In partnership with Dell, we entrusted three testers with the task of evaluating the XPS 13 computer. Our first test is called Guillaume. He is Director of Information Systems and Digital Transformation at Accessite (Nexity Group) and lives in Marseille. Stephanie, our second tester, is the director of SLG Distribution, a retail and wholesale distribution company for health care products. She lives in Carpentera. Finally, Lucas is the head of an international public affairs and public policy consulting firm at Sciences Po and lives in Strasbourg. Now that the introductions are done, let’s see what they think of this laptop.
Anywhere and anywhere
According to our testers, the XPS 13 is compact and light enough to take anywhere. “Just unpacked, we are tempted by its weight, aluminum frame and edge-to-edge screen. We immediately understand that this compact format will allow us to take it everywhere”Clouds rejoice. For Stephanie, this aspect was essential insofar as her professional responsibilities require extensive travel: “The computer is compact and thin yet very powerful. Its small size allows it to be carried everywhere in a handbag, which is very practical when you travel a lot like me, from one appointment to the next. Its light weight is an asset too!” Lucas confirms: “The Dell XPS 13 is very light, which is a real plus when it comes to portability.”
Taking your computer everywhere is one thing. However, the battery should be strong enough to allow it to be used fully for a day away from any power outlet! Again, the tests are conclusive. “No compromises were made on the battery taking a day of work without a problem, and then some. Perfect when you spend a lot of time like me on the TGV”William explains. Same note for Stéphanie who performed rigorous tests outside of purely office tasks. “In terms of autonomy, for word processing and reading email, nothing to complain about. Lasts 12 hours without a problem, equivalent to a day’s work in the field. To really test the battery life, I watched videos streaming over wifi and it lasted 5 hours, which is really a performance Good compared to other devices I’ve used.” For his part, Lucas appreciates the fact that he can recharge a computer with a USB Type-C socket: “It’s really easy to recharge everywhere.” Also a good point for the battery level indicator on the side that “It is also very valuable, it allows you to know if a recharge is necessary, without having to start the computer”.
screen at the top
The XPS 13 features an edge-to-edge 4K Ultra HD+ touchscreen that occupies almost the entire surface of the chassis; Increased space outperformed our testers. Lucas discovered that a more extended cinematic form factor isn’t always practical for work, but that it’s the common thing for all ultra-portable devices this size. We also asked them to rate the screen’s performance under all conditions. Verdict on Guillaume: “You can work in the dark and especially in the bright sun – perfect when you live in Marseille!” For Stephanie, too, the popular test for use outdoors and in the sun is crucial. “The brightness of the screen is very nice, it is not glossy and bright enough even in bright light conditions. For me, who often works outdoors, it is very interesting. Image selection is also very good. “ On the other hand, our testers are split on the haptic side. “The touch is delicate, but with a little practice, all is well.”Stephanie explains. William adds: “The touchscreen is like that, but Dell didn’t choose to focus on that aspect. So, it’s impossible to use the computer in tablet mode, but it’s not useful either.”
Responsive and practical
Guillaume appreciates the connectivity the XPS 13 is equipped with, though it achieves In the current simplistic manner. The presence on either side of the microSD card reader, the audio jack and the three USB-C ports capable of extending the screen to an external display are welcome. Stephanie estimates speed at startup: XPS 13 boots up quickly and automatically connects to the already designated network. If the wifi drops, it quickly reconnects on its own.”
For Stephanie and Lucas, the new version of Windows 11 brings improvements. “The interface of Windows is smooth and clear. The eleventh iteration gains a lot from an aesthetic point of view compared to the previous version and also seems to have gained speed in execution”Lucas says. Stephanie appreciates fluidity during use and explains: A PC pretty well assumes you have several programs open at the same time. Office suite with pivot tables at the same time as ERP and mailboxes doesn’t slow down! I’m working with an online ERP system which can result in a slightly slow response time and I’ve seen a noticeable improvement with the XPS 13.”
For William, “The Dell XPS 13 is engineered for versatility for efficient use anywhere and in any situation”. The same opinion of Stephanie who “Not many flaws can be found with this beautiful machine. Only downside was that I had to buy a USB Type C adapter to be able to transfer my files and connect the printer, as it didn’t come with my PC.” Finally, Lucas also feels good in general and points in particular to the portability of the computer: “The Dell XPS 13 is lightweight, which is a real advantage in terms of portability.“