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Head-To-Head: New Dell XPS 13 Vs. Apple MacBook Air

The CRN Test Center compares Dell's redesigned XPS 13 with Apple's latest MacBook Air.

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Body & Ports

Both the XPS 13 and MacBook Air feature aluminum enclosures, but only the XPS 13 comes in multiple colors, with choices between silver and rose gold. For the rose gold model, the XPS 13 features an "alpine white" design for the palm rest, keyboard, and display bezel. The palm rest is made from woven glass fiber, which was specially developed for the laptop so that it's UV-resistant and stain resistant.

On ports, Dell has followed Apple's example with the MacBook Pro by eliminating USB-A and fully relying on USB-C. The XPS 13 now features three USB-C ports, which require a converter for using USB-A or attaching to a display. Ironically, because it's been a while since Apple updated the MacBook Air design, the MacBook Air doesn't offer any USB-C but does have two USB-A ports. The MacBook Air also comes with a Thunderbolt 2 port and an SDXC card slot, while the XPS 13 includes a microSD card reader.

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