Spent a long time looking at laptops before choosing the xps 13.
The overall build quality is very high. Best I've seen except for perhaps a mac book pro.
The i7 model with nvme ssd boots in 9 seconds.
The battery life is insane.
I had excessive fan noise, coil whine, and heat issues when I first booted. This was solved almost immediately by downloading ccleaner, and uninstalling every single piece of dell bloatware, and mcafee antivirus.
My only gripe is the build quality of the keyboard isn't as good as I expected. It's significantly lower quality than a mac book pro chiclet. I type about 130wpm on a Mac book pro, and while I'm still gerring used to this one, I'm only clocking about 110 on this.
To any buyer, also be aware this laptop is much smaller than a typical 13inch laptop. Think of this as a netbook on steroids.
DO NOT BUY this Dell laptop, at least not from Mastertronics. Within 5 months of my purchasing it the screen went bad with a blinking filter across the bottom third of the screen. Dell cannot fix it and is dragging its feet trying to replace it with a REFURBISHED machine. Mastertronics wants nothing to do with it. Need I say more?
I purchased this unit (1080p non touch, 8gb ram, i7-7500u 256gb ssd) to replace my lenovo yoga 700 (11.6 screen, 4gb ram, core m3, 128gb ssd) and im really shocked at the difference in quality and speed. First off the computer boots extremely fast and allows you to get to work right away. my unit arrived with 90 percent charge. On battery you can get 12 hours of actual use out of this laptop (surfing online, listening to music while browsing 12 tabs or more and watching youtube at the same time, i also have steam downloading and im using bluetooth)which is about double what i was getting with my low powered core m yoga and i didnt have steam on that laptop. This is not what i expected seeing as this laptop uses an i7 with triple the base clock speed and triple the TDP. I didn't use touchscreen on my lenovo so i opted for the Full HD version so I was worried that the screen wouldn't appear as sharp as my lenovo with less PPI but surprisingly this actually appears even sharper and has no glare whatsoever and gets more than bright enough for me, indoors i have it set to 28 percent brightness. I have had no issues with the adaptive brightness that so many complain about. I havent noticed it at all. This laptop multitasks incredibly as well. I have opened over a dozen tabs at once and it hasn't missed a beat yet. Very smooth transitions from program to program and does not run hot while doing all of this. The fan has only kicked on once or twice thus far (ive had it for a few days so will obviously update review later) The foot print is amazingly small and about the same as my 11.6 lenovo was with of-course having that extra 1.7 inches of screen to work with which makes a big difference. The speakers also sound much better than i was expecting for an ultrabook. You almost cant even find them on the sides and they give you the feeling of surround sound even though i prefer my bluetooth speaker. I have had zero issues with the coil whine that so many complain about. I have put my ear to the bottom of the unit and you can then only barely hear it but using the laptop normally sitting 24 inches away it isnt audible. The laptop is just as silent as my lenovo was (it was fanless) unless the fan kicks on and even then it is extremely quiet compared to other fan cooled units ive used. The keyboard is very nice for my preference. The keys have enough travel for an ultrabook with great feedback. The touch-pad is much better than i could have hoped for as well. Very smooth to the touch and tracks very well , two finger scrolling works much better than some reviews i read and pinch to zoom is crisp. The carbon fiber surrounding the keyboard does pick up oil stains pretty quickly but its very easy to clean and looks incredible. The design overall is great. When you pick it up it feels rock solid, like a macbook. There is no wobble whatsoever in the screen but i will say that the hinge is a bit stiff BUT i can live with it. Id rather have a stiff hinge than a loose one because down the road when it gets worn it will still remain solid. The laptop is incredibly thin as well and has two rubber feet on the bottom to give you a nice air gap to allow the computer to cool. It actually runs cooler than my core m3 lenovo which is not what i was expecting. Pros- - Extremely long battery life for the performance you get - Very good at multi-tasking with smooth transitions from app to app - High quality screen that exceeds what i expected for a 1080p screen, gets very bright - Good keyboard/trackpad with solid feedback - Runs cool and quiet - Built like a tank Cons- - Had to update bios and drivers right away (nitpicking here, took about 10 minutes and was very simple) - Area around the keyboard picks up fingerprints/oil very easily but still easy to clean - Has a pretty stiff hinge but still isnt that difficult to open. I feel macbook users are the only ones who might not like this.
I had some worries about buying this laptop because of the adaptive brightness i heard so much about and the coil whine but i have to say i havent had any issues at all. This is easily the nicest laptop ive had my hands on and i wouldnt hesitate to buy it again. It costs twice as much as my lenovo yoga 700 but was well worth it.