The Dell XPS 12 looks good. It can definitely boast a sleek and stylish finish. Its rim is anodized aluminum alongside a chassis composed of machined aluminum. The flip device that takes it from ultrabook to tablet is simple and promises to change the way we use our devices. The unit is comfortable and light, feeling as much like a magazine than anything.
- HD WLED 12” screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 10 point multi-touch
Trackpad & Keyboard
- Trackpad is smooth
- Compatible with Windows 8 gestures
- Solid response on keyboard
Sound & Audio
- Clear sound with no distortion whether in tablet or ultrabook mode
- 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U processor
- 64 bit Windows 8
- 128 GB Solid State Drive
- 4 GB Dual Channel DDR4 SDRAM at 1600MHz
The rotating display folds over the keyboard that collapses the unit into a tablet with ease. Unfortunately, a big negative is the battery. It has a life of about four hours. This is disappointing where the average battery for either a separate tablet or ultrabook can be two to three times that. Also, the user cannot replace the battery. This means an additional cost of having it replaced.
An out-the-box unit is going to run in the vicinity of $1,199.99. One can upgrade memory and power, and hard drive space with a more expensive unit. The XPS 12 maximizes out at $1,699.99 for a top of the line unit with a 256 GB drive and a 4M cache processor at 3.0 GHz. Of course, any of the prospective units can be customized, which affects pricing.
Who Should Buy This
The media lover will appreciate the fast connectivity. Streaming video and staying in touch will be as easy as utilizing the unit’s touch screen. The on-the-go business professional can pretty much get anything done under any circumstance. The ultrabook allows for editing of documents while the tablet can accommodate quickly checking email or other alerts. Students will find it appealing as it has the functionality of two devices, meaning less to carry. Overall, it can be of benefit to anyone that needs a light, user friendly device.
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