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    Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Looks stunning. I have the 2012 version of the XPS 13 and it's great, on the whole. The only complaint I have is that the trackpad is a thing of nightmares.

    I'd be really keen to know if these issues have been resolved in these new refreshes.

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    $800 in the US and £1099 in the UK? Even accounting for VAT etc. any UK buyers should make sure the seller uses a condom.

    EDIT - possibly a typo somewhere (no pun intended) for the UK price? US prices from elsewhere are in agreement: 'Prices start at $799 for a Core i3-5010U with 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and the 1920×1080 non-touch screen, up to $1899 for a Core i7-5500U with 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and the 3200×1800 touch screen.'
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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Quote Originally Posted by HEXUS View Post
    Considering a mobile-computing upgrade? Then do yourself a favour: forego those low-cost tablets and save up for a proper laptop PC, as the latest 2015 models seem particularly special.
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    .... with pricing on our shores set to start at £1,099.
    Is it just me, or do others see the logical fallacy there?

    Forgive me for being dense, but if a "low cost tablet" will do the job, why on earth would £1100 on a laptop be if interest? Forget the small works van too, and buy an Aston Martin, too, maybe?

    On the other hand, if I need a decent £1000+ laptop, these may very well be a tempting thing to wait for, but only an idiot would think a low-cost tablet would do.

    They're different tools, for different jobs, with different prospective buyers.

    Personally, I am looking for a new laptop, but it doesn't need to a flashy, or a fashion statement, or ultra-thin. It just needs to be a useful work tool, that'll do the job, for a sensible price which, by the way, will be more like £300-£500, not £1100 for either a powerful machine, or a fashion icon.

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    I think you're generalising there. I didn't need the specs of my mac, nor did I buy it for the fashion statement. I wanted something that will last me years, without the performance degrading a lot. Mechanical hard drives can't offer this, nor can cheap plastic. Sure, metal bends and scratches, but plastic undergoes plastic deformation, not elastic (ie, it's brittle and snaps).

    The mac doesn't offer any more power than cheaper laptops, but the user experience as a whole, is better, for me personally.

    However, I do agree with your point, the original post does argue against itself somewhat...
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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Will have to wait and see on UK pricing but currently my next is looking to be between ThinkPad X1 Carbon, new Dell XPS13 and those new ultra light Lenovo's.

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    id buy one of these and slap on ubuntu . job done!

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    I've been debating one of the new XPS 15 vs MBP for a new 4k laptop....my problem is all the XPS's I've used in the past have fallen to bits far to easily
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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Cheaper to replace parts though - good luck taking apart a rMBP! Battery has super adhesive holding it in, tiny screws etc
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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Nice looking box - shame it's way out of my price range.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrRockliffe View Post
    Sure, metal bends and scratches, but plastic undergoes plastic deformation, not elastic (ie, it's brittle and snaps).The mac doesn't offer any more power than cheaper laptops, but the user experience as a whole, is better, for me personally.
    Firstly isn't your MBP "user experience" also down to software, rather than how well the unit's glued together?

    Secondly, isn't "plastic deformation" where a material is stretched beyond the point at which it'll return to it's original shape and the deformation is permanent. What the engineers around me used to call "yield"?

    Problem isn't with plastic as a material, it's in inappropriate use of cheaper/thinner materials. I've used some Acer and old HP laptops that have been shockingly fragile. On the other hand my old Dell lappy gets stuff dropped on it and keeps on going...
    Quote Originally Posted by Denis_iii View Post
    Will have to wait and see on UK pricing but currently my next is looking to be between ThinkPad X1 Carbon, new Dell XPS13 and those new ultra light Lenovo's.
    Whoa, nothing from HP on that wish list?

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Pricing surely can't be right. £1100 = $1660. So the UK is paying more than double for the base model than in the US? I highly doubt it.

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    I've been debating one of the new XPS 15 vs MBP for a new 4k laptop....my problem is all the XPS's I've used in the past have fallen to bits far to easily
    my xps is built like a tank but i had to replace the hdd twice as for some bad luck reason every year and half it breaks my hdd.

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    my xps is built like a tank but i had to replace the hdd twice as for some bad luck reason every year and half it breaks my hdd.
    Sounds like a good excuse for an SSD to me

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    the last hdd that broke was a ssd!

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    Re: Dell's new XPS 13 proves Windows laptops are back in vogue

    Woh, SSDs failing for me has always been write performance slowdown. Or that time I messed with the controller security and bricked it.

    How did they fail?
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Woh, SSDs failing for me has always been write performance slowdown. Or that time I messed with the controller security and bricked it.

    How did they fail?
    Basically two hdd failed on my dell. First one was a mechanical one that came with it and the 2nd one was a oz ssd. The 3rd one inside still OK but now I use the Dell as a YouTube/browsing laptop while I have bfest lol

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