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
- 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 ;).
- 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.
- It has a lighted keyboard so in dark places you can still see and type.
- 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.
- I could connect to a corporate VPN without any problems. Not being able to to do that with the Macbook Air had bothered me.
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.]