We've decided to grab an $1,800 MSI GS70 StealthPro-024 gaming laptop and see how well it can compare to a desktop. Read More . These offer poor battery life, because of power-hungry discrete graphics processors.

After CES, a handful of IGZO displays made their way into Ultrabooks, such as the upcoming Lenovo LaVie Z. But these typically cost a fortune, running over $1,299 for the cheapest laptop with IGZO installed.

It’s not just hardware that saves battery life Seven Laptop Components That Can Improve Your Battery Life Seven Laptop Components That Can Improve Your Battery Life Most manufacturers lie about battery performance. Read More . The software matters just as much. When running tests, I prefer squeezing out every drop of power, as many users will do when on-the-go. This means turning on Battery Saver Mode and ramping screen brightness down to its minimum. I also disable non-essential features, such as the Windows Indexing How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance Whatever you think of Windows 8 (at MakeUseOf, our opinions are mixed), it’s certainly speedy. Windows 8 boots faster than previous versions of Windows, has lower memory usage, and has a desktop that feels nice... Read More service, which takes a small chunk out of performance and battery life, and set the Windows GUI features to “best performance”, although many users may want to keep text smoothing features enabled.

windows performance best

My test is simple: I put the device through a standard work-day, which requires keeping the wireless and Bluetooth radios turned on, while engaging in light multi-tabbed browsing and running an odd-assortment of software, primarily Microsoft Office.

My battery life exceeded 17 hours of use.

Keyboard

To gauge the relative quality of the XPS’s keyboard, I used TypingTest. The test involves retyping a wall of text. I tested each keyboard three times and recorded the highest score. My results were somewhat surprising:

  • Logitech K350: 80 WPM
  • Dell XPS 13 2015: 88 WPM
  • HP 17 Pavilion: 80 WPM
  • CM Crossfire Storm TX (mechanical): 84 WPM

Laptop keyboards use membrane combined with scissor-switches. They pail in comparison to mechanical keyboards. However, users will notice that they require less pressure to activate than a standard desktop keyboard and the distance each key travels in order to actuate a key-press is lighter and shorter.

I found that these factors increased my typing speed. While not as comfortable as typing on the Logitech K350 or mechanical keyboard, the XPS’s well-laid out keys don’t require unnatural typing positions. I can’t say the same for the Pavilion’s keyboard.

I measured the keyboard of the 17″ HP Pavilion, minus the 10-key pad. It measured 10.5″ across. The Dell XPS’s keyboard falls about an eighth of an inch shorter across compared to the HP. It also feels less tactile and clicky than the HP, which might be due to shorter key-travel. The XPS feels more comfortable, compared to the HP, because it uses slightly shorter shift and capslock keys, which allows for the keyboard to feel just as roomy as a full-sized laptop.

keyboard

Compared to the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro however, the keys don’t feel as good. The Yoga 2 Pro employs concave keycaps and has deeper key travel, at 1.4mm, compared to the 1.3mm of the XPS. Neither keyboard compares in quality to older Thinkpads, but that might be a false comparison. Compared to its own class, Dell’s keyboard ranks toward the top. For those curious, Apple’s Macbook Air 13 offers approximately the same typing experience, with a greater tactile sensation and more keyboard rattle.

The keyboard also includes a two-level brightness LED backlighting. I don’t enjoy white-LED backlighting, but it does the job and with a minimum amount of power consumption; the lights automatically shut off when not in use.

led backlit keys

Overall, those wanting a full-sized laptop keyboard on an Ultrabook will not find much to complain about. Those with large hands might find the typing experience difficult compared to a desktop keyboard, but for most users the 10.5″ keyboard width allows for both comfort and good typing speed.

Touchpad

The touchpad of the XPS feels comparable to laptops using Microsoft’s Precision touchpads. While I prefer textured surfaces, it’s difficult complaining about the unit used in the XPS. It offers excellent sensitivity, with some faults.

The trackpad includes both a tactile left and right click, which inhabit the left and right bottom corners. Pushing on either corner allows the user to activate the buttons. Like most clicky touchpads, simultaneously using both the touchpad and mouse buttons causes the cursor to move out of position. This will certainly irritate some users. Also, the smooth surface makes it difficult to tell whether your fingers are on the touchpad or bezel. I found myself sometimes moving my fingers around on the carbon-fiber palm rest, cursing at the screen, before realizing my stupidity.

