Disclosure: The featured product was provided free of charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
As the mom of a tech-obsessed toddler, electronics get put through the ringer in our house. So my Dell XPS 13 Review focuses on a pretty unique side — how family-friendly it is.
My three-year-old son has grown up with technology surrounding him. My iPad quickly became his (at least in his opinion). He likes to sit at our desktop and pretend that he’s “working.” And anytime I get my laptop out, you can guarantee he’ll be in my lap soon asking to play games.
It quickly became apparent to me, though, that he doesn’t quite understand the limitations of laptops. He’s so used to touch-screen tablets and phones, that the idea of a mouse and keyboard are foreign to him.
So when I received the Dell XPS 13 for review, it immediately became clear that he was in love. And it’s easy to see why. The best performing notebook of its size, the Dell XPS 13 brings together the most elegant designs and premium experience to enhance your work and personal life.
It handles everything from editing and creating documents, email, watching movies, to editing photos and videos. It’s awesome.
1. It’s light.
Weighing in at under 3 pounds, the Dell XPS 13 is the ultimate laptop for mobility. It’s sleek design and light weight makes it easy for little hands to hold (and use). And as a mom, I love that I can throw it in my bag while we’re on the go. We’ve taken it to the library, the park, museums, and, of course, when we travel!
2. It’s fast.
The Dell XPS boots from cold in seconds, thanks to Intel® Rapid Start Technology — a necessity when dealing with an impatient kid. It also boasts a 5th generation Intel® processor up to Core™ i7 and Intel HD 5500 Graphics in its slim frame (9-15mm). The solid state drive is also a must for technology to withstand the force of a toddler.
Have you ever noticed that computer games designed for kids seem to suck all the power a computer has? And don’t even get me started on the buffering. But that’s a thing of the past with the Dell XPS 13.
3. It’s durable.
The Dell XPS 13 is made of machined aluminum — the top cover and base are precision cut from a single block of aluminum. The carbon fiber palm rest is strong like aluminum, and thin, but feels cooler to the touch. Finally, the edge-to edge Corning® Gorilla Glass NBT™ on the QHD + display is bonded to the aluminum display back and is impeccably strong.
Shhh! Don’t tell Dell, but my kiddo actually dropped our XPS 13 (gasp, I know) and it withstood the fall without a scratch.
4. The battery lasts.
The last thing that you want is for your tech to die when your toddler is in the middle of a game. But with industry-leading battery life — over 15 hrs on FHD and over 11 hrs on QHD+ — we haven’t had that happen yet. And, you can get up to 7 additional hours with the Dell Power Companion. Score!
5. The touchscreen rocks!
The Dell XPS 13 is the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, fitting a stunning 13.3-inch display in an 11-inch size laptop. The world’s first laptop with an infinity display, the Quad HD+ display has 5.7 million pixels! We love watching movies and streaming video on ours.
And you can even get a touchscreen upgrade! That *has* to be my little guy’s favorite feature — the touchscreen! He can play games right on the screen, just like a tablet, but the Dell XPS 13 gives Mom and Dad the feel of an actual laptop. I *hate* working on a tablet, so this is really a computer the whole family can love!