Video Review: Dell XPS 13

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Dell’s latest Ultrabook, the XPS 13, boasts Intel’s fourth-generation processor and double the battery life.

In the first major refresh of Dell’s Ultrabook line since the launch of Windows 8, the new XPS 13 models have full HD displays and 10-point multitouch option, The quad-core Haswell edition has a Geekbench score that's 18 percent faster than the previous generation model.

In the CRN Test Center’s media playback test, the XPS 13 ran video continuously from an SSD for 6 hours and 45 minutes, in comparison with 3 hours and 12 minutes shown by its non-Haswell counterpart. The XPS 13 is ultralight at around 3 pounds with a grippy carbon-fiber base that is easy to hold and feels secure. Dell’s TouchPad is 4 inches across, 2.5 inches up and down. Gorilla Glass protects the HD panel from corner to corner. One upgrade the model is missing? The power connector, which still protrudes straight out of the left side.

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