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
Excerpt: Till now, the Dell XPS 13 ultrabook had, by far, been the perfect all rounder – with excellent looks, a very premium finish and impressive performance scores. However, the new kid on the block, the XPS 14, is looking to take over that mantle. Can it do that? From what we have seen, it surely does!
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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: 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...
Pros: Solid construction, Long-lasting battery, Good keyboard
Cons: Heavy, Iffy screen and touchpad buttons, Can get hot and noisy
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...
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.
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.
Summary: Beauty hurts. The first steps towards a stronger design were made with the XPS 15z, and now the more compact 14-inch version is the logical progression. Like its larger brother, the Dell XPS 14z hopes to win over the hearts of customers with its good looks.
Pros: Successful design, Robust aluminium case, USB 3.0, miniDP and HDMI, Powerful processors available, Good battery life, The design of the latest XPS range can definitely be called a success.
Cons: Awkward positioning of ports on the back, Poor keyboard feedback, Poor display contrast, 7200 rpm hard drive is only option, High temperatures are possible, A high-quality display .