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How do you know if you’re getting zero trust right? While many organizations have invested in purpose-built zero-trust security products, controlling user access isn’t just about deploying a software solution, but actively managing user access to data wherever it lives in the environment.
This involves building new controls and procedures from scratch. It’s a challenge that Dell Technologies recognizes and aims to address with a new solution.
Today, Dell announced the Zero Trust Center of Excellence in partnership with CyberPoint international and the Maryland Innovation Security Institute. The center will open in Spring 2023 at DreamPort in at the U.S. Cyber Commands innovation center.
The center will provide enterprises with a secure data center to validate zero-trust use cases and assess the maturity of their zero-trust strategies.
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Dell’s announcement comes as more organizations are running into roadblocks with their zero-trust strategies.
While Okta finds that the number of companies with a zero-trust initiative already underway more than doubled from 24% in 2021 to 55% in 2022, other research indicates only 21% of organizations have adopted zero trust as a foundational model across the enterprise.
Dell’s new service will provide organizations with a space to test the implementation of zero trust as a foundational model, so they can build a true zero-trust strategy from scratch, that’s designed to support a multicloud environment.
“In a multicloud world, an organization’s cybersecurity strategy must transcend its infrastructure and extend to its applications and data,” said John Roese, Global CTO of Dell Technologies. “We believe a zero-trust strategy is the best path forward. Dell has the proven IT and security foundation, technology integration experience, and extensive global partner ecosystem to help simplify customers’ cybersecurity transformations.”
More broadly, the new center has the capacity to help accelerate the development of new zero-trust solutions that enterprises can leverage to protect their environments against identity-based threats.
It’s worth noting that the center will also complement Dell Cybersecurity Advisory Services’ zero-trust service, which provides organizations with a roadmap to zero trust based on their existing security assets.
As identity-based threats continue to rise, the zero-trust market continues to pick up steam, with researchers expecting the market to grow from a value of $27.4 billion in 2022 to $60.7 billion by 2027.
CrowdStrike and Palo Alto Networks are leading in defining the space, offering solutions for zero-trust network access (ZTNA) for continuously verifying user access in real-time.
CrowdStrike reports $1.45 billion in revenue for the full fiscal year 2022, while Palo Alto Networks announced total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 of $1.6 billion.
At this stage, Dell is playing more of a backseat role in the zero-trust market, opting to provide organizations with guidance and support from the Zero Trust Center of Excellence, and Dell Cybersecurity Advisory Services. It hopes to help orgs learn how they can Excellerate their own zero-trust strategies rather than offering a particular software solution.
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Dell's Vostro lineup of laptops is intended for small and medium businesses that want to save some money and still get a secure, durable PC.
Dell's Inspiron laptops are a more affordable alternative to XPS, intended for average PC users who don't need extra security and business features.
Dell makes some of the best laptops around, and its product lineup is quite extensive. For many people, navigating the massive catalogue can be confusing, compounded by the fact that there are both consumer- and business-focused PCs on offer. Dell's Inspiron lineup is made up of affordable consumer laptops, complementing the high-end XPS line. In the same vein, Dell's Vostro PCs are affordable business laptops, complementing its premium Latitude series. Let's take a look at how these laptops compare and which one might be better for your needs.
The Dell Inspiron and Vostro lineups are actually very similar, but one is targeted at the small business market and the other at the home user. It's not entirely this straightforward, but it doesn't take much examination of the respective products to see that there are common themes in hardware and price.
Inspiron can ultimately boast a lower entry cost, in part thanks to targeting the consumer that often shops on tighter budgets than business buyers. Inspiron PCs include 3000, 5000, and 7000 laptops, all with varying levels of performance and features. Inspiron 3000 laptops, for example, often cost less than $500; the Inspiron 15 3511 is one of our picks for best laptops under $500.
Vostro laptops generally start at the $500 mark and climb up from there. They use the same 3000, 5000, and 7000 tier scheme, with extra features and performance in the higher numbers. Assuming you're happy with the price and specifications, you aren't really making a bad choice if you happen to buy from the PC family that isn't specifically targeting your needs. If you need a laptop with a Core i5 CPU, FHD display, and comfy keyboard for productivity work, an Inspiron will fare well. But you might find a similar Vostro with a couple of extra security features that helps keep your data safe. They're all going to work just as well, especially since Dell makes some of the best laptops around, like the Dell Vostro 5510.
