There are now three distinct Dell XPS laptops in the wild, starting today. The first of which is the much-beloved-by-reviewers Dell XPS 13, now updated with sixth-generation Intel Core i processors. Upping the amount of storage to 1TB at max and 16GB RAM, the XPS 13 also benefits from the chip upgrade with a manufacturer’s suggested battery life of 18 hours with an FHD display, starting at $799.
The XPS 15 is an enlarged version of that, with a weight of 3.9 pounds (not bad for a 15-inch machine!), thickness of 11-17mm, a 4K Ultra HD screen option, up to GTX 960M graphics, 16GB at 2133MHz, up to a 1TB SSD and 17 hours suggested battery life (uhh, no), with the FHD screen. Starting price is $999.
Alright, and now the newest, but also potentially least exciting addition to the XPS line: the new guy. The XPS 12. It’s a 2-in-1 machine, with a 4K display option, comes with an 8MP world-facing camera and a 5MP user-facing (for Windows Hello) and comes standard with backlit keyboard and touchpad. Its dock doesn’t allow for setting different viewing angles, only in tablet mode it can. Also, for a starting price of $999, you’ll have to make do with weaker Intel Core M chips — just a thought.
By now, we’ve seen every major PC manufacturers produce a Surface clone at this point, and it goes without saying that from looking at press images and the spec sheet, the XPS 12 isn’t the most exciting of the bunch. The 13 and 15 however seem to be the best Windows laptops (with the prettiest outlines) you can buy in those sizes.