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: 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.
Summary: At first blush, the Dell XPS 14 has all the features you'd want from a 14-inch Ultrabook with an emphasis on media and productivity. Students who move from class to class all day and business people who go disconnected for long periods will appreciate the eight-plus hours of battery life as well as the comfortable palm rest and accurate touchpad.
Pros: Long battery Life, Accurate touchpad, Attractive soft-touch chassis, Sharp display
Cons: Heavy for an Ultrabook, Limited viewing angles, SSD option is very pricey,
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 14 is a bigger and badder Ultrabook. It has a 14" display that slightly outclasses the 13.3" Ultrabook standard and it weighs 4.6 pounds rather than the usual 3. That added weight gets you serious battery life thanks to the internal 8 cell, 69 wHr Lithium Ion battery. In our tests, the laptop averaged 8.5 hours of mixed use, which is 2 hours better than most Ultrabooks.
Pros: Attractive design, good quality materials, very long battery life.
Cons: The TN display panel has higher than average resolution but not very wide viewing angles.
Conclusion: The new Dell XPS 14 (Summer 2012) joins the ultrabook ranks and brings the battery power, but a heavy weight and price tag keep it from achieving greatness.
Pros: Third-generation Core i7 processor. Full-size, backlit keyboard. USB 3.0 with PowerShare. Mini DisplayPort and HDMI out. Better styling than predecessor. Addresses some of the shortcomings of the XPS 13. Very good battery life.
Cons: Heavy. Expensive. Fans are loud during heavy computing. Discrete graphics give disappointing 3D performance. Loses optical drive.