The hardware is very similar when comparing these laptops, but the reason that enterprise-targeted machines like the Vostro family exist at all is for the additional perks that come from Dell that a normal consumer wouldn't need.
For example, on some of the laptops you can get extra Dell ProSupport Plus coverage, which covers even accidental damage and ensures the buyer retains their hard drive whenever claims are made. This sort of thing could be attractive to a regular consumer, but it's the type of extra care that enterprise customers demand. And that's one of the big benefits of having a dedicated enterprise portfolio, tailoring a support package to go with the hardware.
There are also other benefits, such as Windows Autopilot (opens in new tab). This is a set of tools that can be used to deploy multiple machines into the enterprise environment with ease, something you won't get or even need on an Inspiron laptop if you're buying it for personal use.
It even extends to features like Ethernet. It sounds like a pretty common hardware addition, but on consumer laptops across the market, it's becoming increasingly rare. Whereas a Vostro laptop will make it more of a priority since the business user traditionally will connect to an internal network more often over a cable than wirelessly.
So, it isn't an exact science, but the easiest thing to do is consider why you're buying a laptop. If it's for personal use, go with Inspiron. If it's for business, then Vostro is your best bet. Have a look at our roundup of the best Dell laptops to see how these PCs stack up.
Dell Inspiron 16 5620
If there were a sweet spot in the lineup, it would be the 16-inch Inspiron 16 5620. It has a range of great specs, attractive prices, good design, and excellent build quality.
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) has huge shoes to fill, but while it does what it sets out to do very well, there are going to be those who are going to be sorely disappointed by some of the changes Dell makes to the XPS 13 (2022), and some of these are going to be absolute deal breakers.
But the XPS 13 (2022) deserves to be judged on its own merits, rather than solely in comparison to the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020), this model's immediate predecessor. This is especially the case since that model is arguably the best laptop in its class.
Still, while we'll get around to weighing the XPS 13 (2022) objectively a bit later, it is important to acknowledge that the new Dell XPS 13 comes with a pedigree and that can't be ignored. In this regard, the XPS 13 (2022) outperforms the model it's replacing in some key areas, but it falls short in others. How you're going to feel about the new XPS 13 is going to depend entirely on where your concerns fall between the two, whether or not some of these are entirely in Dell's control.
What is in Dell's control is the design of the XPS 13, and this is where most of the controversy is going to be. The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is a gorgeous laptop, through and through, from the thinness of its form to its featherweight portability and beautiful display. These come at a cost though, namely in terms of ports, and the two, solitary USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports are going to mean you'll have to juggle some dongles. Fortunately, Dell includes some of them with the laptop itself.
The biggest change though is the absence of the carbon fiber palm rests, which still remain on the Dell XPS 15 (2022) and Dell XPS 17 (2022), in favor of a more svelte aluminum keyboard deck. There is also the new color option, Umber (a bluish-purple), in addition to Sky, which is the standard silver color for the XPS laptop line.
The carbon fiber palm rests are one of the things about the last XPS 13 that we fell in love with, so we're sorry to see them go, but on its merits, the keyboard is still spectacular to use.
The sound still sucks, but all of the best Ultrabooks have terrible audio, thanks to underpowered down-firing speakers. It's the tradeoff you have to make for the form factor, so the XPS 13 was never going to break free of that fate.
Overall, the performance of the XPS 13 (2022) was excellent for everyday use and productivity work, making it one of the best thin and light laptops for professionals who find themselves constantly on the go. Unfortunately, this is also where we run into the XPS 13 (2022)'s major failing: battery life.
While the battery life on the new XPS 13 does last longer than most Intel Alder Lake-powered laptops, it is still a noticeable downgrade from the last XPS 13, which was Intel Evo certified. This, though, isn't in Dell's control as Alder Lake chips just guzzle the juice with wanton abandon and with no consideration of your needs or convenience. You'll be getting close to all day battery life with the XPS 13 (2022), but it's not the all-day-plus battery life some might be expecting from an XPS 13.
