Are Dell XPS 13 9380 Rose Gold and Frost White colors worth the extra $50?

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Are Dell XPS 13 9380 Rose Gold and Frost White colors worth the extra $50?

Best answer: There are no differences to the configurations of the Rose Gold and Frost White XPS 13 compared to the regular color, so the $50 extra is better kept in your own pocket.Stick with silver: Dell XPS 13 9380 (From $900 at Dell)

It's just a color

You might have thought the Rose Gold and Frost White versions of the XPS 13 were special editions, especially since they command a price premium, but the truth is, they're not. They're the exact same XPS 13 as the Platinum Silver model, but with a different color on the outside and white on the inside.

It's also $50 more expensive than the Platinum Silver and we're not sure it's worth it.

Not just $50 more expensive

For the extra money, you're not getting much in terms of internal specs or other differences. You're mostly paying for style here.

There's also the fact that only certain configurations of the XPS 13 right now can be had in Rose Gold or Frost White at all. While the traditional Platinum Silver color is available on all configurations of the new XPS 13 9380, the other two are not.

Currently, Dell is only offering these two colors on configurations that start at $1,400. If you're looking for a higher spec laptop, it might not be of concern, but if you're looking to spend as little as possible, a $500 premium over the entry level price (plus another $50 on top) for a color is quite excessive.

Black inside is better than white inside

The Rose Gold and Frost White XPS 13 9380 come with a white inside. This is something that you'll be putting your hands on for potentially thousands of hours during your ownership.

White will look dirty a lot faster than black. A white bezel also, no matter how thin, is more of a distraction to your eyes than a black one.

On the standard Platinum Silver XPS 13 9380 you get the regular black inside, which is just a better choice all-around.

Richard Devine
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