PROS / The Dell XPS has a powerful processor, solid-state drive and top of the line graphics card so you can multitask without slowing down your computer.
CONS / The device has a serious lack of ports and is a bit hefty and awkward in size.
VERDICT / Given its overall specifications and functionality, the device is ideal for work at the office.
With a unique design and portability, the Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Touch is ideal for those wavering between buying a notebook or a tablet. The device is one of the most powerful and versatile systems in our lineup of tablet PCs, and it constitutes a budget-friendly option for the office.
Like most of the Windows tablets we reviewed, the XPS 12 is relatively easy to use. Upon first look, the device resembles a conventional clamshell notebook, but it can easily convert into a tablet in a unique and rather unexpected way. The lid consists of two components: the rotational display screen and its fixed edge, otherwise known as a bezel. When you open the lid, you can push the vertically rotating display screen back so it folds over the keyboard and the device instantly morphs into a tablet; the bezel remains stationary and simply moves up and down. Magnets on the side of the display lock in with others on the inside of the bezel to keep the screen securely in place.
Given such a unique construction, you may have reservations about the durability of this convertible notebook, but the machine is surprisingly sturdy. The frame doesn't feel flimsy, and we imagine it can withstand the minor abuse of daily wear and tear. We also liked the device's chiclet keyboard, which is comfortable and easy to type on. Our only complaint is that the casing around the keys is glossy and can attract fingerprints.
The device has a 12.5-inch screen and weighs 3.35 pounds. The weight is surprising though it is comparable to that of larger devices with bigger screens. It made the XPS a little cumbersome to hold when in tablet mode.
The technical specifications of the Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Touch are on par compared to competing devices. Its 1.70GHz 4th gen Intel Core i3 processor is quite powerful and, and its maximum battery life is eight hours. When it comes to ports, the device only has two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack. There's no expandable memory option or Ethernet.
What the device does have is wireless and Bluetooth capability and a 720p webcam. It also has an 80GB solid-state drive, with other models offering up to 256GB, which is as large as many other tablet PC drives. This means you'll have more than enough space to store files, presentations, photos, video and anything else you want to take on the go.
Reputable, well-known manufacturers typically provide ample support resources for customers, and Dell is no exception. In addition to customer support via telephone and email, the company also provides a wealth of information on its website. Dell will even come to your home if repairs are necessary. You can read the tablet PC's user manual, troubleshooting guides and FAQs. Dell also provides an entire online community where you can post and answer threads relating to your product.
The Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Touch successfully straddles both the notebook and tablet world with its unique yet functional design. While its less than stellar technical specifications aren't conducive to power users, the device is a decent tablet PC that's affordable, easy to use and well designed.