Still, the XPS 13 (2022) absolutely holds its own as an Ultrabook, and it does so at a price far below what came before it. Of all the Ultrabook we've tested this year, the XPS 13 (2022) is the closest competition to the new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) on the market right now, which is great for someone looking for an Air-like appeal from a Windows laptop.
Are some of us shaking our fists at Dell-shaped clouds over the redesign? Of course, but change is inevitable, and with a genuinely appealing design, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) shines just as bright as the rest of the XPS lineup, even if it blazes a different trail all its own.
Dell XPS 13 (2022) Key Specs
Here is the Dell XPS 13 (2022) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i5-1230U
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
Screen: 13.4 FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: 720p at 30fps, no privacy shutter
Weight: 2.59 lb | 1.17 kg
Size (W x D x H): 11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 in (295.4 x 199.4 x 13.99 mm)
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) – also called the Dell XPS 13 (9315) by some retailers – is available now in the US, UK, and Australia, starting at $899 / £854 / AU$1,898. The entry level configuration will get you an Intel Core i5-1230U with integrated Iris Xe graphics, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and a 500-nit, 13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display. In the US, the minimum storage option is 512GB SSD, while the UK and Australia start out with a 256GB SSD.
The best configuration will get you a Core i7-1250U with Iris Xe graphics, 32GB LPDDR5 RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, and a 500-nit, 13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display with anti-reflective coating, and costs $1,549 / £1,754 / AU$3,441.
The configuration we tested was one step removed from entry level, with 16GB RAM rather than 8GB, and it costs $1,049 / £1,004 / AU$2,299.
This XPS 13 model is more oriented towards value rather than performance (which would be the Dell XPS 13 Plus), and so the processors aren't powerful enough really to manage the kind of heavy duty workloads that would necessitate more than 16GB RAM or 512GB storage, and most people will do just fine with the starting configuration so few people will ever need to spend more than $1,000 / £1,000 / AU$2,000 to get one of the best Dell laptops on the market.
This is in stark contrast with the last XPS 13 model from late 2020, which had a starting price of $1,499 / £1,399 / AU$2,399. This is a substantial price cut for a laptop that will provide you more or less the same level of performance.
Compared to the rest of the market, the XPS 13 (2022) is positioned squarely in the sweet spot in terms of price and performance. The other obvious comparison to make is with the MacBook Air. Compared to the MacBook Air with M1 from 2020, the Dell XPS 13 is very competitive, matching the MacBook Air on price, though it won't get you nearly as much battery life. The new MacBook Air with M2, however, is more expensive, and while its performance is outstanding, it still doesn't blow the XPS 13 out of the water beyond having better battery life.
All told, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is one of the best, if not the best, value on the market among the best Windows laptops, and other than a few of the best Chromebooks out there, there is little that can really compete with the XPS 13 (2022) on this front.
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is going to split the entire tech reviewer community in two over its design, with defenders and haters making valid points on each side. But consumers don't buy a new laptop every 18 months, so for everyone else, this is still an absolutely gorgeous laptop, though there are some functional issues that will be a problem for many.
First, the XPS 13 is very lightweight, and its slim dimensions make it an easy laptop to toss in a bag as you head out the door. The exterior is little changed from its predecessor and features the XPS line's brushed aluminum chassis, with the biggest change being the option to get it in a purplish-blue color option, Umber.
Opening it up, however, and the redesigned interior removes the carbon fiber keyboard palm rest and replaces it with a sleek aluminum that let the hands glide over its surface with ease. The keys and trackpad are also well positioned and spaced to allow for fluid and comfortable typing, even for many hours at a time.
The display is a full HD+, meaning its a 1920 x 1200p resolution at the 16:10 aspect ratio, and it can get as bright as 500 nits. It's not an OLED display, so it's not going to have the kind of vibrant colors that you get with the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED, but it is more than clear enough to see everything you need to see at this size.
The down-firing speakers are audible, but they will hardly fill a room, even if you have it sitting on a hardwood desk. The 16:10 display is beautiful and very easy to work with, though a 13-inch laptop is not nearly big enough to be using multiple windows at once.
