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Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook

Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook

Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook

  • Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7 GHz, Upto 2.6 GHZ
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 12.5-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8

XPS 12 is the only high-performance Ultrabook to feature the elegant flip-hinge design. Whether you’re browsing your favorite blogs in tablet mode, or answering emails and preparing presentations in laptop mode, XPS 12 is built around your life.XPS 12 Ultrabook
Product FeaturesFlexible designTransform your XPS 12 Ultrabook to a tablet with a fluid flip-and-fold motion. Have the best of productivity and entertainment right at your fingertips.Whether you’re browsing your favorite blogs in tablet mode, or answering emails and preparing presentations in Ultrabook mode, XPS 12 is built around your life.Premium craftsmanshipThe XPS Duo 12 Ultrabook is constructed from durable materials — machined aluminum, bonded Corning Gorilla Glass and

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3 Responses to “Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook”

  1. Rajive Kumar says:
    156 of 166 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome convertible laptop/tablet with some major flaws, April 4, 2013
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    Rajive Kumar (Seattle, WA USA) –

    This review is from: Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Personal Computers)

    I love the laptop (I would have absolutely loved it, if it were not for the issues noted below), it is light and easy to convert between a tablet and a laptop. This is one of the very few touch screen laptops in the market with 1080p resolution and I absolutely love the extra real estate. With Windows 8, the touch interface seems to come alive, especially some of the Microsoft bundled apps with Windows 8, like travel, news, finance etc which you can experience to its fullness. Btw, I have the Core i7 version.

    The battery life is decent, I get about 3-4 hrs max compared to my old Lenovo which would last 6-7 hrs. The lack of ports is also an issue, it does not have SD slot so you have to carry a card reader, it also does not have a VGA or HDMI port so you have to buy a converter to display out to VGA or HDMI. I knew about this going in so not something that deterred me from getting it.

    Now the negatives about the laptop. There are 3 things that is bad and I hope Dell fixes these issues:
    1. There seems to be some issue with copy/Cut and Paste functionality i.e. you can copy/cut some text but the paste will not work. Dell forum is filled with complaints about this and the 2nd issue below with no resolution. This is what make it very difficult to use since I depend on this to work flawlessly and there is no workaround about this except try multiple time and eventually it will work. But you definitely need some patience for this and this is the worst issue with the laptop.
    2. The track pad mouse stops working very frequently and it is absolutely annoying when you keep on touching the touch pad to move the mouse and nothing happens. Having touch does help since I can touch screen to get the desired result. I carry an external Bluetooth mouse otherwise it would drive me nuts.
    3. The 3rd thing is the adaptive brightness, it seems to have a mind of its own i.e. the screen brightness will change for the same light condition and it is annoying. Fortunately there is a workaround i.e. turning off the “Adaptive brightness” in the display settings as part of the power option.

    I am hoping these are driver/software issues and not hardware issue and Dell is going to fix the 1st two issues otherwise in the long run I am probably going to regret having the laptop since I expect these functionality to work out of the box.

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  2. David Pearlman "sound fanatic" says:
    76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best of the convertable Windows 8 laptop tablets, highly recommended, May 13, 2013
    By 
    David Pearlman “sound fanatic” (Arlington, MA) –
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    This review is from: Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Personal Computers)

    This is one of a new breed of convertible laptops created to take advantage of the Windows 8 paradigm, which allows use as both as tablet and a laptop. While this category is expected to grow, right now, there are essentially only a modest number of entrants, and only two that could be reasonably be called innovative: The Dell XPS 12 (this one), and the Lenovo Yoga 13. The Dell and Lenovo sport similar power specs (cpu, memory, hard drive, battery life), but the Dell has a much higher resolution, better, screen. In my opinion, the Dell takes that competition handily.

    Focusing on the XPS 12, this is a terrific piece of hardware, with a lot of pros, and only a few significant cons.

    Summarizing,

    Pros:

    Beautiful super high resolution 1920×1080 12.5″ screen
    Very high build quality
    Terrific innovative screen that rotates in the frame to go from laptop/keyboard to tablet configuration
    Very responsive with even the base configuration of an Intel I5 processor and 4Gb memory
    Incredibly fast boot time (10-15 seconds)
    Very good keyboard
    Responsive touchscreen which operates in both laptop and tablet modes
    Fast SSD drive in all configurations
    Decent webcam (1.3mp)
    Light, portable charging cable.
    Bluetooth, Wireless N (5 + 2.4Ghz)
    Backlit keys on keyboard

    Eh:

    Battery life is 5-5.5 hours.
    Weight is 3.5 pounds, which isn’t heavy, but isn’t super light for a 12.5″ laptop. A bit heavy feeling in tablet mode
    Speakers are predictably mediocre for a small laptop
    Base configuration has only a 128Gb SSD hard drive. However, the hard drive IS user replaceable.

