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Dell XPS 13 Plus review

The Dell XPS 13 Plus combines a stunning design with very impressive performance for a notebook of this size. The OLED display and comfortable keyboard are also great.

Laptops are developing. And at every stage, there is a turning point when the business moves on to the subsequent era. With the Dell XPS 13 Plus, we might be living through one of those moments. The laptop is unlike anything we’ve seen from the company in terms of design. Its ultra-sleek, Austere aesthetic is nearly spartan and is undoubtedly divisive. The decision as to whether it is a move in the right direction or a step too far will be made by consumers. If the answer is the former rather than the latter, the $1,900 system’s Intel Core i7-1280P processor delivers excellent performance.

It is the first laptop from Dell to use a 28W CPU, and it does not disappoint. To produce one of the best portable powerhouses on the market, the firm does what it does well: streamlines and optimizes. It is not without faults, though, since the battery life might be considerably better. The Dell XPS 13 Plus has a lot to prove, primarily due to its higher price tag, and is clean, minimalistic, and futuristic. So, how is using that keyboard for typing? Are the LED function keys and invisible touchpads a usability nightmare?

One of the very few Intel Evo laptops that haven’t made the switch to FHD is Dell, which opted to go with a 720p webcam. It always had the best-in-class display, and the fact that this particular model is 3.5K OLED just serves to elevate it even further. With the XPS 13 Plus, Dell has once again delivered a success.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Design

The Dell XPS 13 Plus’s stunning appearance is one of its most distinguishing features. When this device arrived at the TechRadar office, we could tell right away that Dell has improved the quality of its builds. On almost any other laptop, the graphite paint job would be monotonous, but it nevertheless manages to convey refinement and sophistication at first glance. Additionally, the chassis’ use of low-carbon aluminum, which lessens the carbon footprint, helps.

The OLED display in the model we tested produced outstanding images, particularly for games and movies. The resolution difference in the HDR mode, which can be toggled on and off, is astounding. The keyboard is built specifically for writers and has an edge-to-edge design after the lattice has been removed. Despite not being mechanical, the keys are large and provide good mechanical feedback.

Simply said, this is most likely the greatest writing laptop we’ve tried in a very long time. And none of this accurately conveys how aesthetically appealing it is. The trackpad and brand-new touch bar are two aspects of the Dell XPS 13 Plus that have received very mixed reviews.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Keyboard and Touchpad

The Dell XPS 13 Plus is one of my favorite features. The “zero-lattice keyboard,” which has no space between the keys and extends from edge to edge, first gave the impression that typing would be uncomfortable. However, as we started using the keyboard to write this review, we discovered that it was incredibly comfortable and had an unexpected amount of travel. We achieved 69 words per minute with 93% accuracy on the 10fastfingers typing test, which is within my typical range.

The smaller left and right arrow buttons that surround the smaller up and down arrow keys are not to my taste, and we wish the power button was labeled. Although it’s a little too easy to hit and right close to the Backspace key, at least it’s recessed more than the other keys. Yet another thing The backlighting on the keyboard is a little uneven, which is something we wouldn’t anticipate for a machine at this price.

The XPS 13 Plus’ glass touchpad is generally responsive without any lines to indicate where it starts and finishes. My only gripe with the touchpad is that if my left hand unintentionally brushed up against it while scrolling, we occasionally picked text by accident. It almost seems too delicate. But the clicking sensation is extremely convincingly produced using Piezo technology.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Display

More things remain unchanged as they change. I’m happy that the business preserved the four-sided Infinity Edge display with its exceptionally thin bezels even if the Dell XPS 13 Plus has this striking new design. Dell was able to cram a 13.4-inch, 3,456 x 2,160-pixel OLED touch display onto the extraordinarily thin chassis thanks to its hardly noticeable bezels. Beautiful brown skin of actors Viola Davis and Lashana Lynch glistened in the sunlight. Your attention was drawn to Davis by the white cowrie shells, which allowed me to see the rest of her dress with its deep blood red, cerulean, teal, and gold stripes.

The DCI-P3 color gamut was only 86.9% for the Plus. It falls just short of the 89.9% benchmark for premium laptops. That was more than enough to defeat the MacBook Air (74.9%) and the Surface Laptop 4 (76.7%). However, the Swift 5 (93.3%) and ZenBook 14X (96.4%) were also more vibrant. The Plus averaged 366 nits when we assessed brightness, which is brighter than the Surface Laptop 4’s 349 nits. However, the Swift 5 (457 nits), MacBook Pro (475 nits), and MacBook Air were all brighter than the 435-nit average (489 nits).

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Audio

Dell is quite sly. After searching the Dell XPS 13 Plus’s body for the speakers, we found that two of the quad-speaker system’s four speakers are hidden under the keyboard and that the other two are contained in the laptop’s base. The end effect is powerful, occasionally distorted audio that easily filled my moderately-sized living room. we listened to a variety of songs, including “Big Ole Freak” by Megan Thee Stallion, which featured very little to no low-end.

