Summary: The XPS 11 tries to reinvent the wheel in an attempt to stand out in a crowded and competitive market of both Ultrabooks and tablets. As a tablet, it can do more than your standard iPad or Android tablet, but then you will encounter Windows’ issues of not having a cohesive touch experience when you migrate into the Desktop mode along with a power hungry processor that is harsher on battery life.
Dell XPS 11 review: Convertible ultrabook is more tablet than notebook
27 March 2014
Summary: Dell positions the XPS 11 as a premium tablet that has a keyboard as a bonus feature. But I kind of have to wonder how big the market is for high-priced tablets with crappy keyboards. The typing experience is bad enough that the Dell XPS 11 feels like a companion device for your
PC, whether that’s a laptop or a desktop. But the review unit Dell sent me is priced at $1300 which is more money than I’ve paid for a laptop or desktop PC in at least 10 years.
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 11 is one of the sexiest Windows 8.1 2-in-1 convertible Windows tablets/Ultrabooks on the market. Looking at it will inspire a strong case of geek lust: it's super-slim with clean lines and a very attractive and classy looking carbon fiber and metal casing. Open it up and you're greeted by a 2560 x 1440 Sharp IGZO 11.6" display that's bright and has wide color gamut.
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
Summary: Although it's listed in the company's notebook section on its website, Dell considers the XPS 11 as more of a tablet-first hybrid. As a tablet, this system is on the heavy side, but it offers strong performance, long battery life and an exceptionally crisp QHD screen.
Excerpt: If you’ve ever wondered what a Lenovo Yoga laptop might look and feel like without a traditional keyboard, the Dell XPS 11 has an answer. With a screen that can fold back 360 degrees and a lightly embossed keyboard reminiscent of a Microsoft Surface touch cover, the XPS 11 certainly feels much more comfortable to hold in tablet mode than the Yoga.