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.
- Hinge design
- Good battery life
- Sharp screen
- Awful keyboard
- Shaky in tent and stand modes
- Runs hot