The XPS’s trackpad by no means equals the Thinkpad’s TrackPoint. But relative to anything else in its price-range, it’s good.

touchpad

On the Downside

Despite the many virtues of the XPS 13, a few rough edges and shortcomings exist.

Screen burn-in: This is a minor issue. If the images become permanent, however, that’s another matter. There’s a possibility that because of the untested nature of IGZO technology, the burn-in might prove more than temporary. IGZO backplane screens operate under the same principles as LCD screens – meaning any burn-in should eventually fade. I recommend using a screen saver or setting the screen to shut off while not in use.

Customization price increase: Going from the Core i3 model to the Core i5 model costs $150, which is absurd considering that Intel charges Dell the same price for both models. Furthermore, going from the non-touch to the touchscreen model comes with a $500 price increase.

Bloatware: Most of Dell’s software offers users a great deal of utility. For example, Dell’s Backup and Recovery service beats the built-in disk imaging option available in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 will not backup to removable drives, such as flash memory. Dell’s service will copy to removable drives. Copying the XPS’s hard drive requires around 30GB of storage space after installing all my apps.

Webcam positioning: The positioning of the webcam in the lower-left side of the screen’s bezel might disturb some users during video calls. My overall impression was not negative. While the perspective is different, it still gets the job done. Typing while Skyping can prove distracting but this does not take away from the overall value offered by the XPS.

Noise-cancelling: While the XPS sports dual front-facing microphones, the quality during calls proved sub-par. The person on the other end of the call could hear echo.

In truth, none of the problems take away from the XPS’s virtues, unless the screen burn-in proves permanent. Overall, the XPS offers excellent specs for the money.

Quick Summary

Advantages

  • Matte screen on non-touch version
  • User replaceable M.2 SSD
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent component value
  • Excellent portability
  • Good keyboard and trackpad despite diminutive size
  • Good system imaging software
  • Ubuntu certified

Disadvantages

  • Wonky noise-cancelling
  • Strange positioning of webcam
  • Customization comes with a steep price-premium
  • Security backdoor inserted (but Dell provided removal instructions)
  • The PM851 SSD on the Dell suffers from degenerating performance

November 2015 Update

After using the XPS for almost a year, I have some additional observations regarding the XPS’s performance, security, and its Linux compatibility:

Slowing SSD: The Solid State Drive in the Dell XPS slowly loses performance How Ultrabook Performance Degrades Over Time with a Samsung TLC SSD How Ultrabook Performance Degrades Over Time with a Samsung TLC SSD Samsung's TLC SSDs are screwing their customers! A bug with Triple Level Cell NAND memory causes performance to degrade and voids warranty early. Find out whether you're affected and get a fix. Read More over time. The Solid State Drive (SSD) on the XPS is the Samsung PM851. It uses something called Triple Layer Cell (TLC) memory, which is susceptible to a bug endemic to Samsung’s TLC technology.

Security vulnerability: Dell also includes a firmware backdoor (a serious security vulnerability) in second generation Dell XPS 13 2015 editions. Dell now provides removal instructions, claiming that the backdoor is for Dell technicians.

Ubuntu 15.10 compatibility: I installed Ubuntu — it runs great, but if you use Bluetooth Low Energy devices, they will not function properly. Additionally, the battery life under Ubuntu 15.10 isn’t great compared to Windows. It’s not terrible by any means, though. It’s just impossible to get 17 hours of battery life. Keep in mind that Linux is the best defense against Dell’s firmware backdoor.

Burn-in issue: After almost a year of ownership, the IGZO backplane in the Dell hasn’t shown any signs of long-term burn-in.

The gap: There’s a small (.5mm) gap between the bezel of the XPS and its display, if you own a non-touchscreen model. This area attracts lint and dust like you won’t believe.

Conclusion

The XPS represents the pinnacle of laptop design in 2015. It’s also the best bang for your buck out of any laptop I’ve ever seen in the $800 price range. However, if users purchase a higher spec’d model, the XPS’s price advantage begins to erode, relative to the upcoming Lenovo LaVie Z $1,299 model. Even so, it’s still a better buy for the majority of users in the Ultrabook market. Of the minor complaints, only the pricing issue separating the Core i3 and Core i5 bears mentioning.

