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Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

We have collected and analysed 126 expert reviews and 398 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 82/100 and users rate it 77/100. The average review date is 19-11-2012. We have compared these reviews to 1012757 reviews from other Laptop Computers. The alaScore™ for this product is 89/100 = Very good. Last update: 12-12-2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

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 products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and durability. The portability and size also get good comments. There are some less positive reviews 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)

Dec, 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 products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the durability and usability. The design and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the touchpad. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

portability, performance, design, usability, durability

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)

Dec, 2018

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Dell XPS 13

 

Despite the rise in competition, Dell does more than enough with the XPS 13 to make it the most desirable Windows Ultrabook around.

Nov, 2016

Recommended!

Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

 

Beautifully designed, Dell's XPS 13 is one of the best premium Ultrabooks we've seen.

13in screen in 12in chassis ; Premium feel throughout ; Great typing experience ; Better than average battery life

Poor quality screen ; Limited connectivity ; A bit expensive

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : T3.com (t3.com)

Dell XPS 13 review: one of the world’s best systems is even better than before

 

Is this the greatest laptop money can buy? Spoiler: yes

It’s beautiful ; It’s really quick ; It’s got a 4K screen

Pricier than before ; White version costs more

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (t3.com)

Dell XPS 13 review: an Infinity display that's out of this world?

 

A few niggles aside, this compact stunner has it all

Amazing display ; Compact body ; Packs power

Average battery life (QHD+) ; Adaptive Brightness ; Fingerprints easily

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Dell XPS 13 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Dell has laid down its markers and entered the Ultrabook arena, launching a 13-inch model as part of its XPS brand. The new Dell XPS 13 is light, portable

Jan, 2012

Techradar Recommended 2014

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 13 (2014) review

 

This is Dell's ultimate ultrabook on 1080p and Haswell

Alluring, compact design ; Snappy keyboard ; Sharp touchscreen ; Punchy performance

Lacks SD card reader ; Disappointing battery life ; No customization options

With an FHD touchscreen and 4th generation Intel Core chips, Dell's XPS 13 remains an ultrabook to beat.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

Dell XPS 13 and 15 review

 

Dell's souped up Windows 8.1 laptops have big ideas

Haswell ; Classy design ; Light ; Decent keyboard ; 1080p screen ; Swappable battery

Few ports

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Dell XPS 13 review: This golden ultraportable hasn't lost its luster

 

New processors and the versatility of Thunderbolt 3 help keep the XPS 13 as a top choice.

The Dell XPS 13 keeps everything that was great about the previous model -- including its near edge-to-edge-display and fantastic keyboard -- and adds the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors and Thunderbolt 3.

The design means the webcam is awkwardly placed at the bottom of the display. Though the QHD-resolution touchscreen is beautiful, it adds a lot to the price and hurts battery life. Gold version will cost you $50 more.

Whether you scale back for better battery life or load it up for the best performance possible, the Dell XPS 13 remains one excellent ultraportable laptop.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Dell XPS 13 review: The laptop with the golden touch

 

This updated Dell XPS 13 is colored gold and has a high price to match.

This updated XPS 13 has a stunning nearly edge-to-edge high-res display, and an upgraded processor and graphics.

This gold edition is very expensive, and battery life isn't as good as some other 13-inch laptops. The touchpad is tricky to use for some multitouch gestures.

The excellent Dell XPS 13 series gets a high-end upgrade in this gold edition with improved performance, but also a high-end price to match.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Dell XPS 13 review: Stunning screen and compact design make this the first great laptop of 2015

 

Taking a hint from TV-makers, the bezel narrows to nearly nothing, while performance gets a small Broadwell boost.

Dell's revamped XPS 13 has a nearly borderless display and a very small body for a 13-inch laptop, plus the latest Intel CPUs.

Upgrades can get expensive; a touchscreen isn't included by default; the boost from the new CPU is minimal.

This new Dell XPS 13 is the first great laptop of 2015, but it owes that title more to a smart design revamp than Intel's new processors.

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Connections:Line In /Line Out /Mic In
Audio system:HD / HDA
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Sound Card:/Integrated
Speaker power:1.5

Battery

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

Camera

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

Connections

Bluetooth: Yes
Built-in 3G: No
FireWire: Yes
HDMI Outputs:1/None
Memory Card Reader:8-in-1
Network Card:/Yes
PC Card Slot: Yes
USB Ports:2/Yes
VGA (D-sub):1
WLAN: Yes
WLAN Standard:802.11n

Control

Mouse/Click Device:Touchpad

Design

Colour of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product colour:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver
Product Type:Ultrabook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Glossy
HD type:Full HD / No
LED Backlight: Yes
Screen Resolution:/1280x800
Screen Size:13.3 in
Screen Type:TFT
Swivel Screen: No
Touch Screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Drives

Optical Drive:DVD-RW/CD-RW

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphic Card Memory Size:256MB/N/A
Graphics Card:Integrated/NVIDIA GeForce 9500M
Multiple GPU: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter: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
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Internal

CPU Number:P8400/P8600
CPU Speed:2.2 GHz/2.4 GHz/2.66 GHz
CPU Type:Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive Size:128 GB/250 GB/320 GB/500 GB
Hard Drive Type:HDD
Internal Memory:2048 MB/3072 MB/4096 MB/6144 MB
Memory Type:DDR2 SDRAM/DDR3 SDRAM
Platform Technology:N/A

Keyboard

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

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):34.34x319.00x236.12 mm/34.34x319x236.12 mm
Weight:0 kg/2.2 kg/99.99 kg
Weight (lb):220 lb.

Memory

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

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0
Ethernet LAN: No
Networking features:WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

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
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Start-up time:8

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
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

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 17 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel QS67 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
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
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 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 rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
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
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: 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: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / 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): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 56858 / 64898 / 65707 / 65714 / I5-2467M / i7-2637M
Processor code:SR0D6 / SR0N5 / SR0N6 / SR0N8
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Related

Integrated Webcam: Yes
Miscellaneous:1 YEAR WARRANTY/3 years warranty/One year warranty

Security

Cable lock slot:N

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Extra Software:Microsoft Works 9.0/Microsoft® Works 9.0
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Premium
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

Type

Platform:PC

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:20.5
Depth (imperial):20.6
Height (front):6
Height (front) (imperial):6.1
Height (rear):1.8
Height (rear) (imperial):1.8
Weight:1.36 / 1.99
Width:31.6
Width (imperial):31.5