Dell XPS 13 Review: Conclusion

February 21, 2013 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (82,025)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


We like the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook for many reasons. The build quality is top notch; it’s constructed with premium materials including aluminum and carbon fiber. This Ultrabook manages to fit a 13.3″ display inside a chassis that’s normal-sized for a 12″ notebook and keeps the weight at just three pounds.

The full HD 1080p display is beautiful and has unlimited viewing angles thanks to IPS technology. The touchpad and backlit keyboard are nearly perfect, providing excellent tactile feedback. And the battery life is in line with what we’ve seen from competing models.

We found almost nothing to complain about aside from a limited number of ports (just two USB, DisplayPort and no media card reader). The XPS 13 isn’t inexpensive starting at $999 but for the money you’re getting perhaps the best packaged Ultrabook on the market. We’re happy to recommend the Dell XPS 13.


  • Excellent quality
  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life


  • Limited number of ports (no media card reader)



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