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DELL XPS 13 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB Jan 2014
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Portability, Meet Performance.Work at full speed with the faster new XPS 13 Ultrabook, Inspired by Intel. Expect stunning clarity on the full HD display, now with an optional touch screen. Your... More
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13 Reasons For

Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

When compared to other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the XPS 13, the maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of the DELL XPS 13 of 2 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the XPS 13 is 1.7GB and the biggest is 2GB.

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Good Brand

We checked 5,866 expert and owner reviews for DELL notebook PCs and found that on average DELL has good ratings. We also found that DELL has good ratings specifically within its ultrabooks range.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The DELL XPS 13 has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

This laptop's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution across all ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the XPS 13.

The worst display resolution across similar types of laptop is 1366 x 768 pixels.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The DELL XPS 13 has a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other ultrabooks that are a similar age to the XPS 13 which do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think the Fujitsu LifeBook U772, and the Acer Aspire S3-391 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared all the other portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the DELL XPS 13 is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops of this age and type, the DELL XPS 13 has a front camera.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this portable PC and we think the Fujitsu LifeBook U772, and the Acer Aspire S3-391 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a front camera to this portable PC and we think the DELL XPS 13 is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The DELL XPS 13 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the XPS 13.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of notebook PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many ultrabooks that came out around the same time as it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the Aspire S3-391, or the Aspire S3-391 both from Acer.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the Acer Aspire S3-391 (SSD), or the DELL XPS 13 (SSD).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11ac|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Two USB Sleep-and-Charge Support Ports

Most of the other laptops that have been available for around the same time as the XPS 13 only have one USB Sleep-and-Charge port, however the DELL XPS 13 has two USB Sleep-and-Charge support ports.

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Fairly Big Operating Shock

With an operating shock of 110 gravity, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the bigger operating shocks amongst portable PCs of this age. Portable PCs of this age and type have operating shocks of between 10G and 110G.

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Six Battery Cells

Most notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the XPS 13 have between two and seven battery cells, including the DELL XPS 13 which has six battery cells.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 55 watt-hours, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years. The average battery capacity of portable PCs of this age and type is 46Wh, and the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 70Wh.

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Light

The DELL XPS 13 is fairly light (only 1.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. The lightest laptop that has been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 13 is 870g heavy, the heaviest is 3.3kg, and the average weight is 1.6kg.

There are a number of alternative 1.3kg heavy notebook PCs currently available that you might want to look at including the Acer Aspire S3-391 which is cheaper.

If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire S3-391 (1.4kg and cheaper).

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of laptops of this type and age range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 1,000 megahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13 is 360GB. At only 128 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Battery Life

Across all the similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the XPS 13 the battery lifes range from 3.1h to 18h, and the average battery life is 8.4h. The DELL XPS 13 has a fairly short battery life (only 6 hours) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Other 6h battery life notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper laptops such as the Acer Aspire S3-391.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 13 is 5.9GB, and the internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB. The DELL XPS 13 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

There are a number of alternative 4GB internal memory laptops currently available that you might also want to consider including the Aspire S3-391, or the Aspire S3-391 both from Acer which is cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The DELL XPS 13 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other laptops of this spec and age also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen to this notebook PC and we think the Acer Aspire S3-391 is also worth considering.

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Only Intel Core I3 Processor Family

The DELL XPS 13 has an Intel Core i3 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family found on most ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago. Notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the XPS 13 processor families range from Intel Core i3-2xxx (worst) to Intel Core i7-3xxx (best).

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Only MaxxAudio Audio System

This notebook PC audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

At only 3 megabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite small processor cache compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for a similar time to the XPS 13. Across all the laptops that have been available for a similar time to the XPS 13 the processor caches range from 2MB to 6MB.

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Fairly Big Non-Operating Shock

The DELL XPS 13 has a quite big non-operating shock (160 gravity) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago. The smallest non-operating shock of notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the XPS 13 is 60G, the biggest is 200G, and the average non-operating shock is 130G.

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Quite Long Battery Recharge Time

At 4 hours, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite long battery recharge time compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the XPS 13. The battery recharge times of ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the XPS 13 range from 2h to 4h, and the average battery recharge time is 2.8h.

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3 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 13

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when DELL released the XPS 13.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.7 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the XPS 13.

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Average Screen Size

The DELL XPS 13 has a relatively average screen size (13.3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this laptop to all the other 13.3" notebook PCs and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the Aspire S3-391, and the Aspire S3-391 both from Acer is also worth considering.

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21 December 2015

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15 December 2015

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