Dell XPS 13 from the front

It's been a few months since Dan has given his hands-on with the Dell XPS 13, and lots of other owners have weighed in with their opinions. We're rounding up critic opinions and giving a brief tour of the Windows laptop so folks considering a purchase can get a comprehensive perspective on whether or not it's the right move for them. Of course, we welcome existing owners to sound off in the comments with their own experiences as well.

The Dell XPS 13 made a big splash at CES as an ultrabook with an exceptionally thin border around the display. Touch and non-touch varieties of the XPS 13 are available, and the whole package weighs in at about 2.6 pounds and 0.7 inches at its thickest. Under the hood of the base model is an i3 2.1 GHz processor, which can be bumped up to i5 2.7 GHz processors in the higher-end versions. That's paired up with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to 8 GB in the top-of-the-line model. A 128 GB SSD should be enough to cover your storage needs, and two USB 3.0 ports can handle peripherals. The resolution of the 13.3-inch display comes in at 1920 x 1080.

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We Like

  • Nearly invisible bezel
  • Great display
  • Super slim

We Don't Like

  • Awkward webcam placement
  • No HDMI or Ethernet
  • Middling battery life

Critic Reviews 8.3


Score: 8

"It's practical and easy to use, even beyond the smart-looking redesign."

Laptop Mag

Score: 7

"For those who really value their space, this 13-inch notebook in an 11-inch package will free up enough space on your tray table for a drink and a bag of nuts."

PC World

Score: 9

"The XPS 13 gives you good performance and great battery life in an incredibly compact and solid-feeling package."

Tech Radar

Score: 10

"Dell's new XPS 13, with its 13-inch QHD+ screen in an 11-inch frame, is one of the best laptops around."

The Verge

Score: 7.5

"The XPS 13 is one of the first exciting designs to arrive in this world, but it certainly won't be the last."


Score: 9

"It's compact and well-built, with a gorgeous screen, fast performance and surprisingly good audio quality."


Score: 8

"As soon as you open the screen and turn it on, it's going to be hard to turn it off."



"The Dell XPS 13 ends up being responsive, small, light, and well built. Dell has crafted what I am sure most people were hoping for when the original Ultrabook specification was announced."

Our take

Buy it. The super slim profile and the bezel-less infinity display make the Dell XPS 13 one sexy laptop.

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