If you’re a non-Mac user seeking a compact laptop, the new Dell XPS 13 could be worth investigating. It’s a lightweight but well-constructed design that combines all the basics into a performance-oriented package. Powered by the latest 12th-Gen Intel chips, you have all the options needed to configure this machine to meet tasks like location recording or editing on the go.
What’s inside the new Dell XPS 13?
You have a choice of two basic systems:
- 12th-Gen Intel Core i5-1230U (starting with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM)
- 12th-Gen Intel Core i7-1250U (starting with 16GB LPDDR5 RAM)
From here, you can make your selection of OS: Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, or Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS.
These configurations will support up to 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM and a 1 TB SSD for storage. In addition to this, there is the touch display option – which only sets you back an extra $100.
The 13.4 FHD+ (1920 x 1200) Anti-Reflective display should be able to offer decent performance in outdoor environments, and the aluminium casing is rugged enough for the road. It is a little short on ports, with only two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) connections – one on either side.
However, the included USB-C to USB-A 3.0 and USB-C to 3.5mm minijack adaptors might save you the trouble of ordering more peripherals.
Pricing and availability:
The new Dell XPS 13 is available in two colours from the official Dell online store, starting at $989.
Overall, it’s a well-built compact machine, perfect for travel. In this price range, you can’t really expect a production powerhouse but it will certainly perform well doing simple tasks. If you do require more expansion, Dell does have optional accessories like the WD22TB4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock and the DA310 USB-C Mobile Adapter which suffice for most small audio setups.
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