first_imgWith the rise of ultrabooks in 2012, we have seen two distinct classes of the ultra-thin laptops emerge. There are those clearly aimed at the budget-conscious, featuring little to no aluminum in the chassis and the minimum specs required to get the ultrabook label from Intel.On the other end of the spectrum are ultrabooks that aim to redefine the term premium, incorporating goodies like Gorilla Glass, full-size SSDs (compared to the mSATA SSD cache that meets the minimum ultrabook requirements), soft-touch surfaces, single-piece aluminum designs, and more. In mid-2012, we usually saw these premium models priced around $1000 or more.Dell’s XPS 13 is technically a last generation ultrabook, coming equipped with a 2nd gen Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor, but in our eyes this is a perfect reasonable sacrifice to get a boat load of premium features at a bargain price. The specs list gets you the dual-core Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD; but the real value is in every nook and cranny of the XPS 13.It starts with a carbon fiber base for added durability over aluminum and lower weight. The top cover does use aluminum, making for a computer that is 6mm thick at the front and just 18mm in the rear. Even the palm rest of made of magnesium and covered in lush soft touch paint.Moving up to the display, you get a 13.3-inch screen with a nearly-frameless design, keeping the overall dimensions to a minimum. The screen itself is covered in Gorilla Glass for even more durability. You also get a backlit keyboard and glass touchpad, all standard.You don’t have to worry about connectivity either, with a pair of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort video output, Wireless-N, webcam, and Bluetooth. Being a premium product, Dell backs it up with one year of on-site warranty coverage and 24×7 premium phone support.The XPS 13 has every bell and whistle you can think of, but for a limited time you can snag it for just $799.99 with free shipping AND a free $100 Dell e-gift card. The gift card is good for anything from Dell.com, making for the perfect opportunity to grab some accessories for your slick new laptop. This is the lowest price we have ever seen on the XPS 13, especially if you consider the value of the gift card, and an amazing value on such a feature-filled Ultrabook.Dell XPS 13 Core i5 13.3-inch ultrabook and $100 Gift Card for $799.99 + free shipping & $100 GC(reg. $949.99 | $100 e-gift card delivered by email | ends Jan. 16 or sooner)Our other top deals:Samsung 23-inch Full HD LED-Backlit Monitor for $149.99 + shipping (reg. $219.99)Cohesion XP 10.2 Gaming Chair with wireless audio for $65 + free shipping (reg. $150)Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 convertible ultrabook running Windows RT for $699 (reg. $849)last_img