Why you should get the Dell XPS 13 over a Macbook Air

Why you should get the Dell XPS 13 over a Macbook Air

Sick and tired of the Macbook Air? Those Apple laptops pretty much appear everywhere these days; in offices, colleges, coffeeshops, and even appearing in your favourite movies and TV shows.

In fact, you are most certainly recommended to get one by your friends or colleagues when you're looking to buy a new laptop, when all you want is an ultra-slim Windows machine.

What if OS X isn't your cup of tea?

With the release of Windows 10 just around the corner, and continued advancement in hardware, there is no better time to get a Windows-based ultrabook than now.

And as it turns out, the latest laptops coming out of the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) offer far better value than Apple's Macbook Air laptops.

The one that really stood out was the Dell XPS 13, which won a ton of awards at the CES show floor earlier this month.

This laptop has a 13.3-inch display, but the entire machine is about the same size and weight of a typical 11-inch notebook.

This is made possible thanks to the nearly edge-to-edge display. That impossibly small 5.2mm bezel on the top and sides of the XPS 13 display helps trim the laptop size and weight down.

It's basically the smallest 13-inch ultrabook out there, and also the lightest in that category at just 2.6 pounds. Yet it's still able to fit a full-sized keyboard and a large glass button trackpad.

It's also a very sexy-looking laptop with a lot of carbon fibre finish to it.

Suddenly, the Macbook Air looks so outdated with its large bezels around its screens. Oh, those wasted spaces. Here we have a 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch body, which would make even the hardcore Apple users cringe.

Edge-to-edge displays are nothing new; we've seen it on smartphones and HDTVs, but after seeing the XPS 13, you wonder why they didn't make ultrabooks like this in the first place.

The XPS 13 also has a better quality display at Full HD 1080p resolution, compared to the Macbook Air's lower resolution 13-inch display which is still stuck at 1440x900.

It's no quad HD or retina display, but at this size, the XPS 13 display is still pleasing to the eye (There's also a 3200x1800 resolution touch screen option, but that's the more expensive model).

Want another reason to get the XPS 13 over the 13-inch Macbook Air? For about the same price, you're getting a better CPU and double the system memory under the hood.

While the 13-inch Macbook Air is still holding on to a Haswell-based Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.4GHz and 4GB of RAM, the XPS 13 uses the new Broadwell-based Intel Core i5 clocked at 2.1GHz with slightly better graphics capabilities and a generous 8GB of RAM.

The battery is also impressive at up to 15 hours as claimed by Dell, which beats the Macbook Air's marathon 12-hour offering.

A lot of ultrabooks lose the battle with the Air in the battery department, but here the XPS 13 nails it.

If you're planning on getting a new laptop this year and want a machine that rivals the Macbook Air, consider the Dell XPS 13.

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