A potential major issue worth mentioning: Its cutting-edge screen technology suffers from burn-in (or ghosting). Burn-in on IGZO panels on the iPad Mini sometimes caused permanent damage on roughly a quarter of tablets. If the same burn-in problem plagues the XPS, it’s a deal breaker if repairs aren’t properly handled by Dell. On the other hand, burn-in on LCD screens should fade within minutes.

Overall, the XPS 13 is the best Ultrabook both for the money and within its class.

It’s the best laptop in its class, but don’t buy it, for two reasons: First, backdoors in hardware can be exploited by criminals. Second, Dell needs to stop using the PM851 SSD because it loses performance over time. For those not concerned, buy it if you’re looking for an $800 Ultrabook. If you need a gaming laptop or Photoshop rig, look elsewhere. If you only need bare-bones productivity, look into either a Chromebook ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 Review and Giveaway ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 Review and Giveaway The ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 tries to be among one of the most affordable Chromebooks available, while at the same time providing some pretty decent hardware, especially for the price. Read More , HP Stream or even Android laptop.
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Dell XPS 13 2015 Edition Giveaway

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  1. Zaki BELYOUZAK
    June 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  2. Carolina
    March 21, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I've had my latop for 6 years now. I need a change, and I think I have found it!

  3. Jarrod Gallon
    March 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    looks like an amazing laptop!!!

  4. Mitchell
    March 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks so much MUO! Awesome win!

    • Kannon Y
      March 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks for participating Mitchell!

      I've been doing giveaways for a while now. This was my favorite giveaway so far. It's some of the best hardware I've ever put my hands on.

    • Aaron Hossain
      March 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Worked hard !! im jelous!! How did u win and how much entry did u have ?

  5. Kevin Koesoemo
    March 15, 2015 at 5:36 am

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  6. budi
    March 15, 2015 at 4:53 am

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  7. seth c
    March 15, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Who the fuc* won?

    • Kannon Y
      March 15, 2015 at 1:08 am

      It's the weekend when a lot of people have the day off. We'll probably find out by Tuesday.

    • seth c
      March 15, 2015 at 2:29 am

      Sorry for the language. Thanks! ?

  8. Bernice Balcaen
    March 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I really need a laptop computer - I have several health concerns and one of them is my spine - I have had surgery last summer but I am still unable to sit up straight for long periods of time. Having a laptop would be a big help and I would not have to sit in front of a computer when I am contacting family and friends via email. Please consider me for this computer. With thanks. I remember many years ago (maybe 1979) I bought a Dell computer but it has gone the way of everything we seem to buy and discard these days, it was good and I don't even remember if I gave it away or something was too wrong with it and I had to discard it.

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    March 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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    March 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm

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    March 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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    March 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

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    March 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm

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  15. Cindy
    March 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

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  16. jan rice
    March 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

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  17. Tom
    March 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Is it bad I want this just because those bezels are so sexy?

    • Kannon Y
      March 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Not at all. The bezel design is what allows Dell to squeeze a 13.3-inch screen into an 11-inch chassis (across). It's a brilliant device.

    • Kevin Koesoemo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Is the 5th gen of intel core i3 enough for everyday computer, like editing videos and browsing ? And is it also good for simple games like Sims 4 ?

  18. Rick
    March 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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  19. Jeanette Davison
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    Broke!:( Need new computer!!!

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  25. jan rice
    March 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm

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  26. ronald peladeau
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    March 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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  28. Megan
    March 12, 2015 at 4:44 pm

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  29. Harald
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  30. Alex
    March 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

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  31. Cory
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  32. Alex
    March 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

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  33. Jennifer
    March 12, 2015 at 8:24 am

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  34. David
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  35. NerdBob
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  37. Wanda Tracey
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  39. Anh Kiet
    March 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm

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  40. Myrna
    March 11, 2015 at 9:25 pm

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  41. jan rice
    March 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Great Laptop, never had one , maybe this is my chance to own one.

  42. Patrick Pleau
    March 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

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  43. Ronak
    March 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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  44. Melanie Kujovich
    March 11, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Considering our laptop is going on 8 years old- this would be a great upgrade and something to consider. I find some concern with the screen burn issue, but setting the laptop on sleep mode or using a screensaver sounds like it would prevent that issue. Good luck to all in the contest!

