The good: The new Dell XPS 14 is solidly built and powerful. It’s also slim and attractive, especially for a laptop with an Intel Core i7 CPU and discrete graphics.
The bad: This is way heavier than any 14-inch laptop without an optical drive needs to be.
The bottom line: The flagship of Dell’s revamped laptop line, the XPS 14 is a worthy competitor to something like the MacBook Pro, and the two systems share a similar aesthetic. But Dell’s new Inspiron ultrabook is nearly as good, and a lot less expensive.
|Price as reviewed / Starting price||$1,499 / $1,099|
|Processor||1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U|
|Memory||4GB, 1333MHz DDR3|
|Hard drive||500GB 5,400rpm / 32GB SSD|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M / Intel HD 4000|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|Dimensions (WD)||12.2 x 9.2 inches|
|Screen size (diagonal)||14.0 inches|
|System weight / Weight with AC adapter||4.7/5.7 pounds|
XPS 14 vs. Category Average
|Dell XPS 14||Average for category [midsize]|
|Video||HDMI, mini-DisplayPort||VGA plus HDMI or DisplayPort|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, headphone jack||Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks|
|Data||2 USB 3.0, SD card reader||2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, eSATA|
|Networking||Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband||Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband|
|Optical drive||None||DVD burner|