Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 Developer Edition—side-by-side review

On the left, we have the XPS 13 Developer Edition running Ubuntu 18.04. On the right, a regular XPS 13 running Windows 10 Pro.

Enlarge / On the left, we have the XPS 13 Developer Edition running Ubuntu 18.04. On the right, a regular XPS 13 running Windows 10 Pro. (credit: Jim Salter)

We spent this weekend going hands-on with a pair of 2020 model Dell XPS 13 laptops—one standard edition running Windows 10 Pro, and one Developer Edition running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The XPS 13 is among Dell’s most popular models, and for good reason—it’s a sleek, solid-feeling laptop which usually has top-of-the-line hardware and good battery life.

Unfortunately, both of the XPS 13 models we tested had driver issues—particularly the Windows laptop, which has a Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi card.

Hardware

Specs at a glance: Dell XPS 13 2020 model, as reviewed
XPS 13 XPS 13 Developer Edition
OS Windows 10 Home Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Screen 13.4-inch FHD+ (1920×1200) touchscreen 13.4-inch UHD+ (3840×2400) touchscreen
CPU Intel Core i7-1065G7
GPU Intel Iris+
RAM 16GiB 32GiB
HDD Intel 512GB NVMe SSD Hynix 512GB NVMe SSD
Networking Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 (2×2),
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack,
1 x microSD card reader
Size 11.6×7.8×0.58 inches (296×199×15mm)
Weight 2.7 pounds (1.2kg) 2.8 pounds (1.3kg)
Battery 52Wh battery
Warranty 1 year on-site (after remote diagnosis)
Extras Fingerprint reader (in power button),
720P IR camera, backlit keyboard
Price as tested $1,617 at Dell $2,000 at Dell

The XPS 13 is a small, sleek, very solid-feeling laptop with a bright screen and very narrow bezels. It doesn’t offer much in the way of connectivity—there’s no Ethernet jack, no HDMI port, and no USB-B port either.

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Source: Ars Technica – Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 Developer Edition—side-by-side review

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