Dell XPS 12 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 7
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 3
      • Usability
      • 9
      • Design
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Features
      • 9
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 7.57
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • 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

Quick Take

The XPS 12 is not inexpensive (starting at $1,200) but you're getting a quality machine with the best of the tablet and notebook worlds.

The Dell XPS 12 is a good computer for anyone looking for the best of the tablet and notebook worlds in one machine. With a $1,199.99 price tag, it\’s not inexpensive, but is a quality machine with a solid display and exceptional screen quality. The computer weighs 3.35 pounds and is less than .8 inches thick, keeping it extremely portable.

\"DellNotebookReview found the design of the Dell XPS 12 to be exceptional. The display flips inside the frame, turning the notebook into a tablet. Held in place by a series of magnet, there is no chance of accidentally dislodging the display. NBR did note that the design is screen heavy, which limits the ability of using the touchscreen in notebook mode. The chassis is built with carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium and doesn\’t bend or flex. In tablet mode, NBR found the rubberized exterior surfaces and Gorilla Glass display to provide a seamless experience. One drawback NBR noted was a lack of variety of the included ports. The Dell XPS 12 has two USB 3.0 ports and a mini display-port connector.

The keyboard has a Chiclet-style layout and NBR found the keys to have great tactile feedback while remaining quiet. NBR was impressed with the backlit keyboard. The Dell XPS 12 has a Cypress touchpad which NBR found to be useable and accurate, but noted the clicks are loud.

The biggest selling point for the Dell XPS 12 is the screen quality. NBR found the touchscreen to have perfect accuracy, although overhead and ambient lighting creates some reflection. The 12.5-inch screen has a HD 176 DPI resolution with an IPS display. NBR found the picture to be extra bright with excellent contrast and good saturation and the picture looks the same from any viewing angle. The computer has two speakers on the sides of the chassis which produce good sound quality.

NBR reviewed the Dell XPS 12 with the standard Intel i5 Dual Core processor, Integrated Intel HD graphics and 126 GB Samsung SSD. NBR found the SSD to provide overall good performance and noted the machine didn\’t show signs of slowness in notebook or tablet mode. The graphics are suitable for movie watching and basic games but insufficient for 3D gaming. The NBR reviewer found some software issues, but noted they were \”unable to determine whether the issues are directly related to Windows 8, the XPS 12 or both.\” The 6-cell 47 WHr battery performed well in a strenuous battery test, lasting three hours and 29 minutes.

Overall, NBR found the Dell XPS 12 to be a quality machine with a stellar screen and display, providing the best of the notebook and tablet experience. Buyers may want to note a lack of available ports and some software issues.


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