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Kristin Booker • March 25, 2015

Tech Style: Meet My New Love, The Dell XPS 13

Before I get started, I should say for the record that I am not a technology expert. I wouldn’t consider myself a novice, but those of you who are tech experts should know I tip my hat to you.

What I am is a technology power user. I have four freelance clients and a blog. I do not have anything close to a “regular schedule,” and I find myself having to make it work in various coffee shops, airports, train stations, parks, juice bars, hotels, and friend’s homes across the country. My entire desk has to travel with me at a moment’s notice, and whatever device I’m working on needs to be able to handle anything from photo editing to interview transcription to writing to posts. I watch movies and television when I need a break, and I’m known to download yoga classes so I don’t have to necessarily sweat it out at the gym when I travel. Said device needs to be light, compact, and it needs to be — dare I say it? — stylish.

Like I said, I’m a power user. Whatever it is needs to meet a ton of demands. Which is why I’m extremely happy with the new device that was just sent my way to “wear test,” the Dell XPS 13. Full disclosure: yes, it was free.

This sleek little device, known as the “smallest 13” laptop on the planet,” is probably the most powerful little tool I’ve ever used, and I play with a lot of toys from the big boys, trust me. The industry is showering the device with awards and praise, calling it a “category killer” for a reason, packing a 13.3” infinity display into a device 20% smaller than the Macbook Air with full touchscreen capability, a 5th generation Intel processor, Rapid Start Technology, solid state drives, and a Corning Gorilla Glass display. In other words, it’s sleek, chic, powerful, and more than up to the task.

As a Microsoft Office Champion, I’m pretty picky about performance of the core tools I use to run my business, and this device runs things FLAWLESSLY. Everything I use to operate is available at my fingertips without hesitation. The device boots from cold within mere seconds and runs with incredible speed, which is important since sometimes I’m filing stories with just enough time to slam a cup of coffee before I have to run to the next appointment. I didn’t get it in my hands in time for Fashion Week, but I’m excited to take it with me next time. This is just the thing I need to file stories from backstage.

Also, let’s talk about the design for a second. It’s GORGEOUS. The keyboard feels like velvet and it’s incredibly soft and supportive. Those keys are like a hug for your hands. I love, LOVE typing on this device, which is a crazy admission since I’m rarely typing leisurely; I’m pretty hard on a keyboard, particularly when I’m on deadline. But it handles my ever more frantic keystrokes by delivering a massage. It’s also black, which wins many style points in my book.

Finally, it’s the lightest device I’ve ever had the joy of using, weighing in at just 2.6 lbs. AND it has 15 hours of battery life on just one charge. Essentially, this means I can leave my house and unless I’m editing huge amounts of photos or video, I don’t need to bring my charger. It’s a dream. I love it so.

However, fear not from a charging perspective: Dell has created a 12,000mAh portable charger that can charge this or any other Dell laptop in addition to two other USB devices. This means I no longer have to crawl under furniture in public looking to charge my phone (which, for the record, is not a good look.) I just bring the portable charger with me, plug everything into it, and forget about things. This has made life so much easier; I can’t even begin to describe how much.

But, I’m not just talking about it because I want you to hear about it. Because I love it so much, I’m going to give one away to one of you lovely readers. Just write me a comment below on why you’d like a new super-sleek-and-sexy laptop, and I’ll pick one winner at random this coming Monday, March 30th.

Because one of you dudes is getting a Dell. Pretty sweet, right? 😉




16 Responses to Tech Style: Meet My New Love, The Dell XPS 13

  1. Megan Dailey says:

    OMG. My children have ruined my laptop!

    Their games and random clicking of pop-ups has rendered my personal laptop useless for the things I need it to do.

    Please randomizer dieties, I want this sooooo bad!!

  2. Tracy Tademy says:

    Wow… I am happy you decided to talk about this, for whatever reason! I’m also a Microsoft Office Champion… I use iTunes heavily, Netflix and Amazon Prime occasionally, as well as various photo sharing/editing software, and I plug in to a few social media sites from time to time. I’m a lifelong PC user… but recently, I’ve been contemplating switching over to a MAC book so that I can better handle all of the various things that I like to do. But by the sounds of your review, this DELL XPS 13 just might be able to handle my needs.. and do it well. It would be super-sweet to win your give away… but if not, your review has definitely piqued my interest! I’ll definitely look further into the DELL XPS 13. Thanks!

  3. Amy Morris says:

    I’ve been wanting to buy my mom a laptop, but just don’t have the money to get one that’s not a cheap piece of crap. She’s homebound for the most part, and having internet access is important for her to keep up with the outside world. Fingers crossed that the spirits of all things random choose me — this is a really nice laptop. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  4. Colleen says:

    this poor student needs a new laptop desperately! you’ve piqued my interest.

  5. Nicole Basley says:

    I would be ecstatic to win the Dell XPS13 because I have finally found my dream job and we have the option to work from home sometimes but I don’t since I don’t have a laptop. All of my extra money goes towards to my daughter who is in college. It would be amazing to win this and my fingers are crossed!

  6. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I’d LOOVE a new laptop! My current one keeps overheating.

  7. Lorraine Taylor says:

    Lawd!!!! This sounds awesome!!!! How I’ve always imagined keeping organized and powered up between mommy duties, me time, and work. This would make things a ton easier!

  8. Amber says:

    As a daily PC power-user, I seriously just drooled all over my keyboard reading this. My last Dell lasted 7 years. I think it’s time to go back!

  9. Courtenay T Wardell says:

    Would love love love! Need to retake my laptop back from my teenage son and give him one that can take him to the next level and handle all that HS homework, the video games, Netflix streaming, YouTube – you get the picture!

  10. Tovi says:

    I am a power user who needs to do design, surf the Web, write, and keep up with a zillion lists and calendar items. And I really really need a valiant new lightweight machine to help me along the way.

  11. Laura B Ginsberg says:

    You had me at: “The keyboard feels like velvet.” I want this laptop for that reason. Who doesn’t need a little bit of velvet every day?

  12. Amy says:

    I’m a working mom of 4 kids and I want something just for ME!

  13. April Robertson says:

    I would love to win this laptop to use for my classroom, grading papers, sharing with my daughter for homework. How much easier our lives would get!!!

  14. Lauren says:

    Lifelong Mac user here but this beauty is making me wanna switch teams. Sleek and sexy – just the way I like em…

  15. Angela says:

    Because my Macbook has been doing the rainbow wheel for months now, and I would love to try out this Dell.

  16. Art Cannon says:

    If I win this, I’ll listen to every Monday Morning Motivation Mix ever! 😀

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