Dell really hit the mark with the XPS 13. I believe that the XPS 13, and future ultrabook designs, will revitalize Dell's line of laptops. This ultrabook craze has given Dell the opportunity to design a small, yet powerful laptop. Dell computers have always been priced low. That may have been their downfall as some people associate cheap prices with cheap products. With the XPS 13, Dell will put it foot down and make a claim in the ultrabook market.
The XPS 13 is a sporty little ultrabook composed of an aluminum lid and carbon fiber chassis. At 2.99 pounds, the XPS 13 measures only 18mm thick (6mm at the front). These measurements are well within the standards of ultrabooks. The 12 inch frame will host a 13 inch screen made of scratch resistant Gorilla Glass. The display will support 720p (1366x768) and includes a built-in 1.3MP webcam with dual microphones.
In order to meet performance requirements, the XPS 13 will only host Intel Core i5 and Core i7 along with 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, and 4GB of RAM. Business users with sensitive data will appreciate BitLocker Drive Encryption and TPM chip. In order to keep this ultrabook light and thin, ports were kept to a minimum. (1) USB 3.0, (1) USB 2.0 with PowerShare, (1) mini Display-Port and (1) 3.5 mm audio jack. Using Intel's Smart Connect Technology, the XPS 13 will wake up from periodically to update your email, news, and social network feeds. Dell also made this device extremely responsive using Intel's Rapid Start Technology with cold boot in less than 10 seconds and wake instantly from hibernation.
Overall, the XPS 13 is current with other ultrabooks. It is ultra-portable, fast, and has a very clean design. Base models will start at $999 and high-end models will cost around $1399.
Dell XPS 13 Release Date: February 2012