This is a Dell sponsored post.
Last month I told you all about the new Dell XPS 13. I’ve had another month to use it and the best way to show you how it will fit into your lifestyle is to take you through my day with the XPS 13.
My day starts at 6:15 am and I wake up my youngest to get her to school. Once she is off, I get the rest of the kids up and I sit at the kitchen table with my XPS and check email, news, social media and read a few blogs.
I’m available for my kids, but getting some of the business tasks out-of-the-way. My battery power on my Dell XPS 13 starts between 9 and 10 hours.
TIP: I found turning down the brightness on the screen saves a LOT of battery power. It’s the biggest drainer for me. If I turn the brightness up, the battery in the morning goes down to about 5 hours.
After I workout and shower, I run errands and usually spend some time working at Starbucks or McDonald’s. I find I get a lot done in an hour or two away from home because I’m more focused. I bring my XPS with me while I run errands so I have it if I decide to stop and work.
It’s light enough and small enough and fits nicely in my purse. The infinity screen means I get a nice size screen in a small package and I love it. I also noticed that there are not any scratches on the laptop. I am constantly moving it around and taking it in and out of bags and my purse and no scratches.
I head home for lunch and I have my Dell XPS 13 on the kitchen counter while I make lunch. I’m usually binge watching a TV show on Netflix.
After lunch, I work for a few hours in my office. I use my desktop primarily at this time, but my XPS is on the desk right next to me because that’s how I roll! No, seriously, I keep my calendar open on my XPS so I can easily see it while I’m working.
I will often plug it in while it’s on the desk because I want to turn the brightness up, but then sometimes I forget. Either way, it’s still juiced with about 3-4 hours to go.
Once the kids are home, I will work in the kitchen or family room with my XPS and when I drive the kids to activities, I take the XPS with me and often work in my car while I’m waiting to pick someone up.
Once again, those times I’m in my car are very productive because I’m more focused and not distracted by anything in the house. I keep the backup battery in my purse so that if I run out of juice at any point, I have more with me. Most days I don’t need it. But as I said before, it depends a lot on how I use the brightness.
While I’m making dinner, the Dell XPS 13 is once again on the kitchen counter. I may work or watch a movie or help kids with homework. While we eat dinner the XPS gets plugged in because I’m usually at less than an hour (if I didn’t recharge with the backup.)
Typically, that is the end of my work day, but often I’ll use the XPS for shopping, editing family photos or working on one of the many school or dance projects I volunteer for. I try not to take it to bed with me, but if we are researching a vacation, new car or something else, I will bring it upstairs.
So, as you can see, this Dell XPS 13 with Intel gets carried around a LOT! I wish I could say I’m really careful with it, but I’m not. I don’t have a cover on it and I carry with my keys and in a bag with notebooks and other things.
It has become my favorite laptop because it’s so small and light and the battery life fits in with my daily lifestyle. Having the backup battery is a tremendous help because I don’t worry about not having the cord with me and having to find a place to plug-in.
The life of the battery does depend greatly on what I’m doing, the programs I have running and the brightness of my screen. But I can tell you that the battery lasts longer than any other laptop I have used even before the battery backup.
I haven’t traveled with the XPS yet, but I can’t wait to try it out on a trip. Especially on our long 10 hour flight to Hawaii this summer.
Let’s Talk! Do you use a laptop throughout your day? How often do you need to plug-in?
Disclosure: I received the Dell XPS 13 with Intel for this review. All opinions are my own.