  45. Tim Anderson
    March 10, 2015 at 11:08 pm

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  47. jan rice
    March 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

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  48. budi
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    March 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm

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  53. Niro
    March 8, 2015 at 3:27 am

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  54. Dirk
    March 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    This will do me fine.

  55. stephanie
    March 7, 2015 at 3:55 am

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  56. Rick M.
    March 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I was always on the fence about Dell products. On one hand, I have several friends who have had problems with there Dell products received good support, often they replaced complete units where I would thought they could have just replaced a component. On the other hand, some of the failures I came across were things that just don't happen...like a flat screen monitor just falling off a stand. Of the friends and family that purchased Dell products many years ago, many of them are still running, but I could see a trend of reduced quality as the years went by....

    Fast Forward to today: For the last several years, I have shyed away from Dell products, but after reading this article, about how they are now focusing on quality, I think they deserve a little more atttention.

    • Kannon Y
      March 7, 2015 at 2:50 am

      Hey Rick, thanks for the comment!

      I want to warn everyone about the potential for burn-in on the screen. It's a fantastic technology, but if the burn-in is permanent, that's a deal-breaker. Otherwise, though, this is the nicest laptop I've ever put my hands on. It's better in build quality compared to an Apple, which I didn't think was possible.

  57. Lela Lilko
    March 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I would love this awesome prize!

  58. Purushottam Kadam
    March 6, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I would like to win this awesome giveaway because at this time i don't have laptop
    hop i am lucky one ..

  59. Aaron Hossain
    March 6, 2015 at 4:03 am

    The amount of happiness i will get no one can ever get by winning this laptop ! :) cause im a web developer i need money which as a student don't have it please consider me and give me this laptoop plzz!!!!!!

  60. steve callahan
    March 5, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    yes i would love to own one . the one i have is over 10 years old ty .

  61. Jamie Patricia Misch
    March 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I have had a Dell laptop and find they are reliable and this one sounds very functional and it would be wonderful to win one for my elderly parents who only play jigsaw puzzles online and the old laptop is wearing out big time. They so enjoy doing the puzzles and they don't have many hobbies they can do anymore much,so the puzzles really work for them. I also go show them photos,youtube videos and other fun things for them to enjoy. This would be so excellent. Thank you for making excellent laptops and so easy to use. Sincerely,Jamie Misch

  62. chris arnott
    March 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    why does +1 google not work. no links

    • Kannon Y
      March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Are you using an Ad-Blocker or script blocker? Sometimes those cause problems.

    • steve callahan
      March 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      yes i love it . i still have the old desk top . love to win a new one . ty

  63. Gayle bellemare
    March 5, 2015 at 3:54 am

    This sounds like a great laptop, yes there is a downside but then there usually is. I think the Dell XPS 13 would meet my needs beautifully. Thanks for giving us all the chance to win this. Good luck to all!

  64. jennifer corrado
    March 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Would love to win this laptop, ours is old and can't keep up anymore!

  65. Pranav Jain
    March 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    You guys are great for giving away such a good laptop. Currently i have no laptop (just a pc) and Ive started blogging (reviews for phones,games,etc). And a new laptop will help me to write my thoughts even when im at the college, so thats great for me

  66. Cindy Marzec
    March 4, 2015 at 1:42 am

    would really love to win a dell laptop so that I can go on the road and use it everywhere I am. I know from prior use and the Dell home computer I own now that Dell outshines the rest!

  67. Steven Grotte
    March 3, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I would like to be able to find the entry blank so that I could complete it for a chance to win it.

  68. Herbert Webb
    March 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Need to win an updated Computer.

  69. JACKIE PHIPPS
    March 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Love to win. Sounds great

  70. Martha
    March 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Interested in trying something a little more up to date than my "dinosaur" laptop.

  71. Carol Sloman
    March 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Would absolutely love to win this. I have had Dell computers and they are great1

  72. Andrea Meyer
    March 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    If it is the LORDS will I would like to win a DELL.

  73. Jerame
    March 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I would love a new laptop from Dell cause I know its a good brand.

