3/01/2015

A New Love -- Dell XPS 13 Laptop

For the past 3 years or so, I've been a Mac girl.  [Both the makeup and the electronics ;)] 
Well, I've always had an iPhone from the moment they came out, but about 3 years ago I purchased my first MacBook and I haven't looked back since. So you can imagine that I was extremely hesitant when I was recently contacted to review the new Dell XPS UltraBook. Would I even remember how to use the Windows operating system? Could I ever stop using my beloved MacBook?! 





I started to read more and more about the XPS and I was slowly won over. First of all,  it's sooooo thin and light. Plus some models have a 15 hour battery life. (Ones with a touchscreen have a battery life around 11 hours, but still come on that's amazing!) And with the Dell Power Companion, you get an additional 7 hours. That alone was reason enough for me to switch. I've said this in YouTube videos before, but I am always on the go. From my consulting work to being at my salon, I'm not usually sitting behind a desk all day long.  Plus I travel quite extensively throughout the year. So ease of portability is a big one for me. After reading all the reviews, I finally decided to accept the laptop and give it go. You all know, I never ever work with brands unless the products are things that I will actually use and can support. Another thing that really drew me in was the aesthetics. If you've been following me for a while now, you know that I love clean and simple lines. This laptop is so chic and sleek. The Dell XPS 13 is the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet….it fits a 13.3-inch display in an 11-inch laptop. And the display is so beautiful because it has an infinity display (the technical term is the edge-to edge Corning® Gorilla Glass NBT™ infinity display) but basically it's rimless. And are you guys ready for this….it weights only 2.6 pounds! It's so thin and light! It is a high performance laptop with a 5th generation Intel processor. If you're like me, and not really sure what that means on a practical everyday level, let me tell you this: I've been playing around with it and it is FAST! 




The Dell XPS 13 comes in a variety of different models, varying from different amounts of memory, touch and non-touch screen, and lots of add-ons too. My friends at Dell and Intel, sent me the works! Seriously, I was amazed at the goodie package that came along with the laptop: a travel backpack, sleek carrying case, all kinds of adaptors and chargers and Microsoft Office (that was another huge plus!). I thought this was really cool too: it's considered one of the greenest laptops because it's made without materials like cadmium, lead, mercury and other crazy things that are horrible for the planet. It also won over 7 awards at CES 2015 (which I still have been to, but it's on my list!) I don't want to bore y'all with the technicalities. For me, it comes down to speed, size and performance. And from what I've seen so far, this Ultrabook has it all. 





I've decided to replace my MacBook with the Dell XPS Ultrabook for the next couple weeks. I'm so excited to see how this goes! But being the Mac girl that I am, the transition may not be seamless.  I know that I will, of course, love how thin it is (it's been said to be as good as or even better than the MacBook air!) Speaking of which, the Dell XPS has Quad HD+ infinity touch display with 5.7 million pixels which is over 4.4 million more than the MacBook Air 13 with HD+.  I am going to use the XPS for everything from blogging, to my actual work, to even watching a little Netflix. I am slightly concerned about switching back to a PC interface, but here's hoping that's just like riding a bike ;) I'll check back in with y'all at the end of the month with a report of how it went!

xoxo




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Disclosure: I received the new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with 5th Generation Intel Core Processor to review, along with the accompanying accessories. All opinions are absolutely my own. Always.


2 comments:

Sarah said...

Nice review! I would love to hear about your experience with Windows 8.1. I might be purchasing a new laptop in the coming months and would like to know more.

Susan F said...

Well, two months later are u still using it or gone back to your Mac?