File-It-Under: Trade show coverage By:D.F.Skinner
When you think of Dell computers, the first thing that comes to mind is,well they’re just a Dell. I mean if you never owned a PC and wanted one,you buy,well a Dell, the starters PC. The PC who main purpose was to just afford you access to the Internet,that’s it. Nothing amazing about the hardware,sub par battery life and definitely not the most eye catching display around. I mean for the most part,its just a Dell.But something has happen to Dell laptops at CES this year,they have morph into something rather amazing. The new Dell XPS are just it,amazing.
The Dell XPS 13 and the 15 made a”Hulk Smash” entrance at CES 2015 with laptops that cover ever category of greatness,amazing display,excellent hardware, and last but not least,impeccable design.
Going in depth,the XPS 13 has an astounding 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display that rivals the likes of Apples own retina display and other laptops with QHD displays, a pretty nice looking backlit keyboard which is standard among other laptops on the market. The battery power on the XPS gets a little interesting,though the XPS already has incredible battery life at 11 hours,for an additional $100 you can purchase a 12,000mAh external battery pack which gives you an extended 7 hours of power, in total we’re talking almost 20 hours of battery life.
The overall design of the Dell XPS 13 is sweet,a carbon fiber layout sandwiched between a solid all aluminum unibody, and its very sharp edge compact design. Also unique is its very thin straight line bezel.
Within the XPS 13,you have the new Broadwell Intel Core i3 processor,4GB of RAM 128GB of solid state storage,connections that feature WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports,Mini DisplayPort, an a SD card reader, with retail price of $800. For $900 and $1000 you get the Core i5 and Core i7 with 8GB of RAM.
There is a $1300 version that affords you 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display with 256GB or 512GB solid state storage.
You have to admit though, the $800 version for what you get in features and hardware is a very good deal.