Dell Studio XPS 13
SpecificationsNotebook: Dell Studio XPS 13 (Studio XPS 13 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G 256 MB
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x1024 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1800 euro
Average of 20 scores (from 25 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Studio XPS 13
Performance to go. For the time being two models constitute the new Studio XPS series. On the one hand a mobile 13 inch notebook, which can not only be seen as a persistent office notebook, but also as rather powerful multimedia-laptop, because it is equipped with an nVidia Hybrid SLI graphics. On the other hand a classical 16 inch multimedia notebook with a big field of application is offered. At first we will look at the Studio XPS 13, which is especially interesting because it combines performance and durability.
Dell’s Studio XPS 13 is nice notebook, and a good follow-up to a strong system (the Dell XPS M1330). It is not your standard consumer notebook, which users will certainly appreciate and it’s an worthwhile competitor to the MacBook and other stylish consumer offerings. It’s well built and easy on the eyes, but users should watch out for some significant flaws, including: excess heat production, only two USB slots, and a so-so battery life using discrete graphics. Combine these with a price tag that is reasonable, but not cheap, and it’s a system to have second thoughts about. Not necessarily one to skip, but one that isn’t always a clear winner.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/12/2009
Rating: price: 60% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80% emissions: 30%
Source: PC Authority
Granted, not many consumers can afford to spend $3000 on a laptop, but even so the XPS 13 is a real temptation. Tweak the Dell's specification, though, and things improve. Swapping out the 128GB SSD for a 320GB hard disk saves $640, while dropping to a 2.4GHz P8600 as well will get you an overall price of $1999. It still isn't cheap, but at that price the XPS 13's power, poise and portability is enough to tempt us.
Preis 60, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/26/2009
Rating: price: 60% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Hot Hardware
Basically, you're going to have to accept the heat factor if you're demanding this much performance out of an ultraportable. And in our opinion, it's a fair price to pay for the amount of horsepower you receive. The little extras really add up to a lot: the display is gorgeous, the keyboard is marvelous to type on and the left/right click buttons are definitely amongst the nicest we've used. The trackpad could use a little work, and we wouldn't cry over seeing a few more USB 2.0 sockets, but overall we think Dell has a victory on its hands here. It should also be noted that we never managed to crash the machine or see any signs of instability -- a few hiccups here and there, but nothing more. The only real hesitation we have is with the price: starting at $1099, this is definitely no budget machine. As it stands, we can only recommend this for true perofrmance-minded folks who are willing to pay a premium for potency in a highly portable package. If that's you, however, you're in for a real treat.
Preis 60, Leistung 80, Display 90, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/06/2009
Rating: price: 60% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 80%
The Dell Studio XPS 13 is a solid notebook that combines attractive style and performance in one easy-to-carry package. The Nvidia Hybrid SLI graphics do a fantastic job of balancing battery life and performance, and the available Core 2 Duo processors have all the muscle you need to get serious work done. That said, all this style and power comes at a price ... both literally and figuratively.
Preis 40, Leistung 80, Display 50, Mobilität 60, Verarbeitung 95
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/20/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 60% workmanship: 95%
Source: Laptop Mag
This thin-and-light notebook offers very good performance, hybrid graphics, and a luxurious design. With a leather strip on the lid and switchable graphics, the $1,354 Dell Studio XPS 13 looks and feels like a luxury machine. However, with less than 3 hours of battery life, it’s not for highly mobile users; it’s a better choice for people who can deal with keeping the (thin) AC adapter handy. If you’re looking in this price range, you should also consider the 13-inch MacBook, which is lighter, has an equally—if not sleeker—design, and better battery life. But for switchable graphics, face recognition, and more configuration options, stick with the Studio XPS 13.
70, Leistung 90, Mobilität 50
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 90% mobility: 50%
Source: Computer Shopper
How do you improve on one of the best and most popular notebooks in the 13-inch class, the Dell XPS M1330? If you’re Dell, you keep the same sleekly tapered form factor but make the industrial design even more striking, with luxury accents such as brushed aluminum and genuine leather. Then you offer the latest performance components—like Nvidia Hybrid SLI graphics and solid-state drives—to boost speed, and you offer conveniences like a backlit keyboard and a great selection of ports. The Dell Studio XPS 13 improves on its predecessor in every way and includes Nvidia’s Hybrid SLI dual-graphics solution for better 3D performance than most 13-inch notebooks. And it looks great, too.
90, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
Desktop replacement’ used to be a euphemism for a noisy and heavy laptop. Not so with the Studio XPS 13. It’s as powerful as many desktops, yet compact enough to carry almost anywhere. To expand its modest display it can be plugged into any screen thanks to a versatile collection of video ports. Despite all that raw power, the Studio XPS 13 is near-silent in general use, thanks to no hard disk noise and a fan that only kicks when the laptop is under load. Combining great style, solid build quality and sheer outright performance, the Studio XPS thoroughly earns its PC Advisor Gold Award.
