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Dell XPS 13 (2019) hands-on review

Dell's stellar laptop is back once again and looks set to be better than ever

When it comes to the world of Windows laptops, Dell’s XPS 13 has consistently delivered.

With its lightweight, compact design and sharp InfinityEdge screen, the XPS 13 is easily one of the best Windows laptops around, and with each updated version, it keeps getting better and better.

Last year, Dell released another updated version of its flagship laptop. It was a nice polished refresh of the one we saw in 2017, and we loved it.

With every refined version, Dell continues to bring something new to the XPS table, so what’s new about this one?

Let’s take a look see.

Design and build: Compact cutie

Right off the bat, the updated laptop looks slimmer and more compact in size than its predecessor.

It’s the lightest one yet, making it an even better option where portability’s concerned. While it doesn’t appear to be quite be as slim as the Macbook Air, it’s not so far off.

It doesn’t feel flimsy when you pick it up, with a sturdy, light build that’ll easily slip into your bag as you commute to work.

Available in 3 colours including Black and Silver, a new Frost White colour and White with a Rose Gold finish, it looks even sleeker than the 2018 version, with a bit of a polish and some inches shaved off.

The thin bezel returns and really makes the InfinityEdge Dolby Vision screen pop.

Just like the 2018 version, the new XPS 13 has a power button to the right of the keyboard which also acts as a fingerprint scanner to give you touch access for some easy login action and an added element of security.

It also once again has a feature on the side of the laptop that indicates how full or low the battery is using a row of lights that come on with the press of a button.

It’s good to see this stay, as it’s a handy way of checking without having to open the laptop when you’re out and about.

Screen: To infinity, and beyond!

Screen: To infinity, and beyond!

Its InfinityEdge screen makes a comeback. With a 13.3inch screen, that really stands out in its small, compact frame, you’d be hard pressed to find a more portable laptop with a screen of this size.

The bezel might not appear to be a quite as slim as the 2018 version, but it’s all the more impressive when you consider that Dell have managed to jam a little webcam in-between it.