Dell XPS 13 Continues To Be Hailed As MacBook Air Alternative

The Dell XPS 13 has been out for more than a month and has been making waves among consumers and critics. Reviews have been excellent. Brad Linder of Liliputing gave the XPS 13 a near perfect review.

“Dell loaned me an XPS 13 laptop to review and after testing it for a few weeks I can say it’s a fast, powerful, and nice-looking little laptop. In fact if I needed to buy a new laptop today, this is probably the model I would buy,” Linder said.

Gordon Mah Ung of PC World also went on to give the XPS 13 a near perfect review, comparing it to the MacBook Air.

“Well, I’m here to tell you that the MacBook Air just lost all its luster. Dell’s sexy new XPS 13 just rolled into town with a list of features that eerily sound like every MacBook Air rumor story you’ve read on for the last few months. Dell’s new ultralight is essentially the storied-but-not-yet-released MacBook Air unicorn that every Apple fan wants, but just can’t have.”

Dell’s new laptop is so well-built that it fits a 13.3-inch screen on the size of most 11.6-inch notebooks. One really has to see it in person to understand how much effort Dell put into the XPS 13. The screen looks bright and crisp, but only has 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution. These days, high-end machines have a quad HD 2560-x-1440 pixel resolution screen.

Even though Dell XPS 13 is winning all the praise now, Apple is expected to launch an updated MacBook Air, possibly on March 9. According to TechnoBuffalo, Apple will reveal a new MacBook Air that’s thinner and lighter than anything Apple has ever released. They say it may be even thinner than the iPhone 6, which is a little hard to believe. Most sources believe it will be 12-inches and have a retina display, similar to the one on the MacBook Pro units.

MacWorld U.K. reports that unlike the Dell XPS 13, the updated MacBook Air will have an integrated Touch ID for payments. There is still no price revealed for Apple’s latest MacBook Air, but one can expect it to be more expensive than the Dell XPS 13. In addition to the MacBook Air, Apple is expected to update their MacBook Pro line as early as April or May.

Dell may have a huge hit on their hands with the XPS 13, but they don’t have the same consumer base as Apple. No matter how good the reviews are for the Dell XPS 13, it will likely be outsold by the upcoming MacBook Air.

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