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? 😉