If you wanted a notebook and didn't get one as a gift, here's a great deal on one you can get for yourself, Dell's industry-leading XPS 13. The XPS 13 is widely-regarded as the pinnacle of ultrabook excellence. This 13-inch notebook weighs just 2.7 pounds and lasts over 12 hours on a charge when you have its default, 1080p non-touch screen. It also has a slew of attractive features such as a nearly-bezel free display and a luxurious soft-touch deck (on the silver / gold models).
While the XPS 13 typically starts at less than $900 for a stripped-down model with a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a paltry 128GB SSD, you usually have to pay a lot more than $1,200 to get it with a decent processor, RAM and storage. However, right now, Dell.com has a configuration of the XPS 13 with a Core i7-8565U "Whiskey Lake" CPU, 8GBB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for just $799 reduced from $1,368 (use coupon code 50OFF699). This model is in the silver color and has the bright, 1080p screen which, in Laptop Mag's tests, hit a brilliant 375 nits. Dell says this model has the webcam above the screen, which is a new feature in 2019 (prior models had a "nosecam" in the bottom bezel.
If 256GB of storage sounds like too little for you, note that the XPS 13 has user-upgradeable storage so you can buy an aftermarket NVMe SSD if you find yourself running out of space.
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7, 8GB, 256GB): was $1,368 now $799 @Dell
This configuration of Dell's industry-leading ultrabook features a Core i7-8565U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD. Its bright but power-efficient 1080p display allows this laptop to get over 12 hours of battery life. Use coupon code 50OFF699 at checkout.
Because this Dell XPS 13 has a "Whiskey Lake" Core i7-8565U CPUs, it is not quite as fast as the brand-new Dell XPS 13 with a Comet Lake, Core i7-10710U CPU that we recently reviewed.
However, this generation of the Dell XPS 13, model 9380, is still plenty fast and power-efficient. The Dell XPS 13 is also one of the thinnest laptops on the market, at just 0.6 inches thick.
If the Dell XPS 13 isn't for you and you're looking for a different kind of laptop sale, check out our list of best holiday tech deals.