Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 649 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 Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and screen. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency and reliability. Many are negative about the connectivity and touchpad.

performance, portability, design, screen, battery

touchpad, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

See all Dell Laptop Computers

Review analysis

(Based on 649 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 88 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 88 of 88 Show Reviews: in English | from other countries (561)

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 Laptops on Reviewers really like the design and durability. The portability and size also get good comments, but there are some critical opinions about the usability.

performance, size, portability, durability, design


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)

Jun, 2018

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Dell XPS 13 (L321X, Late 2012) from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the usability and durability are on the whole positive. The design and portability also get good feedback, but there are some negative reviews about the touchpad. Views are divided on the reliability.

performance, portability, design, durability, usability


70% 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)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Zara Baxter (

Dell XPS 13



May, 2012

Expert review by : Zara Baxter (

Review: Dell XPS 13


Dell's 13-inch ultraportable offers quality design and construction at an affordable price, with very few downsides.

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio chip:Realtek ALC3246
Audio Connections:Line In /Line Out /Mic In
Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio Pro
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:4
Sound Card:/Integrated
Speaker power:1.5 / 2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves


Battery capacity (Watt hours):52 / 56 / 60
Battery life (max):8.8
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.6 / 8.8
Number of battery cells:4 / 6


Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1.3
Infrared (IR) camera:Y
Video capturing speed:30


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold


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, Silver / Black, Silver / Pink gold, White
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber
Market positioning:Business
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display bezel technology:InfinityEdge
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 3200 x 1800
Display Surface:Glossy
HD type:Full HD / No / QHD+
LED Backlight:Y
Pixel pitch:0.153 x 0.153
Screen Resolution:/1280x800
Screen Size:13.3 in
Screen Type:TFT
Swivel Screen: No
Touch Screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No / Y


Optical Drive:DVD-RW/CD-RW


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphic Card Memory Size:256MB/N/A
Graphics Card:Integrated/NVIDIA GeForce 9500M
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Multiple GPU: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x1926 / 0x5916 / 0x5917 / 0x5926
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel Iris Graphics 540 / Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 / Intel UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
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:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y


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:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110 / 140
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:HD
Infrared data port: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot: No
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:3
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.31
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:45

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion


Bus type:DMI / OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel QS67 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2,1x4,2x2,2x1,4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.8 / 4.00
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-7xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.80 / 1.9 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3317U / i5-7200U / i7-3517M / I7-6560U / i7-7560U / i7-8550U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1023 / BGA1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0 / L1 / Y0
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / 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 Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 65707 / 91163 / 95443 / 97540
Processor code:SR0N8 / SR2ZU
Processor package size:31 / 42 x 24 / 42 x 24 x 1.3
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y


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


Cable lock slot:N / Y
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Password protection:Y


Drivers included:Y
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 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8 Pro


Card reader integrated:No / Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512



Weight & Dimensions

Depth:199 / 20.5 / 200
Depth (imperial):20.6
Height (front):6 / 7.8 / 9
Height (front) (imperial):6.1
Height (rear):1.16 / 1.5 / 1.8
Height (rear) (imperial):1.8
Weight:1.21 / 1.23 / 1.29 / 1.36
Width:302 / 304 / 31.6
Width (imperial):31.5