This version of the Dell XPS 13, one of the standout products at the 2015 International CES, costs less and runs for much longer on a single battery charge when compared which the premium configuration we originally tested. That makes it sound like a clear-cut winner, but there are a few important caveats.
The display has a lower resolution, and it loses its touch capabilities, which can come in handy when trying to navigate Windows 8. The edge-to-edge display, which helps maintain the illusion of a bezelless design is missing here, and the inset panel doesn't look as clean and seamlessly designed as the more expensive version.
Still, aesthetic and touch considerations aside, this version of the XPS 13 offers great build quality and engineering, plus amazing battery life, for a great price.
At present, Dell has agreed to take the machine back for a full refund, BUT, it has been sitting on the desk all packed up for two weeks now. We get three calls a week from Dell asking if it has been picked up. The calls seem to be from India and they seem to have no clue as to what is going on with laptop logistics. This experience would stop me from doing business with Dell again. NOT worth it. First thing I look at before I buy a laptop are shift keys. If the keys are half size no deal. I'm surprised DELL and other manufacturers still come out with small shift keys in their laptops. I was at Best Buy yesterday and saw several 15" laptops with small shift keys. Just plain stupid design as there's lots of room to have a normal sized keys.