  74. Brenda Babcock
    March 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I would just love a laptop computer

  75. Lisa Simoes
    March 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I could surely use a new laptop as my current one has seen better days. Turn on button does not work--need to play with the wire to turn on & monitor is crooked...

  76. Kamdar Mamta
    March 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I Love Dell Laptop...I have started my first laptop with this and still i am using....It is really very strong and good performing laptop...

  77. Alfred Chan
    March 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

    DELL XPS 13, ROCK!! How good if I am the winner of this. Thanks guys. :)

  78. Ulrich Carl
    March 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Nice Win!

  79. Pollus
    March 2, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I already own a XPS15 and it really rock. I want this XPS13 for my son !

  80. HAROLD COLLINGWOOD
    March 2, 2015 at 4:48 am

    IT LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD BE GREAT TO USE.

  81. cathy
    March 2, 2015 at 4:28 am

    some of your buttons aren't working the tweets

  82. Lori
    March 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Dell has always come thru for anyone I know that has one.

  83. Marcia Strickland
    March 2, 2015 at 12:56 am

    would love to win this Dell Dude!

  84. Rick
    March 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    It is nice to see that Dell is getting back to quality once again with this new line and giving you build options and at a respectable price line.
    My friend refurbished Dell desktop and laptops to a better than original performance state. This is what he did in his retirement. In doing so, he gave friends and associates a low cost alternative in PC purchasing. He took discarded Dell computers as payment for his computer tech services from individuals and corporations. He was a true friend to all who enjoyed computers!

  85. Scott T
    March 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    That's a great-looking laptop. It makes my 7 year old Lenovo look absolutely dreadful.

  86. Mary Mancini
    March 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Good review

  87. lynne lillington
    March 1, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I still have my first dell but its a bit of a dinosaur over 10 years old

  88. d l
    March 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I have always found Dell reliable

  89. Karen S
    March 1, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I desperately need a new computer. My crashes every couple of minutes or doesn't connect. It is possessed by some foreign entity. I'd love to have this and be able to get some things done without aggravation.

  90. mary mary
    February 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Dell has a great reputation so this would be a great tool for me to use at home

  91. Hermann
    February 28, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    One wonderful laptop

  92. John
    February 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Dell is one of best manufacturer out there and they have excellent service to.
    I owned an XPS 12.

  93. Mary
    February 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Would love to get a new Dell - my computer is on its last legs, so it would be perfect timing!

  94. Peter
    February 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    What a beautiful computer. I love the solid build of Dell Latitudes. The XPS is a whole step above yet at a great price point. Good competition for the Macbook Pro on Windows.

  95. sharon shafran
    February 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    looks like it would be perfect to use

  96. Chris Van Valkenburg
    February 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This was great information and I will use it when it's time for my next laptop.

  97. Siobhan Davis
    February 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Great giveaway would love to be considered xx Good luck everyone

  98. vilda Medcraft
    February 28, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I have a delll with a touch screen she's old cantankerous probably needs replacing which I can't afford. Had cancer you don't have time for my illnesses. One day I will be able to replace her, but not yet. Look if you need a machine other than a mac then this is the one for you enjoy

  99. Hanu Kunduru
    February 28, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I have always been loyal to Dell products, but recently switched to a mac, would love to switch back to a xps 13, fingers crossed :D

  100. Deanna Folk
    February 28, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Such a amazing quality product ..I would so love this to replace my very old 11 year old Dell Desk top .. SOMEDAY !!! SOMEDAY !!!

  101. Charles Octetree
    February 28, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Dell was my first computer and I was very pleased with it, so I was hooked on Dell for awhile. I never had ant other Dell product it would be a thrill to own one of these.

  102. Wayne Bridgnell
    February 28, 2015 at 5:28 am

    This is just a god sent. You are so very generous for this giveaway.

  103. Don Roberts
    February 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I am using my 12th DELL right now. I really enjoy the XPS models.

  104. kris
    February 28, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I have always owned dell and loved them!!

  105. Vicky Partridge
    February 28, 2015 at 1:37 am

    My first computer was a Dell desk top......The article was very informative, even for my limited understanding.....How I would love to win this!

  106. Jesse
    February 28, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Would seriously love to have this as a take-on-vacation laptop.

