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  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 1/19/2014

    Good: Smart convertible design, superb keyboard, sharp full HD display, fast and stable performance

    Bad: Just a little heavier than the competition, no active digitizer/digital pen option

    The Dell XPS 12 remains one of our favorite Windows 8 convertibles, even though the overall design hasn't changed. Sometimes it's best to not mess with a great thing. The 12.5" size is comfortable for ultra-portable travel yet it doesn't feel cramped ...

  • We won't go too deep on design and ergonomics because that hasn't changed much from our original XPS 12 review. The easel hinge has gotten a firmer locking mechanism, but the carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium machine hasn't changed outwardly. Inside, t...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 10/22/2013

    We didn't get a chance to check out the Dell XPS 12 prior to its Haswell upgrade, but the current version of the hybrid ultrabook / tablet has a lot going for it. It'll be able to keep up with many of the tasks most people will throw at it, has a great ba...

  • Good: Same great construction and 1080p touchscreen as last year, New $999 starting price, Good keyboard and OK touchpad, Sturdier screen flipping mechanism that doesn't get in the way of laptop functionality, Decent battery life, 802.11ac, Relatively light on...

    Bad: A chunky tablet at best, A little thicker and heavier than some dedicated laptops, like the XPS 13, No SD card slot, Fan spins up quickly and often

    That first wave of Windows 8 convertible laptops wasn't always great. Awkward “slider” designs that compromised the keyboard and trackpad were all too common, and not many of them could manage much more than five or six hours on a single charge. That's no...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 9/30/2013

    Good: Keyboard not exposed in tablet mode, Outstanding battery life, Includes 802.11ac WiFi adapter

    Bad: Heavy, especially when held in one hand, Occasional delay in screenorientation switch, Only two USB ports

    Dell's XPS 12 is better as a notebook than as a tablet, but it remains one of the best convertibles on the market....

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 9/19/2013

    Good: Consumer testers really liked the keyboard layout, Consumer testers could very easily convert it from tablet to notebook, Many connectivity options, Excellent sound quality, Fast system speed, Great customer service options, including free 1year inhome se...

    Bad: Very small screen compared to the size of the tablet, Heavy for its size, Poor camera/video quality

    This Windows 8 tablet comes already outfitted with Office Home & Student 2013 RT to help maximize productivity on the go. The Dell XPS 12 tablet offers 170 degree viewing angle thanks to its unique hinge-design. By connecting the tablet to the keyboard an...

  • 10 0
    8.4

    Date: 9/9/2013

    Good: Excellent 1080p touchscreen display, Solid keyboard and audio quality, Good battery life

    Bad: Touchpad is still finnicky, Few ports, Cumbersome as a tablet

    Now, with new battery-sipping Intel processors inside, those Windows machines are finally coming into their own. That same Acer Aspire S7 now clocks in at seven hours, and it's not the only sharp tool in Microsoft's shed. The Dell XPS 12, its screen-flipp...

  • 10 0
    8.8

    Date: 9/3/2013

    Good: Beautiful design, Solid and thoughtful construction, Excellent battery life, Very fast system performance, Capable integrated GPU, Bright and responsive multitouch display, Great keyboard, Spacious touchpad

    Bad: Uncomfortable temperatures when stressed, Could use a third USB port

    Dell XPS 12-9Q33Truly, there is not much to criticize about Dell's latest XPS 12. It is a top-tier piece of technology that excels in nearly every department, from its exquisite construction to its clever, versatile design. It maintains one of the best ke...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 8/16/2013

    Good: The Dell XPS 12 is a slim rotating-screen hybrid with a high-res display and improved battery life.

    Bad: The accelerometer can get confused when flipping the screen around and the fan gets very loud. It also lacks an SD card slot and HDMI output.

    This updated version of Dell's XPS 12 hybrid adds newer CPUs for improved battery life, but still works better as a laptop than a tablet.

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 8/16/2013

    Good: Innovative flipscreen design; More than 9 hours of battery life; Beautiful highres display; Strong performance

    Bad: No SD Card slot; Heavy for a tablet

    With a fourth-generation Intel processor and a higher-capacity battery, Dell's updated XPS 12 is an excellent 12-inch tablet-laptop hybrid that can go the distance....

  • Good: Unique swiveling screen converts into a tablet, DisplayPort allows better video on external monitor

    Bad: Fairly thick for an ultrabook.

