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Dell XPS 13 wows, but it could hurt your pocket

Agam Shah | Jan. 7, 2015
Dell's XPS 13 laptop elicited a "wow" the first time I saw it. The jubilation was similar to seeing the first MacBook Air pulled out of a manila envelope in 2008.

The starting price of $799 is attractive, even lacking a touchscreen, but the 128GB of storage at that price is not. It's possible to tack on external storage through a USB 3.0 port, but I like data inside my laptop. SSDs can be expensive, and the laptop's price shoots up along with storage capacity. The XPS 13 won't have a hard-drive storage option, which could have bought prices down.

In all, a fully loaded laptop with the most storage and biggest touchscreen could cost more than $1,000. The XPS 13 has 802.11ac Wi-Fi and can have as much as 8GB of RAM.

Dell has said the XPS line is the testing ground for many of its new technologies, which then trickle into other laptops, like the Inspiron family. The XPS 13 points to a brighter future for Dell laptops.

 

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