Features: 8/10

This is a premium ultrabook so you get some top-of-the-line specs. At the same time this isn’t built for gaming so don’t expect a dedicated GPU. The unit that I reviewed was the high end version featuring an Intel 6th-gen Core i7 6500U processor that can go upto 2.5 GHz accompanied with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics. Memory tasks are managed by an 8GB LPDDR3 RAM module. For storage, there is a Samsung NVMe based 256GB SSD.

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In terms of ports and slots, you get two USB 3.0 ports, a mini displayport (USB Type-C based thunderbolt also available), an SD card reader, a 3.5mm combo jack and a kensington lock port. There is also soft button on the left edge to check the battery status without having to open the lid. One of the USB ports is always on, which means you can charge USB based devices like a smartphone. Like most ultrabooks, you don’t get a LAN port. The laptop comes bundled with Windows 10.

Display: 9/10

This is one of the best looking displays I have seen on a notebook. The display only has a frame around it that holds it in place. There’s an extremely thin bezel around the display. Thanks to this, Dell has managed to keep the overall size of the laptop quite compact.

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The display measures in at 13.3-inch and with that resolution of 3200×1800 it gives a 276ppi. That is massive for such a small display. The results are a crisp looking screen. The panel is an IGZO 10-point multi-touchscreen made by Sharp. I never faced a lack of brightness be it under the sun, indoors or under artificial light. It is a bit reflective but not enough to ruin the experience. Watching movies is a delight on this screen especially if you have a 4K resolution video.

Performance: 8/10

For an ultrabook, the XPS 13 is a serious performer. Since this is the top of the line variant, you get the best performance package from the lot. Multitasking is handled without any issues, and I didn’t face any slowdowns. I used Adobe Photoshop extensively and opened multiple Chrome tabs without any hiccups.

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It fares equally and somewhat better than the Acer Aspire S13 and even the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon when compared in terms of benchmarks.The XPS 13 scored a promising 5210 on 3DMark Skydiver and thanks to Samsung’s NVMe based SSD the read and write speeds are quite commendable.

Gaming is not impressive but you can still play a few with low and medium settings. I tried Bioshock Infinite and got decent frame rates ranging between 45-51 FPS on low settings and about 25-28 FPS on medium settings.

Thermals are managed fairly well as most of the heat dissipates through the gap between the hinges. On heavy load, base gets warm but I never faced any insane amounts of heating.

Publish date: October 11, 2016 12:00 pm| Modified date: October 11, 2016 11:19 am

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