New Dell XPS Laptops Aiming at Business

Earlier this week Dell used the platform of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to tout its newest entries in its consumer line of Inspiron laptops. Now itEUs showing off its latest high-end laptops for businesses. DellEUs XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops both come with Windows 8.1 by default.

And next month a special "developers edition" that comes with Ubuntu, probably Ubuntu 14.04, will be released, according to sources. All the new XPS models feature Intel's fifth-generation Broadwell U Core chips. Dell says that with the chips, the new laptops should provide better graphics performance and much longer battery life (up to 15 hours, 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.

Top-Notch Display?

When it comes to storage, users will have a choice of 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. For display, the XPS 13 has as an option the 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.

"I recently switched from a MacBook Pro to Dell XPS 13 and couldnEUt be happier," said Scott Stedman, founder of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Northside Media Group. "The touch screen is a game-changer...

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