Hey – did you know that tablets are cool? Seriously, the market for tablet PCs has exploded, and unlike the meteoric rise (and fall) of the netbook category, it looks like tablets have some staying power. The latest iteration manufacturers have tried is a combination of the desktop and tablet PC.
It sounds ridiculous at first, but once you start seeing some of the use cases that these companies offer, the idea of a tabletized desktop grows more and more attractive. First was Sony with the Tap 20 all-in-one, then at CES 2013, Lenovo showed off the IdeaCentre Horizon, a 27-inch table (not tablet) PC that also ships with an integrated battery.
Now it’s Dell’s turn, and it might be the most popular offering yet.
Unlike the Sony, Dell’s new XPS 18 all-in-one ships with an 18.5-inch, full HD, 1080p display. This is really what the Dell Studio One 19 should have been all along, but couldn’t be, thanks to the limitations imposed by hardware and Windows Vista.
Unlike that quickly forgotten Studio, however, the new XPS 18 is sleek. It comes clad in glass and aluminum, exuding a luxury feel that befits a machine with Dell’s XPS moniker. When using it as an all-in-one (which will likely be a majority of the time), a kickstand flips out of the back and tilts the XPS 18 back.
In this orientation, you’ll use it with an included wireless keyboard and mouse. Thanks to a built-in battery, however, you can take it with you to the kitchen and browse recipes while you cook, or to the table to read the morning news over breakfast. You can even set it up on the couch to watch movies while someone else uses the TV for sports or video games. It won’t get much battery life – competing models have promised up to 2 hours or so (UPDATE: We reached out to Dell and were told that users can expect up to five hours of battery life – but that probably depends on configuration. Still, it’s much more promising in that regard than the competition).
It’ll start at $899, and for that price you can expect a dual-core Pentium processor, 320GB hard drive, and a ten-finger multitouch touchscreen. High-end models will ship with better CPUs and flash storage, with a commensurately higher price tag.
Interested? So are we – you’ll be able to pick one up in the United States and Europe starting on April 16th, from Dell.com.