Dell XPS 11 Review: Flexible or Flailing?

March 10, 2014 by Michael Epstein Reads (41,900)

Conclusion

Users willing to take a performance and storage hit can shave off $200 from the price going from a 128 to an 80GB SSD, and i5 to i3 processor on the $1049.99 model. There is also a 256GB SSD, i5 processor model for $1449.99. The mid-tier review unit we used is probably the best value, however, as Microsoft encourages Windows users to store more files (such as photos, movies, and documents) in the cloud. Even so, the value is relative; for what it features, the XPS 11 is a pricey machine.

The generally lower specs on our review unit versus even a base model Yoga 11s (which starts at $1099 for a 3rd-gen i7 processor, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM) is tough to swallow when paired with that impossible keyboard and higher price tag. The good connectivity, flexing build and sharp-looking screen are definitely the XPS 11’s best features, but when it comes down to usability, the productivity hit users will take with the keyboard may invalidate any of the high points.

xps11_2Pros:

  • Hinge design
  • Good battery life
  • Portable
  • Sharp screen

Cons:

  • Awful keyboard
  • Shaky in tent and stand modes
  • Runs hot
  • Pricey


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  1. nbrI4U

    I was a bit afraid by your comment (and some of other reviews) about the keyboard. OK, you have to type differently, but with some days of use, I now type as quickly with this keyboard than with traditional one: 65 wpm in a sustainable mode (never exceed 78wpm on short tests).
    I had to change my way of touching the keys, but once done, it’s a very good, silent and pleasant keyboard. This fact change the view on this device, in my point of view, it’s firts an ultrabook, not a tablet.
    About the heat, we don’t have the same device: mine doesn’t heat at all in normal use, and very few in heavy load. Problem on your test machine?