The Dell XPS 13 has been leading our lists of best Ultrabooks and even best laptops for quite a few years now, and it’s getting hard to imagine anything else can surpass this slim beauty, especially since Dell's constantly tweaked the design over the years.
The most significant of those is the new Dell XPS 13 (2018), which is a tad slimmer and comes with the newest top-of-the-line innards that provide plenty of grunt under the hood. But that redesign isn't completely uncontroversial, because it also dropped the full-size USB-A ports that its predecessors had (aka the common ones we've been using for everything for the last couple of decades) and swapped them for USB-C ones instead.
You’d be forgiven, then, for perhaps considering the earlier 2017 model while it's still available.
The 2017 XPS 13 line-up was a relatively minor upgrade from its 2016 forebear, with Dell focusing on boosting performance rather than changing the look of the Ultrabook – but that still made it our favourite ultraportable laptop three years in a row when we tested it.
That 2017 model is the one that Dell's currently offering a discount of $750 on, too – and it's a premium configuration, with additional storage and memory, that's almost dropped down to the price of an entry-level 2018 model.
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