As long as I’ve been in business (coming up on 6 years end of June! Woo!) I’ve owned Dell products. My first (and last) Dell laptop was an Inspiron, purchased in 2006. That thing defied the definition of mobile. It acted as a desktop, and if I was really desperate, I’d lug all 10 pounds of it elsewhere.
I purchased an Inspiron One (Touch) last year, since it didn’t seem that being mobile had much benefit, judging from previous experience. It’s been fine having just a desktop.
I have an iPad, and I occasionally work on it, but to be honest, it’s a pain in the butt to type on, even with the tiny stupid keyboard attachment.
So when Dell (who loves me because I’m on its Consumer Advisory Panel) said they were sending me and the other #DellCAP members XPS 13 ultrabooks as gifts, I was happy, but nonplussed. After all, did I really need a laptop?
Um, yes I do.
First of all, when the box came, I was surprised at how small it was. I opened it and thought they forgot to send the laptop. Cord? Check. Booklet? Check. But where was the laptop?? At the bottom of the box, being all thin and light.
You can read about how light (less than 3 pounds) and thin (less than.25 inches) it is on Dell’s site. I’ll give you my two cents.
I’d forgotten since I went full desktop how much I love working in my garden. Not weeding, but Tweeting and writing blog posts. A leetle light laptop like this lets me do so. I do have to say the glare in the sun is annoying; the Gorilla Glass is more reflective than it needs to be, in my humble opinion.
I use Chrome, so I set up the application to sync to my desktop’s bookmarks. I can easily work in my office until it gets too hot and I don’t want to turn on the air conditioner, then go outside, downstairs, or to the coffee shop and pick up where I left off on my XPS.
Not everyone needs multiple ways to get online. I do. I have my smartphone (HTC Thunderbolt) for when I’m on the go, iPad for leisure and travel, desktop for when I really want to concentrate, and now the XPS for working wherever I want. I wouldn’t change my setup for anything!
Thanks Dell! You continue to rock!