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18 Reasons For
The XPS 13 is one the top selling laptop currently on the market.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on laptops that are a comparable age to it.
DELL Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs
On average DELL medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all portable PCs produced by DELL.
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 frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
This portable PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution across all similar spec portable PCs that have been available for more than a year.
A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across similar types of portable PC.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The DELL XPS 13 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The best memory clock speeds supported by processor of all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13 is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.
Quite Big Internal Memory
Across all the notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the XPS 13 the internal memory range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB. The DELL XPS 13 has a quite big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.
We compared this portable PC to all the other 8GB internal memory laptops and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP ProBook 470[plb_2348240_price], and the DELL Latitude 12 5000[plb_2701189_price] is also worth considering.
Notebook PCs with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth looking at include the ThinkPad T450[pl_2771075_price] (12GB), or the T450s[pl_3046986_price] (12GB) both from Lenovo.
+13 More reasons for
SSD Storage Medium
The DELL XPS 13 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium. 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.
An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium across all portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the XPS 13.
Across similar types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the other laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the Latitude 12 5000[pl_2701189_price], or the Latitude 12 5000[pl_2701189_price] both from DELL or the Asus UX301LA[plb_2960844_price].
Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might also be worth looking at include the HP EliteBook 850 G2[plb_2957141_price] (SSD), or the Toshiba Tecra Z40[plb_2891833_price] (SSD).
Fairly Long Battery Life
The DELL XPS 13 has a quite long battery life (11 hours) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 13. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the XPS 13 the battery lifes range from 2.5h to 24h.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 11h battery life portable PCs currently available including the Lenovo L540[plb_2551303_price] which is cheaper.
If this medium processor core notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Latitude 14 5000[plb_2719791_price] (14.5h and cheaper).
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
Like most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the XPS 13, the DELL XPS 13 has a full-size keyboard.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including cheaper laptops such as the Lenovo L450[plb_2773006_price], or the DELL Latitude 14 5000[plb_2719791_price].
We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think the DELL XPS 15[plb_2529933_price] is also worth considering.
Has a Front Camera
The DELL XPS 13 has a front camera. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the XPS 13 also have a front camera.
It may also be worth considering one of the other laptops with a front camera currently available including the Lenovo L450[plb_2773006_price] which is cheaper; or the Asus UX303LA[plb_3136892_price] which has better reviews.
We think you might also be interested in other portable PCs which also have a front camera including the DELL XPS 15[plb_2529933_price].
L3 Processor Cache
This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.
4.1 Bluetooth Version
The DELL XPS 13 supports a 4.1 Bluetooth version which is better than most laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most notebook PCs of this age and type support a 4 Bluetooth version.
This notebook PC's bluetooth version (4.1) is in fact the best supported bluetooth version across all portable PCs of this type and age.
Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst supported bluetooth version is 4.
Has a Touch Sensitive Screen
Unlike most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the XPS 13 which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the DELL XPS 13 has a touch sensitive screen.
We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the DELL Latitude 12 7000[plb_2866963_price], and the Lenovo ThinkPad X250[plb_2831096_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.
Alternative laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to look at include the DELL XPS 15[plb_2529933_price].
256 Solid-State Drive Capacity
Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the XPS 13 have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacity, including the DELL XPS 13 which has 256 solid-state drive capacity.
Quite Big Battery Capacity
The DELL XPS 13 has a quite big battery capacity (52 watt-hours) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the XPS 13. The smallest battery capacity of notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the XPS 13 is 23Wh and the biggest is 120Wh.
AC Cable Included
This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.
The weights of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 13 range from 940g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2kg. When compared to other notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the XPS 13 that we have assessed, the DELL XPS 13's weight of only 1.2 kilograms is one of the lightest.
If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Latitude 12 5000[pl_2701189_price] (1.6kg and cheaper), or the Vostro 14 5000[pl_2428047_price] (1.5kg and cheaper) both from DELL or the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2350979_price] (1.6kg and cheaper).
Similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the XPS 13 have widths of between 28mm and 430mm. With a width of only 304 millimeters, the DELL XPS 13 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the XPS 13.
5 Reasons Against
Quite Small Screen Size
Notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago have screen sizes of between 11" and 18". With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.
If you are looking for a portable PC with a bigger screen size then you might also want to look at the T450[pl_2953886_price] (14" and cheaper), or the ThinkPad T450[pl_2865899_price] (14" and cheaper) both from Lenovo or the DELL Latitude 14 5000[plb_2719791_price] (14" and cheaper).
Very Small Total Storage Capacity
At only 256 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The smallest total storage capacity of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the XPS 13 is 16GB, the biggest is 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 550GB.
It may also be worth considering one of the other 256GB total storage capacity laptops currently available including cheaper laptops such as the DELL Latitude 12 5000[plb_2701189_price].
If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Latitude 14 5000[plb_2719791_price] (500GB and cheaper), or the Lenovo T450[plb_2953886_price] (500GB and cheaper).
Only MaxxAudio Audio System
This laptop audio system, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory
Laptops of this age and type have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that were released one year ago.
+2 More reasons against
Only 802.11a WiFi Standard
The DELL XPS 13 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. This notebook PC has an 802.11a WiFi standard, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. The Wi-Fi standard of all laptops of this age and type ranges from IEEE 802.11a (worst) to 802.11n (best).
3 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 13
Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this portable PC was released.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2.2 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.2GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including the DELL Inspiron 17 5000[plb_2701798_price] which is cheaper.
If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the Lenovo L450[plb_2932785_price] (2.3GHz), or the DELL Latitude 14 E7450[plb_2979416_price] (2.3GHz) which also has a higher rating.
Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago.
+1 Other reason
Aluminium, Carbon fiber, Carbon
Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5-5xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
200U, I5-5200U, 520
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
1 x 8
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Solid-State Drive Capacity
1920 x 1080
Touch Sensitive Screen
0.153 x 0.153
Full HD, HD
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 5500
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
1280 x 720
Front Camera Resolution
Ethernet LAN Connection
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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