90, Preis 80, Ausstattung 90, Verarbeitung 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Comp Reviews
Dell's Studio XPS 13 is a mid-ranged 13.3-inch laptop that is placed between the affordable Inspiron 13 and the performance oriented XPS M1330. With its wide range of high performance and capacity storage features and the hybrid graphics, it actually has a lot to offer over the more expensive XPS M1330. The downside is that the Studio XPS 13 is quite large for a 13.3-inch laptop and all the performance features make it run very hot making it unsuitable to actually be used in one's lap.
80, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80%
Outstanding performance and mobility from Dell's latest laptop range. Dell's XPS and Studio laptop series were initially marketed as high-end performance and stylish consumer laptops respectively. It has now combined the two into the Studio XPS range, and the Studio XPS 13 is its first compact and powerful portable. By packing impressive performance and mobility into a small and affordable laptop, the Studio XPS 13 is a great addition to Dell's range. The leather features may not suit all tastes, but this is still a great laptop for the power-hungry traveller.
80, Preis 80, Leistung 95, Mobilität 95
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 95% mobility: 95%
Source: Pocket Lint
As long as the Studio and XPS ranges exist alongside the Studio XPS brand, it’s difficult to understand the latter’s existence. The Studio XPS 13 may be a reasonable laptop in its own right, but there are few things that differentiate it from its cheaper Studio siblings, and it lacks the premium feel or style of similarly priced XPS models. In its favour, you do get an awful lot of performance for your money, and the Studio XPS 13 is one of the most powerful 13.3-inch machines we’ve seen so far. At this price, however, it’s difficult to recommend it over Dell’s own XPS M1330.
70, Preis 40, Leistung 95
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 95%
Source: IT Reviewed
The XPS series is a high-end line of multimedia computers sold by Dell. The ‘Xtreme Performance System’ moniker dates back to 1993 and carries with it a legacy of cutting-edge design and technology. Years later, Dell created the Studio range, a trendier alternative to its dull-as-dishwater Inspiron series. Dell then went and baffled everyone by launching the Studio XPS line, an alternative to the Studio and XPS ranges. Confused? We are. Blending power with elegance, the Studio XPS 13 is an excellent mobile laptop.
85, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
In the Studio XPS 13, Dell marries many of the right characteristics to make an excellent MacBook alternative that offers excellent value for a premium product. Unfortunately, it's let down by poor quality control and build, as well as a mediocre keyboard. It's worth thinking seriously about these issues before handing over your card details.
80, Preis 90, Leistung 90, Ausstattung 90, Verarbeitung 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 40%
In the beginning, Dell created the high-end XPS range, and saw that it was good. Years later, it created the Studio range -- a slightly trendier alternative to its long-running Inspiron series. Dell then went and baffled the backside off everyone by launching the Studio XPS line, an alternative to the Studio and XPS ranges. The Dell Studio XPS 13 shoots for excellence but comes up short. It's almost as if it's trying too hard in some areas, when less really would have been more. Having said that, it's worth checking out for its very strong performance, relatively solid build quality and wireless capabilities.
75, Emissionen 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 75% emissions: 40%
Source: PC Pro
Before you've even set eyes on Dell's new Studio XPS 13, its minimalist black packaging sets the tone; tilt back the cardboard lid and you're given a tantalising glimpse of a laptop sheathed in black felt. It doesn't quite achieve the unboxing drama of Apple's best, but when you're spending this much even a token amount of foreplay is welcome. Indeed, slip the XPS 13 from its bag and it's hard not to be impressed. Dell's previous XPS-branded 13.3-incher, the XPS M1330, is a delightful portable but the XPS 13 makes it look scruffy by comparison. The wedge construction is sleek and sees the XPS 13 taper from 38mm at its rear to 23mm along its front edge. Dell's latest is certainly chic and sophisticated, but that comes at a price.
67, Preis 40
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 40%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Go - 5/09
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 90% mobility: 60%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% performance: 69% features: 83% display: 91% mobility: 55% ergonomy: 87%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/20/2009
Rating: performance: 80% features: 60%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 89% display: 86% mobility: 81% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 79%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 50% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Source: mobile Zeit - 3/09
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 90%
Source: PC Actual ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 82%
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 82%
Source: Techno Zoom IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Notebook Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/04/2009
Rating: performance: 80% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G: Compared to the 9600M and 9500M GS, the 9500M G has only half of the unified shaders (16 versus 32) as the old 9600M GS. Therefore, the performance should be clearly beyond these cards. The 9500M G is the fastest card that still supports GeForceBoost (SLI with chipset 9100M G). Furthermore, HybridPower and the new PureVideo HD (VP3) engine are included.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
The P9500 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and basically a Core 2 Duo T9400 with only 25 Watt TDP.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
80.3%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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