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Dell Unveils Upgraded XPS 13 Ultrabook at CES

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Powered by third-gen Intel Core processor, but omits touch.

Dell has unveiled an upgrade to the 2012 XPS 13 ultrabook, with the new model integrating newer third-gen Intel Core processors, as well as a brighter, full-HD 1080p 13-inch display.

While all Dell Inspirons laptops sport touch support, the technology has been omitted with the 2013 model of the XPS 13 ultrabook. Either way, it sports a 350-nit, 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution display option (the 2012 model has a 1,366 x 768 resolution) and can be powered via Core i5 or i7 processor configurations.

Other configuration options will be up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of solid-state drive. Dell decided to not incorporate an SD card slot or Ethernet jack and instead opted for two USB 3.0 ports and a Mini DisplayPort.

Dell confirmed that the upgraded XPS 13 model will be available later this month. Its starting price will be $1,299; comparatively, the 2012, standard-resolution version retails for $999.

 

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    edgewood112358 , January 10, 2013 1:18 AM
    It would be so nice if high resolution laptops like this weren't so expensive.... tablets like the Nexus 10 already have a higher than 1080p resolution on a smaller screen and go for 1/3 of the price.
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    lengcaifai , January 10, 2013 2:12 AM
    edgewood112358It would be so nice if high resolution laptops like this weren't so expensive.... tablets like the Nexus 10 already have a higher than 1080p resolution on a smaller screen and go for 1/3 of the price.

    well nexus 10 processing power is much lower than xps13
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    javaskull , January 10, 2013 2:21 AM
    Whack 1000 off the price and i'll consider buying one.
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    javaskull , January 10, 2013 2:24 AM
    This thing has LESS resolution and is smaller than my 17" 4 year old laptop. It's garbage. Touchscreens on laptops are stupid. Don't fall for the full 1080p crap. That just means you've been jiped out of 1/10 of the pixels you ought to have. Toms don't waste my time with reviews on substandard equipment from the stone age.
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    A Bad Day , January 10, 2013 2:41 AM
    I recall when I was shopping for an ultrabook, I noticed one that cost over $2000. However, a standard laptop with the same system spec (except for one pound heavier and a shorter battery life) cost only around $1000...

    Sure, I would like mobility for college, but not for a $1000 mark-up.
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    sweetleader , January 10, 2013 3:29 AM
    javaskullThis thing has LESS resolution and is smaller than my 17" 4 year old laptop. It's garbage. Touchscreens on laptops are stupid. Don't fall for the full 1080p crap. That just means you've been jiped out of 1/10 of the pixels you ought to have. Toms don't waste my time with reviews on substandard equipment from the stone age.



    16:10 on monitors, while superior, is stone age.
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    InvalidError , January 10, 2013 6:23 AM
    sweetleader16:10 on monitors, while superior, is stone age.

    What is "stone age" about 16:10? That AR exists because specialists who analyzed the ergonomics of using widescreen monitors in a productivity (work) environment concluded that this was the optimal desktop compromise between traditional 4:3 and movie 16:9.

    If Panasonic's new "tablet" is any indication, it looks like things are headed towards 3:2, which translates to 16:10.67, which is a little bit square-er than 16:10. Works for me, this means ~7% less scrolling.
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    danwat1234 , January 10, 2013 7:31 AM
    "Other configuration options will be up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of solid-state drive."

    OK, but really there is no limit to the capacity of SSD that computer could have in it, you just have to wait for the tech to get there. 8GB RAM means one slot for RAM
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    deathengine , January 10, 2013 10:41 AM
    danwat1234"Other configuration options will be up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of solid-state drive."OK, but really there is no limit to the capacity of SSD that computer could have in it, you just have to wait for the tech to get there. 8GB RAM means one slot for RAM


    Ram on this laptop is in pairs

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    tipoo , January 10, 2013 10:58 AM
    Dell gets a lot of needless hate, they've been making some good laptops of late. Not the best, but the price reflects that. Now that the display problem is resolved and it actually has a great resolution for a 13" (or even for a 15 or 17 inch...), seems like a sweet laptop.
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    tipoo , January 10, 2013 10:59 AM
    edgewood112358It would be so nice if high resolution laptops like this weren't so expensive.... tablets like the Nexus 10 already have a higher than 1080p resolution on a smaller screen and go for 1/3 of the price.



    Screens, like processors, are more expensive the larger they are. Even if a smaller display has a much higher PPI it's cheaper to make then a large one.
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    wemakeourfuture , January 10, 2013 11:30 AM
    A Bad DayI recall when I was shopping for an ultrabook, I noticed one that cost over $2000. However, a standard laptop with the same system spec (except for one pound heavier and a shorter battery life) cost only around $1000...Sure, I would like mobility for college, but not for a $1000 mark-up.


    Than you're not the target customer. Just to give you a heads up, there's thousands of people who travel a lot for work, working on airplanes, randome cafes, etc. and to them the size and weight makes a huge difference. Maybe once your finish college and can get your company to pay for such a laptop you too will have the $2000 you really wanted to use :) 
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    ojas , January 10, 2013 11:52 AM
    As long as they fixed the horrible keyboard, touchpad and heat problems...
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    cknobman , January 10, 2013 12:38 PM
    Dell just loves screwing its customers on price.

    No thanks Dell, Asus has been offering a 13 inch ultrabook with 1080 touch screen for a while now less than $1100.
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    kellybean , January 10, 2013 1:24 PM
    $1,299 starting price for 1,920x1,080 with the trash UI 8. No thanks, I would take a 13" Macbook Pro with a retina display any day 2560 x 1600.
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    JohnUSA , January 10, 2013 1:27 PM
    I would not recommend this very poor model. It has an extremely poor and irritating touchpad that not even the new drivers help. This issue is across the board as Dell has not replaced the troublesome touchpad model and they insist in using the piece of crap brand that they have provided from day one.
    Look for a different brand and avoid many headaches. This model lacks many features, you would need to buy external media player/burner and ethernet USB connector. Reading owners' reviews is quite scary and shows many unhappy and frustrated buyers.
    Dell layed a huge egg with this horrible model.
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    bentonsl_2010 , January 10, 2013 1:45 PM
    InvalidErrorWhat is "stone age" about 16:10? That AR exists because specialists who analyzed the ergonomics of using widescreen monitors in a productivity (work) environment concluded that this was the optimal desktop compromise between traditional 4:3 and movie 16:9.If Panasonic's new "tablet" is any indication, it looks like things are headed towards 3:2, which translates to 16:10.67, which is a little bit square-er than 16:10. Works for me, this means ~7% less scrolling.



    ^ This.
    Mostly because newbs kept crying about how that didn't like the small black lines across the top and bottom of there screens when playing movies hence now why we have less screen space.
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    dalethepcman , January 10, 2013 8:33 PM
    Quote:
    $1,299; comparatively, the 2012, standard-resolution version retails for $999.


    Actually the standard resolution version starts at $1,299 and the gimp version is $999.

    Anything with less than 1024 pixels in width is bad for anyone that does more than play solitaire. Heck even Facebook doesn't fit on 1366/768 properly.
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    firemachine69 , January 11, 2013 5:33 PM
    This just confirms my beliefs that the average Dell customer is a sucker.