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 β€œlet’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.


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


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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