Dell XPS 12 hybrid Windows 8 laptop reviewed

Gottabemobile have posted a review of the Dell XPS 12 hybrid Windows 8 laptop.

The Windows 8 Core i5 laptop (also available in Core i7)  has a 12.5 inch Gorilla Glass  display and an aluminium and carbon fibre construction. The capacitive touchscreen was felt to be  responsive with good viewing angles, but it is very reflective. It features an excellent backlit keyboard and was noted to have a somewhat high price at $1.199 and only moderate battery life as negatives.

The hinges were felt to be sturdy and the touch screen remains in place while in notebook mode, even when tapping on the top section of the screen.

The laptop has  two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort connection and a headphone/microphone jack. Unfortunately, there’s no SD card slot, which means users will have to bring their own adapters or USB cables to move photos over from their cameras.

The screen has a 1280 x 1080 resolution and is rated for 400 nit, which is quite bright, but the glossy screen shows reflections when used in harsh lighting. The display features 10-point multi-touch which makes it possible to play multiplayer games or use musical instrument apps found in the Windows 8 app store. It also offers wide viewing angles.

The keyboard has good key travel and comfortable typing. The keys are full size, despite the notebook’s compact footprint and the keys are right where we expect them to be.

There is no removable battery or access to RAM & storage and audio quality is only mediocre.

The Dell XPS 12 battery lasts between 5 hours and 5.5 hours in the real world while browsing the web, playing casual games and streaming online videos.

Despite some of the negatives GottabeMobile notes:

If you’re looking to buy an Ultrabook Convertible right now, the Dell XPS 12 is definitely the one to buy. It’s the best of the initial batch of Ultrabook Convertibles, earning it a Gotta Be Mobile Editors’ Choice Award.

Read their full review here.


  • Benjamin Benzema Erefagha Ayer

    saw this with one of my course mate in class yesterday…. its a nice device and I told him I will be getting the surface pro when it comes out. I just hope Microsoft don’t screw things up here in the UK… I will like to preorder early too.

  • The__Truth__Hurts

    I wished that Dell offered the 2.0 GHz ULV i7 and 512GB storage option.

    I would argued that Dell should have dropped the regular XPS 13 and offered this hybrid in 11 and 13 inch sizes. (Maybe offering an array of options i3 to i7, 4 to 8GB memory, 64GB to 512GB storage, 768p, 1080p, 1440p dipslays, etc…)

    Price wise…? There would be options between $700 to $2000 (should be no more than $2250).

    Maybe also go to a “pure carbon fiber chassis”, which would reduce weight.

    These sizes will directly compete against the MBA (and other ultrabooks). These hardware options? It allows those who want the form factor, but don’t need the power to get what they need and those who need the power, to get what they need.

    And (simply) this would be the best ultrabook/hybrid lineup.

    And to put it bluntly: Large tablets & ultrabooks will fuse together. So why not already?

    I would also argue for Dell to make an Atom and ARM powered 11.6 inch versions as well of this. (maybe a 10.1 version of well). They could use this design to “scream” DELL!!!

    To put it bluntly, if I could get a Dell XPS 11.6 ARM that had a Quad core S4, 1440p display, 2GB memory, 128GB storage, for $800 to $1000 with a carbon fiber chassis, I would have to pick one up.

    Maybe Dell should bring this display to (almost) all of their laptops….?

    Imagine a 17 inch powerhouse, where you could fold the display flat on top. Granted be a “big honking tablet”, but it could allow for things that never could have been done before.

  • Antlink

    Turn this into an @Alienware

    • The__Truth__Hurts

      Alienware? I think Dell needs to “get rid” of Alienware.

      Have XPS the Alienware lineup. Basically XPS can be the high end, power computers of dell. That way, they can also be business grade computers.

      Alienware….? That just doesn’t seem “business”.

  • Kruegerman

    1280 x 1080 resolution, huh?

    • GaryL

      It’s 1920×1080 (I’m using it now)

      It’s a great laptop/netbook/whatever. Faster by far than my work big-box (but I do have the I-7)

  • surilamin

    Form factor just makes no sense to me. Yeah, it’s a cool concept, but why would you not want a detachable display? Still holding out for the Surface Pro.

    • The__Truth__Hurts

      You only need the touch screen once and a while….?

  • Benmartin1974

    I’d been pondering ordering a Dell laptop for ages. I read loads of reviews and this one was quite helpful , I received my order last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure,

    • Kruegerman

      Spammer. That site has done one review in the past 6 months.

  • J A

    Another crappy OEM idea.

  • Nishant Modi

    The thing is cool here.

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