Dell XPS 13 (2016 Edition) Review: Impressive 18hours Battery Life And Corning Gorrilla Glass
After the innovation of the Microsoft Surface Pro series from Microsoft, the 2 in 1 convertible PC which was made for Users to make their work more easier although that is the first priorities for all modern day PC but the Microsoft Surface Series was specifically made to perform virtually everything a modern day PC can’t perform in terms of it’s speed, work-ability, flexibility and mobility. But as the old saying goes “Human wants can be satisfied“, there are still some issues the PC Users felt should be adjusted to meet up to their taste.
But maybe the Dell XPS 13 (2016 Edition) is here to fill up those space, this simple laptop encapsulates the attributes of the perfect Windows-powered laptop without any gimmicks or compromises. as a matter of fact, you will feel like you are using a quality laptop with a premium and polished experience.
Straight to the point, the design of the XPS 13 is absolutely impressive and elegant. Just like the XPS 13 (2015 edition), this new refreshed version for 2016 is just as beautiful with updated internal components. The device features machined aluminum carbon fiber and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass for better durability and just an overall superb experience.
It weighs 2.9 pounds and it doesn’t have that plastic feel to it like some smaller laptops do. Instead, the XPS 13 feels like a small, well-designed laptop in a slim frame (9 to 15mm). It has an interesting shape to it when you have the display flush with the keyboard — it sort of slants upwards but it’s not a big deal. Contrary to the Surface Book, there is no gap between the display and the keyboard.
Similar to the 2015 model, the Dell XPS 2016 edition features an amazing 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 in an 11-inch form factor. This is the key selling point of the XPS 13. Dell managed to squeeze every inch of space on the device to fit the 13.3-inch screen, offering a virtually borderless Infinity Edge display with only a 5.2mm bezel around the screen.
Visual clarity of the screen is also impressive — the UltraSharp Quad HD+ display has amazing viewing angles, high color gamut, and high contrast ratio offering a crisp and clear picture. The screen doesn’t fold back all the way, so you can’t carry around the XPS 13 like a Surface Book or two-in-one device, but that’s sort of the point. This isn’t a two-in-one device that tries to offer too much in a small package. Instead, this is a well-crafted laptop that sticks to and perfects the basics.
The keyboard is back-lit and has a mere 1.3mm travel, making it a comfortable and quiet experience when typing away an email or writing a blog post. The trackpad features seamless glass integrated buttons — and it is quite responsive. The carbon fiber palm rest made it super comfortable when typing away.
Battery life on the XPS 13 is touted at an impressive 18 hours, which is truly amazing. The device is compatible with an accessory called the Dell Power Companion, which offers an additional 10 hours of battery life, for those of you who travel or plan to use the device for extended periods. The awesome part about this accessory is that you can quickly charge it back up using your power adapter, so it acts like a power reserve allowing you to get more work done without having to worry about your device shutting off on you.
The XPS 13 sports an Intel Skylake processor and an Intel HD Graphics 520 chip, allowing for amazing performance while opening and closing apps — multitasking is also hassle free.
Windows 10 comes pre-installed on the device and it performs amazingly well. The device boots up within seconds and features a nice 720p webcam at the bottom left of the device. Unfortunately, does not feature Windows Hello support so you won’t be able to sign onto the device using facial recognition.
The laptop is priced at $1,449.99 for the touch-screen model and $799 for the non-touch-screen model. You can check it out here on Dell’s website.