Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook now Shipping for $999

The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook order page is now live on, pricing starts at $999 and includes a bonus surprise of a Free T-Mobile 4G Hotspot with 90-days of service included without contract.  The $999 version of the XPS 13 comes with the following specs:

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook order page

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2467m 1.60GHz
  • Display: 13.3” 1366 x 768
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Graphics: Intel HD 3000
  • Wireless: Intel N6230 & Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 6-cell 47 WHr
  • Webcam: 1.3 MP built-in
  • Ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, headphone jack
  • Thickness: 0.71-inches
  • Weight: 2.9lbs

A rather amusing typo on the XPS 13 specs listing right now is that the weight comes in at –1lbs:


Take that MacBook Air and any other Ultrabook wannabes!  For those physicists interested in figuring out how to create anti-matter, Dell beat you to the punch.  Typos and funny business aside, the XPS 13 should actually be listed at 2.9lbs.

After placing an order for the XPS 13 Ultrabook (which we did) the ship date is estimated to be 3-days from the time of order, so obviously Dell has some inventory close by.  Shipping is free if you opt for the 5 – 7 business days method, or $29.99 if you want a faster 2-day method which you see billed to us below:


Interestingly, although the T-Mobile 4G hotspot is “Free”, it is billed separately as $125 while the XPS 13 itself is listed as $875.  Go figure.  The TMO Hotspot is $124.99 on, but free with contract.

There are two other more expensive configuration options for the XPS 13 Ultrabook.  You can opt for a larger 256GB SSD for +300 and a faster Intel Core i7 with 256GB SSD for + $500. We’re guessing that the $999 price point is going to be the most attractive to buyers.  After all, that makes it a full $300 less than the competing HP Envy 14 Spectre and Lenovo U300e.  Being under the $1,000 price point, if only by $1, is important psychologically.

Dell XPS 13 purchase options

For those that have an itchy finger, here’s a link to the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook order page:

We’ll do a first thoughts review of the XPS 13 and unboxing video when we receive it later this week!

UPDATE, get the XPS 13 for $930:

Thanks to PolkSDA for this information, you can actually get the XPS 13 for $70 off, around $930, if you use the Dell EPP discount using this link

That EPP discount saves you 2%  there, then use $50 off coupon code: B94N1GC3$6FMM?

If you use a Dell Preferred Account you can get another 3% off.

7 responses to “Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook now Shipping for $999”

  1. PolkSDA says:

    It’s only published on the Dell Home segment, but a little judicious URL manipulation will get you a discount through EPP:

    That saves you 2% right there. Then you can use a $50 off EPP coupon:


    Then if you use a Dell Preferred Account you get another 3% off.

    My net price for the base config, including sales tax, was $954.66, so that’s about 10% off all told.

  2. Andy says:

    I’ve been in the market for an ultra book for a while, and this is far and away the most appealing that I’ve seen thus far. The price is right; these OEMs should all be offering a premium model for the magic $999 or less, imo. And the hardware looks superb; I want something that matches the slim, sturdy, minimalist MacBook Air, but with Windows.

    My only problem, is I’m really trying to debate between this now, or wait for Ivy Bridge with the HD4000 graphics. 🙁

  3. Andy says:

    Yeah, it’s kind of baffling how 1366×768 is still standard on most laptops, considering how high pixel density has gotten so quickly on phones and tablets. I’d love 1600×900. The Spectre is the only other recent laptop that I’ve found to be super compelling, but the price isn’t right. Also holding out to see what Vizio’s thin and lights turn out to be.

  4. Kai says:

    That coupon code doesn’t work. I just tried it and it doesn’t work. I only get the 2% EPP discount.

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