Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook

Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook

The device is sold with a few modifications. The first thing to note – the processor. There is an inexpensive option for Intel® Intel® Core ™ i5 5200U. The following are a couple of options: on Intel® Intel® Core ™ i7 5500U and abruptly – Intel® Intel® Core ™ i7 5600U. Another difference between the global model – is the screen resolution: QHD + (3200×1800 pixels) and conventional FullHD. The rest of the machines about the same.

DELL XPS 13: Positioning

Unfortunately, the market for laptops and ultrabooks is calm – there is nothing original, that would be remembered ordinary users. Once a year, or more often we witness the events unfolding around the company Apple, which demonstrates the great MacBook. However, it is again all about the “apple”. And what do producers of “glands” on Windows? That’s right, trying to surpass the company from Cupertino though in some settings. And then the game turned on a DELL XPS 13 ultrabook.

The device showed the company DELL in the 2015 International CES, held in Las Vegas – one of the world’s largest entertainment and gambling. The manufacturer has decided to please not only extremely high-quality material (and there is something to talk about), but compact dimensions, comparable to the “Nout” have 11-inch matrix display, as well as a display with a minimum frame – only 5 mm. Therefore, at the time of the announcement of the XPS 13 ultrabook become the smallest with 13 “diagonal.

Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook

Other parameters are also quite steep and important, however, it seems to me, and it’s not the most attractive in this gadget.

DELL XPS 13: Design, size, controls

The device is made in a strict minimalist design. Here you will not find any fanciful elements that will only distract from the potential user working with a laptop. It seems that the developers have focused on quality and convenient business tool.

XPS thickness 13 at the thinnest point – only 9 mm thick and – about 15 mm. Weight – 1 200 grams. As an example, the new twelve-inch “typewriter» Apple MacBook has a thickness of 3.5 mm to 13 mm and weight of 920 grams;MacBook Air – from 3 mm to 17 mm, weight 1350 grams.

The top cover is made of brushed aluminum, made on CNC-milling machine (eng. Computer numerical control – a computerized control system to operate the actuator of the process equipment, including machine tool accessories). The angles are rounded. Fingerprints left on the surface, but are easily erased. Top coated mirror logo (not lit). The bottom cover of the same material. Housing Robust, extruded, scratches, oddly enough, “plant” is not so easy.

The side edges and the inside of the notebook – coated carbon fiber “soft touch”, the perfect combination of lightness and strength. To interest you cite a quote:

“Carbon fiber – a material composed of thin filaments with a diameter of 3 to 15 microns, preferably formed by carbon atoms. Is the basis for the production of carbon fiber. Carbon composite materials are characterized by high strength, stiffness and low weight, often stronger than steel, but much lighter. ”

The upper half bilayer devices – metal and plastic, the bottom is made similarly.

At the bottom there are two anti-slip rubber strip, slightly elevated above the body. They act as feet.

With one hand, lift the top cover is unrealistic – not your MacBook. Two hands too difficult because the designers did not include a recess on the body, through which you can easily open the cover. In my subjective opinion, a strange glitch.It seems that designers have paid too much attention task to do everything concisely, without further details.

The left side contains the following items: one of the speakers (covered with metal bars), 5 small LED indicating battery charge button to activate the LEDs, connectors, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB, Mini Display Port and connect the power adapter.

On the right side – the second speaker, card reader, USB, and lock Noble.

The face of the two prominent microphone between them – a battery indicator (either lights orange or white).

At the bottom there is the air intake grille. In addition, the center has a metal pad on the magnet, under which the service information. A bit strange, it is not functional and a little stand out from the general design plan, but nonetheless original.

Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook

Holes for the withdrawal of warm air can be seen from the rear side panels at the rear of the dark.

Overall, I am impressed by the ergonomics of design, however, it was killed on the spot no cutout poddevaniya top – screen. This is how to put the door, but do not fasten the handle. However, I wrote about it a little higher, so in any case eventually get used to open the cover of some own sly way, but … it would be better “handles on the doors” were.

The power button is located on the top right panel. It is recessed into the body. When enabled, the device it is highlighted in white vertical stripe.

The touchpad has a size of 105h60 mm, left and right at the bottom there are two buttons for left and right clicks. The surface is pleasant to the touch, not too slippery, but convenient to use.

The keypad consists of 80 mechanical buttons, slightly rounded shape. The average size of each of them – 14 mm height – about 1.5 mm between the track buttons for about 3 mm. The top button – functional: the combination of FN + Esc switch from F1 – F12 in the multimedia mode.

There is lighting. Relatively evenly through the buttons are not too obvious. Adjust the brightness by pressing the corresponding function keys. Total two gradations of brightness.

Pressing the button soft stroke average. The keys are pressed at once – a little spring. In general, a comfortable keyboard.

Because the steel frame of the screen is only 6 mm on each side (except the bottom), the front camera had to be placed in the thickest point – bottom left.

