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Dell made a gold version of the best Windows laptop

Dell only just tweaked its XPS 13 formula recently, but it’s ready to go a step further. Like Apple, LG, and many others, the XPS 13 is about to get a gold version. I got a chance to take an early look at it at CES this week, and it looks great. I’m not usually a fan of gold, but the entire aluminum finish has a relatively mild shade of gold that doesn’t look too gaudy in reality.

Dell hasn’t extended the gold finish to anything other than the aluminum, so the keyboard and trackpad are still surrounded by the soft-touch finish without any gold trim. That might be a missed opportunity for some, but it keeps the gold look subtle rather than tacky. Everything else inside is exactly the same.

While this is a new color option, Dell is reserving it for the high-end version of XPS 13. It's priced at $1699 for an Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a QHD+ display. Dell is planning to release the gold edition on February 2nd in the US.

The XPS 13 is also getting iris graphics

Aside from the color option, there’s more good news for the XPS 13. A new Intel Iris graphics option is arriving in February for the Core i7 model. Dell claims that will boost graphics performance by around 40 percent, and it’ll be interesting to see how the battery life is affected. Dell is also launching a new XPS 15 configuration on February 2nd for those with serious memory requirements. The new configuration will include an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, Nvidia graphics, and the UHD display. That’s the ultimate XPS 15 config so far, and Dell plans to launch it for $2,949.99.

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Dell XPS 13 gold edition hands-on photos