REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The day before the offer of this Dell XPS 13 availed itself, I had been very happy working away on my Macbook Air and thinking how well it has held up, considering such low expectations were originally cast for permanent ultrabook batteries. Battery life remains to be around 10 hours and the hardware and build of the system is amazing. But then there is the Apple….lifestyle? It is the way we have to do things in OSX and IOS. You conform. As much as I got used to these things, it really was an unfair tradeoff.
Admittedly, I never really considered how much I missed being able to have everything neatly organized on my laptop until I set aside the MBA and started personalizing this Dell XPS 13. Only then did I recognize that I didn’t have to live with iTunes or my Apple ID and password whenever I wanted to add something. In the end, it all came down to the hardware and this Dell XPS 13 is something that needs to be put in the center of the boardroom table at Apple and looked at very carefully. It is really that good…world’s best in fact.
The truly amazing thing is everything that we are now in business, and as The SSD Review, started with the Dell XPS 1330 in this picture beside the newest XPS 13. That original XPS 1330 contained the worlds first consumer SSD of which we published the worlds first SSD review back in 2007. As much as they wouldn’t realize it, Dell was the driving force behind what has become The SSD Review and the full circle that has us reviewing this XPS 9 years after that first ultrabook. By the way, it still works like a charm with that SSD in it. Getting back to the newest Dell XPS 13 though…
The Dell XPS 13 displays the world’s top performance when examining SSD read and write transfer speeds, although optimized, but that isn’t close to telling the whole story. Dell tied this performance in with Intel’s 6th Gen i7-6550U CPU, 8 or 16GB of 1866Mhz RAM, Intel Iris 540 HD Graphics, along with Dell’s 13.3″ QHD+ (3200×1800) Infinity Edge Touch Display.
If we could find any knocks at all with this notebook, the first would be the higher price point for the Gold Edition. Quite frankly, every 2016 XPS 13 containing this configuration of hardware should be the Gold Edition. Next up…. battery life is just a bit lower than our MBA at just over 8 hours of continuous video play but there is no complaint there at all considering the touch screen on this XPS which I love! Last but not least…I truly miss Dell XPS Next Day In-Home Repair as much as I would hope to never use.
The Dell XPS 13 isn’t just the best ultrabook available today, it’s the best of everything. It truly is and it is great to be back Dell! Editor’s Choice!