The XPS 13 ships with Ubuntu pre-installed and is a top-of-the line ultrabook, with specs similar to the Macbook Pro 13", but half a pound lighter.
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Pro Great Linux support
Not only are drivers provided, they have been incorporated into Ubuntu 14.04.
Pro Stunning display
The XPS 13 has a stunning display with tiny almost unnoticeable bezels which allows it to fit into a much smaller foot-print than most 13” laptops.
Pro 5th Generation Intel® Core processors
Great performer with a choice of 5th Gen Core i5 or i7.
Pro Toggleable and customizable keyboard backlighting
Users can turn on or off the backlighting of the keyboard as well as adjust the brightness.
Pro Solid State Drive storage
Uniform random access time in all locations, you'll need it to kill time during building and testing cycle, also helpful in running the final product. Operations on SSD is marginally faster than on HDD.
Pro 8GB RAM
Building software typically takes more resources than running the final product, having a lot of RAM helps building big complex applications faster.
Con Webcam located in an odd place
Due to the narrow bezel of the infinity display, Dell moved the webcam to the bottom left corner. This results in an odd viewing angle and the webcam getting blocked while typing.
Con Touchscreen is glossy
The screen for the touch-screen model is glossy instead of matte (non-touch screen). For what is a Linux notebook this does not make a lot of sense since most Linux users are the more tech savy who program. A glossy screen is more for multimedia, something Linux is not really known for excelling in.
Con Spongy keyboard
The keyboard feels a bit spongy and also does not have a lot of travel to the keys. When bottoming out there is no feel of completion.
Con Battery wear
The laptop never performs to the promised 11-15 hours, average usage is around 7~8. Afterwards, the battery continues to fall at an alarming rate, only 5~6 after a couple of months.