Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Review & Owner's Thread

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by Scott_RC-TEK, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. supertwister

    supertwister Notebook Enthusiast

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    1440x900 and 1600x900 would have the same "size", only the aspect ratio would be different. And you can always increase the size of icons and font, they'll just be of higher resolution. (think iPhone 4 instead of 3GS, the icons did not become smaller...) With 16:9, you'll have more horizontal space though, vertical resolution being equal.
     
  2. jjchang

    jjchang Notebook Enthusiast

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    I was really worried when I was researching the xps 13 right before it came out and read all over the place that the battery was subpar compared to other ultrabooks - battery life is very important to me. If you look at the charts on the hothardware link that alphadog00 posted, it says this:

    "As you can see, the XPS 13 really sips power under light workloads in the web browsing test, besting the 12-inch Zenbook by a wide margin. However, it also loses by a fairly significant margin under worst case conditions with Battery Eater Pro." -http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Dell-XPS-13-Ultrabook-Review/?page=7

    Having used my xps13 for a few weeks now, it's definitely true. As long as you're just doing light stuff like web browsing, streaming, word processing, etc., it just sips power and makes it last. And honestly, if you're going to game with this laptop or video edit or something power intensive, I'd just plug it in.
     
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    So interesting somewhat related question. Has anyone tried to game on this notebook? What plays well/doesn't?
     
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    Suggestion i have not seen mentioned - get rid of the 2 level back light for keyboard and just go with the lower level. It is plenty bright in pitch black, and if there is light, then no need for a bright keboard - it is not like the screen where you need high backlight in sunshine.

    Maybe some people have other vision issues, but i would be happy to just tell the keyboard backlight to either be off, or at half strength.

    Just a thought.
     
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    I've only installed starcraft 2 on mine and played it a bit. It works just fine on low/medium settings - which is pretty much the default settings it starts up with. Of course, the fan gets going and it gets a bit warm, but nothing too crazy.
     
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    Any chance of this thing being used outside in sunlight? Or is the screen just too reflective for that?
     
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    I have been away for this week on vacation, so I was able to test this scenario out quite a bit. Used it in the car on the way to Florida and back to Austin. Had a few times where the glare did get me. I used it outside in sunny weather and again there were times that I could not see a thing. A less shiny option would be nice, but I have to say the one thing this machine has over most of the competitors is a really bright screen. When I was outside I turned the brightness all the way up and I was able to work on it.
     
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    O hope it plays diablo 3 on low/medium.

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