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
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.
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.
Conclusion: All in all, however, the Dell XPS 12 makes an emphatic case for the viability of Windows 8 convertibles. Between its versatility and that beautiful display, I'm very tempted to buy one for my family this holiday season. But I'm still leaving Windows 7 installed on my desktop.
Summary: While we wish it came with an SD Card slot and had greater endurance, the Dell XPS 12 represents the most elegant way we've seen to handle Windows 8's dual interfaces. The flip screen is simple and effective, and the whole device looks and feels like it's worth the $1,199 price tag. While we have yet to fully test many Windows 8 machines, Dell has established itself as an early frontrunner with the XPS 12.
Pros: Stylish design, Bright and crisp full HD display, Easy to switch from notebook to tablet mode, Fast SSD
Cons: Below-average battery life, No SD Card slot, Feels a bit heavy as tablet,
Dell's XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook uses a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and can last almost all day when running on its battery
Good Gear Guide.au
20 September 2013
Summary: Dell's XPS 12 is a dual-purpose Ultrabook that performs very well as a tablet (albeit a heavy one). It build on last year's model by adding a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, and this has improved its battery life dramatically. However, it has a few issues that need sorting out before it can be considered one of the best convertible Ultrabooks on the market.
Pros: Well built, Fast Wi-Fi, Good quality Full HD touchscreen, Battery life
Cons: Poor touchpad, Limited ports and slots, Can feel heavy at times, Had trouble waking from deep sleep