Best answer: Since the Rose Gold and Frost White versions command a price premium, the Platinum Silver XPS 13 is the best choice for most.

Perfect in platinum: Dell XPS 13 9380 (From $900 at Dell)

Other colors only available on certain configurations

While the traditional Platinum Silver color is available on all configurations of the new XPS 13 9380, the other two are not. That means out of the gate you're going to have to spend more to get either Rose Gold or Frost White — and it's quite a bit more at that.

Currently, Dell is only offering these two colors on configurations that start at $1,400. If you're looking for a higher spec laptop, it might not be of concern, but if you're looking to spend as little as possible, a $500 premium over the entry-level price for a color is quite excessive.

$50 additional charge

Not only are the two additional colors currently limited to the higher priced configurations, there's an additional charge on top to get each of them. When customizing your order, you're presented with a choice of color, and if you go for Rose Gold or Frost White you'll be paying another $50 on top.

Is a different color really worth another $50? For most, probably not. Regardless of how much you're spending on a laptop.

Black inside is better than white inside

There's also the fact that the Rose Gold and Frost White XPS 13 9380 come with a white inside. This is something that you'll be putting your hands on for potentially thousands of hours during your ownership and it'll look dirty a lot faster than black will.

A white bezel, no matter how thin, is also more of a distraction to your eyes than a black one. The display won't blend into the bezels either and will instead be bordered by a harsh white line.

On the standard Platinum Silver XPS 13 9380 you get the regular black inside. That, plus the price, makes the Platinum Silver the only one we really recommend.

Platinum Silver

Dell XPS 13 9380

Most people should stick with the standard

The Frost White and Rose Gold versions might look tempting and very attractive from the outside, but there are too many compromises to make either of them a good recommendation.

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