Dell XPS 13 Plus review 2023

Dell XPS 13 Plus review 2023

 Dell XPS 13 Plus review 2023 - A few days back, I received a message on Linkedin from a senior executive who wanted to advise me on a premium laptop. I certainly have to offer one or two options, but he kept telling me how he would divert when changing laptops. That conversation made me understand one thing: only some consumers are ready to trade the comfort and closeness of a notebook with experimental design and features. When I reviewed XPS 13 plus, I got the impression that Dell maintains a balance between aesthetic thin and light laptops while somehow modernizing their flair that will resonate with their most trusted high-flying executives. XPS 13, plus a fusion, looks sleek and fantasy but still builds on. It is known for its formula top-of-the-line compact laptop XPS line.

Here is my review of the Dell XPS 13 plus 2023

Dell XPS 13, plus review price in India (as of review): Rs 1,84,989

Stunning display, excellent speakers

I review XPS 13 plus with a 3840x 2400p OLED touchscreen display. It has a 13.4-inch, almost indistinguishable touch display, with a 16:10 ratio that gives you more space to work and generally shows compared to a nicer MacBook's screen. XPS 13 plus ' display has accurate-enough colors and sharpness for most uses, especially those making presentations, Netflix watching shows, writing and editing copies, and doing other office work. A bit of a shiny display; otherwise looks great.

The sound quality is excellent, too. The four speakers were loud when I watched the video interviews of the last season of Grace & amp; Frankie on Netflix and listened to music on YouTube. In most laptops, the speakers, even premium ones, sound common, so it was a surprise to see XPS 13 plus shine with internal speakers. Although they could be better when compared to the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

 Dell XPS 13 Plus lightweight too

At first glance, XPS 13 plus looks familiar, keeping the same compact footprint as the 13-inch XPS model. I'm a big fan of computers that are small (After) size and can be easy to travel with. Every time I take XPS 13 plus, it gives the impression of a notebook that is an extension of a smartphone — I do not mean that literally, but more philosophically. It is lighter than M 1 MacBook Air that has been my go-to laptop for a long time.

Having been using it continuously for weeks, I can tell you how XPS 13 plus is beautiful to hold and look at. The chassis is made of CNC machined aluminum and the Dell logo; Hall is stainless steel. Here is an exciting way of marrying a traditional form factor and practical design by managing a notebook.

But it's a shame that Dell abandoned the compact and slim notebook design by making it impossible to achieve this vital connectivity port. To set the record straight, there is a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port on each side of the notebook. After a while, I didn't even notice that XPS 13 plus didn't have a 3.5 mm headphone jack or a USB-A port, nor did I care there were only two USB-C ports.

I understand that some people want a ton of ports on their laptops, but as a journalist, I am less concerned about the port situation with XPS 13 plus. I'm not defending Dell's decision to put only two ports on XPS 13 plus; I just got that it's a notebook designed to be mobile. Anyone buying XPS 13 plus could own a pair of wireless headphones, and the person stores all the data in the cloud.

Dell XPS 13 Plus Invisible touchpad

XPS 13 plus ' Real Engineering Festival is its invisible touchpad. XPS 13 plus shuns Convention and a haptic touchpad to switch. Yes, MacBook Pro is a dedicated space with a haptic touchpad, but also. In contrast, on XPS 13, plus space below the space bar is an "invisible" touchpad, providing the notebook with a distinct identity without compromising standard functions. Scrolling through web pages and pinch-to-zoom felt natural, and while there's no physical click, it captures all the movements well and converts them into clicks. I hope this starts a trend to disappear touchpads that blend into the chassis.

Another feature that distinguishes XPS 13 plus from other premium laptops is the function bar with capacitive touch. Dell is not trying to revive the Touch Bar-like function row meet MacBook Pro years back with its rotation. The function bar now consists of touch-sensitive LED buttons, displays functions like Esc keys and controls screen brightness and volume. Dell has not gone with the traditional physical function keys and is studying for touch-sensitive Fn row. Some people will divide the design approach, but capacitive touch row blends are proper gapless keyboards.
It could be better, though. First, the function bar is not programmable, meaning I can't change the context of what Apple did with the Touch Bar. No second haptic feedback tells you if you hit the key. So, although it could be more functional and catchy, there's room for improvement.

I like that maybe a part minority of" zero lattices" keyboards do it. XPS 13 plus introduces a new type of keyboard design where the keys are slightly larger than usual, with no gaps – and goes all the way to the edge. It is available in chiclet keyboards from different islands or most other laptops. I prefer typing on this keyboard (some may choose large mechanical keyboards) as the keys produce a satisfactory click when pressed and have a good amount of resistance. Then again, what can seem different to each other, and they distort things in different ways.

Dell XPS 13 Plus Performance is ok, but battery life could have been better

I use XPS 13 plus as an "everyday" computer – for using it to write and edit, copy, work in Google Docs and sheets, message WhatsApp, attend virtual sermons, and edit pictures. XPS 13 plus manner to find all the actions that I threw. I never once encountered slowness or delay, even when multiple Chrome tabs were opened in the background. I should mention that Dell loaned me the top-end version of the XPS 13 plus for review, which came with a 12-gen Intel i7-1260P processor, 1TB solid-state drive, and 16 GB RAM de. The processor is designed for ultrabooks, and the performance matched my expectations. But laptops don't get warmer, especially if you do more intensive tasks like editing pictures. XPS 13 plus is not made for heavy processing tasks like running triple AAA verification games but is perfectly suitable for business executives or frequent travelers.

XPS 13 plus is not a perfect machine and has its fair share of flaws. For example, the battery lasted about 5 hours and 30 minutes. OLED technically should help save battery, but it doesn't. It's a surprise that my M 1 MacBook Air's battery lasts longer than my XPS 13, but the cost is way lower. Another complaint I have with XPS 13 plus 720p webcam, which worked fine for my daily video calls but fell short in quality than expected at this price.

Final words

There is a certain amount of charisma to the XPS 13 plus, a laptop that wants to give the vibe a traditional form factor but with modern features and feel. The gamble that Del betted seems to have paid off. It has enough everyday computing tasks to handle a powerful machine, a modern invisible touchpad, and a gap-less keyboard. It's lightweight enough to take wherever you go comfortably. But it is as expected with expensive, XPS brand high-end ultrabooks.

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