Ultrabook’s segment is probably the most popular in the CES 2012 event, and Dell did not miss this opportunity to present its new XPS 13. Aware about the struggle for supremacy with Asus, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba will be a tricky battle, Dell have tried to come up with some unusual things on the XPS 13 model, even though in terms of technical configuration has no major surprises.
As the name suggests, the Dell XPS 13 is a 13.3-inches ultrabook with a 12″ screen, which provides Gorilla Glass protection and a resolution of 1366×768 pixels – which has already become standard for this laptop segment.
The main news regarding the construction is the design. Thus, if other manufacturers opted for aluminum or plastic, Dell has opted for no less than three items: the cover is aluminum, the palmrest is made of a magnesium alloy, while the rear side is made of carbon fiber. Even if it seems unnecessary on the back, carbon fiber help in better cooling and lower overall weight (weighs 1.35 kg).
Another first is the backlit keyboard, which clearly will find fans among those who write a lot at night, especially as it is one of the few shortcomings of the Lenovo’s U300S considered one of the best ultrabooks to date.
The hardware platform is powered by dual-core processors offered by Intel SandyBridge. The basic version is equipped with Intel Core i5 2467M CPU, Intel integrated HD 3000 graphics card, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD drive, while the top version gets an Intel i7 2637M CPU, Intel integrated graphics card HD 3000, 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD.
SSD allows a return from sleep mode in five seconds, while Intel SmartConnect ensures periodical checking the email or social-networking sites statuses during hibernation. Dell XPS 13 comes well equipped in terms of connectivity: WiFi a/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, headphone jack and a 1.3 MP webcam. According to official data, autonomy will be about 8:00h.
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