If there was ever a brand that could go all the way to Apple it’s Dell, not only do they have a great track record of designing high performance PCs but they also make Alienware PCs which is the one of the best gaming brands in the world. The Intel i7 processor in the XPS 13 Plus is a proven high performance processor and what Dell engineers have done is squeeze the best out of this processor without crippling battery power.
The main question with this machine, which can easily be packed into a small bag, is how much power, performance or battery life does it actually need. In terms of performance, it offers a chunky Intel i7 processor and a 3840 X 2400 display which is as good as it gets in a machine of this size.
Personally, I would have liked the display hinge to fold down completely. with an HDMI port.
Apple is desperate, its market share in the PC market is shrinking, and it’s all because its installed base is returning to products like the all-new Dell XPS 13 Plus PC. Dell’s new XPS is a cutting-edge Windows PC that makes it hard for consumers to justify investing in an overpriced Apple MacBook platform PC, even with their all-new M1 and M2 processors.
As found by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Apple’s share of the PC market was only 6.7% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to 7.3% in the second quarter of 2021, despite the fact that the American PC maker has decided to introduce its own speedy M2 processor, which publications such as Digital Trends describe as not quite up to scratch, especially when it comes to mixing business with pleasure and the need for gaming performance at the end of a big day at work.
The XPS 13 Plus’ cooling system is ideally balanced for a high-end Intel Core i7 processor, it’s also one of those machines that, despite its small size, packs a big punch when it comes to performance at the moment. both with its screen and its processor.
When you first boot it up, it takes a few minutes to absorb the look of the machine with its gray, rubbery keyboard and information bar that’s a bit different from most other laptops we review, but after a few minutes and especially when the display screen starts up, you suddenly realize that this machine is not only elegant, but a thoroughbred racehorse that is eager to demonstrate how speed he can run.
As for the information bar, you can easily manage processes such as brightness as well as several other functions, all easily identified with backlit symbols.
At Dell, the first task with this machine was to “think different”. If that was the formula for the XPS 13, the American laptop giant has seriously delivered on its promise by designing a product that raises questions as to why Apple MacBook fans should pay so much for a top-notch small-form-factor laptop. range with a chipset that cannot be configured. the world on fire.
Under the hood is a 12th Gen Intel i7 1206P 2.10Ghz processor and while that’s enough for most PC needs, including some games on the side, the display is what makes this device very attractive with 3840 × 2400 pixels pumped to the 13.4-inch screen where apps are easily opened and tasks performed especially when ripping gigabytes of magazine layouts.
By comparison, the all-new MacBook Pro 2 with its all-new M2 processor can only manage 2560×1600, or 227 pixels per inch.
Although it’s hard for Apple fans to admit that the new Apple M2 processor has yet to earn its stripes when compared to the pedigree performance that the 12th Gen Intel i7 processor offers inside the Dell XPS 13.
Several reviewers said the M2 processor struggled to deliver despite Apple going over the top to promote the product.
While running 8K video, Max Tech’s Vadim Yuryev saw an Apple MacBook Air’s M2 processor reduce processing power due to high temperatures, with the fan maxed out at 7200 rpm.
That’s not the only way the MacBook Pro M2 is slower than its predecessor, and it’s not the only way the MacBook Air could suffer Forbes’ claims as well.
Apple’s decision to switch to a single NAND flash storage chip for the 256GB model resulted in half the disk read and write speed of the 256GB M1 model.
With the XPS 13 Plus, I really liked the rubberized keyboard with no gaps although I would have liked a $ sign instead of a Euro sign on my 5 key.
The trackpad is invisible but for me I still prefer connecting a mouse, and it took a few seconds when I connected a Logi MX Anywhere mouse.
In the end, the screen was so bright that I ended up slowing it down, which begs the question of battery power.
I mostly use a keyboard at work or at home, so I can easily connect a power supply to my laptop to keep the battery topped up.
But when I traveled for a day with the XPS 13 doing up to four PowerPoint presentations during the day, skimming emails, and browsing news and information sites, I found that I had enough battery left and that included watching Channel Seven News through their Seven Plus streaming service.
The base and frame that hold the screen are made from a single piece of matte aluminum, giving it an Apple-like look.
And thanks to its matte finish, fingerprints aren’t an issue, but I suspect it could scratch easily, so I’d suggest using a soft-cover bag to put the laptop in when traveling.
The “infinity” display compensates for the smaller screen format because the information and images on the screen really stand out and are very clear.
Compared to the previous model, the new offering is significantly narrower, mainly because Dell opted to go with a 16:10 aspect ratio even though the machine has a 13-inch screen.
Since most people spend a lot of time on a video call, I would have liked to see a 1080p HD camera instead of the standard 720p at 30 fps.
I had a good day’s work with this device with 15% juice left before I could charge the laptop, via a USB C port on the side of the machine.
Additionally, the AC adapter is small, which makes it easier to carry in a bag, more so than many other laptop power supplies.
When it comes to the display, it’s hard to find a laptop that offers a better display, especially when watching a football game via Foxtel or a movie from Binge.
It’s small but still a bit heavier than some other thin laptops at 1.26 kilo. The last Acer i7 laptop I reviewed weighed less than 1 kilo.
At $2,799 this laptop can easily be classed as a premium offering and at this price you still get what you pay for, especially since it takes a lot of technology and engineering to integrate so many performance in such a small PC.