I haven't always been a huge Dell fan - many of their stuff is cheaply made plastic. But the XPS 13 I have is quite a nice laptop in my opinion. Sure, it isn't an Apple product, but it's also half the price. Mine is equipped with an SSD and 4 GB of memory, and it flies for what I need. The display is nice and crisp, and the battery life is great. I got mine before the XPS 15 came out, so I knew what I was getting into back then. But I do wish my display was a 15" sometimes. 13" is good for light work, but I am a firm believer in screen real estate. So take that into consideration - it's a great laptop, but a 13" screen can be limiting sometimes. All in all, for the price I like it.