Dell's new borderless XPS 13


Dell is the one company that never stops innovating. Their latest bold decisions went into making the Dell XPS 13 the powerhouse it is today. Dell takes its innovation to the next level by removing the last bezel on the company’s InfinityEdge display. That means the laptop is virtually borderless, the first of its kind to do so. 

Combined with promising specs such as a 10th Gen processor, the new XPS 13 has a strong chance of extending the line’s reign on the best laptops. 

The base model will feature a 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a non-touch, 1920 x 1080 display. However, the system can be configured with up to 2TB of storage, an integrated Intel Iris Plus GPU and a 4K, HDR touchscreen.

Design

At first glance, it seems like not much has changed about the XPS 13’s design. But it turns out that a lot of little tweaks adds up to a bunch of big changes for one of our favorite systems. Yes, it’s still made from an alluring anodized aluminum with either carbon fiber or woven glass fiber for the interior. However, thanks to some clever engineering, the new notebook is 2% smaller than its predecessor. 

The display is now a larger 13.4-inches and is made of Gorilla Glass 6. The keyboard now extends edge-to-edge and the touchpad is 17% larger. It’s a safe bet as well that the laptop will be potentially lighter and thinner than competing systems.

Display

Dell’s InfinityEdge display now extends edge to glorious edge. And the bezels that are left only measure a minute 0.5 inches. Without that pesky bottom bezel, Dell has successfully squeezed a 13.4-inch screen into an 11-inch form factor. It’s also important to note that Dell got rid of the last bezel without relocating the IR webcam to an inconvenient location.

The new Gorilla Glass 6 panel has a 16:10 aspect ratio and is 25% brighter than previous models. 

Keyboard

Another subtle change on the XPS 13 can be found on the keyboard or rather under it. The full-size island-style keyboard swapped out the proprietary maglev keyboard for rubber dome keycaps. The result is a typing experience that offers less key travel with more resistance. 

Battery life

On its own tests, Dell reports that the XPS 13’s battery lasted 10 hours running Netflix and 19 hours on the MobileMark benchmark. If previous scores are anything to go by, we’re expecting at least 12 hours from the 1080p version of the laptop and about 8 hours from the 4K OLED version. 

Smaller, sleeker and sporting the tiniest bezels on all sides, the new Dell XPS 13 shows that Dell still knows how to push the envelope without going too far. The new laptop is an exercise in patient restraint, improving the notebook in a bunch of small ways that add up to a big leap for the system. Excitement is in the air to put this new system to the test when it launches in February. 

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