Inspiron 7000 series 15 inch is basically that, just not quite as sturdy but better value. Or go full-fat Precision.
Do you have a recommendation for something only slightly thicker but of a similar build quality of the xps?
It's retail would have been nearer £1500 though with that spec, everyone knows if you have time Dell Outlet has the odd crazy offer that pop up. I didn't say I was always near mains, I said a charger was always with reach so the opportunity to run off mains and have nearly full charge is always there. You'd choose the XPS 15 as a premium thin-and-light with a discrete GPU, it looks smart for business or pleasure and is durable/rigid. I'm typing on a Dell Latitude ultrabook now and would rather have something lightweight on my lap than a heavy space heater/ball cooker.
I paid £958 nearly a year ago but i did get it from the refurbished section while there was a promo on with 10% off all outlet laptops. Fair enough, suppose it is different for everyone, I just figure if you're always near a mains and not using it on the go then why even go for an ultrabook, just get something a bit thicker for way less money.
I'd disagree. I would take a smaller battery to be able to have an SSD and hard disk at the same time over larger battery. I'm never far from a charger anyway and 'being portable' doesn't mean 'must have huge battery', I always thought it lasted long enough as it is and am normally on mains as performance is reduced on battery. Not sure I buy into 'future proofing' either, blink and it's technically out-of-date anyway, just buy what you need. You obviously value battery life higher than me and that's fine. How much more did you pay for yours then - can't imagine it was much less than £1500 if comparing like for like.