Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook – A Business Device Without Question

Dell XPS 13  And MacBook Air 13 side by side

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook and MacBook Air Side by side

Repeating the advice of my friend and Small Business Guru – Ramon Ray – Technology should be used to solve a business problem.I have been using a variety of tablets. I think of tablets as an excellent After Hours device and I feel the need to use a laptop for business, document, spreadsheets, email, connectivity, VPN etc. You can do this on a tablet but I find it better to use a laptop.

I think my problem was solved by the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook I got from Dell to try out (disclaimer below) . The last Dell product I used was actually well ahead of it’s time.  It was the Dell AXIM PDA and at the time it was a cutting edge pocket PC  and I used it till smartphones became popular. Dell makes great products and I like the pioneering work Dell has done in using social media to engage and communicate with their customers and community.

5 things to like about the Dell XPS 13

  1. It starts and shuts down very fast with the Windows 7 Home Premium and a SSD drive. A solid state drive is technology that makes the drive accessible easier. Of course, this could be a inconvenience, and I say this in humor,  if you are used to windows taking enough time for you to get your coffee before it boots up ;).
  2. Display – The screen has a 13 inch display but Dell has excelled in fitting the screen  and making the laptop thinner. It is smaller than my 13 inch Macbook Air.
  3. It has a lighted keyboard so in dark places you can still see and type.
  4. It is very light and easy to  carry and has longer battery life than laptops. This reviewer of the Dell XPS 13 says he got 4 hours and seven minutes of battery life.
  5. I could connect to a corporate VPN without any problems. Not being able to to do that  with the Macbook Air  had bothered me.
The only less than optimal experience was with the trackpad  for the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. It hung a few times and was too quick. Disabling the two finger scroll fixed that for me and I did not notice any difference. Dell ships the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with a clean desktop and I was off and running  in just a few minutes. Having Chrome synced between machines helped me with all the sites I visit regularly and was a breeze to install.

In conclusion, if you are a Windows fan and were bothered about not having a device like the Macbook Air, well Dell has solved the problem. The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook starts at a retail price of $999. In case you are considering a new laptop the Dell XPS13 Ultrabook should definitely be in  your list to check out first.

[Disclaimer: I was given a Dell XPS 13 ultrabook free because I’m a Small Business influencer with no obligation to say anything or talk about the company. Of course they would always appreciate feedback.]


About Shashi Bellamkonda

Shashi Bellamkonda is a Speaker and Digital Marketing Expert and he is the Vice President, Digital Marketing at The Bozzuto Group whose mission statement is " the best real estate company in America." Bellamkonda is also an Adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University. After several years of enriching experience in the hospitality industry which also included being a chef, Shashi transformed his hobby of computers and technology to his career working in areas like Customer service, Program Management, Digital marketing and Social Media.

  • Shashib
  • Shashib

    Since the wrote this review in a few days after I got this ultrabook, I have been discovering new and cool things. Very cool to touch and a fast processor. Have been loving the speed

  • Chris Puttick

    What’s the resolution of the display? Brightness i.e. ok in sunlight? And the all-important question, can the mousepad do 3-button? Great productivity is lost without the third button for paste-on-the-fly :)

    • Ramon Ray

      Off hand I don’t have that information but I’m sure it’s on Dell’s web site. Tell us more about this third button – how do you use it best?

      • Chris Puttick

         In Linux OS selecting text (with mouse or keyboard) automatically adds it to clipboard. Middle click then pastes, and this can be from/to a doc, website or console i.e. if  content to be selected it can be pasted with one click. Amazes me how people live without it :)

  • gmanthebrave


    I guess there are a lot of things I take for granted when I
    look at all of the different kinds of electronic devices, like if I can connect
    to my VPN at DISH, or if I can use when I’m traveling or at
    home.  I found out that Netbooks don’t
    run a full Windows OS, and therefore not compatible with  That is important to me for using the VOD at
    home with an HDMI cable so I can watch the tens of thousands of shows and
    movies.  I can also see why the netbooks
    are so much cheaper than Ultrabooks.

    • Ramon Ray

      Yeah – tech can definitely be a confusing mess at times – but great your doing some research ahead of time to know what’s best for you!


  • SKMitchell1234

    Great Ultrabook and the best carrying case for this computer is FlipCase.  Great functioning case allows you to use your Ultrabook on the go – for real!

    • Ramon Ray

      Thanks much – neat carrying case for sure.

  • pixiewhipped

    I was so excited to get my Dell ultrabook! However 4 days after it arrived I was on with technical support for 3 hours.  Turns out that the wake feature on my device does not work!  They sent me an exchange promptly however it has the same issue and I think they actually sent me one that had been returned by another customer.  There were updates preformed and browsing history! I am so angry with Dell! I really, really love ultrabook in theory but the reality was so different.  I’m just not sure what to do, wait until Dell works the bugs out or what!

    • Ramon Ray

      So sorry to hear about your plight. I have an Ultrabook as well and it works just fine for me – no problems. However, trust me technology is definitely not perfect. Have you contacted Dell again on this issue?

      • pixiewhipped

        Yes they have been great so far. At this point I have requested a full refund. I think I will wait and order another one…maybe I just got one from a bad batch!