To get you started with the Dell XPS 13 Plus, MacBooks have nothing to worry about

At the beginning of the year, although the presentations were done on glossy paper, our first impressions were rave reviews. During a recent press event, we were finally able to meet him between Four Eyes and our present was quickly confirmed. Obviously, the vintage 2022 Round Rock Ultrabook makes us want to scream “Mazette, it’s Byzantium!” to stay polite.

Daring to compete with MacBooks

Historically, the XPS line has been Dell’s flagship technology. In 2015, for example, it was one of the first laptops to offer a “borderless” screen, a feature now embraced by all high-end manufacturers. Since then, Dell has grown somewhat, and the aesthetics of its flagship product have only evolved through timid idiots in recent years. This year, the United States is essentially reviewing its version with one goal in mind: eliminating the unnecessary. We let you control yourself

First of all, no, you don’t have a blind spot. The XPS 13 Plus does not have an exposed trackpad. The latter is hidden under a glass plate that occupies the entire palm. In other words, the entire area under the keyboard is actually a huge touch playing field with haptic feedback.

After a few minutes of use, we quickly became addicted to this feeling, our fingers gliding like skaters over this wide area of ​​freedom designed to control the cursor on the screen. As effective as Apple’s “Force Touch,” haptic feedback is a pleasure to use, while the keyboard, which occupies the full width of your computer, provides a comfortable typing experience.

Although the keys are flat and the distance between them is kept to a minimum, we were able to use them without feeling any discomfort when moving. A good point to be emphasized during prolonged use.

Another novelty, not least, is the appearance, rather than a row of function keys, of the Touch Bar, which is reminiscent of the “Touch Bar” that Apple tested between 2016 and 2021. And it performs well here. The only downside is that the keys are not customizable, which gives this novelty a more aesthetic look than the practical side.

In hand, the XPS 13 Plus is extremely light (1.24 kg) and has the luxury of being slimmer than the latest MacBook Air 13 (1.29 kg) and recent MacBook Pro 14 (1.6 kg), certainly a bit larger. Extremely elegant, the thin 15.2mm thick aluminum frame complements this true piece of goldsmithing masterfully.

bulge at the tip of the feathers

Although the XPS 13 Plus is breathtaking, it’s not just a pretty botanical. Majestic, 13.4 inch edge-to-edge screen in 16:10 smart format available in several definitions: Full HD + LCD (touch or not), 4K UHD + LCD or 3.5K OLED. A large and important option that matches the desires of every person in the wallet and multimedia.

For video, a 720p camera, compatible with Windows Hello, sits discreetly above the screen. Dell rarely disappoints in terms of a screen, and the XPS 13 Plus seems to once again live up to the Texas manufacturer’s reputation, so we’re eager to test it out on a daily basis.

Other shows that will require more testing? The latest generation of 12th generation Intel processors which will fit on the cover of this XPS 13 Plus. As a reminder, these processors, which were introduced at the end of 2021, combine two types of cores, the first for high-performance tasks (video and photo editing, 3D games, etc.) and the second for basic uses and therefore lower power uses.

A novelty that we hope plays in favor of XPS 13 Plus independence. In software: Core i5-1240P, Core i7-1260P, Core i7-1270P or Core i7-1280P. To complete the configuration, you will have to choose between 8GB to 32GB DDR5 5200MHz RAM and 256GB to 2TB storage.

The XPS 13 Plus is a very promising and tough opponent to MacBooks, but it disappointed us in one point during this tackle, the limited connectivity. On each side is a Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) port with DisplayPort and power delivery. And then that’s it.

This 2022 model thus loses its socket port, as well as its microSD card slot, so wearing an adapter will necessarily be necessary to be able to take full advantage of it. As is often the case in this price range, connectivity is sacrificed on the altar of quality.

XPS 13 Plus price and availability

The XPS 13 Plus will be available in both graphite and platinum finishes, and will be officially available according to Dell in the spring of 2022 under Windows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04. During this fist, we were told in our ears that this beauty could hit shelves at the end of May.

Regarding pricing, no definitive information has been sent in Europe, but across the Atlantic, be aware that the price of the initial configuration is set at $1,199. Unfortunately, our headset has not undergone any wave of additional information on the subject. Follow…

Alienware 34: The World’s First QD-OLED PC Monitor

The other attraction was him. Alienware 34″ QD-OLED Curved Monitor (AW3423DW). In other words, the first computer monitor to offer this revolutionary screen technology that has already been tested by Samsung on some of its most premium TVs. This technology combines the best of both worlds, the infinity blacks and consistent colors of OLED with the brilliant colorimetry and brilliant brightness of QLEDs.

The first time you see it, from near and far, this screen makes a strong impression as it imposes itself. With a measured curvature of 1800R, the board provides pleasant reading comfort while providing remarkable immersion. Not too much and not enough.

With a rather discreet design, the back is made of matte plastic and a slight backlight, including the logo, which can be configured. Connectivity level, there’s nothing wrong with it with two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Especially since this monitor also includes a 3.0 hub with two new ports, this time USB-A 3.0, enough to connect all the peripherals needed for long gaming sessions like a webcam for example.

A precursor to the future of gaming monitors, thanks to screen technology, the Alienware 34 has been available since March 22nd at a price of 1299 euros, not as expensive as this.

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