Executive decision. If I’m going to the hospital, I’m going with a toy. Don’t force logic on me.
A new Dell XPS 13, a very powerful little laptop, arrived Wednesday.
For my fellow geeks:
- Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3 GHz
- Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 520
- Storage Drive: 1 x 256 GB SSD, PCIe-Based Flash. Optical drive not included
- 13.3 Inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800 pixels) Touchscreen
- 8GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
The base is machined aluminum. It is solid. There’s a fan somewhere inside, but it’s silent and that’s the only moving part! No more hard disk drive. No CD/DVD. No Ethernet port either. They’ve gone the way of the floppy.
It weighs 2.8 pounds and will run around ten hours on a charge. I have no clue where the battery’s hidden. There’s no bulge or anything that looks vaguely removable.
Someone’s got to explain this next part to me. I bought it on Amazon specifically because of price. Actually, Amazon made the arrangement. I bought from a company named Ibex.
My laptop was priced $356.99 less than all the major retailers like Fry’s and Best Buy. Dell itself sells to the public at retail.
I sent emails to both the vendor and Amazon asking if it would come in a sealed box and carry the full Dell warranty. “Yes.”
I had it in writing so I ordered. It came in the sealed box as promised. Everything looks perfect.
I had some trouble this afternoon, nothing major, but I had to call Dell. They read my service tag and provided service. I guess I am legit. I just can’t figure out how one vendor can chop so much off the price.
Immediate impressions are it’s fast, quiet and small. I have the screen adjusted so the type’s a nice size. I like the keyboard with it’s very solid feel. I’m getting used to the trackpad, but it might take some time. I’ve already turned off a few trackpad ‘features’ that get in my way.
They’d better have good WiFi in the hospital! I’m planning on documenting my stay.