The 2012 13" MacBook Air is 0.03 inches thinner and wider/longer. The Dell wins on form factor:
MacBook Air (wikipedia): 12.8 in (325 mm) wide × 8.94 in (227 mm) deep × 0.11 in (3 mm) to 0.68 in (17 mm) high
XPS 13: 12.4x8.1x0.71 inches
Most Dell laptops are ugly and most Apple laptops are beautiful, but this specific Dell looks quite attractive. I also like getting something unique.
I'd believe that the Apple trackpad is probably nicer.
In my opinion Thinkpad look good cause of their simple design, just a simple black block.
The click touchpads from the newer Thinkpad are very good. I would like to see a black MacBook rather than the white one.
I just configured a 13" MacBook Air with a i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD HHD just like this model. It's $1600 ($50 more) and the display resolution is 1440x900 which is quite a bit lower than this Dell (1920x1080).
This is expensive relative to larger non-ultrabook laptops, but this price is in line with competing ultrabooks from ASUS, Apple, and the rest.
For an Ubuntu laptop, this is what I would buy if I was buying today. The quesiton is: when will Haswell models start shipping?
Display difference isn't a huge deal to me, ive got the original model right now and its usable (I wont say NICE but still definitely usable)
The 50 dollar difference....better trackpad. God what I'd do for a nicer, properly supported, trackpad on this thing ><
Yeah, but the MacBook Air is thinner, prettier and better build quality than the Dell.
Also the trackpad on the MacBooks are said to be superior to the trackpads on other laptops.
On the downside you get a ugly Apple logo that lights up and a device that looks exactly like every other laptop around you.
I've read enough Matthew Garrett posts to know not to buy an apple laptop and expect linux to work well (or for long). Besides, I don't want to support Apple. If they are a hardware company, as so many suggest, why won't they let me install my OS without using the bootcap intemediary?
I wonder what people call "quality". Apple macbook pro's are pretty, and the whole notebook is encased in a practically solid aluminium shell.
But the inside parts run scorchingly hot and have a rather high fail rate, their wifi reception is pretty close to pathetic, trumped even by my ancient Acer One netbook.
Thye are also irreperable, and once out of warranty, they just litter around because nobody even cares to go through the trouble to keep them running.
So if this is the cost of "quality", I'm not sure I want it.
I choose my computers based on repairability, heck, my 7 year old notebook is doing active duty to this day. Amasing what you can get an old machine to do with a few minor, well selected upgrades.