DELL XPS 13: Display

This device uses the screen diagonal is 13.3 inches with a glass panel Corning Gorilla Glass NBT from edge to edge of the screen. The physical size – 293h165 mm top frame – 6 mm, bottom – 20 mm, left and right – about 5 mm. There is anti-reflective coating, fairly effective.

Display resolution DELL XPS 13 – WQXGA +, i.e. 3200 x 1800 pixels, the aspect ratio – 16: 9, the density – 276 pixels per inch.

“The display provides 2.5 times more pixels compared to the resolution of Full-HD, 5 times higher than HD resolution and 4.4 times more than the MacBook Air 13 (or other products with displays HD +). The notebook can also be purchased with a non-touch screen with a resolution Full-HD (1920 x 1080). ”

Matrix IPS IGZO2 without air gap.

The maximum brightness of white color – 323 cd / m2 maximum brightness black – 0.19 cd / m2. Contrast – 1600: 1.

White line – is a goal that we are trying to achieve. Yellow Line – Evidence of the screen. You can see that you are directly over the target curve, which means that for every value between 0 and 100 bit overexposed image. Yellow line – in fact, the average amount of red, green and blue.

Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook

The average value of scale – 1.97. With an increase in the brightness of more than 50% of gamma dramatically improved and comes to the ideal value of 2.2. This range gives us a fine balance: good brightness and a remarkable display of shadow detail.

Looking at the chart level, there is a clear surplus of blue and lack of red.

Temperature – 8000 K.

Judging by the chart, the data correspond to the sRGB triangle and even slightly exceed it.

Virtually all the points are located outside the range of gray DeltaE = 10, which indicates the presence of parasitic shades.

The viewing angles are maximum, the distortion is not only slightly reduced brightness. As I understand it, a light sensor in the device is not.DELL XPS 13: Battery

DELL XPS 13: Battery

The ultrabook is set inline 4-cell lithium-polymer (Li-Pol) 52 Wh battery, 7.4 V.

Full charge time is approximately 4-5 hours under the following conditions: brightness exhibited almost the maximum working Wi-Fi, a variety of performance tests are run (for about an hour in total), there is surfing the Internet (about an hour), use the menu on the installed small volume applications. I would call it a “heavy burden.”

If you print documents in Word (in the background operates Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), and to put 30-40% brightness, the battery will sit down after about 8-9 hours.

2 hours battery exhausted, provided that you “uproar” in simple toys (tested on the GTA VC).

Notebook meets the stringent low power requirements and certified with ENERGY STAR 6.0. This standard sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power consumption for power supply and tight restrictions for computers on the annual amount of energy consumed. Furthermore, XPS 13 contains materials such as lead, mercury and certain phthalates. It also has certification EPEAT SILVER (comparison tool electronic products for compliance with environmental protection) and does not contain PVC and BFR.

DELL XPS 13: Communication capabilities

The machine is equipped with Intel 7265 wireless technology 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 (2,4 and 5 GHz, 2×2). Supports Miracast and Intel Smart Connect .

During the tests, no failures were observed: the Internet via Wi-Fi stable “income” to nouta and mouse via Bluetooth to function without problems.

DELL XPS 13: Memory

The DELL XPS ultrabook uses 8 GB of RAM DDR3L (dual-channel 1600 MHz). On average, “culled” about 2-3 GB. The system puts 7.5 points.

As an SSD stands SSD-drive to 256 GB of Samsung – PM851. Below – technical information:

Below – the test Crystal Disk Mark.

There is a card reader 3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC).

Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook

DELL XPS 13: Performance

This model is supplied with a dual-core Intel Core i7 5500U Broadwell generation of ultra low power. Process technology – 14 nm TDP (TDP) of 15 watts, the clock speed – 2.4-3.0 GHz, supported by technology Hyper-Threading. For more information on the processor can be found on the official website (

Idle CPU heats up to 40 degrees at the maximum load temperatures can reach 80 degrees. The fan is almost inaudible, XPS 13 can not be called an amateur poshurshat blades. The housing is heated, but not strongly, mainly in the area of the screen, metallic bottom remains warm.

DELL XPS 13: Software Platform

The laptop runs on the operating system Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit).

DELL XPS 13: Multimedia

The DELL XPS 13 has two stereo speakers (1 W each) on each side with a professional setting with the help of technology Waves MaxxAudio Pro. Volume for the ultrabook is quite high, the quality is good but not the best I’ve heard. Even if the speakers something closed, the sound gets quieter, perhaps a bit muffled.

To communicate, for example, Skype in the device has a camera. It is located on the left at the bottom of the display. Not quite familiar location, but no problems this causes. The only accounts for a little tilt of the display itself to the source saw not only your torso.

DELL XPS 13: Conclusion

DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook liked me. It has a minimalist design that is quite strict appearance, good performance, his great body materials and an unusually thin frame of the screen. Autonomy if not up to par, then somewhere close – generally pleased.

A little disappointed no recesses, through which it would be easy to raise the upper part of the cover.

More particularly there is nothing to add: Ultrabook class, but expensive, however, for innovation must always pay.


Review DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook updated: May 21, 2015 author: John Malkovich