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Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016 Gold Edition)

The Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016 Gold Edition) ($1,749.99 as tested) is a repackaging of the excellent 2016 Dell XPS 13 Touch1, with some faster guts to go along with the spiffy gold exterior. This laptop2 includes a Core i7 processor rather than an i5, and Intel Iris graphics replace the Intel HD graphics present in the other unit. These upgrades cost $300 extra, but the gains in performance weren’t huge, making the system best suited for those who do a lot of processing work and need the extra juice. The more demanding CPU also reduced battery life by about 2 hours on our test. The XPS 13 Gold Edition maintains the build quality and useful feature set of the i5 model, but the increased price relative to the change in performance and decreased battery life means the 2016 XPS 13 Touch remains our Editors’ Choice high-end ultraportable laptop.

Design and Features

Other than its gold color, this version of the XPS 13 Touch shares all the physical features and connectivity options of the silver 2016 model. The gold is understated, and actually looks silver in some lighting. You can really see the difference when you put the two laptops side by side, though. The keyboard deck is made of a nice carbon fiber, which is becoming fairly uniform on some of Dell’s laptops, such as the Dell Precision 15 5000 Series (5510)3. That material, along with the machined aluminum exterior, gives the system a premium look and feel. Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016 Gold Edition)

References

  1. ^ 2016 Dell XPS 13 Touch (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ laptop (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ Dell Precision 15 5000 Series (5510) (uk.pcmag.com)

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