  107. Chris
    February 28, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Dell is making a comeback?

  108. Bob Cotto
    February 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I'm using a 6 yr old Dell netbook and it's really bogging down. I'd love to have this fantastic machine.

  109. Eddie
    February 27, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I would love to win this for my wife. Oh, yea....!

  110. C Guru
    February 27, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Do you hate sweden beacuse we never winn?

    • Kannon Y
      February 27, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      I really like Ikea and Swedish people. The weather though... very cold.

      Seriously, Americans make up the majority of entries. By a big amount.

  111. Jay B
    February 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Enlightening article! My Macbook Pro is hanging on a thread and have decided that the Dell XPS 13 2015 would be a fantastic replacement... Fingers crossed! ;)

    • Kannon Y
      February 27, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      If you're used to a Macbook, you'll probably be disappointed by the Windows Operating System. It's apples and oranges. Some people like Windows some like OSX.

  112. Alan Stadnyk
    February 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah Kannon. You said it. I get the same feel from my older Dell XPS as well for performance and the bleeding that Dell's screens can be notorious for, but it's a small sacrifice for using these on business trips and such when I can still squeeze out 4- 5 hours of video in my downtime.

    Still looking forward to checking out these unit when I start shopping around to replace my old XPS 13 this year.

  113. Lisa Simoes
    February 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I could really use this, my current one is on its last leg. The button broke, I have to play with the wire for it to turn on & the monitor is crooked LOL.

  114. Janina Kraus
    February 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I currently have a 10 year old dell studio 15 which needs badly to be replaced but
    I cant afford it... would love this blessing!

  115. Vanessa
    February 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Dell is the best!

  116. baiatrix chick
    February 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    If I was the lucky winner of this Dell laptop....I will tell you it couldn't come at a better time. Wow...what a giveaway

  117. FRANCES DOELLE
    February 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I have NEVER OWNED A LAPTOP

  118. Alex Rebuffe
    February 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I need a portable computer. My employer had a Dell and loved it. I'd really like to win this...

  119. SUSAN DEFORGE-MCINTOSH
    February 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I would really love a laptop would be greatly apppreciated :)

  120. Stephane Bradley
    February 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I would love to win i got 3 kids at school and they all need laptop

  121. Anonymous
    February 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I would love to win i got 3 kids at school and they all need laptop

  122. Richard P. Janssen
    February 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I would love to win this because the desk top is always in use

  123. DellXPS13owner
    February 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    USB 3.0 isn't working at superspeed but at USB 2.0 speed instead.
    Anyone can confirm this? Must be BIOS problem.

    • Kannon Y
      March 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Sorry for taking so long to respond, I had to buy a USB 3.0 drive and there weren't very many on sale at the time. Anyway,I tested out the USB 3.0 port. I got between 93 and 98 mbps, which is about right for the real-world speed of USB 3.0. A USB 2.0 drive gets around 20 (at most) mbps.

      That's significantly less than the theoretical speed, though.

  124. Laura
    February 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Am about to throw my current laptop out the window!! Could really use & would appreciate a new one :)

  125. Penny Dickson
    February 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for the great giveway

  126. Geneva Asselin
    February 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    My granddaughter could really use this for her homework as high school is so hard without a computer.

  127. maryzell roberts
    February 27, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I have a Dell desktop and I would love to have this laptop.

  128. Diamond
    February 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

    and I am would love to win this

  129. Taehyun Park
    February 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for awesome review!

  130. Dac P
    February 27, 2015 at 5:41 am

    We bought our daughter a Dell laptop for her to use for her high school classes and she loves it.

  131. Judie Farris
    February 27, 2015 at 4:21 am

    My laptop took a break a few months ago. It's now in laptop heaven. I miss it everyday. I'm lost without it.. Haha. True story..

  132. jane jakins
    February 27, 2015 at 2:45 am

    great giveaway

  133. Edmond
    February 27, 2015 at 12:59 am

    OMG. Wow, prize Dell is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the laptop to work and eat again. A life changing exp. Top bucket list.

  134. blyskalp
    February 27, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Great keep up the good work.

  135. Rodel S. Mercurio
    February 26, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway that gave to us.

  136. Joe Blow
    February 26, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    So where do you enter?

    • Kannon Y
      February 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      The entry form is at the very bottom of the article, just below the grey text box.

