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Dell Unveils First Ultrabook, The XPS 13

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Ultrabooks are definitely one of the trends at CES 2012. While there's a ton of them on display, not all of them are new (it's not at all unusual for companies to bring old or already-announced products to CES to try and catch some of the media rays). However, we're also seeing some companies announce their first ever Ultrabook, and among them is Dell.

Dell today showed off its first foray into the Ultrabook market in the form of the XPS 13. Boasting a 13-inch 1366 x 768 Gorilla Glass display (which, similar to the HP Spectre, fits inside a chassis that's an inch smaller), the XPS 13 packs a Core i5 CPU, Intel HD 3000 graphics, a 128 GB SSD, 4 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, Intel's Smart Connect and Rapid Start technologies, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, a MiniDisplay port, and a battery life of eight hours.

Of course, it wouldn't be an Ultrabook if you didn't know how heavy it was and just how it compares to the other super-slim notebooks on the market. To that end, the XPS 13 measures in at 18-mm at its thickest and 6-mm at its thinnest. The whole thing weighs in just shy of 3-lbs and is wrapped up in a sleek aluminum finish.

As far as pricing and availability are concerned, the XPS 13 is set for release at the end of next month and will start at $999. Upgrades to Core i7 and more storage space will push that up quite a bit, though.

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    back_by_demand , January 12, 2012 8:44 AM
    mcvfThis seems to be very close to Macbook Air design.

    What way? Thin, no optical drive and shaped like a laptop?
    Toshiba Portege were doing ultrabook shape before the Air was an itch in Jobs nutsack
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    dontknownotsure , January 12, 2012 7:24 AM
    I am very drowsy and i read "Devil Unveils First Ultrabook, The XPS 13"
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    Vladislaus , January 12, 2012 7:44 AM
    Wasn't the Dell Adamo 13 and the Dell Adamo XPS ultrabooks?
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    mcvf , January 12, 2012 8:28 AM
    This seems to be very close to Macbook Air design.
  • 12 Hide
    back_by_demand , January 12, 2012 8:44 AM
    mcvfThis seems to be very close to Macbook Air design.

    What way? Thin, no optical drive and shaped like a laptop?
    Toshiba Portege were doing ultrabook shape before the Air was an itch in Jobs nutsack
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    skyline100 , January 12, 2012 9:46 AM
    The display is something that I care alot, it is a matte display or the glossy one?
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    southernshark , January 12, 2012 9:51 AM
    The ultra book is already starting to look DOA when you compare it to the Asus Transformer Prime and other dual use tablet/ laptops.

    I mean you don't buy an Ultrabook for performance. So about the only real edge it has over tablets is memory storage, which can certainly be a big deal, although I can already think of a quick fix for that, and I'm sure other people can too.....
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    back_by_demand , January 12, 2012 10:02 AM
    southernsharkSo about the only real edge it has over tablets is memory storage

    Don't forget the keyboard
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    southernshark , January 12, 2012 10:35 AM
    back_by_demandDon't forget the keyboard



    I was talking about the Transformer Prime, which has a detachable keyboard.

    This is a TECH website. I assume people know something about Tech.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 10:51 AM
    I personally have been waiting for ultrabooks for a while. Currently using a Macbook Air with Windows as the primary OS. Things I hate are no backlit keyboard and the FN key is where CTRL is (oh and ALT is wrong but I fixed that with a key mapper).

    Not sure this is the one, if its got a backlit keyboard I think it might be worth a shot though.

    I have a tablet, notebooks have a totally differnet use. Unlike many people I actually like windows, and when creating content Windows notebooks are my goto. Tablets will always be for reading and playing not creating at least for me.
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    ojas , January 12, 2012 11:28 AM
    Finally. Direct Macbook Air competition for a cheaper price. Bring on the swivel touch-screen + Win 8, and we have a winner!

