I've had the Developer Edition of this laptop for about a week now and couldn't be happier. It runs silently for me except when I fire up VirtualBox and a Windows VM. The machine is significantly faster than my excellent ThinkPad X201s that it replaced.
It compares very favourably to the 11" MacBook Air and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The SSD is a screamer, the display is unmatched, and it's cool and quiet in Ubuntu 12.04. I even saved $100 by looking up Dell discount codes. All-in-all, one of the best new laptops I've owned. Words I never thought I'd say about a Dell.
I hesitate to add this, as I'm not looking for traffic, but for those looking for more info, I've posted a review of the Linux version of this laptop at http://blog.gosabe.com
I have had horrible problems with two of these. The USB 3.0 docking adapter is garbage and causes all kinds of problems. Laptop is fine by itself (except for the annoying touchpad issues cited by Janus) but when I dock, hook up other monitors and a wired ethernet - watch out. Problems galore. What a shame.
I have now bought and returned this laptop 2 times, and it seems to have a very unreliable touchpad!
The most annoying part is that it will click on random things as you are just scrolling but on top of that it seems dodgy in general. Check Google and you'll see a lot of complaints regarding the touchpad.
This touchpad is considerately worse than on my ~400 € discount laptop - so this is serious business!
Maybe the reviewer on Notebookcheck didn't spend enough time with the XPS 13 to realise how unreliable the touchpad is.
Strangely in the UK, onthe i5 model, Dell only offer the smaller SSD (128GB) when you choose the IPS screen. You have to go for i7 to get both Full HD IPS panel and 256 GB SSD. Shame as it would otherwise have been right for me.
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