Dell XPS 15
Boasting an incredibly sharp 3,200x1,800-pixel resolution stretched across a 15.6-inch screen, Dell outdid itself with the XPS's display. It's even coated with Gorilla Glass to stand up to all the poking around you're going to be doing.
At 0.7 inch, the XPS 15 is impressively thin, but still has three USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and a single USB 2.0 port. It, of course, has the latest Intel Haswell processors that no doubt contribute to Dell's battery life claim of up to 13 hours. You also get a choice of integrated Intel graphics or a discrete Nvidia Geforce 750M and either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive with a 32GB solid-state drive, or you can go with just a 512GB SSD.
The good: The Dell XPS 15 has a better-than-HD display, decent casual-gaming chops, and a slim, lightweight 15-inch body.
The bad: Painfully expensive for a boring design and midlevel graphics, and going SSD-only drives the price up even more. Battery life falls short for an ultrabook-style system.
The bottom line: The Dell XPS 15 takes on Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display in almost every category, even beating it in a few. But for such a hefty investment, a design overhaul is in order.
October 16, 2013 2:31 PM PDT
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