Gorilla In The Room
The Dell XPS 13 owes much of its small stature to a nearly bezel-free design and edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass encased by a thin rim of machined aluminum. The look is similar to that of many tablets. Overall, the Dell XPS 13 is about a half-inch shorter in length and width than the Aspire S3.
As for comfort during use, Dell wins hands down. The wrist rests of the XPS 13 have a comfortable rubbery texture, helping ensure a firm grip when moving the system or handing it off to a colleague. Two rubber strips keep the unit from creeping around while typing or if placed on an uneven surface. The roomy glass touchpad is 4 x 2.5 inches, which makes easy work of far-reaching finger gestures. The system cold-boots in 12 seconds and wakes from sleep in about 2 seconds, long before the hand begins to input.