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Dell XPS 13 Could Be Alternative to MacBook





Laptop owners looking for a MacBook Pro at non-MacBook Pro prices may have a new offering from Dell to consider.

If you’re willing to live without a few high-end pieces of hardware, the new Dell XPS 13 has a striking design and specs that won’t leave you hanging at an affordable price.

Some early reviews on the laptop suggest it’s setting the bar for this year’s future models.

Starting at $799, the XPS 13 includes one of the newest processors from Intel, the Core i3 CPU, and 128GB of SSD flash storage. This is tucked inside a thin base that’s capped by what Dell is calling its “Infinity” display.

The new display design features almost no screen bezel, so the screen looks as if it’s running right to the edges of the laptop. The base model on the XPS 13 includes a 13-inch 1080p HD display.

The base model does not include a touch-screen to operate Windows 8. But the touch screen is available on the souped-up version of the XPS 13.

A model tested by cNet had a 13-inch touch-screen with a 3,200×1,800 pixel resolution. It also included a more powerful version of the newest Intel processors, the Core i5.

The cNet review notes that these processors are often referred to as the Broadwell CPUs. An even more powerful model, the i7, also exists. Expect to see these processors in a lot of new laptops in the coming year.

That test model also included 256GB of SSD storage. It has a selling price of $1,399.

A review conducted by Digital Trends suggests that the XPS 13 could do with some more ports.

The device apparently lacks both an HDMI port and Ethernet port. So these are potential drawbacks.

Video output is supposed to be via a mini-DisplayPort. A pair of USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack are also built into the XPS 13.

Digital Trends’ Matt Smith really likes an intuitive touchpad on the XPS 13. He writes of it:

“Multi-touch scroll and zoom feel wonderful, almost Mac-like, and we never had an issue with mistaken or unwanted input. The tactile left and right buttons integrated into the touchpad lack travel, but it hardly matters because tap-to-click works so well.”

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Joshua Sophy - Assistant Editor


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Assistant Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, Joshua got his start in the rough and tumble newspaper business of Pennsylvania's coal region. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a beat reporter covering daily news. He eventually founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown. Joshua supervises the day-to-day operations of Small Business Trends' busy editorial department including the editorial calendar and outgoing assignments.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    if it really is a substitute for Macbook, I can say that a lot of people will be thankful for it. I just don’t know if it will work in the same way mac does. Nothing beats user experience in this area.

  2. The article says it all. Alternative to Mac book not replacement. Just like all other Windows products they cannot compete with Mac. You can own a Mac for what the price is for the souped-up Dell version. Why waste your money just purchase the Mac and not worry about getting an inferior product? You get what you pay for.

  3. I firmly believe that most people on Macs would be just as happy with high-end Windows machines if they spent the same amount of money. People who compare their “crappy” $600 Dell laptop to their MacBook Pro drive me crazy.

  4. It’s the same as “feels like a VW golf”, but..its just not!!! You get what you pay for, its just an imitation.

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