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Dell XPS 12 Review: convertible Ultrabook

Covertible Ultrabook tablet with good specifications

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Introduction

It sometimes happens that we receive a product that looks completely finished from the outside, but then it turns out that the hardware inside isn't entirely mature yet. That often affects the performance, or even the price. A example of this was the Inspiron Duo, a laptop that came out two years. It featured an innovative, rotating touchscreen. It was a very interesting design, but the Atom processor it ran on was too slow. Together with Windows 7, which wasn't made for touchscreens, it did not create a great user experience.

Dell XPS 12 (221X-9744)

Fast-forward two years, and now Dell has come with the XPS Duo. Again called Duo, it applies the same concept: a screen mounted in the middle of a frame, which you can flip around. That enables you to use it either as a laptop or as a tablet. While its exterior does resemble the Inspiron Duo, the hardware is fortunately much better in every aspect. You also expect that with XPS in the name, which is typically positioned above the Inspiron series.

Dell XPS 12 (221X-9744)

The entry-level model starts at £999, and features an Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. Our test model came with a Core i7, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, and is available for £1,179. There is also a configuration with 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, but with an i5 instead of the i7.


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