During our review of the Dell XPS 13 laptop, we found it to be an excellent device. We loved how it was compact, had a solid build, and how it was comfortable to use. If you are in the market for a new laptop and the XPS 13 caught your attention, you really have some fortuitous timing because it looks like Dell has refreshed the laptop.
For the most part the industrial design remains the same, which is good because that was one of the things we liked about it, save for its color in which Dell is now offering a rose gold option (Apple seems to have popularized this finish). It does seem more gold/champagne than rose gold in the photos, but apparently you’ll be able to see more shades of pink in real-life.
However under the hood is where most of the changes take place. For starters the laptop will now be powered by the latest Intel 7th generation processors. According to Dell, this is also expected to help provide a boost in battery life, thanks to the latest processors being more energy efficient. Dell is boasting that if users opt for the Full HD display, they should be able to squeeze 22 hours of battery life out of it.
Using the laptop for pure video and web surfing, Dell estimates 13 hours which is still very respectable, although your mileage might vary as there are a lot of other factors that affects battery life. The new XPS 13 laptops are expected to be available on the 4th of October starting at $799, but apparently the rose gold models will cost a bit more starting at $1,149.