The webcam is the basic 720p@30fps that you see on nearly every other ultrabook on the market, so don't expect much from its image quality. One thing that is lacking is a privacy shutter for the webcam, something many of the best HP laptops and best Lenovo laptops have featured for a long time now. Dell really does need to get with the program on this, in our opinion.
Finally, the biggest issue with the XPS 13 (2022) is the derth of ports. There are just two Thunderbolt 4 ports, that's it. While both are capable of charging the laptop, having it plugged in means that you're now down to a single USB-C port, so any peripherals you have with you either have to be triaged for the most important one, or you're going to need a dock for more than two items.
And since they're USB-C ports, any USB-A or other types of input will need a converting dongle to work. Dell includes a couple in the box with the XPS 13, a USB-A to USB-C and a 3.5mm audio jack to USB-C, but you'll likely need more, which can really cut into the laptop's portability.
Here is how the Dell XPS 13 (2022) performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Multi-core: 5,478
3DMark Time Spy: 1,068; Fire Strike: 3,100; Night Raid: 10,272
GeekBench 5: 1,629 (single-core); 6,546 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 4,324
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 7:31
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 9:17
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is designed to be an affordable, ultraportable laptop that can do what most people need it to do: some web browsing, video streaming, and maybe messing around with a couple of spreadsheets for work or writing reports on an airplane.
It does all of these very well, and it has decent enough processor benchmark scores for a laptop priced as it is. The biggest problem you'll find is if you try to run any resource-heavy apps on the XPS 13, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Blender, and Photoshop.
On these points, it will be able to complete most tasks, but expect it to take a lot longer than it would on a more professional workstation like the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), if it finishes them at all and doesn't simple stall or crash. This is a laptop for light to medium work at most, and the more you can use cloud apps like Google Docs and Google Sheets, the better.
We could also have run a number of games on it to see how they fared, but after the first test with Civilization VI, run on the lowest possible settings, scored a paltry 18 fps, we called it a day and spared the XPS 13 any more gaming embarrassment. A candidate for the best gaming laptop of the year, this is not.
Considering that you can get one of the best Chromebooks on the market and it will perform about as well on cloud-based apps, the performance of the Dell XPS 13 on its own might not be enough to justify the relative premium you're pay for it. If all you're going to be doing is running Google Chrome and listening to Spotify or watching Netflix, definitely consider saving yourself some serious money and provide Chromebooks a look before you make the jump on a nearly $1,000 Windows laptop.
The battery life on the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is not great, if we compare it to its predecessor. On our PCMark 10 battery test, it lasted on average about seven hours and 31 minutes. It did better on our looped video test, managing an average nine hours and eight minutes.
The XPS 13 (late 2020) managed a battery life of nearly 12 hours, so the XPS 13 (2022) has definitely regressed in this regard, but that has been the case with Alder Lake laptops across the board. They just consume too much power and we've seen many ultrabooks last between six to seven hours on average, so the XPS 13 (2022) is at least ahead of its competition on that front.
|Value||With a very compelling starting price, the XPS 13 (2022) offers one of the best values on the market for an Ultrabook||5 / 5|
|Design||While the new design is going to evoke strong feelings from XPS 13 fans, the laptop is objectively beautiful in its own right.||4 / 5|
|Performance||The XPS 13 (2022) is built with value and portability in mind, and so performance beyond everyday tasks and light to medium productivity work suffers as a result.||3 / 5|
|Battery Life||While not the worst battery life among this generation of Ultrabooks, it is a major step back from its predecessor's solidly all-day battery life.||3.5 / 5|
|Total||While not without fault or controversy, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is a very solid value for most people out there.||3.9 / 5|
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Dell XPS 13 (9315)
“The Dell XPS 13 happily trades performance for a healthy dose of affordability and efficiency.”
The beloved Dell XPS 13 of previous years no longer exists.
The popular line of premium laptops is now split between the XPS 13 Plus and the standard XPS 13 – and that’s meant a new approach to distinguishing the two.
