Review: Dell XPS 13 (2015) w/ Touch
- Intel i7 2.4ghz
- 8GB RAM
- 3200*1800 High DPI Display
- 10 point multi-touch display
- 512GB SSD
It is a high DPI display running at 3200 by 1800, or 276 ppi. That’s roughly the same density as the third generation iPad. It looks great out of the box and on applications that support hDPI. Unfortunately, a lot of Windows applications are not designed for hDPI and have almost illegibly small text.
Touchpad / Input
If you were to read my review of the old XPS 13 Ultrabook, or any number of other Windows laptop reviews, my biggest complaint on most units is the touchpad. Most of the machines have terrible touchpads that can render the machine useless. Not so with the new XPS 13, in fact I have yet to even start yelling at it. I won’t say it’s a “joy” to use like the Macbook’s, but it hasn’t been an issue. Having the touch screen display means I might not use the touchpad quite as much as normal, but when I do use it — it works. That one small feature alone makes me quite excited.
Normally I don’t much mention the speakers on laptops, one should just assume they suck, however the XPS 13 should get an “honorable mention” for speakers. They’re loud, really surprisingly loud. Do they have a lot of bass? No. Do they sound like nice speakers? No. But they are loud and that’s a feature I quite appreciate.
I haven’t had a chance to extensively test the battery, but my gut feeling is that it’s just “OK”. If you’re a power user like me, it’s not going to last all day. Dell claims an 11 hour life, but I think half that is more realistic. The Chrome “1 tick” bug was fixed a while ago so that probably will help most users keep their battery.
The important take away is that the new Dell XPS 13 with Touch is a decent machine. The touchpad doesn’t suck and it’s powerful (for it’s form-factor). At ~$2,200 each as configured (I’d go for the 256GB HD to save some money), they aren’t cheap. I’d still prefer a Macbook Air for the money, but if I was forced to go Windows — the XPS 13 gets my vote. We’ll see if that stands after I get my hands on the new Gen 3 Lenovo X1’s though.