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Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 523 reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The design and portability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the connectivity, and the touchpad and energy efficiency get mixed views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Reviews about the design and durability are overall positive. The portability and size are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the usability.

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60% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS13 13-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7 3537U 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 Professional)Dell XPS13 13-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7 3537U 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 Professional)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the durability and usability. The design and performance also get good feedback. There are some critical comments about the touchpad. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

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73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS XPS13-40002sLV 13-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)Dell XPS XPS13-40002sLV 13-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Craig Simms (

Dell XPS 13


Decent build quality ; Backlit keyboard ; Dell's competitive pricing

Palm rejection on touch pad is bad ; No HDMI ; Vent on the bottom ; Dell's "Quickset" program kept stealing focus throughout testing, causing much frustration

Dell's ultrabook gets a passing grade. The touch pad is immensely frustrating, the battery life could be better and the software package needs work. It's built well, but one obvious thing remains; there are better choices out there on the market.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Sasha Muller (

Review: Dell XPS 13


The best-value Full HD Ultrabook on the market.

A great bargain for a great screen.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Tony Ibrahim (

Dell XPS 13


Dell's Ultrabook has some interesting design cues, but is that enough to separate it from the Ultrabook pack?

Built from premium materials; Great keyboard; Slender design

Few connectivity ports

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio Connections:Line In /Line Out /Mic In
Audio system:HD / HDA
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Sound Card:/Integrated
Speaker power:1.5


Battery capacity (Watt hours):47
Battery life (max):8.53 / 8.8
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:6


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Bluetooth: Yes
Built-in 3G: No
FireWire: Yes
HDMI Outputs:1/None
Memory Card Reader:8-in-1
Network Card:/Yes
PC Card Slot: Yes
USB Ports:2/Yes
VGA (D-sub):1
WLAN Standard:802.11n


Mouse/Click Device:Touchpad


Colour of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product colour:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver
Product Type:Ultrabook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Glossy
HD type:Full HD / No
LED Backlight: Yes
Screen Resolution:/1280x800
Screen Size:13.3 in
Screen Type:TFT
Swivel Screen: No
Touch Screen: No
Touchscreen: No


Optical Drive:DVD-RW/CD-RW


Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphic Card Memory Size:256MB/N/A
Graphics Card:Integrated/NVIDIA GeForce 9500M
Multiple GPU: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


CPU Number:P8400/P8600
CPU Speed:2.2 GHz/2.4 GHz/2.66 GHz
CPU Type:Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive Size:128 GB/250 GB/320 GB/500 GB
Hard Drive Type:HDD
Internal Memory:2048 MB/3072 MB/4096 MB/6144 MB
Platform Technology:N/A


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Dimensions (HxWxD):34.34x319.00x236.12 mm/34.34x319x236.12 mm
Weight:0 kg/2.2 kg/99.99 kg
Weight (lb):220 lb.


Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0
Ethernet LAN: No
Networking features:WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

Audio system:HD / HDA
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Start-up time:8

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2


AC adapter power:45

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 17 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel QS67 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2467M / I5-3317U / i7-2637M / i7-3517M / I7-3517U / I7-3667U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 56858 / 64898 / 65707 / 65714 / I5-2467M / i7-2637M
Processor code:SR0D6 / SR0N5 / SR0N6 / SR0N8
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Integrated Webcam: Yes
Miscellaneous:1 YEAR WARRANTY/3 years warranty/One year warranty


Cable lock slot:N


Drivers included: Yes
Extra Software:Microsoft Works 9.0/Microsoft® Works 9.0
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro


Card reader integrated: No
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256



Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):20.6
Height (front):6
Height (front) (imperial):6.1
Height (rear):1.8
Height (rear) (imperial):1.8
Weight:1.36 / 1.99
Width (imperial):31.5