Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

Specifications

Dell XPS 13 Developer EditionNotebook: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition (XPS 13 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3537U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1500 euro
Average Score: 70.75% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

Reviews for the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

60% Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
Source: Wired Magazine English
WIRED Linux without hardware issues. Blazing fast performance. A bunch of welcome developer extras. Decent enough battery life. TIRED Poor Wi-Fi performance. Only two USB ports. No way to upgrade the hardware. A little too rich for what you get.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition review - Linux laptop an Ultrabook in all but name
Source: PC Advisor English
The XPS 13 Developer Edition has competition: Lenovo's ThinkPad, Apple's MacBook Retina or Air, or Google's Chromebook Pixel. These machines aren't customized for Linux work, but they're technically superior in construction and software certification, and it's nothing for developers to strip what's there and install any operating system they want. It will be interesting, however, to revisit this device once it's fully loaded with all the developer tools Dell has planned.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell's Linux laptop has good hardware, decent toolkit
Source: PC World English
The XPS 13 Developer Edition has competition: Lenovo’s ThinkPad, Apple’s MacBook Retina or Air, or Google's Chromebook Pixel. These machines aren't customized for Linux work, but they're technically superior in construction and software certification, and it's nothing for developers to strip what's there and install any operating system they want. It will be interesting, however, to revisit this device once it's fully loaded with all the developer tools Dell has planned.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/02/2013

Foreign Reviews

60% Review: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
83% Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%

Comment

Series:

The Ultrabook concept was announced by Intel at Computex 2011. This new generation of notebooks would use low power Intel processors, have an extremely thin profile and could also include certain tablet functions. We’ve seen a huge number and variants of Ultrabooks by many manufacturers in the first wave of these ‘MacBook Air-killer’ devices. Dell seemed to take it slow and only released their first Ultrabook in the first quarter of 2012. While most manufacturers decided to brand their Ultrabooks under new names and with many variants and sizes, Dell used its already prominent ‘XPS’ range to market theirs with just one size.

The Dell XPS 13 certainly turns heads. Like its bigger brother, the Dell XPS 14Z, it has a curvaceous silver aluminium body with a reduced chassis size for its screen. This makes it real compact even for an Ultrabook. Dell had managed to squeeze a 13 inch display into what they say is an 11 inch body. In reality, it doesn’t really get to that but it is close enough and is definitely smaller than all the other 13 inch Ultrabooks. The XPS13 has a carbon fiber bottom covered with a thin rubberized coating making keeping the laptop firmly in its place when typing. The bonded Corning Gorilla Glass display gives the display a slightly more solid feel.

Dell offers the XPS 13 for 999 € onwards same as the Asus Zenbook UX31 which is its main competitor. However, its 1366 x 768 display resolution is noticeably lower than the when compared to the 1600 x 900 panel on the UX31. Advantages of the XPS 13 over the UX31 include its backlight keyboard, more responsive keys and a smaller size.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


3537U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q1 2013. Offers a core clock of 2.0 - 3.1 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1200 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.3 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


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 %

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70.75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus UX32LA-R3065H
Core i7 4500U, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX31A-C4037H
Core i7 3537U, 1.5 kg
» HP Split 13-m006tu x2
Core i5 3339Y, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A09UK
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» HP ProBook 4340s-C4Y10EA
Core i3 3110M, 2 kg
» Samsung ATIV 730U3E-K01HS
Core i5 3337U, 1.5 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 900X3E-A01UK
Core i7 3517U, 1.2 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook E733
Core i7 3632QM, 1.7 kg
» Asus Transformer Book TX300CA-C4006H
Core i5 3317U, 1.9 kg
» HP Split x2
Core i3 3229Y, 2.3 kg
» Samsung ATIV 900X3E-K01US
Core i7 3537U, 1.2 kg
» Asus Taichi 31-CX018H
Core i7 3537U, 1.6 kg
» Samsung ATIV 740U3E-K01UB
Core i5 3337U, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Portege R930-1CX
Core i3 3120M, 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio SVT1313S1E
Core i5 3337U, 1.7 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A04PL
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A03PL
Core i5 3317U, 1.2 kg
» Asus VivoBook S300CA-C1015H
Core i5 3317U, 1.8 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A05PL
Core i5 3317U, 1.5 kg
» Asus Taichi 31-DH71
Core i7 3517U, 1.5 kg
» Asus Taichi 31-CX010H
Core i7 3517U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z930-D3S
Core i5 3317U, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 900X3E-A01SE
Core i5 3337U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A01HU
Core i5 3317U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A03HU
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Samsung 740U3E-A01FR
Core i5 3337U, 1.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U310-59365023 Touch
Core i5 3337U, 1.7 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-05-16 (Update: 2013-05-16)