What you need to know
- First announced at CES 2022, Dell's brand-new XPS 13 Plus is now available for purchase.
- Starting price is $1,299 (USD) | $1,649 (CAD) with the Developer Edition starting at $1,249 (USD) | $1,599 (CAD).
- With a zero-lattice keyboard, seamless glass haptic trackpad, quad speakers, and Intel 12th Gen P-series processors, the XPS 13 Plus is one of the most anticipated laptops of 2022.
On January 4, 2022, Dell announced its new XPS 13 Plus, an all-new take on the best Dell laptop. With a radically minimalist design and "seamless" touchpad, quad speakers, and one of the best edge-to-edge displays around, the laptop looked like something from 2025 instead of 2022.
Of course, the anticipation of when you could get one was building, especially since the original estimate was sometime in March, which was later pushed back to the end of April. Luckily, this time, Dell kept its word as the XPS 13 Plus is now available (at least in the US and Canada, we haven't checked other markets just yet).
|Category||Dell XPS 13 Plus|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home|
Windows 11 Pro
16:10 aspect ratio
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1240P|
Intel Core i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1270P
Intel Core i7-1280P
|Graphics||Intel Iris X Graphics|
|Storage||256GB PCIe 3|
512GB PCIe 4
1TB PCIe 4
2TB PCIe 4
|Security||Windows Hello Face and Fingerprint Unlock|
|Connectivity||Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211) (2x2)|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C|
|Dimensions||0.60 x 11.63 x 7.84 inches (15.28mm x 295.3mm x 199.04mm)|
|Weight||1.24kg (2.73 lbs.)|
To recap what we said back in January, the XPS 13 Plus does a lot of new stuff with heavy attention on its pure design:
One of the most contentious new features is the hidden (or "seamless") glass trackpad, which blends into the keyboard deck. While the trackpad only takes up the middle portion, there are no visible markers to tell you where it begins and ends. However, in our short time with the XPS 13 Plus, we didn't have any trouble using it as the touch area is relatively large and intuitively where you expect it.
Another unique choice is capacitive function keys, which light up with LEDs instead of depressible. Dell wasn't trying to be gimmicky, however. With the saved space from not having the keys pushed down, Dell was able to gain some more thermal room allowing the 12th Gen 28-watt P-series processor (14-cores and 20-threads) to have adequate ventilation and heat dissipation. Users can toggle between Function and Media keys in Dell's software.
Overall, the new XPS 13 Plus looks like a fascinating PC. Will Dell take our top award for best Windows laptop? We'll find out soon enough, but, for now, if you want to order one go right ahead.
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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.