Dell’s latest release of the popular XPS laptop family has arrived, the XPS 13 Plus. Advertised at CES Back in January, the XPS 13 Plus shared DNA with the standard model, but was built from the ground up with a more streamlined chassis that features a capacitive touchpad, capacitive function description, and an edge-to-edge keyboard.
It’s a bold entry, which one critic might see as an oversimplification in which it trades physical inputs against capacitive inputs. Others may see the XPS 13 Plus as a logical progression to the ultra-thin class that refreshes legacy features. We’ll see where the XPS 13 Plus falls soon, with the laptop hitting stores today with a starting price of $1,299 for Windows 11 or $1,249 for the Ubuntu 20.04 Developer Edition.
For those who missed the original announcement, the XPS 13 Plus is a 13.4-inch laptop with an ultra-portable CNC-machined aluminum chassis that measures 11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches and weighs 2.7 pounds.
Replacing the standard touchpad is what Dell calls a “force touchpad,” a touch-sensitive surface similar to what you want You find it on your MacBook. Instead of actual frustration, the touchpad uses haptic feedback To imitate this clicking sensation. The keyboard has also been reworked so that Its flat keys extend from edge to edge.
Perhaps the most contrasting row is the row of touch function buttons, tiny LED-lit keys that you tap to adjust things like brightness and volume, Microphone on/off. Dell claims this will make it easier to switch between the function and media keys – we just hope you don’t suffer the same fate as Apple touch bar.
Other changes made to the chassis include a quad speaker setup with twin launch behind the keyboard up and another pair down. The fans have also been enlarged to allow for a power of 28W Twelfth generation P series processors.an intermediate chip between the high-power H-series chips and the low-power U-series chips used in earlier XPS models.
The XPS 13 Plus comes with four CPU options, ranging from an Intel Core i5-1240P (4.7 GHz) CPU to a 12-core Core i7-1280P (4.8 GHz). The chip can be paired with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and up to a 2TB PCIe SSD. The graphics are limited to Iris Xe and the connectivity is the latest and greatest: Wi-Fi 6e and bluetooth 5.2.
Dell doesn’t usually skimp on the quality of its XPS monitors, so I have high expectations for a 13.4-inch LED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 (16:10), which is said to have 500 nits and 100% sRGB coverage. Those who want to trade in battery life For picture quality, a 4K display, DisplayHDR 400 or an OLED touch screen can be selected.
Speaking of battery life, this piece remains a mystery. We know the XPS 13 Plus has a built-in 55Wh battery and can charge up to 80% in less than an hour, but no operating time estimates were given. We’ll fill in all the blanks and give you our own impressions of the XPS 13 Plus in the coming weeks.