Tried & Tested

Laptop: Dell Studio XPS 13

28 Aug 2009 by Mark Caswell

Dell Studio XPS 13

The
XPS 13 is Dell’s answer to the growing popularity of Apple laptops in
the corporate market. It’s an attempt to move away from the bland PC of
old, and Dell’s approach seems to have been to make it as shiny as
possible.

Its glossy black exterior makes it a fingerprint
magnet, but get past this and you’ll find it a surprisingly good
all-rounder. It’s got everything you could ask of an everyday machine,
although spreadsheet addicts might balk at the slightly smaller than
average, although good quality, 13.3-inch display.

The small
screen means the XPS 13, weighing 2.2kg, is more portable than some of
the other machines here. It has a built-in DVD drive, so it’s certainly
worth a look if you’re going to be travelling a lot and need your film
fix.

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor manages to pack in enough
power for almost all day-to-day tasks. The design might grate a little,
but overall this is a great everyday machine and good value for money.

PROS Good value for money

CONS Uninspiring design

From £749

dell.com/uk

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