With the XPS 13 Plus as the more expensive, cutting edge, that leaves the standard XPS 13 as the cheaper offering. The result is a nerfed XPS 13 in terms of performance, but at an extremely affordable starting price of just $829.
|Dell XPS 13 (9315)|
|Dimensions||11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 inches|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1230U
Intel Core i7-1250U
|Graphics||Intel Xe Graphics|
|RAM||Up to 32GB LPDDR5 5200MHz|
|Display||13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4 ports|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2|
|Webcam||720p + IR camera|
|Operating system||Windows 11|
|Price||Starts at $829|
Taking a look at the design, there are a few notable changes from previous generations of the XPS 13. Like the Plus model, this one is all aluminum, so no more carbon-fiber weave in the palm rests. I’ll definitely miss the white color option and the unique materials of the old XPS laptops.
Dell now offers the lighter “Sky” color, which is the one I have, and the darker “Umber” model. The Sky color is interesting too, since the keycaps are a slightly different color. It all comes together in a color scheme that feels unique. These aren’t standard silver and black, at least.
Dell hasn’t bought into the trend toward sharper 1080p webcams.
The super thin bezels are still here, of course. As the pioneer of super-thin laptop bezels, Dell’s design remains the most aggressive with its screen-to-body ratio. It looks as spectacular as ever.
Unfortunately, the persistence to keep the look, means it’s still stuck on a tiny 720p webcam housed in the top bezels. It’ll get by for the occasional Zoom call, but it’s not the most flattering in terms of image quality. It does some odd things with colors, and struggles in common video conferencing scenarios, especially if the lighting isn’t perfect. Dell hasn’t bought into the trend toward sharper 1080p webcams, especially not at the expense of its hard-earned top bezel.
The display itself hasn’t changed this time around either. It’s still a 16:10 IPS panel with options for touch or non-touch. You can crank it up to 444 nits, which is plenty bright, even if you’re working outside or near a window. Of course, color saturation (AdobeRGB 75%) isn’t wide as the high-resolution OLED models available on the XPS 13 Plus. But for the purposes of a sub-$1,000 laptop, this is an excellent display.
Dell has also saved many of more experimental design features for the XPS 13 Plus. So, no haptic feedback trackpad, edge-to-edge keyboard, or capacitive touch buttons that replaced the function row. Everything here is more familiar and more comfortable.
I miss the haptic trackpad from the XPS 13 Plus.
The one aspect I actually miss from the Plus model is the haptic trackpad. I loved the implementation of it, and the chunkier click of the standard XPS 13’s touchpad feels tiresome in comparison. Double clicks aren’t as smooth, and the click mechanism is overly loud.
While the XPS 13 Plus got a lot of the flashier new features, it retained a very similar internal design to previous generations of the XPS 13. The standard XPS 13, though, couldn’t be more different on the inside.
A lot of engineering work has gone into making the Dell XPS 13 thinner. It’s now 0.55 inches thick, which makes it one of the thinnest Windows laptops you can buy. And it does feel really thin to hold, despite the fact that it’s actually only 5% thinner than the previous model. But as I’m sure you know, at this size, every millimeter shaved off comes with a mountain of work behind the scenes.
First off, Dell says the motherboard is 1.8 times smaller overall this time around, including using a thinner PCB, which is actually now using a tech borrowed from smartphone boards. Pulling off the back cover, you can see how little space the motherboard now takes up — it’s pretty astounding. Dell has found ways to shrink basically every component, including the storage and memory — and without getting into all the details, it’s an impressive amount of engineering work that went into this internal redesign. But the result, again, is just a 5% reduction in thickness.
And if it sounds like I’m not impressed, it’s because there’s this little laptop out there called the M2 MacBook Air. At 0.44 inches thick, the MacBook Air is still 20% thinner than the XPS 13. That sounds like more than it really is, though. You won’t see a huge difference in thickness when you set these laptops side by side, and Dell has put in a lot of work to make sure of it.
But when it comes down to it, the real kicker with the new XPS 13 is the performance. In attempts to shrink everything down, you get just one fan, and with it, just a 9-watt processor from Intel’s 12th-gen U-series chips. These chips have just two Performance cores, which is four fewer than the P-series chips like the one used in the Dell XPS 13 Plus.