We found that Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait” had the best instrumental separation without being distorted, therefore we obtained the best results by listening to it. we used the Waves Maxx Pro program, which has over 10 EQ presets, to reduce some of the distortions for the best listening experience. After experimenting with every setting, we decided on Pop because it produced the most well-matched performance.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Graphics

Most AAA games, especially more recent ones, cannot be played on the Dell XPS 13 Plus’s integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. You can do something, though, if you use the correct games and settings. The laptop fell short of the average score of 9,020 with a 4,944 in the 3DMark Fire Strike test. The Swift 5 and Surface Laptop 4 scored 5,189 and 5,089 respectively thanks to its respective Iris Xe Graphics.

The Plus only managed 23 frames per second on the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI test, which is much less than the average of 52 frames per second. The MacBook Pro and Air achieved 51 and 40 frames per second with their 10-core M2 graphics, respectively. Swift 5 and ZenBook 14X each generated 36 and 26 frames per second.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Performance

This laptop’s name includes the prefix “Plus,” which is designed to denote enhanced performance. Dell is emphasizing the XPS 13 Plus as the more potent choice, employing a 28-watt chip instead of a 15-watt chip, to capitalize on how Intel has divided up its new line of chips (with unique U- and P-series chips). The most advanced model, the Intel Core i7-1280P, which has 14 cores (6 Performance cores and 8 Efficiency cores) and a maximum clock of 4.8GHz, was used in my review unit. This CPU is combined with 16GB of 6400MHz RAM in my review device.

Although the Dell XPS 13 Plus is quite powerful, it isn’t any more of a performance-driven laptop than the XPS 13 from the previous year. In actuality, a lower power CPU has been reduced to the impending XPS 13. There’s more to the tale here, but suffice it to say that the XPS 13 Plus’s performance isn’t noticeably superior to that of comparable laptops of the same size. The XPS 13 Plus tends toward a cooler, quieter experience in the default Optimized mode. Internal temps never reached uncomfortable levels, which has occasionally been a problem with other XPS computers.

The Dell XPS 13 Plus (and ordinary XPS 13) aren’t the most powerful devices to employ this CPU, as tested in almost every benchmark I put at them, since many laptops are shifting toward a larger, The good news is that multi-core workload performance improved significantly between 11th and 12th generation Intel chips, so even with moderate multitasking and light content creation, Not a machine you’d want to use to spend the entire day editing 4K video, but no laptop this large is truly suited for that.

Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Battery Life and Heat

The Dell XPS 13 Plus’s main drawback, at least for the OLED version, is its battery life. This laptop only lasted 7 hours, 34 minutes on the Tom’s Guide battery test, which entails continuous web browsing at 150 nits of screen brightness. It actually matches the 7-hour estimate Dell provides for its own Netflix streaming test for this unit, which is fairly bad. Fair enough, if you get a standard LCD panel, you should anticipate significantly greater longevity.

In fact, Dell rates the full HD+ edition of the XPS 13 Plus with a non-touch display for up to 13 hours of use. The XPS 13 Plus warms up, especially the bottom of the device. The bottom of the laptop hit 102.6 degrees during our own heat test, which entails watching a high-resolution YouTube video for 15 minutes. Anything that is 95 degrees or more is uncomfortable to us. However, with temperatures of 85 and 90 degrees, respectively, the touchpad and keyboard’s center remained comparatively cold.

Configuration Options

The Dell XPS 13 Plus 12th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD are included in the base configuration. A 1080p non-touch display is also included. Our test model, which costs $1,949 and is comparable in price to the $1,999 MacBook Pro 14-inch, has a Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Also included is an OLED touch screen, a $300 increase in and of itself. There are also additional XPS 13 Plus upgrade choices, such as a 4K display, 32GB of RAM, and 1 or 2TB of storage (non-touch).


One of the fastest ultraportable ever made is the Dell XPS 13 Plus, and Dell deserves praise for packing more punch into a smaller package than the MacBook Air M2 and MacBook Pro M2. If you’re ready to spend more, the new Dell also has an excellent OLED display and an ergonomic keyboard.

The XPS 13 Plus’s limited battery life (although a non-OLED model should offer better endurance) and its capacitive function row, which feels and looks a little cheap for a $1,200 laptop, are the reasons it didn’t receive a higher grade. The lack of ports and how heated the bottom can get may also deter some people.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith is the Phones Editor for Bollyinside, which means that he covers all topics linked to mobile devices. Jordan has been writing about phones for more than six years, and his interests in the subject have ranged from a preoccupation with Android to an obsession with the most recent iPhones, as well as a satirical take on the near-uselessness of gaming phones.


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The Dell XPS 13 Plus sets the bar for advanced notebook design, delivering a solid and enjoyable computing experience. It offers plenty of power, an excellent display, impressive sound, and a fantastic keyboard.Dell XPS 13 Plus review