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Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 649 reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and screen. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the connectivity and touchpad, while there are some mixed opinions about the energy efficiency and reliability.

performance, portability, design, screen, battery

touchpad, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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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 Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design and durability. The portability and size also get good reviews, but there are some critical opinions 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)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and durability. The design and portability also get good comments. Many are negative about the touchpad. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

performance, portability, design, durability, usability

touchpad

70% 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)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

 

The Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful Ultrabook that sacrifices some features in order to look so good

Design and build quality ; Performance ; Size and weight

Very limited amount of ports ; Screen could be better ; Touchpad drivers need work

There's no doubt the Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful laptop. Its carbon fibre base and Gorilla Glass components not only look good, they give the laptop plenty of strength. Furthermore, the XPS 13 is a fast unit thanks to its Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD. It...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Dell Studio XPS 13

 

The Dell Studio XPS 13 is a comfortable 13.3in laptop but it isn't without its faults.

Quick 7200rpm hard drive, screen has good brightness and colour, comfortable keyboard, backlit keyboard

Screen obstructs the air vent, generates plenty of heat, stacsv.exe process occupied 50 per cent of the CPU all the time, poor battery life unless using "power save" mode in Vista

The Dell Studio XPS 13 looks good and it is a good performer. However, this notebook produces a lot of heat and has some problems with its installed audio driver. Go for it if you want plenty of speed along with portability, but be sure to disable its...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Craig Simms (cnet.com.au)

Dell XPS 13

 

Decent build quality ; Backlit keyboard ; Dell's competitive pricing

Palm rejection on touch pad is bad ; No HDMI ; Vent on the bottom ; Dell's "Quickset" program kept stealing focus throughout testing, causing much frustration

Dell's ultrabook gets a passing grade. The touch pad is immensely frustrating, the battery life could be better and the software package needs work. It's built well, but one obvious thing remains; there are better choices out there on the market.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Rory Reid (cnet.com.au)

Dell Studio XPS 13

 

The Dell Studio XPS 13 is a very good laptop. It could have been excellent, but Dell seems to have actually tried too hard in some areas, such as the laptop's design, and we feel it's backfired slightly.

Backlit keyboard ; Good storage options

Chassis gets hot ; Styling isn't all it could have been

Conclusion The Dell Studio XPS 13 shoots for excellence but comes up short. It's almost as if it's trying too hard in some areas, when less really would have been more. Having said that, it's worth checking out for its very strong performance,...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Sasha Muller (crn.com.au)

Review: Dell XPS 13

 

The best-value Full HD Ultrabook on the market.

A great bargain for a great screen.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Tony Ibrahim (smarthouse.com.au)

Dell XPS 13

 

Dell's Ultrabook has some interesting design cues, but is that enough to separate it from the Ultrabook pack?

Built from premium materials; Great keyboard; Slender design

Few connectivity ports

May, 2012

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (techguide.com.au)

Dell launches XPS 13 ultrabook

 

Dell has released its sleek XPS 13 ultrabook which packs a 13-inch edge-to-edge display into a form factor that is closer to an 11-imch device.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Sasha Muller (pcauthority.com.au)

Dell Studio XPS 13, better than the M1330 but at a price

 

Dell's previous 13.3in XPS - the M1330 - was a delightful portable, but the XPS 13 makes it look scruffy by comparison.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Rory Reid (zdnet.com.au)

Dell Studio XPS 13

 

The Dell Studio XPS 13 is a very good laptop. It could have been excellent, but Dell seems to have actually tried too hard in some areas, such as the laptop's design, and we feel it's backfired slightly.

Backlit keyboard, Good storage options

Chassis gets hot, Styling isn't all it could have been

The Dell Studio XPS 13 is a very good laptop. It could have been excellent, but Dell seems to have actually tried too hard in some areas, such as the laptop's design, and we feel it's backfired. Nevertheless, very strong performance, relatively solid...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Dell Studio XPS 13

 

I was initially disappointed by the machine's problems but I soon realized that all its freezing problems stemmed from Vista and were not hardware realized. After installing Win 7 this machine runs like a dream. I've had a lot of laptops and this one...

fast, portable, good battery life

gets a little hot

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3246
Audio Connections:Line In /Line Out /Mic In
Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio Pro
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:4
Sound Card:/Integrated
Speaker power:1.5 / 2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):52 / 56 / 60
Battery life (max):8.8
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.6 / 8.8
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1.3
Infrared (IR) camera:Y
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

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, Silver / Black, Silver / Pink gold, White
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber
Market positioning:Business
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display bezel technology:InfinityEdge
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 3200 x 1800
Display Surface:Glossy
HD type:Full HD / No / QHD+
LED Backlight:Y
Pixel pitch:0.153 x 0.153
Screen Resolution:/1280x800
Screen Size:13.3 in
Screen Type:TFT
Swivel Screen: No
Touch Screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No / Y

Drives

Optical Drive:DVD-RW/CD-RW

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphic Card Memory Size:256MB/N/A
Graphics Card:Integrated/NVIDIA GeForce 9500M
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Multiple GPU: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x1926 / 0x5916 / 0x5917 / 0x5926
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel Iris Graphics 540 / Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 / Intel UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
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:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y

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:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110 / 140
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:HD
Infrared data port: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot: No
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:3
PowerShare:Y
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.31
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion

Processor

Bus type:DMI / OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel QS67 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2,1x4,2x2,2x1,4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.8 / 4.00
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-7xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.80 / 1.9 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3317U / i5-7200U / i7-3517M / I7-6560U / i7-7560U / i7-8550U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1023 / BGA1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0 / L1 / Y0
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / 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 Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 65707 / 91163 / 95443 / 97540
Processor code:SR0N8 / SR2ZU
Processor package size:31 / 42 x 24 / 42 x 24 x 1.3
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y

Related

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

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Y
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Password protection:Y

Software

Drivers included:Y
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 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Type

Platform:PC

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:199 / 20.5 / 200
Depth (imperial):20.6
Height (front):6 / 7.8 / 9
Height (front) (imperial):6.1
Height (rear):1.16 / 1.5 / 1.8
Height (rear) (imperial):1.8
Weight:1.21 / 1.23 / 1.29 / 1.36
Width:302 / 304 / 31.6
Width (imperial):31.5