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The spectacular Dell XPS 13 Plus is finally now available, starting at $1,299

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Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Main (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

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).

CategoryDell XPS 13 Plus
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Display13.4 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200/3456x2160/3840x2400
Touch/Non-Touch
LCD/OLED
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1240P
Intel Core i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1270P
Intel Core i7-1280P
GraphicsIntel Iris X Graphics
Memory8GB LPDDR5
16GB LPDDR5
32GB LPDDR5
Storage256GB PCIe 3
512GB PCIe 4
1TB PCIe 4
2TB PCIe 4
Front Camera720p
SecurityWindows Hello Face and Fingerprint Unlock
ConnectivityIntel Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211) (2x2)
Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
AudioQuad speakers
Battery55Whr battery
Dimensions0.60 x 11.63 x 7.84 inches (15.28mm x 295.3mm x 199.04mm)
Weight1.24kg (2.73 lbs.)
ColorsPlatinum
Graphite

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:

Everything about the XPS 13 Plus focuses on design. It has a 4-sided InfinityEdge 13.4-inch display with up to 4K resolution and OLED options available, two hidden upward-firing speakers underneath the keyboard deck, and two down-firing speakers for an excellent audio experience. It's available in both Platinum and Graphite color options too.Even the webcam is improved (though still 720P). Dell has two cameras (one RGB, one IR), which get better quality/resolution. Previously, the IR/RGB was combined into one camera resulting in about 20% loss of the pixels used for the IR portion and Windows Hello.On the inside, we have Intel 12th-Gen i5 or i7 chips at 28W, making the XPS 13 Plus the most powerful XPS 13 ever. It also has up to 32GB RAM, 2TB PCIe storage, 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports, and ships with Windows 11 Home, Pro, or Ubuntu if you opt for the XPS 13 Plus "Developer Edition."

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Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Ports

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Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Grey Keyboard

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Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Lid

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Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Keys

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Dell Xps 13 Plus Press

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Dell Xps 13 Plus Render

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Dell Xps 13 Plus Render

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.

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

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.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

21 Comments
  • This is what happens when form destroys function. Horrible design.
  • You haven't even touched it yet.
  • While I like and admire the look of the design, how will I know where to put my finger(s) to move the touchpad? How will I know where the touchpad begins or ends? How do I actuate the right mouse button (doesn't a long hold to click on the RMB just slow down your creativity)? Maybe experience with the thing teaches you that. I can see it being confusing until one learns it, and it would confuse other people borrowing the laptop (I'm in a business where clients sometimes have to borrow my computer to check on their finances). It's pretty, but probably not for me.
  • "how will I know where to put my finger(s) to move the touchpad?"
    It's like asking where you put your fingers on the keyboard. Touchpads are always in the middle below these spacebars 100% of the time on all keyboards that don't have a numberpad. It's a large area because touchpads are now massive. You'll be surprised at how much your brain can do without seeing things when you just let muscle memory take over.
    "How do I actuate the right mouse button "
    It behaves just like on the Surface Laptop Studio or ThinkPad X1 Titantium. You press and action happens. Modern touchpads also don't have lines drawn in for right/left clicks or "where" those are on the touch pad either, yet people have figured it out.
  • Sure, but I can understand people being turned off by this because of their experience with the touchbar macbooks, for example. :/
  • The biggest issue with that design was 1. It'd freeze/crash on Macbooks b/c it has its own processor (for real) 2. The ability for those keys to dynamically turn into other keys never caught on, whereas these are just regular function keys as found on any laptop 3. People who buy the XPS 13 Plus are very unlikely ex-Mac users, and, even if they are, they're such a small % that who cares what they think anyway.
  • Wow, I guess you can't please some people. I think it looks great.
  • Function keys are cool, the trackpad is no good for me though, hell, I accidently right click instead of left on a regular trackpad occasionally, this would be a nightmare.
  • One of the benefits of haptic trackpads (vs mechanical) is you can usually resize those click-areas since it's all software. We'll see if they do that here.
  • That is actually really good to know. Thanks for the info. I would definitely increase the size of the left click over the right just based on the way I hold my hand on a trackpad.
  • That's amazing. I didn't know that.
  • The first thing I do on any Windows laptop is disable right-click with a tap on the trackpad.
    The best way is to use two fingers.
  • Not sure about the spacing of the keyboard. I am curious to try.
    I don’t really like the design of the keyboard to be honest.
  • 1.24 kg. Not bad, but I wish they could bring this to less than 1 kg.
  • Dell should make an ARM version of this.
  • Is this only a model for the 13 inch? What about the other 2 sizes?
  • There's more to come for those who prefer more traditional designs.
  • I think the design looks interesting.
    Before making a yay or nay decision though I'd have to have hands on time with it to decide if the invisible trackpad was an issue.
    I am a fan of the function keys if the real reason was for the thermal solution.
    Only think I regret Dell not offering here is AMD processors as they run considerably cooler and have much longer battery life.
  • "Only think I regret Dell not offering here is AMD processors as they run considerably cooler and have much longer battery life."
    This goes back to Dell working with Intel on this design to co-engineer the hardware and fine-tune the CPU for this new look. It's something AMD doesn't quite yet do with OEMs that gives Intel and advantage (and often results in some of the more exciting laptops released). Intel and Dell with definitely do a TV campaigns for these as they have in the past.
  • I rarely use touchpads. On the couch or on the way i use the touchscreen, on the desk it is docked.
  • Though this looks great and has a fantastic pedigree, and I'm intrigued by the trackpad, I can't get excited about clamshell laptops anymore. Also, I have worries about the keyboard and that strip of capacitive buttons (though I'm picker about these things than most).