(single / multi)
(single / multi)
|Dell XPS 13 (Core i5-1230U)||1393 / 4,459||333||1379 / 3457||4023|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2
|1493 / 8668||126||1575 / 7595||5094|
|Dell XPS 13 Plus
|1316 / 8207||127||1311 / 6308||4309|
|Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
|1417 / 6854||112||1402 / 8682||5647|
|HP Elite Dragonfly G3 (Core i7-1265U)||1699 / 5936||194||1618 / 5601||4975|
The main purpose of nerfing the XPS 13, I assume, is to distinguish the XPS 13 from the Plus model, which uses a more standard 15-watt processor. Less power means less performance – and in this case, it’s actually quite a bit less. This is one of the worst-performing Intel 12th-gen laptops I’ve tested so far. It’s even a bit slower than last year’s 11th-gen model. But with a 9-watt processor that has only two Performance cores, it’s kind of what I’d expected.
That might sound horrible, but really, I would argue that last year’s performance is probably enough. You shouldn’t be buying this laptop to edit video all day or play games. Instead, it’s for web browsing, online work, video conferencing, the occasional photo edit or coding project — and this laptop handles all of that just fine.
It’s the multi-core performance that suffers the most, after all, and for the most part, those types of applications are just not what a laptop of this type is for. Furthermore, when it comes to choosing the processor for a laptop, it’s not all about performance. Looking beyond the benchmarks, you’ll see a number of advantages that better suit the Dell XPS 13 to compare with a laptop like the M1 MacBook Air.
First off, the XPS 13 handles heat much better than the XPS 13 Plus. One of my biggest complaints with that laptop was how hot the surface temperatures got, even when running pretty standard applications. The XPS 13 doesn’t have that problem, and actually does a fantastic job at staying both cool and quiet. There’s only that one fan, and it never gets overly loud.
Of course, you’ll find an “Ultra Performance” thermal mode in the My Dell utility, which can crank the fan a bit more. Unlike some Performance modes found in other laptops, this one does quite a bit. Toggling on Ultra Performance mode while encoding a video in Handbrake, for example, netting me a 42% faster completion of the task. This put it closer to other 12th-gen U-series laptops, showing just how far the default “Optimized” mode is weighed toward a quiet, cool experience.
Battery life is the second benefit of Dell using a lower-powered chip on the XPS 13. This thing lasted well over 13 hours in light web browsing, which is over 5 hours longer than the XPS 13 Plus. As long as I didn’t have too many long video calls, I found that I could through the majority of a day away from an outlet. You’ll still get a solid four or five more hours out of the M2 MacBook Air, but in terms of Windows laptops, the Dell XPS 13 is back at the front of the pack.
The question remains: would you trade a few extra hours of battery life for a step down in multi-core performance? I think for most people looking at buying this laptop, the battery life is more useful.
And lastly, there’s the price. Opting for this lower-powered chip has allowed Dell to price the XPS 13 very aggressively. The starting configuration, which is the one I’m reviewing, costs just $829. That base-level configuration even comes with 512GB of storage, meaning it’s at least $400 cheaper than the M1 MacBook Air when similarly configured.
And Dell isn’t really even offering higher-end configurations — at least not right now. No high-resolution OLED screens or 2TB storage options are available at the moment, leaving those for the XPS 13 Plus. Even so, there’s just not another laptop at this price point that can compete in terms of overall value.
But there’s one decision Dell made with the XPS 13 that feels like undoes all the clever engineering and marketing behind this laptop. It doesn’t have a headphone jack. Just like the XPS 13 Plus, the XPS 13 has said goodbye to the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack, offering you just two Thunderbolt 4 ports in exchange.
An adapter is included in the box, thankfully, but that doesn’t take away the sting of feeling a bit duped.
The lack of a headphone jack is a compromise most people won’t see the need for.
Dropping the headphone jack on the XPS 13 Plus made some sense. It was meant to be a cutting-edge laptop, after all, that pushed the boundaries of design. People knew what they were getting into. And with the edge-to-edge keyboard and touch buttons, it felt like you were trading the unique design for a sleeker design.
But with the XPS 13, Dell may have taken it a step too far — and that’s coming from someone who isn’t fully against the idea of laptops without headphone jacks. I don’t think people use their headphone jacks as much as they think they do. But on a laptop like the XPS 13, especially at its lower price, it’s a compromise most people won’t see the need for. And I’m not sure I do either.
