Dell XPS 13 (2015) picks up new BIOS and Trackpad Firmware

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Dell's XPS 13 (2015) with its Infinity Display seems to be doing quite well this year with some outstanding reviews, making it one of our favorite devices. Tonight we were tinkering around with our Core i5 and Core i7 versions when we noticed Dell was rolling out some firmware updates for the popular Ultrabook.

Unfortunately, Dell's System Update app was not finding anything for our XPS 13, so we had to go to Dell's Drivers and Downloads (opens in new tab) on their website to see the new updates.

As it turns out there are quite a few updates that came out in March, including a new System BIOS update (A02 BIOS) released on March 22 and Dell Touchpad Firmware Update (18.1.48, A00) on March 20.

The System BIOS update lists 'Update Fan management' and 'Update Intel CPU microcode' under the Fixes and Enhancements. The Dell Touchpad Firmware Update unfortunately just listed 'initial release' under its notes, so it is unclear what (if anything) has changed. It sounds like the BIOS update has reduced fan usage on our XPS 13, although it may be too early to tell. It certainly hasn't made it any louder.

Finally, users are encouraged to download the Dell Command Power Manager 2.0 under System Utilities. The Thermal settings could be useful for configuring the fan/heat ratio in relation to system performance, in addition to observing battery health.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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  • Three other laptops got 3 bios and trackpad updates. Where's that?
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  • This may be a dumb question, but I have the Microsoft Siganture Edition of this laptop, meaning that it can without any bloatware installed. I can't even find a Dell System Update app installed! How will I be notified and receive this and future Dell updates?? 
  • Just bookmark that link I provided here. You can sign up for Dell updates and they (with permission) scan your computer to make sure you get the right updates. All of the Dell software not included in a Signature Series device can be manually installed by you if you choose.
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  • Yeah that dell update utility is about 100% useless its never found anything for me in my XPS 13 or on the dell vp8 pro I had