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Dell’s XPS 13 squeezes more screen, more power and even Windows Hello face recognition right into a tiny frame, but trips up over software issues.

The XPS 13 is Dell’s top-of-the-line compact notebook and starts at £1,349. Various models with different processors, storage and screen resolutions can be found.

The XPS line is where Dell showcases its design chops. This is a premium Windows 10 rival to Apple’s MacBook Pro and recently Microsoft’s Surface Laptop line.

Dell’s standout feature has been squeezing the largest screen possible into as small a frame as possible by shrinking everything in the lid portion of the notebook that isn’t screen – similar to the modern all-screen smartphone design. The 2020 XPS 13 gets the biggest display yet, at 13.4in with a 16:10 ratio, and tiny bezels completely around the edges

That means you get yourself a relatively large display within the body of what would traditionally have already been a notebook computer with just an 11in screen. And just what a screen it really is. The version tested had the 4K touchscreen option, which is crisper than practically other things, super bright, colour accurate and all-round gorgeous. It supports HDR video, including Dolby Vision. Models can be found with either touch or non-touch FHD+ screens too.

Your body of the notebook computer is manufactured out of aluminium, with your selection of black carbon fibre or white glass fibre on the laptop’s deck. It feels solid, sleek and unique. The wedge-shaped notebook computer weighs just 1.27kg and is merely 14.8mm thick, with a smaller footprint than almost all of its competition.

The brand new, slightly larger keyboard is excellent. Well spaced, stable, fairly quiet, with 1mm of key travel and good feedback when pressed. The large precision trackpad is responsive, with a tactile but muted click that hopefully shouldn’t annoy those around you.

Windows Hello
The XPS 13 ships with not just one but two biometric systems for securely logging you into Windows with out a password.

The new design includes a Windows Hello infrared face recognition camera squeezed in to the bezel near the top of the screen and a fingerprint scanner included in the power button. Which means you can either sign in with a press of the energy button or just by looking at the screen when you open the lid. Both are fast, accurate and work brilliantly.

Verdict
The Dell XPS 13 is an excellent notebook held back by a few failures, almost all of which are issues traditionally connected with Dell and others.

The look, build, look and physical function of the notebook computer is top-class. The 4K screen is merely gorgeous, with tiny bezels throughout. At 13.4in on the diagonal with a 16:10 ratio, it includes a surprisingly massive amount real estate so you can get work done, while videos obviously look stunning. It truly is an extremely large screen for such a tiny laptop.

The keyboard and trackpad are excellent, therefore is having Windows Hello in both an IR face recognition camera and a fingerprint sensor.

There’s a good amount of power on tap for doing all you could want from a 13in notebook computer beyond gaming. Two Thunderbolt ports, a headphones socket and a microSD card slot are incredibly welcome. It might do with yet another USB-C or USB-A port, however, not many machines have significantly more than two USB-C ports nowadays. Battery life may be better, but if you need it to go longer then choose the one without the 4K screen.

The big issues will be the fights I’ve needed with the add-on Killer Networking utilities, which required disabling to achieve the notebook to sleep properly, and the bug in the BIOS update that crippled some of my USB-C to HDMI adaptors. They are things which should not happen in reduced laptop computer costing {anywhe

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