Dell XPS 13 Plus delivers a MacBook-like touch bar experience
And its price may be higher.

Dell today revealed its latest XPS laptops. Previous updates have ranged from minor CPU upgrades to mid-range redesigns with larger screen-to-body ratios, smaller dimensions, and significant changes like the removal of the top webcam. But the latest XPS 13 is one of the more unusual releases of recent years. Designed to host a more powerful CPU, Dell calls it the XPS 13 Plus.

Announced at CES 2022 this week, the XPS 13 Plus (9320) will be available worldwide this spring with Windows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04 (XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition). Dell is not yet convinced of the starting price, but has told the press that it is "targeting" $1,199.99 in the United States. This is a significant boost from the current non-XPS Plus version, which starts at $850 (this configuration is not available at the time of writing on Dell's website. The next cheapest SKU available starts at $950). Dell said it's confirming the XPS 13 Plus price close to the shipping date.

Looking at the XPS 13 Plus, you can see that it offers a different experience than the previous XPS 13. The instrument keyboard is pulled across the deck with no space between the separate keys. The touch screen is not marginalized or not completed with the left and right click keys. Instead, the entire surface is a touchscreen that responds with touch feedback. Rather than housed in a keyboard with a row of function keys, the XPS 13 Plus has a capacitive touchpad similar to Apple's touchpad that you can change to display function row inputs or media functions.

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The touch bar was an interesting concept that MacBook Pros launched in 2016. It replaced the physical function keys with a capacitive touch bar that provides access to multiple inputs, including specific apps. they. Apple <b>touch</b> Bar. Zoom / Apple touch Bar. Andrew Cunningham

The 2021 MacBook Pro removed the touchpad, but the XPS 13 Plus concept with a simpler approach like previous generation MacBooks, the XPS 13 Plus has a capacitive touchpad rather than a row of physical keys. It does not change on schedule and, unfortunately, is not programmable (you also can't turn it off). Alternatively, by pressing Fn and Esc, you can display one of two menu sets:

Announce Esc, F1-F12, Delete Esc, Mute, Mute, Mute, Mute, Play/Pause, Keyboard Brightness , screen brightness , screen brightness , windows display menu , print screen , home screen , quit , enter and delete

Locking my select list was easy, but I had two keys, I held down one of the two lists of entries in the short time that When I used the XPS 13 Plus it was not visible. I may get used to it over time, but I usually don't need a setup period to use the laptop's functionality or media keys, especially on regular systems like an XPS laptop. The fact that the keys use touch to operate instead of pressing a button made the experience even more unnatural.

So, I'm sure there are people who are upset with Apple for letting go of the touch Bar. Unique technology has a way of becoming a cult favorite. This is definitely one of the most unusual XPS features to be introduced in such a short time.

In addition to the row of touch-sensitive performance, the XPS 13 Plus keyboard occupies the full width of the surface thanks to its larger keys. . Dell has increased the size of the XPS 13 keyboard over the past few years and they tell me this is the last step. Although the rubber-domed keyboard has a 0.3mm deeper platter, the keys keep the XPS 13's 1mm gap.

In my opinion, the current XPS 13's keyboard is pretty straightforward. Minimal travel required to remain usable for frequent typists. However, the switches on the XPS 13 Plus are also very close. It makes the keyboard feel smoother and at the same time confuses finding my location a bit. But when I hit the keys, I was amazed at how much travel my fingers felt.


This new sensory keyboard with its row of tactile functions may look like a ruse, but it also has a practical purpose. Removing the physical performance row was a step in the direction of the XPS using a 28-watt CPU instead of the 15-watt. Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, or Ubuntu 20.04 (XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition) CPU Intel Core i5-1240P Intel Core i7-1280P RAM 8GB20GB LPDDR35-1280P 8GB LPDDR505-1280P 3.0 x4 SSD 2TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD Intel Iris Xe GPU (built-in) Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211) (2 x 2), Bluetooth 5.2 2x Thunderbolt 4-Port 11.63 x 7.30 x 7.84 x 9.15.28 mm) Weight starts at 2.73 lbs (1.24 kg). 55Wh Battery 1 Year Warranty


Neglecting a row of physical performance gives the XPS 13 Plus more thermal space than the standard XPS 13. , allows the core to use a 28W CPU instead of 15W with a similarly sized chassis. The XPS 13 Plus is 0.60 inches (15.28 mm) thick and weighs an average of 2.73 lbs (1.24 kg). The current XPS 13 starts at 0.62 inches (15.8 mm) and weighs 2.6 pounds (1.16 kg). Heat dissipation area According to press releases, the 13.4-inch glass screen, which includes a 2160 45 21456 OLED touch option, has been stripped of its reduced weight to "improve transparency." Zoom / Despite claiming more power, the XPS 13 Plus (pictured) is about as thick as the XPS 13 XPS 13. Scharon Harding

According to Dell This device has a larger fan pair than its predecessor. It extends to the outer edges of the deck, and with a heatsink on the back, Dell claims the XPS 13 Plus provides up to 55% more airflow than the XPS 13 "without the increased noise."

The XPS 13 Plus starts with 12 cores Intel Core i5-1240P, turbo speed up to 4.4GHz and 12MB cache. The highest configuration is the i7-1280P with 12 cores, 4.8GHz turbo and 24MB of cache. It can also support up to 32GB of LPDDR5-5200 RAM and 2TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD. What is used in 12th generation Intel chips), up to 5GHz and 12MB of cache. You can configure it with up to 32GB of slower LPDDR4x-4267 RAM and 2TB of PCIe 3.0 storage.

I haven't had a chance to test the performance of the XPS 13 Plus, so you will. It will be interesting to see if the thin, lightweight folding casing successfully manages noise, especially heat, to make the most of the relatively weak parts of such a small machine. The journey of the James Webb Space Telescope to its final orbit was successful

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