CES 2019: Dell’s new XPS 13 finally fixes the webcam problem

Joanna Estrada
January 10, 2019

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PC MAKER Dell's XPS 13 has always been regarded as one of the best ultraportables on the market, despite one major, glaring flaw: a webcam located underneath the screen that gave a detailed look inside your nose.

The Dell XPS 13 was always one of our favourite laptops, but there was one thing we hated about it: the nosecam.

The company said this is the smallest webcam its made, and it still fits perfectly with a design of the XPS 13, allowing the laptop to maintain its gorgeous InfinityEdge display without impairment. That brilliant, nearly bezel-free display has also been enhanced with the addition of Dolby Vision technology. Another new feature is the brighter "arctic white woven glass fibre interior" and the new "Frost anodised" exterior colour option. If any of this interests you, the new Dell XPS 13 (UHD) will be available January, starting at £999. The Dell XPS 2019 will be packing the latest 8th-generation Whiskey Lake processors, with turbo boosts of up to 4.6GHz. The XPS 13 starts at $899.99 with availability for most versions this month, the FHD touchscreen version in silver and black will launch after this month. Pricing has yet to be confirmed for that model, but Dell said all the laptops will be sold on Dell.com, Microsoft.com, and in limited quantities in select Microsoft stores. It will also recognise if the user left and will lock itself. There's a new Adaptive Thermal Technology that is able to detect when the device is sitting on a desk or being moved around and adjust the performance settings accordingly to ensure the heat dissipation adjusts depending on your usage. Both machines are offered in silver without the pen garage as the Inspiron 13/15 7000 2-in-1, the versions with the pen are called Black Edition.

Dell's Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 and Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 notebooks share numerous same features, including an available pen garage in the Black Edition flavors that allows a full-size, active pen to be stored in the hinge, and held in place with magnets.

Dell hasn't been afraid to innovate on existing designs with its CES 2019 lineup, and that's obvious with its latest round of refreshes to its Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 range.

The Active Pen, which is included on the Black Edition models, allows users to draw or write naturally providing a pen-on-paper experience.

And like the 2018 model, the new Dell XPS 13 has a power button to the right of the keyboard which also acts as a fingerprint scanner; a welcome feature considering the laptop's lack of Windows Hello support.

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