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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook review: now with Full HD IPS display

The once-unique design of the XPS 13 has now also been applied to the XPS 10 Windows RT tablet, the XPS 12 (a convertible tablet/Ultrabook) and the XPS 15 (a powerful notebook).

The XPS 13 is a traditional Ultrabook, without touchscreen or any convertible tricks up its sleeve. The chassis is constructed out of carbon fiber on the bottom and aluminium on top. It has a sleek design and very few connectors. You get a USB 3.0 port on each side, and like the XPS 12 there's a Mini DisplayPort for attaching a second monitor.

The second monitor can have higher than Full HD resolutions. The only other connectors are the audio jack and the power connector. There's a little button on the side, that when pressed shows you how much is left in the battery.

When you flip open the XPS 13, you see a black finish and pretty flat keyboard. The keystroke feels fine, however, and the area around the keyboard has a soft-touch finish that feels quite pleasant. The multi-touch touchpad is pretty large.

The first XPS 13 that we tested was equipped with a Sandy Bridge processor. The XPS 13 that we are reviewing today runs on an Ivy Bridge processor, in our case the Intel Core i5-3337U. It runs at 1.8GHz with a turbo of 2.7GHz, and it has 3MB of cache and HyperThreading.

The Intel Core i5-3337U is slightly faster than the Core i5-3317U (1.7/2.6 GHz) that's used in many other Ultrabooks. You can also buy the XPS 13 with the faster Core i7-3537U. It's dual-score, like the Core i5, but with 4MB of cache and running at 2GHz with a turbo of 3.1GHz. The 8GB of RAM is soldered to the motherboard, so upgrading is not an option.

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