One of the first ultra-portable laptops to come with the latest 11th Generation “Tiger Lake” CPUs from Intel, the newest Dell XPS 13 provides fast, powerful computing performance and long battery life. This 2.8-pound laptop also has an outstanding 13.4-inch display and a stunning chassis, both of which combine to make it an ultra-portable luxury Windows option for our editors. The cost is a little big, starting at $999.99 and ringing up as measured at $1,649, but for uncompromising fans of cutting-edge performance and design, it’s worth it.
Coming Into It’s Own
If you were tempted to buy an XPS 13 after its major redesign (model 9300) earlier this year but didn’t pull the trigger, it’s a good thing you’ve been waiting for. With the added bonus of the latest Intel silicon, now you can get everything we like about the new laptop.
In essence, the CPU bump is the only improvement from the 9300 to the new model 9310, but if you intend to maintain your computer for five years or more, it’s a significant one. Dell produces new XPS 13 models at an unprecedented pace, often many times a year. Still a brand-new processor and a physical redesign that isn’t even a year old make the 9310 a secure purchase in a few months for individuals who don’t want their costly investment to be upstaged by something vastly better.
The XPS 13 is admirably thin and feels satisfyingly solid, if not particularly lightweight. In the touch-screen setup tested here it measures 0.58 by 11.6 by 7.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.8 pounds. At 2.64 pounds, models without a touch screen weigh marginally less as they lack the Gorilla Glass 6 coating of the touch edition over the monitor. Either of these measures of weight contrasts favorably with the archrival of Dell, the Apple MacBook Pro 13, which weights 3.1 pounds. But the XPS 13, such as Acer’s 1.96-pound Swift 7 flagship, is still considerably heavier than the very lightest versions on the market.