Dell’s XPS range: No disappointment just excellence
According to IDC, with the pandemic still in full swing, notebooks are once again an in demand consumer requirement. Its research, IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker found that the fourth quarter of 2020 saw global shipments grow 26.1% year on year to 91.6 million units. The same category of devices grew 13.1% year on year for the full year of 2020 with the catalysts being work from home ( remote learning, and a restored consumer demand.
With these statistics, and the premise that employees are more productive from home, it is safe to say that companies around the world will continue to encourage their staff to work from home, thereby continuing to drive sales.
For notebook vendors, this means that there is a huge gap to fill. A gap that can be built upon through the improvement of current technology.
Take Dell for example. The designers and technicians don’t just simply pick a few parts from previously designed notebooks, throw them together in the shape of a new one, think of a name for it, box it and start mass producing it all the while hoping for the best. A lot of research and development is involved especially in the case of a high end notebook such as the Dell XPS range. Target markets need to be identified and research done in terms of what features users in the market want. It is then back to the design team to find the ideal package to house all the features.
“The market is saturated with notebooks from various vendors at the moment. No brand is inferior to another in terms of performance it all comes down to a user’s preference and of course, budget. That said, there is no ‘one size fits all ’approach. A good example would be a gaming notebook versus a day to day office computer. On the outside they may look the same, but their features are very different, says George Moss, Dell CSG Business Unit Manager at Tarsus Distribution.
A gaming notebook will firstly be far more expensive because games require huge amounts of processing power, storage space and memory. They will also need powerful fans and large heat sinks in order to dissipate the heat generated by the CPU GPU and other components. This in turn means that the batteries powering the computer need to be of the highest spec to give the user a maximum battery life.
Furthermore, the number of USB and HDMI outputs need to be taken into account. The screen quality and the speed of the graphics processor needs to be addressed. Games typically require
a very high refresh rate as there are thousands of things happening on the screen at any one time. Any lag would not only frustrate the user but could contribute to the player’s overall performance in the game.
On the other hand, when a vendor is designing a machine for the office user, things like portability, ease of use, keyboard responsiveness and overall operating times between charging need to be taken into account.
“Should one compare a gaming notebook to an office or day to day computer, the first thing they will notice is overall portability. A gaming notebook will be bulky and heavy. But the only time it will really be carried around is when a player goes to gaming tournaments when he would typically carry a backpack including headphones a gaming mouse and possibly an external keyboard continues Moss.
“An office laptop on the other hand, will be much lighter, possibly even feature a smaller screen, and will sport a much smaller profile, making it easy to slip into a notebook bag along with other office items.
An office computer should be rugged as it will have to handle daily bumps, knocks and even the occasional drop, he continues.
“The Dell XPS range distributed by Tarsus Technologies is designed to cater for a variety of markets and budgets, he says.
That said, they are all meticulously designed with no compromise on quality and craftsmanship. The XPS 13 is made using authentic premium materials, precision cut to achieve a flawless finish in a durable, lightweight design. The finest details are considered, and the essentials made more prominent. It is designed to create the perfect affinity between aesthetics and functional purpose. Small, thin and light, the new XPS 13 delivers a truly superior experience. It boasts powerful performance and a larger 4 sided InfinityEdge display.
The Dell XPS 13 is perfect for the knowledge worker. A broad definition of a knowledge worker is one who sits at a desk for hours at a time, researching the Internet in order to put articles, briefs and reports together. This already gives some insight as to why the XPS is a good tool for the job.
The XPS range is made using authentic premium materials, precision cut to achieve a flawless finish in a durable, lightweight design
“The range features a 4 sided InfintyEdge display, reducing bezel sizes to a mere 4.6mm resulting in a 91.5% screen to body ratio and an addition of nearly 1 million more pixels, boasts Moss. So how does this help a knowledge worker? Well anyone who has stared at a computer screen for a long time realises what a strain it puts on one’s eyes, causing eye fatigue. The small bezel sizes result in maximum screen real estate, resulting in spreadsheets and documents that are easy on the eye, allowing one to work longer before having to take a break.
Next up is the keyboard and trackpad or touchpad One could argue that these are not really major deciding factors when buying a notebook. “This is true if a worker has a large workspace where an external keyboard and mouse can be connected. But one of the main sales points of the Dell XPS range is portability. A user wants to only carry a notebook around and so needs to have all features on hand to feel comfortable in any environment, adds Moss.
The XPS range features an edge to edge keyboard resulting in bigger keys with a good tactile feedback. The trackpad which many users dislike, has been stretched to its limits. In fact it is 17% bigger than its predecessors. The overall benefit for the knowledge worker is easy typing in any situation and great navigation without the need for an external mouse.
Besides being comfortable to use, a notebook needs to be powerful and the XPS range doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it excels thanks to it running the latest Microsoft operating system and sporting the Intel Evo badge. With Intel Evo under the hood, the notebook includes the 11th Gen Intel Core processors which offer heavy processing power but at the same time are easy on the battery, delivering superior operating times The XPS range will wake up in less than a second making it 40% quicker than older notebooks. Furthermore, the Intel Iris X graphics chip delivers 3x faster photo and video editing The XPS boosts Internet speeds by up to three times and it offers Intel’s Wi Fi 6 technology. All this adds up to less time waiting for pages and videos to load and more productivity time.
Let’s close the hood for a second and look at the XPS’s elegant and rugged chassis
“Firstly, high end materials are meticulously chosen to balance weight, size, performance and durability. Precisely engineered parts ensure best in class aesthetics and workmanship, says Moss.
The XPS range is cut from a block of aluminium in two pieces, so it’s more durable than a machine that’s screwed together. 100% of an XPS enclosure is sculpted by CNC (computer numerical control) machining process. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is bonded to the aluminium, and is tough, damage resistant, durable and elegant. For the dark interiors, waves of 3K carbon fibre allow for maximum strength and minimal weight, plus superior heat resistance to the palm rest. The authentic arctic white woven glass fibre achieves the ultimate in high strength and low weight in this ultra thin XPS. The glass fabric looks and feels like silk and the addition of titanium oxide provides a pearlescent sheen, while the soft textured lattice
fibres denote a sense of elegance. “Dell’s design team worked tirelessly to get the details just right carefully crafted backlighting, UV and stain resistant coating to prevent yellowing over time and staining, he says.
“There is no denying that the XPS range is the best notebook for the knowledge worker. It ticks all the correct boxes and then creates more of its own leaving much of the competition and rivals mulling over where and how they can match it. It is for this reason that the XPS 13 recently won ZDNet’s 2021 best laptop for knowledge workers he says.
“It is also for this reason that we at Tarsus Distribution are proud to have the Dell XPS range in our notebook portfolio, concludes Moss.
The XPS range is cut from a block of aluminium in two pieces, so it’s more durable than a machine that’s screwed together.