Attractive design, Use of high-quality materials
The new concept of the Studio XPS model seems successful. The XPS stll claims a high performance. And Dell rightly places emphasis on the hybrid solution from nVidia. So, it was not only possible to provide proper reserve capacities, but also fulfill properties typical for 13-incher, e.g., a slim case, a decent noise level, and also sufficient mobility.
The case could also convince in many aspects. E.g., regarding used materials and stability.
Excellent performance for an ultrabook
The Dell Studio XPS 13 packs high performance features and impressive style in an extremely mobile 13-inch laptop. The metal and leather accents on the Studio XPS 13 will certainly make a statement in your next business meeting or class. Hybrid SLI graphics from Nvidia gives you extended battery life when you need it or offers extreme graphics performance if you want to play games. Will the Studio XPS 13 turn out to be as impressive as the larger Studio XPS 16? Keep reading to find out.
Strong Battery Life, Well Priced.
Dell's Inspiron 13 is their least expensive consumer 13.3-inch laptop model and it offers a very strong value for those looking at a basic, low cost and highly portable laptop. It offers a good battery life for a system of its size with decent overall performance. The downside is that the system is larger and heavier than the average 13.3-inch laptop and only has two USB ports while most in this size feature three.
Good processing power, Thin and light, Fine build quality
There's only so cheap you can be with a thin and light chassis, Intel Core i5 or i7 under the hood, 4GB of memory and a 128/256GB SSD and Dell hasn't managed to make the XPS 13 as cheap as some competing Ultrabooks.
But this shouldn't be a message of doom and gloom - we think Dell will manage to bring prices down, while the XPS 13 is the most desirable Ultrabook we've seen. And, because of its corporate-friendly features we think it'll become a fixture in many boardrooms.
Premium feel throughout.
What's most impressive about the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook though is its small footprint. It may not be the lightest 13in Ultrabook around, weighing a hefty 1.37kg compared to the 1.19kg Toshiba Satellite Z830, but it takes up a lot less space. Of course, Dell is hardly the only manufacturer to manage this, and the similarly diminutive Samsung Series 9 900X3B is both thinner and lighter.
Small and compact Very nice, backlit keyboard
The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is an impressive notebook that delivers a lot in a small package, especially at $999. If the trackpad was as good as that on the Macbook Air I would say that Dell had bested Apple in that price range, but sadly that's not the case.
If you plan to use an external mouse with the XPS 13 Ultrabook, you are in for a great experience. One that will suit Windows fans better than a 11 inch MacBook Air.
Low starting price, Ultrathin size
As the least expensive Ultrabook and one the first to be available, it may not be too surprising to hear that certain important features have been firmly cut in order to meet the $899 price tag. Instead of a full aluminum alloy chassis, we are given a body that is distinctly half aluminum and half plastic; and instead of a dedicated SSD, we are given a 320GB HDD with a 20GB SSD essentially treated as cache.
Affordable Ultrathin Laptop, Runs Very Cool
Acer made a noble attempt with the Aspire S3 but it falls short in a number of areas such that it certainly won't be first choice for an ultrathin laptop. The primary thing going for it is the price that is less than all of the competition. This is achieved however by sacrificing performance, running time and quality. For those on a budget, this may not be a major problem as it is still quite compact and functional.
Core i7 processor
Against Windows ultraportables of recent times, the Acer S3 would stand out as a smartly finished and extremely speedy example of a lightweight laptop. Against the Apple notebook itâ?? s based on, it is faster in application performance thanks to our sampleâ?? s Core i7 processor. But it falls far behind in build quality, notably the plastic chassis and cheap screen, has shorter battery life and lacks decent multi-touch control.
Excellent Core i7 performance
While the Acer Aspire S3-951 is a well-built and powerful ultrabook, which offers good value for money, we were more drawn to the Toshiba Satellite Z830 and the Asus Zenbook. However, a cut-price Core i5 version of the Acer Aspire S3-951 can be had if your budget is tight, and nobody will be disappointed by the excellent performance of this Core i7 model.
Aa slightly longer battery life.
The Dell Inspiron 14z (i14z-6677DBK) has plenty in common with its Editors' Choice predecessor, the Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5), like the latest Core i5 processor, a larger hard drive, and slightly better performance in gaming and multimedia, but it also retains some of its flaws, like stubborn mouse buttons and a irritating port covers. It makes a strong showing in its category, but other laptops like the Sony VAIO VPC-EG16FM add features like Blu-ray and WiMAX and cost less.
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