Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook challenges MacBook Air

Dell's first Ultrabook is out, and it's taking on the 13-inch MacBook Air.

By Melanie Pinola, PC World |  Hardware, Apple, Dell

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Dell's first Ultrabook, the Dell XPS 13, is now available for $999. This lightweight laptop squeezes a 13.3-inch display into a much smaller footprint (similar to 11-inch laptops), and is competitive with Apple's MacBook Air.

Following the Ultrabook design model, the XPS 13 is super-skinny at just 18mm (0.77 inches) at its thickest, and lightweight at just under three pounds.

The XPS 13's 13.3-inch display has a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels--lower than the 13-inch MacBook Air's 1440 by 900 pixel resolution, but comparable to the resolution of the 11-inch MacBook Air, as well as other Ultrabooks.

At $999, the XPS 13 is $300 cheaper than the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air, and has similar specs: 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The Dell XPS 13 has a 1.6GHz Intel core i5 processor, while Apple's MacBook Air sports a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor--the difference is negligible.

Apple's entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $999 and sports a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, but comes with half the memory (2GB) and storage space (64GB).

The XPS 13 also features a backlit keyboard, Gorilla Glass display, and aluminum and fiber construction.


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