New Dell XPS 13 nominated for 2017's best Linux laptop


In the event, you come about to nevertheless feel laptops are generic and the only difference between them are their price-tags, Dell attracts you to think again. The latest Dell XPS 13 developer edition is everything a programmer could want from an expensive laptop.




The newest Dell XPS 13 Programmer Edition is the best of the best Cpanel laptops. 


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An individual believe me. Linus Torvalds himself picked out the Dell XPS 13 for his Linux laptop.


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Why? I'll let the features speak for themselves.


For starters, the high-end model in the new line is run by an 2. 7Ghz four-core Intel i7-7500U Kaby Lake chip backed by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid point out drive.


Kaby Lake is Intel's newest, best CPU. It's built-in Intel HIGH-DEFINITION Graphics 620 is the fastest, most powerful graphics engine in Intel's history. Simply no, it's less fast as a top-of-the-line, dedicated images chip, for example, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M or ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES Radeon PRO 455, but if you're not doing video-editing, the 620 is far more than powerful enough for programming, normal use, or Linux gaming.


For social networking, the XPS 13 works on the Killer 1535 802. 11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and Wireless 4. 1 chipset. No more, "killer" is an épithète. It's a high-end 802. 11ac Wave 2 Wifi chipset from Qualcomm/Athero. Is actually Linux drivers are wide open source and the software is now upstream.


That also supports 802. 11a/b/g/n/ac. If you pair it with a top-of-the-line Wi fi router, like the Linksys WRT1900ACS that supports Say 2, you can see real-world speeds of over 500Mbps. That's a good thing because a very important factor the XPS 13 lacks is a Gigabit Ethernet dock.


As for its other ports, the new XPS 13 has a couple of USB 3. zero ports. There's one on each edge and one with PowerShare. There are also an USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, an SD card reader, and a 3. 5mm head-set jack.


For its screen, it uses the perfect 13. 3-inch (3, 200-by-1, 800) IPS touchscreen. So that it is even more lovely, Dell's InfinityEdge display turns its display screen into what otherwise appears like an ultra-light 11-inch laptop. With its lightweight aluminum frame, it's also strong. At installment payments on your 7 pounds, really a great grab-and-go laptop.


There is one design quirk: To make the almost all of the screen real-estate while using the little bezel as possible, the 720p cam is in the display's bottom-left corner. It concerns less in practice than I believed it would, but it takes used to.


As it should land on a laptop supposed for serious coding, the keyboard and touchpad are great. I'm very particular about keyboards -- I personally use a restored Avant Great keyboard on my LAPTOP OR COMPUTER, which costs more than a low-end laptop -- and the XPS 13 keyboard is a pleasure to use.


Dell promises the XPS 13 can run for 22 several hours if you get the model with the lower-resolution 1920x1080 display. With the i7 I tested and the high-resolution screen, We saw battery life installed in at about 13 hours. Unless you're traveling non-stop from Los Angeles, Calif., to Sydney, Quotes, you won't have any battery worries.


The one warning I'd add is that while GNOME and GNOME-related desktop managers, such as Ubuntu Unity and Cinnamon, work well with the display, the KDE Sang Desktop has trouble running with this display. This kind of isn't a problem with the Dell itself but with how KDE has trouble with any Large Dots Per Inch (HiDPI), aka Retina display.


The Dell XPS 13 comes in four versions:

i5/8GB/128GB, FHD - $949. 99
i5/8GB/256GB, FHD - $1, 349. 99
i7/8GB/256GB, QHD+ (touch) in Rose precious metal colored - $1, 599. 99
i7/16GB/512GB, QHD+ (touch) - $1, 799. 99
The top-end model costs $200 less than the last run of Ubuntu-powered Dell XPS 13s.

Is it really worthwhile? Let me put it this way: Do you want to use the best possible tools for your daily work, or do you want to pay just enough to get by? If like me, your answer is that you simply want the best to be the best, then you will find the XPS 13, and you'll be pleased you did :)




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