My wife is getting sick of the performance of her mid-2013 MacBook Air. 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display 1440 by 900 256GB flash storage 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Intel HD Graphics 5000) 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg) She wants something small, light and responsive with similar battery life. Spec wise: prefer i5 quad core with at least 256GB SSD and 8GB memory. I was looking at the recent MacBook pros and wasn't that impressed. The new Dell XPS 13 is a candidate. I tried to get her to upgrade to the MBP during the student sale in September which has a discount and free set of Beats. Does the Dell XPS 13 have any competition? Should she be waiting for a sale or the release of a new MBP? She should be able to get a student discount through UCL. She likes the looks and feel of the air but said she isn't against windows.