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Do you like the radically redesigned XPS 13 Plus?

Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Dark Keys Trackpad
Dell Xps 13 Plus 2022 Dark Keys Trackpad (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Dell's XPS 13 has been one of the best Windows laptops for quite some time. Each year, Dell refreshes the device with new internals and a progressively improved design. Usually, we see iterative improvements and smaller refinements that result in a well-reviewed laptop.

Dell took a different approach with the XPS 13 Plus. The company made radical changes, but rather than introduce them to the well-received XPS 13 lineup, it created a Plus variant of the device.

The XPS 13 Plus looks a bit like if you took a time machine and checked out an XPS 13 from 2025. It has a seamless glass haptic trackpad, a zero-lattice keyboard, and a row of light-up function keys that can swap over to multimedia buttons.

We want to know if you like the radical redesign of the XPS 13 Plus or if you prefer the more traditional look of the XPS 13.

The touchpad of the XPS 13 Plus has caused quite a bit of controversy. Some argue that since the device has no visible indicators of where the trackpad is, people won't know where to place their hands. Others counter that sentiment by highlighting that many modern touchpads don't have lines or icons for left and right-click and that people seem to use those without issue.

The LED function keys have also drawn criticism, with comparisons being made to Apple's Touch Bar. Those aren't exactly fair, however, since the function row of the XPS 13 Plus isn't dynamic. It isn't trying to adapt to different apps, and it doesn't require a separate processor like the Touch Bar did. Instead, users can toggle between F keys and media keys.

The keyboard design of the XPS 13 Plus also allows the laptop to dissipate heat more efficiently. Even with that benefit, some would prefer a traditional row of function keys.

Pitting the XPS 13 Plus vs. the XPS 13 is a trendy topic right now, and we'd like to know which side of the aisle you fall on. Let us know in the poll above and explain your reasoning in the comments below.

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15 Comments
  • I voted no mainly because I remain unconvinced it will be a good typing experience. I'm also not sure if it's radical enough for me to refer to it as radical.
  • There has to be 3rd-option at least for me. I want to lean for no but I do like the looks but I question the usability on long term use. Best to test out in person, but for sure for those who needs constant use of function keys won't like this laptop at all. It just so happens that for let's say many writers may not find the value of it, especially if many apps don't really require use to use it frequently. Though the capacitive Delete key is indeed an interesting case even for writers since for sure that key may be well used depending on the writer. Some may don't use it often, some may rely it so much.
  • Voted no. Don't like the keyboard or hidden trackpad at all. Maybe it will work better in practice than it seems from the outside.
  • I really wonder who they are designing the XPS models for. If it's for content creators and developers, they've really missed the mark. And if it isn't them... who is it?
  • I think it should be its own new product. Don't call it an xps if it isn't.
  • This is a design best to test out in person. At least hard to say the usability of capacitive function keys in real world use. Though if you are writer that rely on apps that won't use that much, it won't be a problem. I guess the capacitive isn't too sensitive tk be accidentally triggered. Keyboard is interesting, but I guess it should be a similar feel to old Type Cover keyboards of Surface Pro 3. The invisible trackpad reminds me of old laptop design around 2005 when Netbook came, I remember some Asus trackpad have similar approach, though they made the trackpad area textured so you can still feel it where it ends. But these days for trackpad is so large, I guess this won't be an issue as much. The lack of headphone jack though is very annoying tend coming to laptops. We have to bring some dongle on our bags in case we bring wired headphone/headset.
  • “The lack of headphone jack though is very annoying trend coming to laptops. “ It is? Why? Outside of a recording studio, who uses wired headphones these days? This is 2022. Your phone is wireless. Your laptop has Wi-Fi. Why are you still using wired headphones? I remember when headphones had a huge 1/4” diameter plug and a coiled cord. I remember having a 15 foot extension cable so I could listen across the room from my stereo equipment. Now I can walk around the house and listen, without dragging a cable around. What are you waiting for?
  • Because I already invested the gear I like and I rather have keep that money for something else, instead of buying new gear just to serve that wireless need. Thing is, it is more inconvenient to have Bluetooth headphone on multiple devices if that device doesn't have multi-pair, which is a feature isn't mostly available except for expensive ones. Thing is, I had tried XM4 and I just don't like their tuning at all, well I have to EQ them to get something I prefer. I would rather not add more gadgets that I need to charge and that headphone battery will eventually died out and just go back to wired anyways. Its not that these wireless headphones in the market have easy to replace batteries assuming its available. I would hate keep buying new one every few years. Its not a smartphone or PC where I do need to get it replaced every few years. You assume nobody even use wired. Heck even casual users will have one since they are cheaper and get decent audio for the price. Some don't like spending more than they should have.
  • I use a wired headphone. I don't understand this thinking people have behind 'I don't use it so no one should'. Would you say the same for the lack of a memory card or USB A ports?
  • How very ignorant and condescending of you. Your choice is not my choice.
  • Because I don't want to lose an ear bud every month. Because I don't want one more thing to charge. Because I don't want to have another battery that degrades over time and will need to be recycled in a few years. Audio technology doesn't change dramatically year to year, and like a TV set, a good pair of headphones can do its job for many years. Because I don't want to have to worry about watching my headphone's battery life while going through the workday, or worse - not being able to use them at all if I forgot to charge them. All reasons that have been beaten to death by now but remain valid.
  • The battery degrades argument is I say one of the big things out there, since audio don't dramatically change over the years, we pretty much reached the point we're even cheaper audio is rather acceptable as long as you don't demand critical listening. Especially that these years were are more concerned now in regards to e-waste and environmental impacts that decades before. E-waste is a big deal. Buying wired audio will last you not just years but even decades. Pads may need replacement but drivers last really long. And the sound is pretty much the same. Bluetooth headphone and buds will have their batteries degraded. Especially buds, which will sound horrible for e-waste as the current devices started their batteries to died out. Current ones are pretty much disposable and you can't wired them back to be usable again. At least headphones can, though you just have this uncessary weight and some features will be unusable.
  • No, it looks very, very cheap; like the typecover of the first Surface.