Dell XPS 12

  |   by NotebookReview Staff

The XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook takes a design element from the older Dell Inspiron Duo netbook and features a display that flips inside the frame to turn into a tablet. This premium convertible Ultrabook features a carbon fiber and aluminum construction, 1080p IPS touch screen and of course Windows 8. Our test configuration was loaded with an Intel Core i5-3317U dual-core processor, 128GB solid state drive and a starting price of $1,199.99 at the time of this writing.

  • 12.5-inch glass touch-enabled display with wide viewing angles (IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution)
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-3317U dual-core processor (1.7GHz, up to 2.6GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB cache, 17W TDP)
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics
  • 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM (8GB max.)
  • 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive (Samsung SSD PM830)
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235
  • Integrated Bluetooth 3.0
  • Integrated HD webcam
  • No internal optical drive
  • 1-year limited warranty (Dell Pro Support)
  • 6-cell 47WHr
  • Weight: 3.35 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12.48 x 8.46 x 0.59~0.79 inches

  • Pros

    • Beautiful touch screen display
    • Seamless tablet experience
    • Excellent build quality
    • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Cons

    • Lack of ports (no media card reader)
    • Screen-heavy design
    • Some software issues

Quick Take

The XPS 12 is not inexpensive (starting at $1,200) but you're getting a quality machine with the best of the tablet and notebook worlds.

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