Review: Dell XPS 11, this could be the Surface Pro's closest competitor
Windows Phone Central
10 March 2014
Conclusion: It is difficult not to use the unit and see it as a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 . For $999, either you can grab a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with 128 GB of SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i5 processor, or you can grab a Dell XPS 11 with 80 GB of SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i3 processor.
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 11 convertible ultrabook/tablet comes with an incredibly high-resolution screen and a lovely carbon fiber chassis, but a couple of large flaws keep it from outrunning the pack.
Pros: 253 ppi, 2,560-by-1,440-resolution screen. HDMI port. Very thin and light. Premium build.
Summary: Lots of pixels, mediocre performance. You cannot decide whether to get a laptop or a tablet? Then a convertible such as the Dell XPS 11 might be the ideal compromise. Our review will show how this jack-of-all-trades with a Core i5 CPU, a QHD display and an SSD fares during actual usage.
Pros: Lightweight, sturdy chassis, High-resolution IGZO display, Precise touchpad made from glass, Power-efficient and silent, Great battery life, Supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Next to the razor-sharp display, mostly the lightweight chassis with its great build quality - worthy for an XPS series laptop.
Cons: Touch keyboard, Low 3D performance levels, RAM not upgradeable, Only 12 months of warranty, A "real" keyboard which prolific writers are going to miss dearly when using this machine. While the touch keyboard is a unique and unusual design element (sufficing for short texts), it may not have been the best decision for a lot of laptop usage scenarios.
Conclusion: Granted, this two-in-one is not for everybody. Overall, though, we found the XPS 11 not only very easy to carry around with us, but not all that difficult to use. We've seen reviews slamming the unit's awful keyboard, but we think they gave up too quickly.
Pros: Well-built and attractive, Light and comfortable to hold and use, Converts to tablet mode, High-res display with stylus support, Decent speakers and cameras, Low bloatware load
Cons: Flat, capacitive keyboard not conducive to touch typing, Stylus not included
Excerpt: This week Dell announced a slew of new laptops, tablets, and convertibles. By far the most interesting is the XPS 11, a “2-in-1″ convertible Ultrabook that turns into a tablet. You don’t get to tablet mode by separating the display and keyboard bits, you do it by turning the screen around 360 degrees. Yes, we’ve seen this before in the Lenovo Yoga series. And, just as with the Yogas, we still like the general idea and find the concept of a 360 degree hinge cool and fun.
Pros: Attractive, comfortable design, Slim and lightweight, High resolution touch display, Screen flips 360 degrees, converting from laptop to tablet
Cons: Touch keyboard isn't comfortable or accurate, High Res. screen makes desktop apps tough to touch