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DELL XPS 12 2 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 12.5" Laptop

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Seven Industry Awards

Expert review sites really like this notebook PC and have given it seven awards.

The editors of Digitaltrends.com, Pcpro.co.uk and Pcactual.com all concluded that concluded that they would recommend this DELL portable PC and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The reviewers at three more expert review sites all thought that this notebook PC was good. This portable PC received an "Editor's Choice" award from Laptopmag.com who decided it was outstanding and the editor of Hwt.dk gave it a "Silver Product of the Year" award and wrote it was very good. This notebook PC also received a "Gold" award from Techzine.nl.

The editor of one more expert review site concluded that this 2 in 1 laptop was good. 01net.com gave this portable PC a "4 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Pocket Lint, PC Advisor.co.uk and Digitaltrends.com this notebook PC has an overall expert rating of 80 out of 100. It seems that experts are not that keen on this laptop.

Good Battery Life

Some DELL XPS 12 owners who reviewed this laptop thought it had a good battery life. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com three years ago “This updated version of Dell's XPS 12 hybrid adds newer CPUs for improved battery life.” in their DELL XPS 12 review. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com said in their review in the same month “Shoving a fourth-gen Intel Core processor into the XPS 12 greatly improved battery life and integrated graphics performance” nonetheless they rated the DELL XPS 12 3 stars. Expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote “This has improved its battery life dramatically” in their review.

Easy to Use

One person said in their reviews that this laptop was easy to assemble.

One person said in their reviews that this laptop was easy to use. Expert website Apcmag.com gave it a rating of 70 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this laptop “One area where touchscreen laptops can be a little clumsy is when you want to use the touchscreen exclusively”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mobiletechreview.com said “The 12.5" size is comfortable for ultra-portable travel yet it doesn't feel”.

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Nice Design

Several DELL XPS 12 owners who bought it thought it was a good design. Mobiletechreview.com scored it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the DELL XPS 12 “Why? The XPS 12 was one of our early top picks among Windows 8 convertibles with a full HP IPS display, clever design that avoided the Lenovo Yoga'”.

One customer who reviewed the DELL XPS 12 concluded that it was luxurious. Three years ago Pcpro.co.uk wrote in their review “Dell upgrades its XPS 12 with a Haswell processor – the result is a swanky, aspirational and long-lasting hybrid”.

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Robust

A number of customers thought it was well made. Laptopmag.com gave the DELL XPS 12 a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “The latest edition looks to build on that success by shaving off some ounces” in their review of the DELL XPS 12. Expert review site Notebookcheck.net mentioned in their review of the DELL XPS 12 “It is a top-tier piece of technology that excels in nearly every department, from its exquisite construction to its clever, versatile design” and rated it 4 stars.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,100 megahertz, the DELL XPS 12 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XPS 12. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 2 in 1 laptops that were released around the same time as the XPS 12 is 560MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,000MHz.

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12 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the XPS 12 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the DELL XPS 12 which has 12 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most laptops that came out more than two years ago have between one and two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the DELL XPS 12 which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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DELL Has Good Laptop Reviews

DELL is one of the better rated notebook PC brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and DELL also has good ratings for its 2 in 1 laptops.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the DELL XPS 12 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution amongst all 2 in 1 laptops that were released more than two years ago.

The worst display resolution across similar types of notebook PC is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The DELL XPS 12 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that were released more than two years ago do not have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available that you might also want to look at include the DELL Inspiron 13 ($773.99) which has better reviews.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The DELL XPS 12 has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for more than two years. The best processor family of all 2 in 1 laptops that were launched more than two years ago is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is Intel Atom.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12, the DELL XPS 12 has a front camera.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the DELL Inspiron 13 ($773.99), or the HP Pavilion x360.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a front camera to this notebook PC and we think the Lenovo Miix 2 is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The DELL XPS 12 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for a similar time to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This DELL laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the XPS 12 range from 1GB to 12GB, and the average internal memory is 5GB. With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 12 has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the XPS 12.

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been available for more than two years. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Quite Big Operating Shock

The operating shocks of portable PCs of this age and spec range from 10G to 140G. At 140 gravity, the DELL XPS 12 has a quite big operating shock compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the XPS 12.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of portable PCs of this age and spec range from 1.8GHz to 3.4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.6GHz. At 3 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 12 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that are a similar age to the XPS 12.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on portable PCs of this type and age.

