Recently we were approached by Dell to see if we would test drive their new Dell XPS-13. I was hesitant at first because I am a stanch Mac supporter, but I figured I’m also an avid explorer. In the name of exploration and scientific comparison, I said “let’s do it.” Over the next few weeks ...
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The New Dell XPS-13 Travel Laptop Review

The New Dell XPS-13 Travel Laptop Review

Recently we were approached by Dell to see if we would test drive their new Dell XPS-13. I was hesitant at first because I am a stanch Mac supporter, but I figured I’m also an avid explorer. In the name of exploration and scientific comparison, I said “let’s do it.” Over the next few weeks I’m going to be replacing my Mac Air 13” with the new Dell XPS-13 and seeing how they measure up.

At a glance we’ve got an Intel Core i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz and 8GB of RAM with 64 bit Operating System and 230GB of memory.

For those of you who don’t speak numbers, I’m going to see if this bad boy can:

  • Edit videos
  • Pack light
  • Work on the road
  • Last without power ports&
  • Turn heads

As well as, or better than, my Mac. I swear to make the same promise to you, dear reader, that I always make. To be objective, honest, and pragmatic with a bucket of snarky humor on the side. We’ll see. I used to use a custom PC to edit video back when we were in Korea. That was my go-to laptop that carried us through two years in Asia. It also weighed the same amount as a 1990 Volvo.

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This is the Dell XPS-13 sitting on top of the MacBook Air 13

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After the initial unboxing of the new Dell XPS-13 I am pretty enamored with the size. The MacBook Air 13 looks enormous compared to the Dell. I often work on a MacBook Pro too. Considering the massive power of the MacBook Pro it didn’t make sense to compare it to the Dell, so I tried to measure it against the Air. The Air being a similar machine in the industry.

Ultimately I want a laptop that I can put my clips on and tool around with them before I return home and do the heavy editing. The new Dell is super responsive so far and it is incredibly light. 2.4 lbs to be exact. Damn. That’s 34 lbs less than my ego on any given day.

Tonight I’m going to install Dragon Age Inquisition and some video editing software and see what we can do with this bad boy. Over the next few days I will be taking it out on the town too to see how it travels. My initial thought is that it will do really nicely. The battery life is supposed to be unparalleled. As in, industry leading. I’m going to race it with the MacBook Air and let you know what we find.

Stay tuned, we’ll let you know our thoughts. As always, we’d love to hear from you too. Shout outs in the comments below are always welcome.

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Dell provided us with a Dell XPS-13 free of charge to conduct our review. Our opinions, as always, remain our own.

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10 Comments

  1. Gerard ~ GQ trippin
    February 24, 2015 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Dell has been coming out with some hot hardware lately. Interested to see how it compares to the MBA.
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  2. Laurence
    February 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I’ve been using the XPS 12 for a couple of years now and love it. This looks like a worthy successor 😀
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  3. james
    March 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I love the edges with no bezels. It looks sooo premium.

  4. Space Bags
    March 8, 2015 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Dell is one of the big companies who first introduced a wide range of laptops in the technology market and gained popularity and ranked on top when it comes to production of devices in the world of technology. The design of Dell laptops were meant to consider the ergonomic tendencies when it comes to the creation of computers, to enable it to have a full connection to human being or its users.

  5. Lisa
    March 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Very cute ultrabook.
    My first laptop was a Dell Inspiron bought in 2008, which is in use even today.
    I always said that the Dell laptops are like the Mercedes-Benz between cars because they are very durable machines.
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    April 1, 2015 at 3:08 am - Reply

    nice laptop with amazing configuration i love small and powerful thanks for sharing go on 😀

  7. Muhammad jamshaid
    June 16, 2015 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    really DELL IS A best for use. and i am using hp. in the past i was used Dell. this is very useful and great. thanks for nice sharing.
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  8. bukge
    September 30, 2015 at 5:01 am - Reply

    very nice and informative article thank you for posting it
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  9. Best Caller
    October 21, 2015 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Using Sony in the past now using dell. this is very useful and great. thanks for nice sharing.

  10. I Love TRAVEL! LMFAO
    February 11, 2016 at 6:32 am - Reply

    The laptop looks great, and your review has some specific data like screen resolution, GPU specs (you mentioned that you plan to launch Dragon Age Inquisition, which sounds totally CLUTCH, and, of course, the battery capacity is AWESOME. This model is marketed as the “Laptop for travelers”, and you guys crushed it!

    Could you also specify the video editing software you are using on Mac/PC (I’m just curious).

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