Deal: get GBP 269 off the Dell XPS 13, a great production laptop
Prime Day is coming next week, which means it’s time for preemptive deal strikes. Dell is jumping the gun by taking as much as GBP 269 off its Dell XPS 13 laptop. The XPS 13 is among the top choices for Windows music production laptops. It is powerful, sleek, and has a battery that lasts a long while.
Dell XPS 13 Deal
The latest Dell XPS 13 is usually priced around GBP 1569, but the discount slashes the price to a much nicer GBP 1299. That is, complete with free shipping. In terms of specs, you get that mammoth 10th-gen Core i7 CPU with integrated Iris Plus graphics, along with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage.
That’s plenty of music production muscle, unless you are heavily into sampled instruments. In which case, I’d bump the RAM to at least 16GB, and the SSD storage to 1TB.
In addition to music projects, the laptop should handle video editing rather swiftly. The Iris chips are capable enough for the kind of light 4K video editing one does while cutting a vlog or performance video.
All in all, nice one, Dell! The deal can be found here on the manufacturer’s website.
- Dell XPS 13: Dell
I would not classify this as a good laptop for studio use at all, at has not enough I/O. Even the Macbook Pro with 4 ports is just nearly enough for someone with even a little studio. Hubs and adapters are a pain and will often lead to problems. Would be nice if there was a power full laptop design with a lot of I/O aimed at studio use!
Do not buy a DELL for pro audio – google it, they have seriously unresolved DPC latency issues- I have an XPS15 for work (latest model) and it cant be sued for real time low latency audio.
I would advise caution with Dell and XPS if low latency audio is the goal. Dell’s (and XPS series) consistently turn in poor DPC performance, to the point of being unusable for DAW work. Of course not everyone has that experience but plenty do, I have read it often. For other uses this is no doubt a nice machine and a good deal. For low latency audio laptops, IMHO Lenovo is still king (excluding X1 Xtreme and P1 which have a fatal flaw for DPC). Just my 2c.
Dell XPS is not suitable for low latency, Google it- even DELL have admitted it so I have no idea why anyone would say its good for DAW use (unless they are being paid to say it!)