Summary: Since the day the chunky XPS M1210 notebook morphed into the XPS M1330's sleek frame , Dell has almost always had a stylish laptop lineup to its name. Back in 2007, they were defined by brushed aluminum surfaces and ultra-thin LED backlit screens, and in 2010 , they went to a black-and-silver design with distinctive port-filled corners and magnesium alloy decks.
Pros: Solid construction, Long-lasting battery, Good keyboard
Cons: Heavy, Iffy screen and touchpad buttons, Can get hot and noisy
Conclusion: For those who find 15-inch laptops too large and smaller ultrabooks too short on power, disk space, and durability, we recommend the XPS 14. Its amazing battery life is a justifiable trade-off for its weight, and its sensible, solid design should keep you productive.
Pros: Long battery life, High-performance processing, Sturdy, stylish design
Cons: Heavier than most ultrabooks, Non-removable battery, A bit pricey
Summary: The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook offers a minimal design that will be instantly familiar to Apple MacBook Pro fans. The latest Intel processor and a beefy portion of RAM make it a powerful, portable workhorse.
Summary: The Dell XPS 14 is the latest arrival in the Dell XPS ultrabook family, and its desirability factor is more powerful than ever. The updates (over the XPS 13) include a bigger display and the latest Ivy Bridge power package. The build and the materials used are still as brilliant as before - aluminum lid, magnesium palmrest with soft touch and a heat absorbing silicon base. It feels slightly heavier than what you would expect though, and is definitely on the pricier side.
Pros: Very classy looks, High-end materials used for construction, Excellent system performance, Surprisingly good gaming scores, Good battery life, Silicon base absorbs a lot of heat, Display has higher res than what most rivals offer
Cons: Heavier than you expect, Fan can be slightly noisy when gaming, You do pay a premium for the high-end build quality
Summary: Golden mean. The new XPS 14 Ultrabook was presented to the press during the Dell Technology Camp 2012. After the official start at the end of June, the first units with Intel Ivy Bridge and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M are now being delivered. An ultrabook of the upper class that is available from 1149 Euro (RRP, ~1410 USD).
Pros: Outstanding workmanship and sturdiness, USB 3.0, miniDP, HDMI and RJ-45 network port, Excellent input devices, Bright HD+ display, Good performance of the hardware, Silent operation in office use, Surprising stereo speakers, Power consumption and battery run time, The workmanship and feel of the case as well as the balance between performance and efficiency.
Cons: The case of the card reader is a bit awkward, Only 12 months warranty, Higher entry-level price than competitors, Glossy screen with mediocre contrast, High temperature under load, A better cooling system to cope with the heat of the hardware. Furthermore a high-quality matte display.
Summary: On the whole, the XPS 14 has a lot to offer notebook users who can get past its weight and are willing to shell out a bit extra for its multimedia and gaming potential. Despite the great battery life, I'd recommend this one more for occasional travelers than frequent fliers.
Dell XPS 14 review – if the average ultrabook is not enough for you
16 July 2012
Summary: If you want a slightly bigger and faster ultrabook, the Dell XPS 14 is a stylish option. It is one of the most beautiful laptops out there and has plenty of aces down its sleeve, unfortunately it is a bit too heavy, at 4.5+ pounds and only features an average display.
Pros: solid built, excellent looks, good backlit keyboard and trackpad, fast and able to deal with games as well, decent speakers
Cons: a bit heavy, not the best screen, extra options are quite expensive
Excerpt: Quote from review: "Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell 's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel 's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia 's Optimus technology . At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking too much punch ourselves, because the XPS brand never went anywhere, right? That's both true and false.
Dell XPS 14 earns its place as flagship of laptop line
10 July 2012
Summary: The flagship of Dell's revamped laptop line, the XPS 14 is a worthy competitor to something like the MacBook Pro, and the two systems share a similar aesthetic. But Dell's new Inspiron ultrabook is nearly as good, and a lot less expensive.
Cons: This is way heavier than any 14-inch laptop without an optical drive needs to be.