Dell XPS MBA clone...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by maxxaddict, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Dec 21, 2005
    Saskatchewan, Canada
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    Let's see...CF underside, 13" screen with smaller footprint, battery indicator that MBAs do NOT have. That's not even close to being a clone.

    No, Apple's legal team will not get involved.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Yep, that would be a MacBook Air knock off.

    Funny thing is it took these company's years to catch up with the knock offs and they're still a joke.

    Dell sucks, wouldn't take another one of their notebooks if it was free .... actually I would, but I'd sell it and buy more Apple stuff :D
  4. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Apples real beauty goes deeper its aluminum shell.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    The (lack of) bezel isn't half bad, though.

    Wouldn't mind an extra mm or two of thickness on the lid of the MBA if that's the gain. Would make a smaller footprint possible as well, no?
  6. KohPhiPhi, Mar 30, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 30, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    The lack of bezel is awesome, it's something the MBA needs. Yes, I would be willing to gain 2mm of thickness in order to reduce the footprint.

    However, the 1366x768 resolution is not. Why would they gimp such a nice ultrabook with such a low resolution?

    By the way, there's quite a difference in size between the XPS 13 and the MBA 13: . In fact, the XPS 13 is closer the MBA 11's size.
  7. Xikum, Mar 30, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    Why must we sit here and laugh Apple's main competitors, just because there isnt a shiny Apple badge on the laptop?

    The ultra book range is finally meaningful competition to the MacBook Air. Competition is NEVER a bad thing for the consumer (us). If ultra books failed, Apple would be able to sit back and let the money roll in. With competition (such as the Dell XPS13) Apple need to innovate and bring out their best laptops, year after year.

    For the XPS 13 specifically, there are a few things that we haven't seen on Apple laptops; carbon fibre body, near-bezelless, etc. Everything else on it looks decent, and overall its definitely a laptop I wouldn't mind owning. Would I pick it over a MacBook Air right now? Probably not, but that doesn't mean that further generations of it wont catch up (or perhaps overtake) the Air. This is when competition starts to benefit us.

    There are far too many iSheep on this forum at times.
  8. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
    There's a good comparison between the MacBook Air (13 inch) and the Dell XPS 13 from MobileTechReview (here). I must admit that I'm a real fan of Lisa Gade's reviews, partially because she's been around in this business long enough to not be taken in by marketing hype, as well as being a pleasure to listen to. In the case of this comparison, there wasn't an obvious overall winner. However, we mustn't forget that we're comparing the latest and greatest from Dell with an Apple counterpart that's been on the market for the best part of a year, so as soon as Apple releases the new MacBook Air range, I would expect them to pull away from the Dell again.

    As Xikum says, competition is not a bad thing...
  9. macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2010
    Screen rocks - well almost

    The edge to edge screen is a winner for me, well it would be if it was higher resolution, 720p just doesnt cut it for me.

    I love virtually no bezel. I do find the MBA bezel quite large at times.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Looked like it had a bezel to me, just more of a MBP style bezel. Black on the edge and the plastic or glass went over it.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Its edge to edge like the iMac/iPad etc. The picture wont go right to edge.

    Don't think apple will be too concerned as its still Dell. Horrid machines
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2007

    Never mind the laptop - what a horrendous webpage design!

    Dread to think how many accessibilty guidelines have been thrown out of the window in order to look 'cool' and 'dynamic'
  13. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    haha. I was thinking that when I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled......
  14. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    Some laptops are a clear copy of the Air *cough*Asus*cough* but this isn't. There are so many different things about it that it doesn't even look close to me. Saying that's a copy of an Air is just as ridiculous as when people say the Air is a copy of an old Vaio just because it's tapered and thin.
  15. 3dflyboy1, Mar 30, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    This^^^ :D


    Harsh!! :D C'mon, Dell makes alienware. ;)
  16. macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    What is apple gonna sue dell over? a better looking dell design?

    These new ultrabooks are great...they will push apple into making there laptops so much better= we all win!
  17. macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2007
    Dell is still ugly. Just their logo and model name is ugly.
  18. macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    People looking for ways to sue are disgusting.

    When a company knocks off key aspects of a design then I think the media has a responsibility to tear them up on it. But this idea that companies should sue because a tablet has a screen on it or a notebook is too tapered only works against technology. Tablets are going to look similar, Notebooks are going to overlap in design concepts. Someone will get their idea ripped off. But in the end the winner is the one with the better overall product so quit worrying about who "invented" the rectangle and just buy the best product available.
  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Oh absolutely, but it looks like it's half that of the current MBA 11", judging from the video. It'd be fantastic to have that on the 11" (aka 'new 13"' :D). I want the 11" but the size of the current bezel honestly irks me, irrational or not. Yes, the lid is superslim but if adding 2-3 mm would get me a 13" with the 11" footprint I'd pick that over slimmer 11" every time.

    All in all the Dell looks quite nice. No idea what it'd be like in a user scenario on the whole, though (you'd have well integrated multitouch trackpad/gestures on the MBA etc). Personally, I'd also rather have an SSD.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2011
    I was thinking that it looks an awful lot like a page from Apple's store.
  21. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    It definitely looks cool in the pictures. Carbon fiber is cool!

    We use dells at work running XP and they are excellent computers. I have way more issues with the 2011 MBP/OSX than the 4 year old dell/XP workstation...

    Technically behind the scenes, OSX may be vastly superior, but to the user OSX makes you realize how maligned Microsoft is. Although I have NOT used anything subsequent to XP and just had to get that in. I do find many Apple people completely irrational on the subject, including many people I work with.

    I have been waiting for the 2012 MBA but will definitely check out the XPS before I purchase.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and Spooner (when it's not 20 below)
    Sure, they use a cool material like carbon fiber, but the seam between the cf and aluminum top makes it look just like all the other craptop pc's out there. It doesn't seem like this is a laptop that is following Intel's guidelines for an ultra book, not that I care one way or the other.

    Not a huge fan of dell - the laptops and dt's I've had from them were throw away junk, none lasting more than 12 months before needing to be replaced due to problems.
  23. macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2008
    Northern Ireland
    Looks like a great little machine, and no they won't be having Apple's legal team on their tails. Just because they use aluminum, have similar ports and nearly the same thickness. I like the idea of the CF keeping the underside of it cooler and also making it lighter, maybe they should have kept the bottom black instead of the typical CF look. Plus getting 8 hours out of a machine that is the same size as the 11" Air is impressive. My Air only gets 5 hours at very best. Glad to see this coming out as it will provide Apple with much needed competition.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    Outside of it being a thin laptop I have a hard time seeing how it is a MBA clone.

    Now, those new Lenovos......
  25. macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2009
    To be honest that is the best looking pc ultra book I have seen, I have to give it to dell this time. Usually they make ugly looking computers except for the XPS line, but this one looks really nice.

Share This Page