    While finding a touchscreen for a desktop computer is nearly impossible, and finding a touchscreen notebook computer takes some searching, touchscreen ultrabooks are readily available. These thin, light and relatively compact computers are intended to be ...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 4/15/2013

    As has been reported exhaustively by now, Windows 8 can be a very unsettling experience for longtime Windows users. It’s like going to visit your parents and finding dad decked out in drag. The person you’ve known for so long is still there, but a new...

  • The tablet mode isn’t entirely successful, but the XPS 12 will definitely earn its keep as a powerful, lightweight Ultrabook that you can use for work on the road or in the office. The tablet mode is really just a nice bonus for when you want to have ...

  • Regular readers of my blog would know that I reviewed and eventually purchased a Lenovo Yoga 13 so that I can fully enjoy Windows 8 touch experience. Back then I did not have access to the Dell XPS 12 review unit, and although I have heard a lot of positi...

  • 10 0
    7.5

    Date: 3/5/2013

    Bad: In true ultrabook fashion, you can't access the sixcell battery, whose life is not the XPS 12's strong suit. We'd struggle to get through a full day if that day included a measure of video playback, and suspect that many office workers will need to plug i...

    Dell's swivel-screen solution is extremely efficient, smooth in operation and ergonomic in use. The build quality is solid, and the screen is delightful to look at in both notebook and tablet modes, although it may be too reflective for some tastes. Ba...

  • While the XPS 12 isn't flawless, it's a very interesting laptop nonetheless. To my knowledge, no one else is really trying this flipscreen approach; that's either good news or bad news, depending on why most companies take an alternative route. If they're...

  • Good: 12.5-inch Full HD (1080p) 400-nit touch display, Very responsive, Keyboard is protected in tablet mode, Backlit keyboard

    Bad: No HDMI or LAN ports, Price premium over similarly equipped ultrabooks, Integrated graphics

    As user continue to contemplate the choice between the power and functionality of a full laptop and the portability and touch capabilities of a tablet, we're likely to see more convertible ultrabooks come to market. Dell's implementation of a convertib...

  • The Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Convertible is the best Ultrabook Convertible available today, but how does it compare to the one of the most popular ultra-portables, the MacBook Air?The XPS 12 is small Ultrabook with a touchscreen that flips for use as a table...

  • 10 0
    7.6

    Date: 12/5/2012

    Good: Beautiful touch screen display, Seamless tablet experience, Excellent build quality, Good keyboard and touchpad

    Bad: Lack of ports (no media card reader), Screenheavy design, Some software issues

    The Dell XPS 12 brings the full Windows 8 experience to the table thanks to its convertible tablet form factor. Dell's screen flipping mechanism is as unique as it is rock solid; it turns into a great tablet in a matter of seconds. The 12.5-inch display i...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 12/3/2012

    As one of the first Windows 8 "convertible" products on the market, the Dell XPS 12 acquits itself fairly well for the most part. We loved the tough construction and owners who mostly use it as a notebook will likely enjoy it, while also enjoying the o...

  • What you think about the XPS 12 will depend upon what you think about needing a single device to do double-duty as a tablet and a traditional PC. If you need that type of device, and can put up with using an extremely heavy tablet, then you'll find the XP...

  • 10 0
    8.2

    Date: 11/20/2012

    Dell's entry into the Windows 8 convertible-notebook market bridges the gap between a tablet and a notebook through some wonderfully clever engineering. Instead of using the keyboard as a dock for the display, the display flips around inside a frame t...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 11/13/2012

    Good: Outstanding build quality, Nocompromises convertible design, Great keyboard, Beautiful 1080p display, Long battery life, Fast solidstate drive

    Bad: Weight makes tablet use awkward, Finicky touchpad, Lackluster processor for the price

    Dell's attempt to create a non-compromising convertible laptop works as well as we could have hoped. The XPS 12 absolutely nails the fundamentals of display, endurance, and interface. We would be eager to recommend this device even if it were only an Ul...

  • You have to be a very specific kind of computer user to really love this one. The XPSs main virtue is that its a great laptop that you can use like a real laptop—along with an awesome, touchable display.AdvertisementSponsoredBut its ergonomics as a tabl...

  • Not since the first Ultrabooks have we seen a device with as much wow factor as the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook. The sleek unit's bright and crisp 12.5-inch, 1,080p display is nearly indistinguishable from its 13.3-inch counterp...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 10/25/2012

    Good: Excellent performance, Breathtaking 1080p display, Travelfriendly design, Versatility

    Bad: Poor port selection, Big and heavy for a tablet, Slightly wonky gyroscope and ambient light sensor

    Dell's first Windows 8 convertible is a doozy, combining ultrabook power and tablet functionality in a portable package with few compromises. It's big for a tablet, but the 1080p display is drool-worthy. Read More...