    Cons:

    No HDMI or VGA port. Only a graphics mini displayport, which means you will need to carry a mini displayport -> HDMI or VGA adapter if you want to use this for business or with a TV/external monitor.
    Memory is soldiered to motherboard and is not upgradeable. Fortunately, even the base configuration 4Gb of memory is more than sufficient.
    Only two USB ports (both USB 3.0, however)
    Battery is not easily user swapped/replacable
    No built in media card reader. If you want to the SD card from your camera, you’ll need to carry an external reader.
    No GPS

    Of the cons, the worst, in my opinion, is the fact that the battery is not easily swapped/replaced. While the 5-5.5 hour run time is pretty respectable, one can expect battery life to diminish over time, and I am not looking forward to dealing with that eventuality. Also, I like to carry a spare battery to swap out for long trips. That’s not possible here.

    Having struggled with various underpowered Android based tablets, including the Asus TF301/keyboard dock, I can say that using the XPS 12 in tablet mode is like a huge weight has been lifted. The XPS 12 screams when surfing the web, which is something I can’t say about any Android (or Mac) tablet I’ve used–and I’ve used a lot of them.

    People have complained about the lack of apps in the Windows 8 app store–and it’s true that the Windows 8 app store is pretty anemic compared to Andoid or Mac. But some of the most important apps are there (Skype, Netflix, etc.) and it’s still growing. There are enough to make using the tablet mode acceptable now…and the responsiveness provided by the Intel I5 processor makes it a pleasure to use.

    There are a few configuration options available for the XPS 12, all related to the processor (a few speeds of I5 and I7), memory (4Gb or 8Gb) and hard drive size (128Gb or 256Gb). My recommendation: Any of the available processor speeds will be more than acceptable and the difference between the I5 and I7 processors for almost any user will be negligible. Similarly, most users will not need the 8Gb of memory. Windows 8 runs perfectly fine on 4Gb of memory. Unless you plan on running memory hog processes (advanced video editing, certain scientific apps, etc.) you won’t need the extra memory. If you do need the extra memory, however, you need to order the laptop with 8Gb installed from the factory, as the memory is not user-upgradeable (it’s soldiered to the motherboard…grrr…) A larger hard drive than the 128Gb SSD that comes installed on the base model is definitely a nice feature. But the hard drive IS user replaceable, and the incremental cost of getting the 256Gb mSata SSD from Dell is more than it would be to buy that 256Gb mSata SSD on the aftermarket and clone your 128Gb drive onto it. (You will also wind up with a spare 128Gb drive that way). Unless you are scared of the idea of hard drive cloning/migration, I’d recommend that path. Please note that this laptop uses the mSata configuration hard drive, rather than a full sized SSD to save space. mSata drives tend to be a bit more expensive than standard SSD drives.

    Overall, this is a terrific laptop, and buying the least expensive configuration version…

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  3. Matthew J. Kreuscher "Matt K" says:
    43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Nice Laptop and a Good Tablet, February 21, 2013
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    Matthew J. Kreuscher “Matt K” (Milwaukee, WI) –
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    This review is from: Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Personal Computers)

    Very nice, compact 12.5″ laptop. Touchscreen is responsive and has a full size keyboard. The keyboard separates this from the Microsoft Surface and many other conversion products, which have small, abnormal keyboards. Overall, the laptop is fast and loads programs and apps quickly. The startup time is awesome thanks to the SSD hard drive.

    Out of the laptop / tablet conversion products this is definitely one of the best. It is not perfect and here are my only complaints. First, it does not support SD cards, which I was able to overlook by buying a new micro USB jump drive. The new ones hardly stick out of the computer preventing them from damage, so this will solve the problem unless you need multiple USB ports for other things. Another negative is the lack of an HDMI output. I used this very often on my old computer when traveling. It is great to put movies on the computer and play through the TV in hotels. However, you can purchase a cable to convert the mini-display port (correction) to HDMI for less than $20. (Update: I found the cable on Ebay for less than $4). This solves that problem. The final issue I have with the XPS 12 is the weight. At 3.5 pounds, it is fairly light laptop but a very heavy tablet. This prevents it from being a great tablet or conversion product. Don’t get me wrong it still works as a tablet, and I use it as a tablet while laying around or traveling. I must say it is very nice to only have to carry one device while traveling!

    Overall, this is a great product. With the ability to flip the screen and turn it into a tablet, it separates it from others. It is faster than any tablet and works as well as most ultrabooks. If it was a bit lighter, it would be amazing! Some people say it isn’t worth the price. To me, it is. I no longer need a tablet and a laptop. In fact, I sold my tablet and my netbook, which paid for more than half of this device. I would definitely recommend. I also looked at the Asus Taichi. I chose this device solely due to the poor battery life on the Asus.

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