Summary: Last fall marked a renaissance in laptop design. With Windows 8 on the horizon, manufacturers built truly exciting notebooks with high-res touch screens, clever back-flipping hinges, superb construction, and even displays on both sides. With touch screens as a focal point, it seemed that laptop manufacturers were finally ready to compete with Apple and offer premium laptops that were actually worth buying.
Pros: Excellent 1080p touchscreen display, Solid keyboard and audio quality, Good battery life
Cons: Touchpad is still finnicky, Few ports, Cumbersome as a tablet
Excerpt: Dell has been manufacturing a number of ultrabooks and tablets over the past couple of years, with its hybrid tablet notebook announced, the XPS 12, this time last year. Several months passed since the Dell XPS 12 was first announced, but the notebook finally launched during this year’s Computex, although it just missed the Haswell bandwagon.
Conclusion: Shoving a fourth-gen Intel Core processor into the XPS 12 greatly improved battery life and integrated graphics performance. The result is a convertible that can handle many tasks, but also break records for battery life. More than 13 hours in the light-load test is outstanding; even some Android tablets don’t last that long.
Pros: Attractive and well built, Flip hinge is quick and easy to use, Good keyboard, Bright 1080p, thin-bezel display, Strong performance for the class, Record-breaking battery life
Cons: Bulky when used as a tablet, Weak speakers, Pricing could be more competitive
Summary: With its innovative flip hinge, full-HD touch screen, and svelte and sturdy design, the Dell XPS 12 was already one of the best Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids. But thanks to a fourth-generation Intel Core processor and a higher-capacity battery, you now get 9.5 hours of endurance. Plus, Dell managed to trim a few ounces from the design.
Pros: Innovative flip-screen design, More than 9 hours of battery life, Beautiful high-res display, Strong performance
Summary: With a starting price of Rs 94,990, the XPS 12 is one expensive notebook, even for an Ultrabook. While it does have a very good feature set, behind the fancy new rotating screen, it’s a very average performing notebook. The hybrid nature of the device is fun to use, but we’re sure that the novelty will wear off after a while.
Summary: The tablet mode isnâ€™t entirely successful, but the XPS 12 will definitely earn its keep as a powerful, lightweight Ultrabook that you can use for work on the road or in the office. The tablet mode is really just a nice bonus for when you want to have a bit of fun, or let the kids loose with apps such as FreshPaint.
Dell XPS 12 Review: A Jack of All Trades Flipscreen Ultrabook
22 February 2013
Conclusion: While the XPS 12 isn’t flawless, it’s a very interesting laptop nonetheless. To my knowledge, no one else is really trying this flipscreen approach; that’s either good news or bad news, depending on why most companies take an alternative route. If they’re doing it because making a good flipscreen is too challenging, costly, and/or prone to breakage that would be bad.
Excerpt: A screen mounted in the middle of a frame, which you can flip around. That enables you to use it either as a laptop or as a tablet. While its exterior does resemble the Inspiron Duo, the hardware is fortunately much better in every aspect. You also expect that with XPS in the name, which is typically positioned above the Inspiron series.
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 12 is a very likeable and powerful full Intel Core convertible Ultrabook with an excellent full HD display, superb keyboard and beautiful fit and finish. We're taken by the carbon fiber surfaces that aren't just cool looking: they make for a grippier and cooler computer. Performance is in line with third generation Intel Core i5 and i7 Ultrabooks and the fast Samsung PM830 SSD drives are icing on the cake.
Pros: Good looking, excellent IPS display and great keyboard, top quality materials, good performance.
Cons: Heavy for tablet use, no digital pen option.
Excerpt: Tablets are extremely popular right now, but many users still need a more powerful machine to do serious work . For people who don't want two devices but desire the touch screen controls and convenience of a tablet, as well as the productivity capabilities of a notebook in a single machine, a convertible ultrabook may be a good fit.
Pros: 12.5-inch Full HD (1080p) 400-nit touch display, Very responsive, Keyboard is protected in tablet mode, Backlit keyboard
Cons: No HDMI or LAN ports, Price premium over similarly equipped ultrabooks, Integrated graphics