Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Pros and cons of Dell XPS 13 laptop, model 2015…


Brilliant eye-candy design (surely subjective), thin, lightweight, smooth screen resolution (QHD+), UEFI secure boot, good touchpad…


QHD+ display resolution is not supported by many third party applications. Firefox, Thunderbird, Dropbox, Mega, and many other applications do look either awful or are too small to read without consequences. Alright, the built-in Internet Explorer, Windows mail client can be used, but come on…

What is more surprising is that even native subparts of the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system do not fully support such resolution. The Device Manager and some other apps are blurred. Another negative aspect for me.

The announced battery stamina of more than 10 hours is just a “lab truth”. More precisely, general office usage of the laptop does not produce more than 6 hours of online availability (my own test).

UEFI secure boot can be a hard knock for some users.


Dell trust has been seriously affected when using Dell System Detect tool, which puts PCs at risk.

PCs running Dell support app can be uniquely ID’d by snoops and scammers. App allows websites to surreptitiously acquire customers’ service tag numbers.

New Dell computer comes with a eDellRoot trusted root certificate. This basically means that https communication from every Dell’s laptop/desktop computer, can be eavesdropped and decrypted (man-in-the-middle attack).

PS: Considering Lenovo as an alternative is the same “ICT seppuku”… (pre-installed Superfish malware” etc. etc.)

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