Whether you’re a blogger, photographer or even a casual videographer, the Dell XPS 13 is one of the best laptops out now that you can buy to help you get work done. I have been using it now for around a month to see if it”s worth replacing my MacBook Pro 13 (non-retina) version with or go out and buy and updated MacBook, and i came up with five reasons why I think it makes the perfect laptop for your needs.
The XPS 13 is so much lighter than my current MacBook Pro which I find cumbersome to carry around with me. I shoot RAW, and that means I often stop by a coffee shop after taking pictures so I can edit away. When you have to carry your laptop, the charger, your camera kit, some lenses etc, it adds up and takes its toll on your back and shoulders, so it’s very helpful to be able to shave some weight off where possible. The XPS 13 only weights about 2.7 pounds and 0.6 inches thick, that is something i’d miss.
Having a portable device is one thing, but what really compliments having a portable and lightweight device, is having a long battery life. My current MacBook Pro doesn’t even last me 4 hours, but with the XPS 13, I can use it all day and not worry about where my next charging spot will be on my route.
Not many people will be able to relate to this, especially if you already own a retina MacBook of some sort. Coming from my old MacBook Pro, I didn’t really understand how useful being able to see my images and edit them on a Full HD display was till the XPS 13. I can see my images better and when applying clarity and sharpness in Lightroom, I can really see the difference. It also features Dell’s infinity edge display, which basically means it has really thin bezels, which makes the display look even nicer.
USB Type C/Thunderbolt 3
While USB Type C is still making its way into mainstream technology, I really appreciate having this port. I have the Nexus 6P which uses USB Type C to charge and transfer data, so being able to just plug it directly without the need to carry my adapter is a bonus. I did a Lumia Voices holiday takeover and with USB Type C present again, it was so smooth just to drag my pictures off the Lumia 950 on the move.
The model I’ve been using is the late 2015 model, it uses the latest Core i5-6200U processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD for storage. If you need a bigger RAM and storage space, Dell gives you that option during purchase, however for what I do, it was adequate and I also tend to move files to my external SSD drive. Running multiple applications like lightroom, photoshop and premier smoothly is something that requires a good level of processor performance, and the XPS 13 handles it very well with no lag.
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