In a lot of ways, the new XPS 13 feels like a response to the overwhelming success of the M1 MacBook Air. While the rest of the Windows ecosystem has continued on, almost pretending as if the MacBook Air didn’t exist, the XPS 13 feels like it’s actually been designed around beating Apple at its own game.
It’s still not as powerful or long-lasting as the MacBook Air, but at $829, it’s a killer deal. I love that Dell wasn’t afraid of using the price as an attack against Apple, even if it meant making a few compromises along the way. If I could find a way to add back in a headphone jack, I’d have few qualms recommending this laptop to most people shopping for a Windows laptop. But even as it is, you won’t find another premium laptop under $1,000 quite this good.
As vendors and end users continue to move to subscription computing services, it is important to understand how this transition will impact third parties, like value added resellers (VARs) and other channel ecosystem members.
Why so? Because in many cases, channel partners serve as the main point of contact between vendors and clients, especially smaller and regionally based businesses. Keeping those partners happy is vital to vendors’ bottom lines.
More important, since vendors are constantly hunting for new opportunities and have the technical and financial resources required to develop new solutions and business lines, they can also help translate those opportunities into terms that channel partners can understand and support. Recently, Rola Dagher, Dell Technologies’ Global Channel Chief, outlined enhancements to Dell’s APEX portfolio and services that are designed to expand channel partners’ skills and solution sets. Let’s consider these new options.
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To begin, what are some of the principal difficulties that channel partners face? Start with the commonplace shifts in the tech industry due to evolutionary improvements in hardware and software, and the regular emergence of new ideas, products and services. Those changes are mirrored by business and process evolution, sparked by competition, markets and regulations.
Enterprises are typically able to anticipate and adapt to these challenges far better than smaller companies. However, virtually all organizations suffer when unexpected events, such as the shocks from Covid-19, supply chain disruptions and global inflation come into the picture. Again, smaller businesses, including VARs and other technology channel players, typically struggle more with these systemic shocks than their vendor partners.
Finally, even the most resilient and proactive organizations need affordable access to training and skills building. In fact, lacking access to such resources inevitably leads to delayed access to and uptake of vendors’ new solutions and services.
In other words, providing adequate support and access to new opportunities is important for vendors, channel partners and end customers. It is hard to overstate the importance of or the value that such programs bring to all the parties involved. But it is a particularly critical point for companies like Dell Technologies, which has noted that partners contribute to over half of the company’s annual sales.
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What are the new Dell APEX capabilities that Rola Dagher detailed?
What are the essential takeaways from Dell’s announcement? First, it underscores the company’s keen focus on developing and enabling subscription-based offerings via its APEX service portfolio. Second, it highlights the growing importance of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies and solutions for business customers of every size and kind. To that end, it also complements and builds on Dell’s recent strategic collaboration announcement with Red Hat.
Most important, the new capabilities Dell announced emphasize the company’s willingness and intention to provide solutions and services to customers as they want and through whatever channels they prefer. Expanding the options and enhancing the skills of channel partners are among the best methods that Dell Technologies can employ to achieve those goals.
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You’ll find all kinds of cheap options from Prime Day laptop deals, but Dell is also offering low-priced but reliable laptops like the Dell Inspiron 15. It’s enough for basic functions with its Intel Pentium Silver N5030 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 605, and 4GB of RAM. It’s got Windows 11 Home pre-installed in its 128GB SSD, and the laptop’s 15.6-inch HD screen is great for both working on documents and watching streaming content.
The Dell Inspiron 16 isn’t just the larger counterpart of the Dell Inspiron 15 with a 16-inch Full HD+ screen, but it also features upgraded components with the 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel UHD Graphics, and 8GB of RAM that our laptop buying guide says is the sweet spot for most users. The laptop also comes with Windows 11 Home out of the box, pre-installed in a 512GB SSD that will provide ample storage to install all your necessary software.
Variants of the Dell XPS 13 have stayed on top of Digital Trends’ best laptops for a while, and for good reason. The laptop’s bezel-less design surrounding its 13.4-inch Full HD screen has spread to every kind of electronic device with a screen, and its thin body makes it very portable. The Dell XPS 13 doesn’t just look good though, as it also offers terrific performance with the 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics, and 8GB of RAM onboard, with Windows 11 Home pre-installed in its 512GB SSD.
