Getting started with the Dell XPS 13 Plus: The PC that revolutionizes the XPS series

3

Dell had filed a Unreleased XPS 13 Plus at CES in Las Vegas 2022, PC whose design has been completely redesigned. We were able to get our hands on it before it was released, enough to get a little overview of the machine.

At CES in Las Vegas in January 2022, Dell showed off a new kind of laptop in the XPS series. This XPS 13 Plus breaks the XPS codes that we are used to and the entire aesthetics of the chassis have been redesigned. The result is decidedly modern, even almost futuristic, but downright successful. The screen’s anodized aluminum, ultra-thin bezels, and 16:10 aspect ratio also contribute to the “premium” look so beloved of the XPS series.

New design for the XPS 13.

A hidden trackpad

At first glance, if you find something wrong, it is normal. The PC does not have a trackpad! It’s actually hidden under a glass plate embedded in the palm rest. If some were skeptical, in particular due to the absence of a real click, the haptic feedback proves to be perfectly effective and we finally found the area covered by the “trackpad” very natural.

The touchpad is really invisible.

The touchpad is really invisible.

The keyboard with flat keys, which do not protrude even a millimeter from the chassis, could also be scary in terms of efficiency and typing quality. In fact, the keys are very responsive and pleasant, but with the space between the keys reduced to a minimum, we can expect regular typing errors by overflowing on the next key. These have been expanded compared to the previous XPS 13; this may make up for the problem, but we will verify this during our test over several days of use.

The keys do not protrude from the chassis.

The keys do not protrude from the chassis.

The function and multimedia keys above the keyboard are now tactile, nothing embarrassing a priori for these shortcuts that we only use from time to time. The up and down arrow keys are, on the other hand, really small, which could bother some users of office suites or developers, for example.

The function and multimedia keys are now tactile.

The function and multimedia keys are now tactile.

a limited connection

On the component side, the PC had an Intel Core i7-1280P here, but a Core i5 configuration will be available, as well as 8 to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB of SSD. Unfortunately, there is a connection limited to 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and nothing else. Fortunately, there will be a USB-C / mini-jack adapter in the box. For the rest (USB-A, HDMI, etc.), you’ll probably have to find a hub yourself.

The connection is very limited...

The connection is very limited…

In terms of displays, Dell rarely disappoints, but of course we’ll have to wait for our full test to find out more about these different aspects and, in particular, the performance offered by the 12th generation Intel processors. We still don’t know the release date or price of the Dell XPS 13 Plus, but the PC shouldn’t take long to hit the market.

Leave a Comment