If you want a traditional PC laptop with a modern look, the Dell XPS 13 is a great option. Its stunning InfinityEdge display has nearly no bezel, and its impressive memory, integrated graphics card and variety of ports make it the best laptop overall. This versatile computer works equally well for home or business users.
The XPS 13 has a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz processor, just like the HP Spectre 13t, which received a PassMark score of 4,724 from CPUBenchmark.net, a third-party evaluation site. A PassMark score below 5,000 means the processor can handle light multitasking but will likely experience slowdown and decreased performance if you have multiple programs open or if you attempt to run data-intensive programs. If sticking to a budget isn’t a huge concern, you can choose a premium model which will give you an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor that received an 8,148 PassMark score.
As with many entry-level or inexpensive laptops, the XPS 13 comes with 128GB of SSD storage. Though that isn’t a ton of storage, since it’s SSD storage you can access your files more quickly than with the standard HDD. Again, you can opt to upgrade to a higher storage capacity for an additional cost. The computer also has 8GB of LPDDR3 memory, which may help counteract the underwhelming processor and give you a little more leeway when it comes to multitasking.
Graphics are decent on the XPS 13 thanks to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphics card. Its 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display has a nearly nonexistent bezel, and its UltraSharp QHD+ resolution (3,200 x 1,800) and 400 nit brightness give you a much sharper, bolder picture. Its 170-degree viewing angle makes for easy video sharing, and its color gamut of 72 percent and 1,000:1 contrast ratio makes it even more gorgeous.
The XPS 13 has more ports than convertible and mini computers, like the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA, but it still doesn’t make many. It only has two USB 3.0 ports and one Thunderbolt 3 port. If you know you like to have lots of peripherals, you may want to opt for a different laptop altogether. However, unlike most other laptops, it boasts HDMI connectivity. It also has a memory card reader, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
The Dell XPS 13 may not necessarily be a powerhouse, but given its approachable price point, it’s a great all-around laptop. With a variety of ports, decent hardware and solid-state storage, the XPS 13 easily fits at home, work or school.