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Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook and Me

Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook and Me

Today was an interesting day.  It began with the full release of Ubuntu 12.04 which I installed on my desktop.  Then, the XPS 13 arrived from Dell.

I didn't pay for the XPS 13.  Dell just gave it to me, so I'm going to review it and compare it to my work-issued MacBook.  They sure look similar.

If you're still with me, you should probably read Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux, something I wrote last month.  You'll see there that I spend the bulk of my day working on the Ubuntu desktop.  When I need to be mobile, or when I need Photoshop, I'm on the MacBook.  I have a bulky old Windows laptop for when I absolutely need Windows and when my kids want to play Windows-only games.  Otherwise, I avoid that Acer like the plague.

But here I am with a shiny new XPS 13.  It's super thin.

Here's the XPS 13 unboxed. It's really thin. #XPS13

Because it looks an awful lot like my MacBook, the first thing I did was compare the thickness, weight and size.  The Mac is a little bigger, a little heavier and a little thicker.  Oh, and more expensive.

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So far I've simply pugged her in, set up my Windows profile and downloaded Chrome.  It's fast, and super thin and light (did I mention how thin it is?), but I'll need some time with it to see how it compares to the other machines lying around.

This will be fun...  Is anyone else using the XPS 13 yet?

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