Dell XPS 13 Laptops Helps Business Users Get Serious

Introduced earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the new Dell XPS 13 laptop (shown above) is once again making headlines. Dell is positioning the XPS 13 as well as the new XPS 15 as high-end laptops for business users, with a focus on top-quality graphics and a longer battery life that's especially critical for road warriors and workers on the go.

All the new XPS models feature Intel's fifth-generation Broadwell U Core chips. Dell says that with these high-powered chips, the new laptops should provide better graphics performance and much longer battery life -- up to 15 hours -- which is a few hours more than whatEUs offered in most laptops. Both versions will come with the full Broadwell U complement, from the 2.1 GHz Core i3 on the less expensive models to the top-of-the-line 3.2GHz Core i7 version.

The XPS laptops currently come with Windows 8.1 by default. In addition, sources expect availability next month of a special "developers edition" equipped with Ubuntu, probably Ubuntu 14.04.

When it comes to storage, users will have a choice of 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD.

Unique Display

One very unique feature of Dell's XPS 13 is the option for an UltraSharp Quad HD+ infinity display, with 5.2mm bezels and 5.7 million pixels. Dell said this will make "movies and presentations burst with eye-popping color and precise detail" and referred to it as the worldEUs first virtually borderless infinity display.

The XPS 13 measures from 15mm thick in the rear down to 9mm in front. Its left side has a single USB 3.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort interface, a headphone jack and AC power jack. The right side has one USB 3.0 port and a SD card slot. A standard high-definition webcam is at the bottom of the screen.

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