Gaming laptops don’t come cheap, so when you see a device like the Dell G15 gaming laptop on sale from Dell’s Black Friday Pricing Sale or Prime Day gaming laptop deals, you shouldn’t ignore it. With this device in your hands, you’ll be able to play all the modern PC games as it’s powered by the 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card, and 16GB of RAM. You’ll be able to install several games in its 512GB SSD, which comes with Windows 11 Home, and you can appreciate the graphics of today’s video games through its 15.6-inch Full HD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.
For gamers with a lifestyle that better matches up with playing on a gaming PC, the Alienware Aurora R13 Gaming Desktop could be the machine for you. It won’t have trouble running the latest games with its 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card, and 8GB of RAM, and you have enough space for several titles on its 512GB SSD. It also comes with Windows 11 Home out of the box, so after hooking it up with all the necessary peripherals, you can get started installing games on the Alienware Aurora R13 Gaming Desktop.
Dell has a sizable lineup of gaming desktops, and each of them has a range of different pros and cons. With gaming desktops, power, price, and style are what matter the most. For that reason, the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition is the overall best Dell gaming desktop that you can get your hands on because of its outstanding balance of power and price and also its incredibly unique-looking aesthetic.
The Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition takes our top spot thanks to its wide selection of AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors, which currently outperform Intel's top options. Everything from the mainstream Ryzen 5 5600X to the beastly Ryzen 9 5950X is available to choose from. It also offers incredible graphics hardware, with up to an RTX 3090 available. Additionally, up to 128GB of RAM and up to 4TB of SSD and HDD storage can be added to the mix, making this PC an absolute beast at its highest specs. There are tons of less expensive specifications that you can create as well, making the Alienware Aurora R10 an amazing choice whether you want a mainstream machine or a cutting-edge one.
It's also worth pointing out that the PC case is incredibly unique and otherworldly looking with its rounded shape and snazzy RGB lighting, which is very fitting for the Alienware brand. If you want a PC that will catch eyes, you won't find anything more striking than this.
If you like the sound of the Alienware Aurora R10, but you're not a fan of AMD Ryzen hardware, then the Alienware Aurora R12 is for you. Whereas the Aurora R10 comes with Ryzen CPUs, the Aurora R12 features a wide selection of Intel 11th Gen chips. These processors aren't as capable as Ryzen 5000 Series ones, but they come close. You get the same GPU, RAM, and storage options that come with the Aurora R10, so you don't have to make sacrifices in other areas to go Team Blue. Lastly, the Aurora R12 comes with the same case design as its AMD-powered cousin, albeit with a white color scheme.
The Dell G5 Gaming Desktop is ideal for folks who want something on the more affordable side but still want to enjoy strong performance. This is currently Dell's budget gaming PC. Still, they make a special version of it that comes with the RTX 3060. You can pair this with a selection of capable 10th Gen Intel CPUs, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD space (plus additional non-SSD storage) for an overall great price.
In terms of aesthetics, Dell went with a less aggressive and more traditional PC tower design with the G5 desktop. However, there are still RGB accents and decorate angular design elements, meaning that your rig will come off as a gaming system to friends and family who take a peek.
If you're looking for something that can perform well for a more affordable cost, the Dell G5 Gaming Desktop's standard variant will be right up your alley. Its AMD Radeon RX 5300 isn't as performant as the previous model's RTX 3060, but it's also less expensive, and it still delivers solid performance overall. Additionally, its i5 10th Gen Intel CPU isn't bad either, and you can get up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage for the PC as well. Ultimately, you won't get top performance with this PC, but you will save a lot of money.
When it comes to the top gaming desktops, a good balance between power, price, and style is essential. When picking a gaming rig to purchase, you need to make sure that your system has a strong GPU. You'll also need a reliable processor, 8GB of RAM minimum (16GB is recommended, 32GB is good for prosumer systems, and 64GB is overkill), and enough storage to support your game library. Using an SSD for storage is preferred since their faster speeds will allow you to get through loading screens quicker.
Dell's gaming desktops are among some of the absolute best on the market. Among them, our favorite is the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition. It offers a phenomenal amount of power, storage, RAM, and style. Additionally, the many different configurations available means that you can get the exact specs that you want with it.