It’s been a while since Dell was mentioned in the quality laptop conversation, but if you’ve been following the hype, you might already know that the Dell XPS 13 is changing that fact in a hurry. As of today, it’s no longer necessary to trust the hype – you can get your hands on one of your own, as the laptop has gone on sale across the United States, available online, at Dell stores, and at Best Buy.
The XPS 13, recently featured in the Create.Work.Inspire event spotlighting Japanese band The Suzan, is a very thin, very sturdy 13” ultrabook that has been turning more than a few heads lately. Thanks to the contoured Corning Gorilla Glass on the screen and the carbon-fiber base, the craftsmanship on the XPS 13 has had praise heaped on it in bunches. The monitor also has a very thin bezel that allows the laptop to be a little more compact, while retaining that 13” screen size.
Inside, Dell has worked closely with Intel to make this a laptop worth considering for 2012. Intel Smart Connect Technology constantly stays abreast of available updates for the machine, while a solid-state drive and Intel Rapid Start Technology combine to offer breakneck boot-up and resume speeds.
Because of its thinness, comparisons to the MacBook Air are inevitable, but the XPS 13 is more than able to stand on its own merits. The craftsmanship eclipses Apple’s offering, and you can get it at a more affordable price. The Dell XPS 13 starts at $999, which comes with an Intel i5 processor, a 128 GB SSD, and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. You’ll also be able to score some goodies with that purchase, including a year’s subscription to Skype Premium and and a complimentary T-Mobile 4G Mobile HotSpot with 90 days of free mobile broadband service.
The lack of an SD card reader is disappointing, but on the bright side, the laptop comes with 100 GB of cloud storage provided by Dell. A backlit keyboard, a touchpad with multi-gesture support, and a 1.3 MP webcam round out the other special features. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you would be remiss to not give the Dell XPS 13 a long, hard look.