The Dell XPS 13 is already one of the best looking laptops available today, but that hasn’t stopped Dell from introducing a new “Plus” model that features a significant overhaul.
The most obvious new change is the keyboard, which now spans the entire width of the laptop’s deck, with no space between each key. This results in much larger keys and a unique look for a modern laptop.
Surprisingly, Dell has removed the top row of functions from the keyboard and replaced it with a capacitive touch strip. It’s not a customizable “touch bar” like the one found with older MacBook Pro laptops, so we’re not sure why this new feature was added. But it certainly gives the laptop a futuristic look.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus features the 12th Generation Intel Core processor, with Intel Iris Xe graphics. The 13.4-inch display is available in Full HD and 4K resolution, while an OLED panel is optional.
The move to the new 12th generation processors also allowed Dell to use LPDDR5 RAM, up to 32GB.
That’s not all good news though, as Dell has done away with ports like the microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack. This will undoubtedly be a controversial decision, as there has already been criticism of Dell’s decision to cut the USB-A port on previous models.
Dell has not indicated whether the standard version of the Dell XPS 13 will receive an update, but we expect the company to offer both devices simultaneously rather than dropping the standard Dell XPS 13.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus will have a starting price of $ 1,199 and will launch in spring 2022.
I have to say I’m very surprised that Dell made such drastic changes to the Dell XPS 13. It was already one of the prettiest laptops on the market, so the company didn’t really need to take such. risk, but it’s great to see that the company is keen to keep pushing innovation.
I’m a little skeptical of the capacitive touch strip, as I’m not sure what it offers compared to a regular feature row, but I think the new keyboard looks great, with a much more generous typing space. than the majority of laptops. I’m really excited to get my hands on this laptop later this year, so keep an eye out for Trusted Reviews for future updates.