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DELL XPS 13 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Dec 2012
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Strikingly Thin, With More Room To View.The XPS 13 Ultrabook is a slim 6 mm at its thinnest point (only 18 mm at its thickest point), and features a 13.3" (33.782 cm) HD display cleverly fit into... More
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16 Reasons For

A Best Selling Product

According to sales data from Amazon, the XPS 13 is one the top selling notebook PC currently on the market.

DELL Portable PCs Have Good Reviews

Ultrabooks manufactured by DELL have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just ultrabooks) and found that DELL also has good reviews across its entire 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 a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution amongst all laptops of this type and age.

Amongst similar types of laptop the worst display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The DELL XPS 13 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other ultrabooks that were released around the same time as the XPS 13 do not have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available that you might also want to look at including the X240, or the X240 both from Lenovo which is cheaper.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to consider including the HP Pro.

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Has a Front Camera

The DELL XPS 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative laptops with a front camera currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the Lenovo X240.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think the X1 Carbon, or the ThinkPad X1 Carbon both from Lenovo 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 laptops of a comparable age and spec to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the XPS 13.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across comparable types of portable PC is 133MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of laptops of this age and type is 5.9GB, and the internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB. With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the bigger internal memory amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar spec and age to 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 compared this laptop to all the other laptops that have an SSD storage media and we think the Lenovo X240 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the XPS 13 (SSD), or the XPS 13 (SSD) both from DELL or the HP Pro (SSD).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as it.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The DELL XPS 13 is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the XPS 13 have between 16 and 511 solid-state drive capacity.

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Fairly Big Operating Vibration

The average operating vibration of laptops that came out more than two years ago is 0.61G. With an operating vibration of 0.66 gravity, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the bigger operating vibrations amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Six Battery Cells

The DELL XPS 13 is a six battery cell count notebook PC.

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Fairly Big Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 1.3 megapixels, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the bigger megapixels counts amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Ultrabooks that have been on the market for more than two years have megapixels counts of between 0.3MP and 1.3MP.

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Very Shallow

The average depth of ultrabooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XPS 13 is 8.8". At only 8.1 inches, the DELL XPS 13 is fairly shallow compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the XPS 13.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 12.4 inches, the DELL XPS 13 is quite narrow compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 13. Across all the ultrabooks that were released around the same time as the XPS 13 the widths range from 12" to 14".

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Narrow

At only 316 millimeters, the DELL XPS 13 is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type. Across all the ultrabooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XPS 13 the widths range from 280mm to 420mm.

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4 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the XPS 13 is 800MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 1,050 megahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the XPS 13 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The DELL XPS 13 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to consider including the Lenovo ThinkPad X240, or the DELL Latitude 12 E7240.

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Only 3 Bluetooth Version

The DELL XPS 13 supports a better bluetooth version than most ultrabooks that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This notebook PC supports a 3 Bluetooth version, whereas most ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago support a 4 Bluetooth version.

This portable PC's bluetooth version (3) is in fact the worst supported bluetooth version amongst all similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the XPS 13.

A 4.0+HS Bluetooth version is the best supported bluetooth version amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Fairly Big Non-Operating Vibration

Portable PCs of a similar age and type to the XPS 13 have non-operating vibrations of between 1G and 1.5G, and the average non-operating vibration is 1.2G. The DELL XPS 13 has one of the bigger non-operating vibrations (1.3 gravity) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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7 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 13

Released Over Three Years Ago

This DELL portable PC has been on the market for over three years.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Average Battery Life

At 8.53 hours, the DELL XPS 13 has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

Portable PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth considering include the X1 Carbon (8.6h), or the ThinkPad X240 (8.7h) both from Lenovo which is also cheaper.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.7 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1.8GHz), the HP Pro (1.8GHz), or the Asus C4006H (1.8GHz).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the HP Elitebook 840 (500GB), or the Lenovo X240 (500GB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

The DELL XPS 13 has a pretty typical screen size (13.3 inches) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13.

If this ultrabook screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the HP Elitebook 840 (14" and cheaper).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.4 kilograms, the DELL XPS 13 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the XPS 13.

If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the DELL XPS 13 (1.4kg).

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31 December 2015

EVER SINCE Dell first revealed the redesigned Dell XPS 13 at CES 2015, it's been one of the US firm's more exciting clamshell devices - an attractive, powerful ultrabook with a gloriously... Read more…

30 December 2015

Despite a handful of flaws, this is one of the best Windows ultraportables available...

29 December 2015

The refreshed Dell XPS 13 doesn't go too far from its predecessor in terms of design and build quality. Both are impeccable and make the whole experience using the notebook a delight. Also, the...

21 December 2015

When Dell released the first XPS 13 early on in 2015, it fell agonisingly short of greatness. The design was there, the core hardware was fast enough, but a series of niggling little flaws... Read more…

15 December 2015

The 2015 Dell XPS 13 is a well built, compact laptop that outdoes the obvious competition in some key respects such as screen quality and near-borderless display. Here is a 13.3-inch laptop that...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers dell h44, dell w10, dell j28, dell j28p, dell h44f, dell w10h, dell ny8y6, dell h44fh, dell j28pf, dell i55200, dell i54210, dell i56300, dell i56200, dell p239271, dell i54210u, dell i56300u, dell i56200u, dell i55200u, dell p239271p, dell 2560x1440
Barcodes 05397063369645, 05397063759323, 05397063774852, 05397063807741, 05397063877850, 05397063877904
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