And you do get pretty much all the needed ports on the sides, including an SD card-reader, something the previous XPS 13 lacked.
There is one downside though, if you can call it so.
The metallic edges are chamfered, but even so, the front lip still feels a bit sharp and since there’s no knob to grab when lifting the screen, some might not really appreciate it.
In fact, I can add that lifting the screen on this XPS takes some effort and you’ll actually need two hands to do it (some other laptops, like the MBA or the Asus Zenbooks, allow the screen to be lifted with a single hand and the lower-body remains in place while you do it; that’s not the case here).
Aside from the Microsoft Store that offers Signature Edition models, like the one we have here, most other versions will include some preinstalled software on them.
At the same time, Dell’s website does offer more models and there are coupon codes you could use, so there’s a fair chance you will get this cheaper from them or other third party stores like Amazon or Best Buy.
BTW, the device sits firmly on the desk with this kind of feet and I doubt they would peel-of in time, like it happens with other designs.
The belly is fairly simple, with the feet, some cooling grills and that standard XPS cover that hides the laptop’s Service Tag and other details and keeps the design clean.
Well, the previous XPS 13 was more compact than the pack.
THE GOODnice industrial design, splendid build quality, matte IPS display, good keyboard and trackpad, fast hardware, no bloatware on this version, mostly noiseless, punchy speakers, good battery life, affordable starting prices I have to admit, the XPS 13 2015 9343 is one of the few ultraportables that caught my attention at CES.
And since it was one of the first Broadwell U laptops available to buy, I took the plunge and got one early, in January 2015.
They created a compact and light laptop with a 13 inch display, fast hardware, good keyboard/trackpad and long battery life, and on top of all these, a laptop with very little flaws.
On the other hand, the proper priced options lack a touchscreen, so if you're not a big fan of matte panels, you're going to have to pay a lot for a model configured to your needs.