Dell said it'd start shipping its XPS 13 ultrabook by February, and it looks like the company's just going to make it before the month comes to a close in a couple of days. The ultrabook with a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 display is now available to order from Dell's website, and the company says that models are ready to ship out tomorrow.
The 2.9 pound, 0.71-inch thick machine tapers down to 0.24 inches at its thinnest, and it starts at just $999. For that price you'll get a 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. You can bump up that speedy storage to 256GB for $300 more, and a top spec'd version with that larger SSD and a 1.7GHz Core i7-2637M processor will run you a total of $1,499. For a limited time all of the XPS 13 configs come with a T-Mobile 4G Portable Hotspot and a three month data voucher to boot. That $999 starting price compares favorably with Lenovo's IdeaPad U330s ultrabook, which has essentially the same specs but starts at $200 more.
We haven't spent a lot of time with the XPS 13 yet, but in the few moments we had with it back during CES we walked away with few complaints about the system. Its selection of USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, and MiniDisplay ports is sufficient for a slim laptop like this — though we wish Dell squeezed an SD card slot into the slim frame — and our only complaint with the ultrabook's aluminum casing and magnesium-alloy palmrest was that the edges of the system were quite sharp and irritating. Our review of Dell's first entry into the ultrabook market should be up soon, but if you can't wait check out the source link to place your order. Oh, and if you're worried about the news that Dell is shifting its focus to enterprise, we think premium systems like the new XPS 13 are here to stay.