Dell unveiled the latest entries in its XPS series of Windows 8 notebooks yesterday: the XPS 11, XPS 13, and XPS 15. As you might guess, the three laptops come with 11.6-, 13.3-, and 15.6-inch displays, respectively, and they’ll hit the market within the coming weeks.
Our sister site NotebookReview was in New York to see Dell’s new machines first hand, so head on over to its hands-on report for more details. In general, NBR found the three refreshes to be, well, refreshing.
Starting with the biggest, the XPS 15 can be configured with up to a very pixel-dense 3200×1800 touchscreen display that’s coated in Gorilla Glass. It’s powered by a Haswell Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and discrete Nvidia GeForce 750M graphics. It’s 0.7 inches thin and weighs as low as 4.44 pounds too.
Its battery is rated at 13 hours, and it’ll come with either 500GB or 1TB of HDD storage with a 32GB SSD, or 512GB of SSD storage outright. That all makes for a very impressive notebook on paper, but it’ll come at a cost — the XPS 15 will start at $1500 when it arrives on October 18, and that’s just for a model with a 1080p screen and a Core i5 chip.
Next, the silver-and-black XPS 13 comes with a 1920×1080 Gorilla Glass display, starts at 0.7 inches thin and weighs under three pounds. It’ll run on your choice of a Haswell chip, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and either 128 or 256GB of SSD storage. Dell rates its battery at up to 10.5 hours. It’ll start at $1000 when it launches this November.
Finally, the XPS 11 is a 2-in-1 device reminiscent of Lenovo’s Yoga series of laptops. Its screen can rotate 360 degrees from a traditional laptop position to a tablet mode, and it can be configured with up to a 2560×1440 resolution. Of note is the XPS 11’s keyboard, which is very much reminiscent of the Surface’s Touch Cover in the sense that it doesn’t have any moving keys. The whole device will arrive in November for the starting price of $1000.