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Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 525 reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The design and portability also get good reviews. Opinions about the touchpad and energy efficiency are different. Some have doubts about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the design and durability. The portability and size also get good opinions. Many are negative about the usability.

performance, size, portability, durability, design

usability

60% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS13 13-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7 3537U 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 Professional)Dell XPS13 13-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7 3537U 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 Professional)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the usability and durability. The design and portability also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability. There are some critical views about the touchpad.

performance, portability, design, durability, usability

touchpad

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS XPS13-40002sLV 13-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)Dell XPS XPS13-40002sLV 13-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

Dell Skylake XPS 13 review: The best ultrabook just got better

 

At first glance, most would dismiss Dell's 2016 refresh of the XPS 13 as minor at best. If you dig into the details though, the upgrade to arguably the best ultrabook of last year is a worthy one.

Tiny footprint ; Supports USB-C charging ; Solidly built ; Oddly placed webcam

Keyboard is a tad small

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Dell XPS 13 review: A high-end ultrabook that hits all the marks

 

The first generation of the Dell XPS 13 was so obvious in its intentions, we gave it the nickname DellBook Air.

The well-made Dell XPS 13 finally combines a current-gen CPU, high-res display, touch screen, and nearly everything else on our wish list.

For the same premium price, you could get a MacBook Pro, ports are limited, and the basic design hasn't changed in a couple of years.

Early versions of the Dell XPS 13 had promise, but lacked must-have features. Over time, the system slowly added a high-res display, then a touch screen, making the new 2014 version an ultrabook that hits nearly all the marks.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Dell XPS 13-MLK

 

The Dell XPS 13-MLK ultrabook's multimedia prowess, a 1080p screen, and a compact chassis make it a great choice for the power user on the go.

Compact. Comfortable, backlit keyboard. Both USB ports are USB 3.0. Responsive trackpad. Sturdy construction. Large SSD with ample free space. 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi.

A little pricey. No touch screen. Middling battery life. USB 3.0 ports are black.

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Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

Dell XPS 13 review

 

Acer Aspire S3. Asus Zenbook UX31. Lenovo IdeaPad U300S. Toshiba Portege Z835. HP Folio 13. And now, Dell's XPS. Since Intel and its OEM partners set out to beat the Apple MacBook Air on price and match its exceptionally thin, superbly solid build, six...

Attractive, sturdy design ; Comfy chiclet keyboard ; Fairly cool and quiet

Low-res display with terrible viewing angles ; Touchpad jumpy, flaky, and slow ; Sub-par battery life

Round Rock's first ultrabook is a chip off the old block

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (pcmag.com)

Dell XPS 13

 

From its aluminum and carbon fiber case to its edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass screen, the Dell XPS 13 is a sensational compact traveler, but it lacks some ports found on other ultrabooks.

More compact than other ultrabooks. Bright screen. Cushy backlit keyboard. Smart Connect technology is terrific

No Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, or memory-card slot

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Dustin Sklavos (anandtech.com)

Dell XPS 13 (Q1 2013) Ultrabook Review: What a Difference 1080p Makes

 

Around this time last year, we had a chance to take a look at Dell's first ultrabook, the XPS 13 . This was an ultrabook I was for the most part fond of, but one that was clearly suffering from being first generation ultrabook hardware. Ultra...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Dana Wollman (laptopmag.com)

Dell XPS 13 and 16

 

The XPS line can win you over before you open its lid. That's because the lid has a panel of genuine leather, as well as a thin metal strip. The rest of the lid is glossy black.

While we’re on the subject of displays, we’ll tell you that the XPS 13 has switchable graphics, so you can move between integrated and discrete solutions depending on whether you want better battery life or gaming performance.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Dell XPS 13 Review (9350)

 

Ever since this XPS 13 design came out, it was a hit with a lot of users. After all, what's not to like: a 13.3” display in a body of a 12” laptop seems like a great idea for someone who is looking for a compact chassis, without the traditional...

The Dell XPS 13 (9350) is an excellent laptop. I had a great time using it at CES 2016 and to me, there’s no situation that’s more “real world” than that. I appreciate very much that the chassis is smaller than other 13.3 laptops, and I liked the very...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Review Update Dell XPS 13 L322X Ultrabook

 

New screen for a familiar system. Dell updates its strong XPS 13

Aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and Gorilla Glass chassis; Strong, yet lighweight design; Excellent application performance; Beautiful 1080p IPS display; High brightness and contrast; Backlit keyboard; Silent during low workloads

Limited connectivity ports; Very warm even when idling; Noisy during medium to high workloads; Non-removable battery; Lower battery life due to more demanding display; End-user serviceability discouraged; Keyboard may be mushy to some

The XPS 13 has changed little since its inception, but it continues to be a strong contender for users who need a lightweight and no frills Ultrabook. The display alone provides one of the best video playback experiences for a notebook this size.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

Review Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook (Late 2012)

 

An anorexic XPS. Dell's XPS 13 is a 13-inch ultrabook in an 11-inch casing. This is a slim, light and portable notebook which was tested for its suitability in a work environment. ...

Very good casing quality ; Very good system performance ; Good mobility traits ; Low emissions in little load ; Backlit keyboard ; High-capacity and fast solid state drive ; Good battery life

Few interfaces ; Limited upgradeability ; Unusual keyboard ; Loud operating noise in load ; Reflective and viewing angle dependent screen ; Dimmed screen brightness on battery

That Dell needlessly wastes the chance for a better rating with the poor screen which makes it fall behind the competition

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications

Stylish and sleek, the Studio XPS 13 laptop is designed to deliver the knockout multimedia features you'll want to take with you everywhere. From the genuine leather accents to near-seamless design, every facet of your notebook reflects elegance and beauty. And the 13.3" "edge-to-edge" display and performance graphics make your mobile entertainment experience come to life. This notebook features smooth contours, high-gloss finish, the genuine leather, aluminum accents and magnesium alloy enclosure. With every detail, the Studio XPS 13 gives you the sense that you're using something truly special. The Studio XPS 13 shines a light on features that matter. Its backlit keyboard and touch pad buttons are easy to use, day or night. Capacitive multimedia buttons also glow white when activated. The Studio XPS 13 packs incredibly powerful multimedia capabilities into a small, gorgeous package. You can enjoy the latest in entertainment, even when you're away from home. The Studio XPS 13 keeps you entertained with an HD widescreen display. Connect to your HDTV through the HDMI port for an intense home theater experience. Traditional DVDs are unconverted to display with incredible quality, so your favorite movies look better than ever.

Audio

Audio system:HD / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery Capacity:47
Battery capacity (Watt hours):47
Battery life (max):8.53 / 8.8
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:6
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product type:Ultrabook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.3in
Height:1.3in
Weight:4.9lbs
Width:12.6in

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:45

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:XPS 13
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Studio

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Modem

Type: None

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HDA
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Start-up time:8

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2

Power

AC adapter power:45

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel QS67 Express
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 17 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Manufacturer:Intel
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel QS67 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2467M / I5-3317U / I7-2637M / i7-3517M / I7-3517U / I7-3667U
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2467M / I5-3317U / I7-2637M / i7-3517M / I7-3517U / I7-3667U
Processor Number:P8600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 56858 / 64898 / 65707 / 65714
Processor code:SR0D6 / SR0N5 / SR0N6 / SR0N8
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

RAM

Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:N

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.07
Depth (imperial):8.1
Height (front):0.236
Height (front) (imperial):0.24
Height (rear):0.709
Height (rear) (imperial):0.71
Weight:3 / 4.39
Width:12.4
Width (imperial):12.4