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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Arrives at CES Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Jerry Jackson, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Administrator

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    Today Dell officially took the wraps off its first ultrabook, the Dell XPS 13. Although the XPS 13 shares some design elements with the popular XPS 14z and XPS 15z, this is a completely new laptop with some impressive specs. Keep reading to see more.

    <br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6369&news=dell+xps+13+ultrabook+business+home+consumerization'>Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Arrives at CES</a><br /><br />Related Articles:
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  2. Mitlov

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    Hasn't XPS historically meant "performance" and "multimedia emphasis" for both the XPS laptop lines and the XPS desktop lines? I fail to see much of either in this ultraportable.
     
  3. Jerry Jackson

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    Dell will argue that XPS stands for both "premium" and "performance" ... and in the 12-13 ultrabook class this should be a good performer. Aluminum and carbon fiber construction certainly translate into premium.

    To take a quote from Dell's press materials about the XPS line, XPS means:
    "Uncompromised form + function, High performance, and Purposeful craftsmanship"
     
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  5. Nick

    Nick Mr.Mischief

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    I would have liked to see a 900p screen..... Or at least a better GPU option. I mean, the last SXPS 13 had SLI and the fastest C2D processor.

    But, overall it looks sleek! I'd probably get one of these instead of an Air.
     
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    I second that! A higher resolution would be great!
     
  7. Ichinenjuu

    Ichinenjuu Notebook Evangelist

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    Something tells me that this laptop's 1366x768 is going to suck just like all 1366x768 screens. I don't get. We're getting 3D, advanced tablet computers, super-thin ultra books, prices up to and over $1000-$2000 for these things, and yet the screens are still crappy. Can't anybody improve that? Or is just because the average user just doesn't care...I mean, the MacBook Air has an excellent screen and I just don't see these other ultra books being able to match it. I'd love to have a Windows/PC ultra book some day, but if the screen sucks, I probably won't want to get it...
     
  8. Micaiah

    Micaiah Notebook Deity

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    You've answered your own question right there, in addition to cutting costs. Your average joe doesn't care if his laptop screen has a 170 degree viewing angle and/or display 95% of AdobeRGB spectrum. Manufacturers will usually go for the bottom of the barrel when it comes to LCD panels, it's just business. To their defense, there is quite a large cost margin in terms of going with a low end panel opposed to a high quality one.
     
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    booboo12 Notebook Virtuoso

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    I third this, at least make it a option for those who want a high resolution screen. So far only ASUS offers a ultrabook with a high resolution screen.
     
  10. Mitlov

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    How so? All the ultrabooks have the same performance hardware (i5 ULV + SSD + 4 GB memory).

    I'll give you that.
     
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    oxygen Notebook Guru

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    any word on new latitude notebooks? rumor had it that dell is going the present the EXX30 series.

    i'd prefer a 13"-14" Latitude over this XPS13. With all the cool features like docking station port, wwan, dedicated gpu etc
     
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    form-factor and build are exceptional, exactly what i want, but i am not interested until it comes with something better than sandy-bridge graphics.

    how soon till we can get an Ivy-bridge update.......... and a 1600x900 screen?
     
  13. Jerry Jackson

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    If Dell shows off the the new Latitudes at CES it would be a total surprise ... but a welcome one. I doubt, however, that we'll see new Latitudes until the new Intel CPUs are officially announced and available.

    Likewise, we won't see new Nvidia/GeForce and AMD/Radeon GPUs until the new Intel chips are closer to launch.
     
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    There is an ultrabook out there though: the HP Envy 14 Spectre. HP now has two ultrabooks; the Folio 13 for the business-and-budget minded (budget priced, solid construction, 720p screen), and the Envy 14 Spectre to go head-to-head with the MacBook Air and Asus Zenbook ($1400, but it has a glass trackpad, a 900p screen, and Beats audio).

    AnandTech - HP Announces ENVY 14 Spectre Ultrabook
     
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    Ichinenjuu Notebook Evangelist

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    Oh wow. I didn't see that it had a 900p screen, that's great. :)
     
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    Atom Ant Hello, here I go again

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    flatsix911 Notebook Evangelist

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    This is why the XPS 13 Ultrabook will be a success ...
     
  18. Mitlov

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    I think it's a good approach to the market, though Dell is hardly the only one to be doing it. Thinkpad Edges, higher-end Sonys, HP Folio 13 all spring to mind as business/consumer hybrids. I know for sure I use my Vaio F at work as much as I use it for personal purposes.
     
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    no LAN port and Card Reader ?
    that 2 will make some people reject XPS 13.
     
  20. Nick

    Nick Mr.Mischief

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    Oh, come on. No one uses digital cameras or cell phones with micro sd cards anymore.

    /end sarcasm
     
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