Every major laptop manufacturer makes one exceptionally small thin-and-light model, designed for highly mobile professionals. Dell’s XPS 13-inch model has dominated this category for the last few years, and the new model with it’s flip over screen, looks like another winner.
At just 1.2kg it’s fantastically light, of course, but that comes with none of the usual tradeoffs. It feels extremely sturdy with none of the flex and fragility you’d expect, and it’s a full house of processing power with the latest i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SDD drive for fast startups and shutdowns. The tough steel hinges are silky smooth in operation.
The perfect travel companion for frequent flyers, deal makers and executives this workhorse machine has impressive battery life (7-8 hours claimed) and comes in a slender form factor that will take life’s little knocks, but won’t slow you down.
The quad HD screen is something special: pin sharp at 3200×1800 resolution, with rich colours and excellent viewing angles all around. It’s covered in tough Gorilla Glass so it’s up to some rough treatment. You’ve got two USB-C ports. And that’s all. If you want to connect older USB devices, or dock with a full-size HDMI monitor or projector, you’ll need a special adapter, sold separately.
The generous keyboard was also a big winner for us: perfectly sprung and backlit for working on night flights and in darkened auditoriums. We also like the fingerprint sensor for fast Windows logins.
i7, 13″ screen, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, 2x USB C ports, MicroSD card slot, Win Pro 10, 199x304x14mm, 1.24 kg, R28 500
There’s a tiny indicator on the side to show you how much battery remains, without switching the PC on.