Dell XPS 13 Plus

Dell XPS 13 Plus

Dell XPS 13 Plus

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.8
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.4/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.9/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.4/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.4/10
PORTABILITY: Excellent9.1/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.3/10
SIZE: 13.4"








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Pros
  • High-resolution touchscreen display
  • Elegant premium design
  • Backlit keyboard with fingerprint reader
  • Good portability
  • Ample storage and memory
Cons
  • No HDMI or DisplayPort
  • No Ethernet port
  • Limited battery life
  • No hardware ray tracing or DLSS

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.8
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.7
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.7
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
General Use:
4.5
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Software Development:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Engineering & Design:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Gaming & AI:
3.8
The Dell XPS 13 Plus is well-suited for gaming and 3D applications because it integrates a capable integrated GPU for high-definition visuals and supports a reasonable screen refresh rate for smoother visuals during gameplay and animation. Although the CPU contributes positively to overall performance and the screen quality, including resolution and color accuracy, is deemed high, the integrated GPU and the screen refresh rate are particularly significant for gaming and 3D tasks.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,849
Release Date
May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
11.6'' x 7.8'' x 0.6''
Weight
2.71 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1280P
Graphics
Iris Xe G7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours
Battery Capacity
55 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.4"
Display Technology
OLED
Resolution
3840 x 2400
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
374 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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9.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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8.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Andreas Osthoff | July 2022
"The XPS 13 Plus is powerful, but has its drawbacks. Dell did not only update the processor generation, but also decided to offer two completely different models from now on. The XPS 13 Plus gets the faster Intel Alder Lake-P chips, and the Core i7-1260P in our review unit offers good performance figures. However, the device once again shows the problems of the current Intel CPUs, because the high performance requires a lot of power. This affects the battery runtime as well as temperatures, so the new model (even with the Optimized power profile) is louder than the older model."

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