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Dell New XPS 13 review: It's elegant, tiny and stupidly fast

PC World - Tue, 2018-03-27 06:18

Dell made a bold statement when it claimed its completely redesigned New XPS 13 would be among the fastest laptops in its class, if not the fastest. After finally laying our hands on the New XPS 13, we’d have to officially declare that Dell ain’t just trash-talking.

How fast is it? Let’s just say the XPS 13 with an 8th-gen Core i5 is as fast, if not faster than, most 8th-gen Core i7 laptops. It’s even on a par with, or faster than, many larger, beefier laptops, too.

But that’s not all. There’s way more to this redesigned XPS 13 that’s worthy of your attention.

Adam Patrick Murray

The New XPS 13 (top) is slightly thinner than the previous XPS 13 (bottom.)

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An iPad for students? Apple needs to make it more like the iPad Pro

Mac World - Tue, 2018-03-27 06:00

Conventional wisdom tells us we’re going to see a new 9.7-inch iPad drop today at Apple’s “Field Trip” event in Chicago. It’s possible this new iPad will even be less expensive, considering that Apple’s event focuses on the classroom, where cost savings are paramount.

Less expensive iPads sound great, but if Apple really wants to make its tablets more appealing in classrooms, students would be better served if Apple packed a new “student edition” iPad with some of the best features of the iPad Pro. This hypothetical device doesn’t need to have anywhere near the power we expect from the Pro, but it should at least come with Split View multitasking and Apple Pencil support. 

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