If there’s one factor Dell is nice at, it’s not making sweeping improvements that change what we anticipate out of a laptop computer (not less than, not with its XPS line). It’s determining what must be fastened and methodically addressing points with out breaking the rest alongside the way in which. Two years in the past, it was the god-awful nosecam. Final 12 months, it was the small touchpad and the 16:9 display. These had been simple fixes and Dell corrected them. The result’s a laptop computer that’s not excellent — however it does most issues virtually completely. Configurations on Dell’s web site at present begin at $1,199 — the one I examined is listed for $1,749.
Essentially the most noticeable change you’ll see from final 12 months’s XPS is the show. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: the 16:9 display is (lastly!) no extra. Dell has shaved an enormous chunk off the underside bezel — it’s gone from 19.5mm to 4.6mm. (There’s additionally a dropped barrel hinge that hides a little bit of it under the keyboard deck).
Dell has downsized the highest and facet bezels as effectively, leading to a 16:10 show that’s 6.8 % bigger than that of its predecessor. The corporate claims a 91.5 % screen-to-body ratio. It’s loads of pixels — virtually 1,000,000 greater than final 12 months’s 1080p panel. And some additional millimeters makes an enormous distinction; I felt like I had extra space than I normally do on 16:9 panels, and normally didn’t must zoom out to comfortably work in two home windows facet by facet.
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