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. 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
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.
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.
Summary: Dell has carried out the same excellence from the XPS 14 as far as design and build is concerned, with the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook. The display flip is a very unique feature to have. Performance is fairly acceptable, but the cherry on the cake is the battery life. But like most of these convertibles, they work better as laptops than as tablets. None of that takes away from the fact that you are paying a premium for the entire package because of the form factor.
Pros: Thin design, Fairly lightweight for an ultrabook, Brilliant build quality, Excellent battery life, Very good display quality, Full HD resolution makes this perfect for multimedia, Backlit keyboard
Cons: The swivel screen mechanism doesn't have a lock, Works better in ultrabook mode
Summary: The Dell XPS 12 brings the full Windows 8 experience to the table thanks to its convertible tablet form factor. Dell’s screen flipping mechanism is as unique as it is rock solid; it turns into a great tablet in a matter of seconds. The 12.5-inch display is absolutely beautiful and the touch screen functionality works perfectly in Windows 8.
Pros: Beautiful touch screen display, Seamless tablet experience, Excellent build quality, Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons: Lack of ports (no media card reader), Screen-heavy design, Some software issues