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Dell Launches the XPS 13 13.3-inch Ultrabook

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Dell today unveiled its ultraportable XPS 13 laptop, the most compact 13.3-inch Ultrabook featuring an edge-to-edge glass, near "frameless" display, all-day battery life, and the latest innovative technology for a superb overall user experience.

Starting at 2.99 lbs., and less than a quarter-inch at its thinnest point, the XPS 13 combines performance-oriented thoughtful design with the latest Intel technology, such as Rapid Start and Smart Connect, to enable users to be productive, connected and responsive anywhere.

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I know all these manufactures are just spitting these ultrabooks out like hotcakes from some reference design, but don't you think ONE of them would actually design a mainboard and throw in a mid range videocard? That's all we want. I am not asking for a Blade or anything
 
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1366x768?hd3000? really? in 2012? bah.
 
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how does this even have the XPS branding for such a meh specced laptop. :/
 
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1366*768 is not high definition. If people stop buying such trash maybe the OEM's will get the memo about the shitty low resolution screens.
 
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Why u no understand this :banghead:
Now seriously... The purpose of the ultrabook was that many manufacturers make many models on the same barebone which was defined by Intel. That's why all of them have these CPU choices and none of them has dedicated graphics chip. If it has it is not a an ultrabook anymore.. it is just an ultrathin multimedia laptop then. The ultrabooks are designed to offer multimedia performance in a small size, they have nothing to do with anything more than that, and for its purpose the HD3000 is enough so is the screen too. You will have a HD or HD+ 13 inch screen on such a computer you will only be able to use it at HD movies to span on the whole screen because for daily use the 1366*768 res is much more confortable.. of course cheaper to produce. This is basically intended to be the netbook done right.. a bit bigger..packs more punch.. but should be used the same way as a netbook or a htpc at most.
 
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Why u no understand this :banghead:
... but should be used the same way as a netbook or a htpc at most.
Perhaps it's because my HTPC packs a couple HD6990's in Crossfire! :D
 
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The reason it has 720p is because of text size. If you put full 1080p on it, you will need a magnifier to read text. Even 900p will be pushing.

I currently have Clevo 151 which is a 15 inch laptop with 1080p. The text are pretty small, barely big enough for me to read comfortably.
 
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The reason it has 720p is because of text size. If you put full 1080p on it, you will need a magnifier to read text. Even 900p will be pushing.

I currently have Clevo 151 which is a 15 inch laptop with 1080p. The text are pretty small, barely big enough for me to read comfortably.
Any modern operating system can scale the UI if needed without any issues. That argument isn't valid, I'm afraid.
 
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Any modern operating system can scale the UI if needed without any issues. That argument isn't valid, I'm afraid.
Nope, UI can scale down with issues. I've tried it, it has issues. Thus, I am stuck with 1080p on 15inch screen. I'd have preferred 900p on 15inch and 1080p on 17inch. 720p on 14in and smaller.
 

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I dont understand DELL...

This XPS design is just superb for portability-needing Audiovisual technicians...
And at Jan 2012 -via Ivy Bridge- we are at a few months of Thunderbolt included in Win Laptops, that means firewire, Madi, and etc, etc meaning a plaetora of PRO connections that translates in very low latency connections and wide versatility.
(Magma has just released a Thunderbolt to PCIe external portable box).

Additionally Ivy will also mean, from 2-3hrs to 4-6hrs of real battery capacity augment PLUS lowering the laptop temperature for the same processor performance...

Therefore many potential users are waiting to see Ultrabooks with capacities like said here and DELL's XPS and Vostro lines are expected to bring those to the table... let's say at may 2012.

I just don't understand this release, even if Intel makes this XPS Ivy Bridge upgradeable (which so far has negated it for cougar point mobile chipsets) and carries ExpressCards (to replace thunderbolt versatility at low latencies), Ultrabooks like this one still would lack native USB3, while functioning at high temperatures and with comparable lower battery capacity...
In sum, this line will be obsolete for mid 2012!!!
 
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Why u no understand this :banghead:
Now seriously... The purpose of the ultrabook was that many manufacturers make many models on the same barebone which was defined by Intel. That's why all of them have these CPU choices and none of them has dedicated graphics chip. If it has it is not a an ultrabook anymore.. it is just an ultrathin multimedia laptop then. The ultrabooks are designed to offer multimedia performance in a small size, they have nothing to do with anything more than that, and for its purpose the HD3000 is enough so is the screen too. You will have a HD or HD+ 13 inch screen on such a computer you will only be able to use it at HD movies to span on the whole screen because for daily use the 1366*768 res is much more confortable.. of course cheaper to produce. This is basically intended to be the netbook done right.. a bit bigger..packs more punch.. but should be used the same way as a netbook or a htpc at most.

Well buddy the fact is we do understand, and frankly so does APPLE[MBA-1440X900]

SO WHY THE HELL CANT DELL DO IT? they want our money, so make a damn laptop that has a decent resolution for crying out loud, its the MAIN INTERFACE =THE SCREEN!!!
They could do it, and folks would pay more for it, its a marketing ploy to allow upgrade envy when they do finally do it on preceding models i feel.:mad:
 
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I think people miss the point here - The screen res at that size screen is more than adequate, I have a 14in lappy with that res and it looks at good as my 24in at 1920. They are not designed to be gaming or mulitmedia powerhouses. They are designed to be ultrathin, ultraportable laptops for everyday use and the i5 / hd3000 combo does this perfectly. If they were to have dedicated gfx cards they would need more cooling, more airflow, more heatsinks and hence more weight taking them out of the ultrabook category and into the general notebook category. Simple!
 
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It is fine if you don't want a higher resolution display DrunkenMafia but I do, I have been pissed for years that we are still on 1920x1080 when we should be to denser display types by now.

960×640 in 3.5in. I want that kind of dpi/ppi on my notebook.