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. Still, we are dismayed by Dell’s minimum-effort approach. The original was very good, so perhaps the company felt no need to revise the chassis.
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
Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook with Convertible Touch Tablet
good house keeping
16 September 2013
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 12 tablet offers 170 degree viewing angle thanks to its unique hinge-design
Pros: Consumer testers really liked the keyboard layout, Consumer testers could very easily convert it from tablet to notebook, Many connectivity options, Excellent sound quality, Fast system speed, Great customer service options, including free 1-year in-home service after remote diagnoses
Cons: Very small screen compared to the size of the tablet, Heavy for its size, Poor camera/video quality
For this spinning laptop design, the third time's the charm
9 September 2013
Summary: For the past two years, we’ve ended practically every ultrathin laptop review by suggesting that you should probably just buy a MacBook Air. That wasn’t always an option for Windows users, but for those who could, Apple offered an unrivaled experience. Those days are done: we’ve now seen two credible alternatives in a row, laptops which arguably outclass the Air in certain departments.
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: 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.
Excerpt: One area where touchscreen laptops can be a little clumsy is when you want to use the touchscreen exclusively. Windows 8 is actually quite capable sans keyboard so Dell created an innovative screen mechanism to let you use the touchscreen in a more practical manner. The 12.5-inch screen can actually rotate in its bezel allowing you to flip the screen over and close the laptop to let you use it like a tablet.
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.