  137. Valerie Furr
    February 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Dell is so much better than most brands out there. I have always had an HP up until 6 months ago I got a Dell and I am so happy with it. Now I need a new Laptop by Dell to go with my desktop.

  138. debra
    February 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    wow nice

  139. Donna
    February 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    would love to win this

  140. Bree
    February 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Great review and awesome giveaway!

  141. Kathy
    February 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Looks good to me.

  142. Kathy
    February 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Looks good to me

  143. kayleigh watkins
    February 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    wow what a fab giveaway, would love to win this so my son could use it for his homework and I could do online shopping and browsing, what a fab review, fingers crossed, good luck everyone xxxx

  144. JohnnyZenith
    February 26, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Also I would love to win this as I desperately need a small laptop for my travels and writings! I have never won anything!

  145. JohnnyZenith
    February 26, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Do we know when the equivalent model of the XPS 15 will be released? There must be an iteration in the same style as the New XPS 13. I so wish it was out now :(

    • Kannon Y
      March 7, 2015 at 5:17 am

      I do not know. I'm not sure why only the XPS 13 has been released so far. However, I do know that other manufacturers are quietly releasing 14 and 15 inch laptops throughout Q2, so perhaps Dell might respond with something then.

      They normally align releases with major tradeshows. There's a few coming up over the next couple months. We should hear more then.

  146. Eileen Lang
    February 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    nice

  147. sangryoungkim
    February 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Yes. It is the best ultrabook in the world.!! I love it.

  148. christina moore
    February 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter

  149. Iain Beattie
    February 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Awesome

  150. Iain Beattie
    February 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Liked and shared

  151. Jörg Häntzschel
    February 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Done all Face/Google/YouTube/Twitter

  152. kenspig
    February 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Would love this, and I need it !!!

  153. Tshoiten Lama
    February 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Hoping to win this giveaway.Thank you for this giveaway.And Good Luck Everyone.

  154. Sami Kabir
    February 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I've done everything you've said. I really am in need of a laptop right now. If I win this piece of beauty then I can spend my money on the Galaxy Note 4! So please, make it happen!

  155. Kathy
    February 26, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Love my Dell! Time for a new one though! Thank you for the opportunity to win one! Liked and shared this on Facebook. Pick ME!

  156. Mark Messinger
    February 26, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for the very thorough review. However, I see very little evidence of Dell's "made-to-order approach," with the XPS 13. Really, there are practically zero options, when it comes to the touch screen model. Where's my choice of SSD capacity? Can I get that with 16GB of RAM? How about an i7 CPU? Dell really needs to offer some options. As it is, though, this is completely the opposite of "made-to-order."

    • Kannon Y
      February 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      That's a good point. Dell seems to have put barriers between some specs -- like we cannot buy a Core i3 with a 512GB hard drive and a high resolution touchscreen. And I don't think the 1800p screen is offered in matte.

      It's technically made to order because they don't make the system until someone buys it, but it would make much more sense if they actually made it entirely to user specifications. The way it looks, every component above the base model is a value-add. Intel charges the same prices for the Core i3 as it does the Core i5 -- so it costs Dell nothing to do the upgrade, despite the i3's lack of turbo and higher cTDP.

      It seems that everything added above the base model increases Dell's margins. I suspect that the $800 model offers Dell almost no margins, which is why they'd design such a scheme.

  157. Sadman Shoumik Ahmed
    February 26, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Liked and shared...looks like a killer laptop awesome specifications...

  158. Elliot Shear
    February 26, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Always wanted one-now's the time!

  159. Lê B?ng Hi?u
    February 26, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Dell XPS 13 is so attrative ! Powerful and Longer. I want to buy it for my study and work, but can't afford. Hope I win ! hihi :)

  160. rosanne hillock
    February 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Would love to win one

  161. Jon Gallagher
    February 26, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Like. would like even more if I was using it right now...

  162. S Ashby
    February 26, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Nice machine big effort.

  163. MICHAEL GOH
    February 26, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I LIKE DELL AND I WISH TO WIN THIS SET , DONE

  164. Eric
    February 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I have been using mine for 3 weeks now. Absolutely love it!

  165. Michael
    February 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Truly the best laptop in recent years...I really want to win this since mine is not working anymore.

  166. baldo
    February 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    liked and shared

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