Dell XPS 13 review A kick ass Windows laptop.


After 5 years on the Mac platform for various reasons key among them productivity I decided to return to Windows.

Windows 10 in of it’s self is a total rethink from Microsoft, and when coupled with good hardware it really shines.

Enter stage left the Dell XPS 13 a sleek MacBook Air competitor.


The Dell XPS 13 here  on refered to as XPS is really well made. Dell has given this ultrabook a premium 2 tone feel that screems decadent. From the smooth carbon deck to the well spaced keyboard and even the aluminium body you’ll want to pull this stunner out wherever life takes you.

It’s nice to see finally a Windows OEM make a laptop that is as good as Apple’s hardware.


Starting at $1799 the XPS comes with a 6th generation I5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

The second level which is the one reviewed comes with a 6th generation I5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and doubles the storage to 256GB.

If you want a serious power house a none touch I7 version can be had for $2299.

Finally, if money is no object you can get the cream of the crop a machine with an I7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and large 512GB of storage for an eye watering $2999.

For most people the second version of the XPS should be fine and see you well into 2018. Unless you do video work or sound editing then by all means go for the highest model.

Hello Windows 10 and great hardware

This machine comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64-bitt. For the most part Windows 10 works well. Gone is the annoying Windows 8/8.1 start screen. In it’s place you have the start button reminiscent of the good old days of Windows XP and 7. Microsoft’s virtual assistant is on board so you can use your voice to set up meetings on your calendar etc.

Overall Windows 10 takes huge steps to correct the blunder that was 8/8.1.

Should you buy it?

Yes. Oh god yes! The combination of great hardware and fresh Windows 10 features makes this a no brainer.


5 stars.


Fantastic build, good battery life, Windows 10 works well.


Can get expensive.