Conclusion: In addition to striking the right balance between the opposing forces of screen size and portability, the Dell XPS 18 boasts a number of design choices that make it a joy to use. Its rubberized edges make it easy to grip, and the rubberized feet and kickstands on its back panel make it comfortable to use on a desk or table. Its compact stand acts as a small yet sturdy anchor, letting you charge the battery without having to connect a cable.
Pros: Sleek design, Right size for pulling double duty, Respectable battery life
Dell XPS 18 hands-on review: an enormous all-in-one PC
8 March 2014
Conclusion: We liked the XPS 18. It’s far better than the Tap 20 in terms of portability and it also has a terrific screen with an excellent viewing angle. We can see it being useful in family homes where the flexibility and multiple-user nature of Windows could be a real bonus. However, for those who already have an iPad and a laptop, it won’t appeal. But we’re really interested to see how much Dell will charge for the Core i3 and i5 variants of the XPS 18.
Excerpt: On paper, the Dell XPS 18 all-in-one/tablet hybrid shouldn’t work, with its massive 18.4-inch screen potentially destroying any possibility of portability. And yet, it works well. While its five-pound chassis isn’t necessarily light, it weighs less than many gaming laptops and is quite svelte for its class, measuring 11x18.25x.69 inches, and is half the weight of Sony’s similar Tap 20 AiO/tablet hybrid.
Pros: Large, lovely screen; shockingly portable; good accessories.
Summary: If you're looking for a marked departure from the traditional all in one, you need look no further than the XPS 18. The system essentially imitates a giant tablet, and its light, easy to carry form factor lets you set the machine up anywhere you want it (in many ways much easier than other desktops or all in ones). Its performance and sound are very impressive, and for a machine that is as big as the XPS, it's surprisingly quiet and cool to run for hours at a time.
Conclusion: After spending a month with the Dell XPS 18, it's hard not to really like it. The lovely IPS display, occasional portability and quiet performance are strong selling points. It looks attractive, is well made and stays cool thanks to the low powered internals. It's not the product for serious gamers or CAD workers, but it's perfect for everyday productivity and multimedia entertainment.
Pros: Portable yet works well as a desktop PC, Sharp and colorful full HD IPS touch screen, very good build quality.
Cons: Not the machine for gamers, at 5 lbs. and 18.4" the tablet isn't wildly portable. No HDMI, VGA or DisplayPort for second monitor.
Excerpt: When Samsung created the Galaxy Note it pushed the boundaries of what consumers thought about handset size. Called a Phablet (or Superphone) by many its successor was even bigger and interestingly was more easily accepted by the masses as a phone. Since then the likes of Sony have moved into the same space with handsets such as the new Xperia Z Ultra which features a 6.4" screen.
Conclusion: What Dell has created here is a truly unique amalgamation of elements. This computer can be a massive tablet, it can be a desktop machine, and it can be carried around in a custom-fitted carrying case that's also already out on the market. This isn't a computer made for the common user, that's for sure - what it is made for is a user hoping to go big on multi-form computing. Here Windows 8 shines as a touch-friendly operating system once again as well.
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One didn't shatter any benchmark records or leave us with performance whiplash, but then again, AIO systems rarely do. Compared to most other AIO rigs we've reviewed, the XPS 18 had enough vigor to not only keep up in most instances, but surpass some of last year's models. In PCMark 7, for example, the XPS 18 scored 4,318, nearly 2,000 points above the Asus ET2410, Lenovo IdeaCentre A720, and HP TouchSmart 520.
Pros: Full HD 1080p IPS panel, A truly portable all-in-one, Decent all-around performance, USB 3.0 ports, Stand acts as a charging dock, Tabletop computing, if you're into that sort of thing, Pumps out good sound for its form factor
Cons: No HDMI ports, Middling gaming performance, Display is a little large and heavy to be used as a true tablet, Not easy to service/upgrade
Summary: All-inclusive. Dell calls its 18.4-inch tablet an All-in-One. We review the XPS 18 with a Core i5, 8 GB memory and a combined storage solution with an HDD and an SSD. Continue reading to find out how it performs...
Pros: IPS display with good viewing angle stability, Good color fidelity, Dual channel RAM, Very good overall concept, Excellent build quality, Great keyboard, Mouse and charging dock included, Easy to maintain, Numerous accessories available, Full CPU performance running on battery, Large battery, A good display combined with decent battery runtimes. A real tablet feeling despite the unusual size.
Cons: Reduced GPU performance running on battery, Quite loud under load, Grayscale presentation could be better, More ports are only available with an external solution, which is pretty pricey at 169 Euros (~$219).
Conclusion: We get that the XPS 18 is not for everybody. For some would-be AIO buyers, the small screen may be a deal-breaker. Still, we think its price premium for adding mobility is reasonable, and when considering the system's excellent screen quality, as well as its exceptionally thin, light and comfortable profile, we think it's the best portable AIO we've seen yet and well-deserving of our Editors' Choice nod.
Pros: Well-built and attractive PC converts to giant tabletop tablet, Great-looking screen, Decent performance, Highly responsive touch screen
Cons: Small screen for an all-in-one at this price, Just two USB ports, No HDMI