Dell XPS 13 Gold Edition review: Our favorite ultrabook is all dressed up with everywhere to go



Dell’s XPS 13 Gold Edition laptop reveals a little-known secret about consumer tech. Apparently, when it comes to perceived value, consumers aren’t as swayed by specs like a quad-core processor, SSD, or graphics as much as they are by a device’s color.

Yes, fashion often trumps functionality—but luckily, Dell’s latest XPS 13 offers flashy looks and equally flashy performance.

First, it’s gold. And as we know, gold is best.

Second, its top-of-the line Core i7-6560U processor features Iris Graphics. That’s Intel marketing speak for the company’s fastest graphics core. Besides having twice the graphics execution units as a typical HD 520-equipped laptop, like the standard XPS 13, it also features 64MB of RAM embedded in the CPU package. This embedded DRAM functions as a cache that helps overall graphics performance. According to Intel, because it rejiggered the cache design for its 6th-gen Skylake parts, that cache will give other applications a boost in performance, too.

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