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
Summary: We didn’t get a chance to check out the Dell XPS 12 prior to its Haswell upgrade, but the current version of the hybrid ultrabook / tablet has a lot going for it. It’ll be able to keep up with many of the tasks most people will throw at it, has a great battery life and a unique feel that sets it apart from other hybrid machines.
Summary: All's well that's Haswell. The critically-acclaimed Dell XPS 12 returns with a nearly-identical form factor but an upgraded chipset and battery. With these improvements under its belt coupled with a $1,200 price tag, can it hope to hang with the best?
Pros: Beautiful design, Solid and thoughtful construction, Excellent battery life, Very fast system performance, Capable integrated GPU, Bright and responsive multitouch display, Great keyboard, Spacious touchpad, Just about everything, from the beautiful, versatile design to the fantastic performance and battery life
Cons: Uncomfortable temperatures when stressed, Could use a third USB port, Another USB port and a few minor tweaks to the design
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.
Summary: The Dell XPS 12 is a 12-inch laptop with a screen that flips over to become a tablet. With a great display, excellent build quality and decent performance, it's an ideal compromise between laptop and tablet, although it's expensive -- you could buy both for the same price.
Cons: Pretty pricey; A couple of minor software issues when using it in tablet mode; Windows 8 app store doesn't have a lot to offer yet.
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.