  • 10 0
    8.1

    Date: 10/23/2012

    Good: Lovely design, solid build quality, 400nit, 1080p display, 12second bootup, Comfortable keyboard

    Bad: Finicky trackpad, Relatively short battery life, No SD slot

    Even if you never use it in tablet mode, this 12.5-inch convertible is a solid Ultrabook in its own right....

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 10/23/2012

    Good: Comfortable keyboard, trackpad, and touch screen. Improved battery life. Carbon fiber construction. Works like a clamshell laptop or as a touch screen tablet.

    Bad: Function keys require two presses. Heavy and bulky as a tablet. Limited port selection. No HDMI without an adapter

    If you can get over the Dell XPS 12's screen acrobatics, this convertible ultrabook is a good way to get both tablet and laptop functionality in one unit....

  • 10 0
    5

    Date: 10/23/2012

    Good: Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article, Dell, Hybrids, laptops, tablets, Windows 8

    Bad: Can't use touchscreen while wearing the required oven mitts. Dreadful touchpad. Heavy, hot, loud, and powerhungry as a tablet — a deadly combination. No memory card slot

    If the Dell XPS 12 ‘s design looks familiar, that's because you've probably seen it before. Dell pioneered the unique swiveling screen in 2010 as the Inspiron Duo , a hybrid Windows 7 laptop and tablet. The twist: Rather than rotate horizontally through a...

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Processor

  • i7-4500U processor
  • Y
  • Intel® Core™ i7-4xxx
  • 1.8 GHz
  • 2
  • BGA1168
  • 4 MB
  • 22 nm
  • 15 W

Audio

  • Waves
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes

    Integrated Audio for Today and Tomorrow
    A new specification for integrated audio, Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) delivers the features and high-end performance of an add-in audio card while playing back more channels with improved quality. Intel HD Audio provides high-quality multi-channel audio experiences with new encoding and decoding algorithms to enhance the listening experience.

  • MaxxAudio 3
  • 1 W

Battery

  • Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
  • 6

Camera

  • Yes
  • 1.3 MP

Design

  • Intel Lynx Point-LP
  • mSATA
  • Silver
  • Yes
  • Convertible (Ferris Wheel)

Display

  • 12.5"
  • Yes

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  • Yes
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 16:9
  • Multi-touch

Graphics

  • Yes
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4400
  • 200 MHz
  • 1100 MHz

Intel Technologies

  • 2.0

    Higher Performance When You Need It Most
    Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.01 accelerates processor and graphics performance by increasing the operating frequency when operating below specification limits. The maximum frequency varies depending on workload, hardware, software, and overall system configuration.

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

    Create, Edit, and Share Video in a Flash
    Intel® Quick Sync Video uses the dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel® Graphics Technology to make video encoding tasks—such as creating DVDs or Blu-ray discs, creating and editing 3D videos, converting 2D video files into 3D, and converting video for portable media players and social networking sites—faster and easier.

  • Yes
  • Yes

    Protect Your Identity and Business
    Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) protects enterprises from being penetrated by stolen credentials and online user account access with an added layer of hardware-based security and authentication as well as a multifactor authentication framework to manage different authentication methods.

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes

    New Levels of Hard Disk Drive Performance and Reliability
    With Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST) on the latest Intel® chipsets, Intel is making RAID and advanced Serial ATA capabilities an affordable reality for desktop platforms. Intel MST uses the latest Serial ATA disk interfaces for increased performance headroom, with advanced features such as native command queuing to increase storage performance and optimize the order of commands.

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    Integrated Audio for Today and Tomorrow
    A new specification for integrated audio, Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) delivers the features and high-end performance of an add-in audio card while playing back more channels with improved quality. Intel HD Audio provides high-quality multi-channel audio experiences with new encoding and decoding algorithms to enhance the listening experience.

Keyboard

  • Yes
  • Yes

Memory

  • 8 GB
  • DDR3-SDRAM
  • 1600 MHz

Networking

  • Yes

    Connect to TV Wirelessly
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  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
  • 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Windows 8.1

Other

  • No
  • No

Ports & Interfaces

  • Yes

Storage

  • 256 GB
  • SSD
  • Yes

    New Levels of Hard Disk Drive Performance and Reliability
    With Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST) on the latest Intel® chipsets, Intel is making RAID and advanced Serial ATA capabilities an affordable reality for desktop platforms. Intel MST uses the latest Serial ATA disk interfaces for increased performance headroom, with advanced features such as native command queuing to increase storage performance and optimize the order of commands.

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