    Though I wish they'd make some of these a a tiny bit thicker and add a slim ODD...
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 11:36 AM
    Crappy display resolution. No thanks. Macbook Air or Asus Zenbook (if it comes down a cpl hundred) for me.
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    back_by_demand , January 12, 2012 11:41 AM
    TEAMSWITCHERA valiant attempt but you still failed. The teardrop profile, drop hinge, battery indicator, keyboard layout, port layout, and larger track-pad are all indicators that this is a derivative design of the MacBook Air. So many people won't buy Apple products, but they will buy these Apple design rip-offs. It's hypocrisy.

    I would use a Macbook Air, if it had Windows on and cost about $300 less
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    twu , January 12, 2012 11:48 AM
    Resolution suks. I just hate to keep scroll down the page.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 1:23 PM
    To all who say the resolution sucks - it is the same as most laptops with that size of screen. Any higher resolution and the icons, etc., will be way too small for the average person. Of course you could always decrease the resolution in software but that never looks right on LCD monitors. If you need a higher resolution then hook up to the TV.

    It also has way more power (core i5 vs Tegra 250) than tablets, not just storage space, plus all the benefits of running real productivity software. Try running photoshop or lightroom on a tablet - oh wait, you can't.

    As for the Macbook Air - you can have it. I refuse to pay a premium for a computer with less computing power and compatibility.
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    snowzsan , January 12, 2012 3:13 PM
    LOL I'm loving the Apple Blumpkin fest going on. The Macbook Air is an excellent product, but if someone can offer something similar WITHOUT it costing an arm and a leg and using an inferior OS, they're always going to be a better seller.

    @TEAMSWITCHER

    Honestly, you need to relax kid. Fanboyism doesn't work if everyone knows you're a fanboy. Also, how is it hypocrisy? People know Windows, and have come to prefer and trust it. No one cared for Apple's outrageous and unustified prices and that is their downfall. The average user isn't going to buy something that's extremely expensive just because it's 'supposed' to be better. They're going to spend the least amount of money and want the world, and the only company that can offer that is Microsoft and their affiliates.

    Apple's pocket gouging is becoming a thing of the past. Not to mention with all the bad rep they've been getting from sueing everyone, it's a wonder people even still consider their product a viable alternative to a Windows based platform. Let a dying dog die. Apple isn't even competition nor comparable.
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    willard , January 12, 2012 3:29 PM
    TEAMSWITCHERA valiant attempt but you still failed. The teardrop profile, drop hinge, battery indicator, keyboard layout, port layout, and larger track-pad are all indicators that this is a derivative design of the MacBook Air. So many people won't buy Apple products, but they will buy these Apple design rip-offs. It's hypocrisy.

    Obvious fanboy is obvious.

    How dare anybody use a standard keyboard layout, or place ports on the only part of the laptop thick enough to hold them! Apple invented ports and thin computers, never mind all the thin and light computers with ports on them that came years before the Macbook Air. They must have used a time machine to travel into the future to steal Apple's designs!

    Moron.
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    lordstormdragon , January 13, 2012 2:01 AM
    It seems like a lot of people are missing the point. This isn't about brand-loyalty, but performance portability. The real beef everyone should be having: Intel HD 3000 graphics.

    It doesn't matter what your excuse is. When you buy products like this, you're making the statement that you don't care how you spend your money and will frivolously follow any fad possible. That you don't know enough about computers to have made a proper judgement in the first place. That you're a douchebag.

    Dell's not copying Apple's design here. What they're copying is Apple's tactics - sell crap for lots of money and make it shiny enough some moron will purchase it. These aren't computers, they're accessories. They're decorations, like badges of moronic honor. To get excited about being duped by your own self is possibly the greatest example of going "Full Retard" I've ever seen outside Simple Jack.

    But hey, it's got Gorilla Glass, right? And we all know how tough that crap is.
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    phate , January 13, 2012 3:01 PM
    lordstormdragon The real beef everyone should be having: Intel HD 3000 graphics..


    Why? Are you going to try and play skyrim on a 13inch laptop? The graphics are perfectly fine for the use case of this size laptop.
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