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Fairly High Speaker Power

With an speaker power of 2 Watts, the DELL XPS 12 has one of the higher speaker power amongst 2 in 1 laptops of this age. Portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12 have speaker power of between 0.5W and 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.6W.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the XPS 12, the DELL XPS 12 has a touch sensitive screen.

Other portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the DELL Inspiron 13 ($773.99), or the HP Pavilion x360.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen which you might also want to look at including the Lenovo Miix 2.

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Six Battery Cells

The DELL XPS 12 is a six battery cell count laptop.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The DELL XPS 12 has a quite big processor cache (4 megabytes) compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12. The smallest processor cache of laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12 is 1MB and the biggest is 4MB.

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Two USB 3.0 Ports

The DELL XPS 12 is a two USB 3.0 port portable PC.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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4 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

Some DELL XPS 12 owners wrote that this laptop was not heavy and bulky. Good Gear Guide.com.au said three years ago “Dell's XPS 12 is a dual-purpose Ultrabook that performs very well as a tablet (albeit a heavy one” in their review of this laptop. Expert review site Pocket Lint said in their review “Even as a tablet it's perfectly usable, if a little heavy” however despite that they still rated the DELL XPS 12 5 stars.

Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

2 in 1 laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the XPS 12 have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1.7GB and 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 2.2GB. At only 1.74 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 12 has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that were released around the same time as the XPS 12.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 128 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 12 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The smallest total storage capacity of similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 12 is 16GB, the biggest is 1.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 370GB.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the HP Pavilion x360 (500GB), or the DELL Inspiron 13 ($773.99) (500GB) which is also higher rated.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

The DELL XPS 12 is a one built-in speaker laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the XPS 12 have between one and three built-in speakers.

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5 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 12

Released Over Three Years Ago

This DELL portable PC was released over three years ago.

Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 8.43 hours, the DELL XPS 12 has a relatively average battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.8 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 12 has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

If you want a portable PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the HP Pavilion x360 (2.166GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.5 kilograms, the DELL XPS 12 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the XPS 12.

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Average Screen Size

The DELL XPS 12 has a fairly average screen size (12.5 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the DELL Inspiron 13 ($773.99) (13.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Headphone Out Port
DVI Port
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SATA III Connector
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Intel Rapid Start Technology
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Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
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Intel Visual Technology

28 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(199)
20 October 2015

That starts with the appearance: for an XPS device, it's surprisingly ugly. It's mostly clad in matte-black plastic, squared-off unstylised edges, and only the kicked-up hinge at the back of the... Read more…

11 October 2015

The world is waking up to the potential of hybrid Windows tablets thanks to Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book , and Dell is one of several companies looking to ride the wave.The PC maker... Read more…

Display
Keyboard
Fanless
Inventive hinge, less keyboard base
Sharp, rich and accurate 4K display
Core M processor
No USBA ports
Magnets could be sturdier
Soft touch plastic coating all over
4K isn't all that necessary here
10 October 2015

Dell looks to have nailed it again. This time in building a 2-in-1 laptop that, if not one to beat, is certainly one of the few to look out for this year...

9 October 2015

Dell looks to have nailed it again. This time in building a 2-in-1 laptop that, if not one to beat, is certainly one of the few to look out for this year...

8 October 2015

When we think of Dell's XPS line we think laptops. But that's all about to change with the introduction of the 2016 Dell XPS 12 - a 2-in-1 tablet with keyboard dock that's feature-packed and looks... Read more…

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User Reviews

(17)
Reviewed 19 September 2014 by ExtremelyDisappointed
(Verified Purchase)

I ordered a new dell xps 12, and it worked fine for a week. Then, it started to not turn on. It happened 4 times, the last of which happened while I was away at school. I did absolutely nothing to... Read more…

Reviewed 20 February 2014 by Bruce R.
(Verified Purchase)

I put the OS on this and kept my data on the HDD. Boot speeds were reduced dramatically. How did I live so long without it?

Reviewed 16 May 2013 by Brent R.
(Verified Purchase)

I have wiped and reinstalled os's on this drive tons of times. This drive would work great for a 32gb partition for smart response with main hdd, and the other 32gb partition for your virtual ram,... Read more…

Reviewed 18 February 2014 by Michael R.
(Verified Purchase)

For the price, I got a quality product but I was expecting a little more pretty things, like stickers or a pretty box. I am very satisfied with this purchase...

Reviewed 7 November 2013 by EGolfinstruction
(Verified Purchase)

Installed on Dell XPS 8700 with all updates (including BIOS) installed beforehand. I changed the BIOS settings to RAID and then watched the computer fail 2 or 3 times at booting until the Safe... Read more…

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