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Asus ZenBook UX305 vs. Dell XPS 13: Thin, light and powerful

Brian Nadel | March 18, 2015
If Apple's new 12-in. Retina MacBook is any indication, the laptop is no longer considered an endangered species -- as long as it's slim and lightweight. However, while the new MacBook is extraordinarily portable and comes with an impressive display, it's garnered a bit of criticism because of its single USB port (which does double duty as a power port) and lack of SD card slots. On the other hand, two new Windows 8.1 systems have recently shipped that not only push the thin-and-light envelope, but offer enough features to make them suitable for both personal and business use.

Bottom line

Dell's XPS 13 combines exceptional battery life with top-flight performance in one of the smallest notebooks available. It is the best $900 you can spend on a notebook today.


While the $700 Asus ZenBook UX305 is very capable and a good bargain, it can't measure up to the Dell XPS 13's performance and smaller size. True, the ZenBook has a better assortment of ports, twice as much RAM and storage space, and a three-year warranty, but it has nothing that can compare to the Dell's more than 11-hour battery life.

The Dell XPS 13 cuts the size of a 13.3-in. system to what we expect from one that holds an 11.6-in. or 12.1-in. screen, making it easier to carry, hold and pack.

The Dell XPS 13 is nothing short of the most innovative notebook available today. I can't wait to get my fingers on the ultra-HD touch version.


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