Summary: With its tidy keyboard dock, the Dell XPS 10 should be the ideal combination of tablet and laptop. But the dock is an expensive extra and the tablet itself is seriously let down by build quality issues, not to mention its inability to install standard Windows 8 software. Your money can certainly be better spent elsewhere.
Cons: Awful build quality; Keyboard dock is an expensive extra; Uninspiring design; Windows 8 RT app store is poorly stocked.
Excerpt: Dell XPS 10 is a Windows 8 RT tablet with a 10.1-inch 1366x768 pixels display, Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, 5MP rear and 2MP front camera, and a memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
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Conclusion: The Dell XPS 10 Windows RT-equipped convertible tablet will truly last all day and most of the night (and certainly cover the longest flight in the world). It has a very small-capacity C: drive, but if your digital life is truly in the cloud, the XPS 10 can totally be the everyday computer that you carry everywhere.
Pros: Very portable. Over 20 hours of battery life with dock. Can trickle charge with micro-USB. Comfortable keyboard dock. Speakers built into dock.
Cons: Limited Windows RT app library. Can't install older Windows apps. Can't install third-party browser. Local storage a bit small.
Conclusion: When there are cheaper and more flexible alternatives, you have to be a serious Windows RT fan to want to spend $680 for the 32GB XPS 10 tablet and dock bundle from Dell. And we don’t recommend opting out of the keyboard dock. If you’re not fond of RT, you may be better off with the full Windows 8 Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 , which is slightly more expensive, but gives you a fuller experience.
Pros: Covered in soft-touch paint for fingerprint-free handling, Included dongles for full-sized USB and HDMI ports, Good battery life, Touchscreen and keyboard make Windows RT usable, Keyboard dock doubles battery life and adds expansion ports
Cons: Heavy for a mobile device, Shallow and small keys, Awkward location of micro USB port, Expensive, Average screen resolution
Summary: Marathon Tablet. After Asus, Microsoft and Samsung, the spotlight now shines on Dell's Windows RT tablet PC. The XPS 10 proves to be a long-lasting performer which makes traditional notebooks look outdated, especially in terms of battery life. However, the offered performance comes at a high price.
Pros: Precise touchscreen, High-quality workmanship, Nice performance, Intuitive interface, Good battery life, Low temperature emissions, The long battery life and bright display make outdoors use a delight.
Cons: Display only offers HD-ready resolution, Current price, Full-sized USB port in the dock or with adapter, Performance has room for improvement, A lighter case and better video capture quality with the 5 MP camera.
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 10 is an attempt at a hybrid Windows 8 RT computer that is both a tablet and a portable laptop. Although it runs smoothly, thanks to the dual core processor, it doesn’t quite match up to competitors, even other hybrids. Gloria Sin from Digital Trends comments that the XPS 10 is “Heavy for a mobile device”. Indeed, at 635 g (1.40 lb), its heavier than more functional and lighter Ultrabook alternatives. Another downside is that it only runs Windows 8 RT.