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Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5)
 
Approximate retail price:
$1100
Summary: A 12.5-inch convertible laptop tested with Windows 8, an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics, a touchscreen, and a 128GB solid-state drive.
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Type: 11- to 15-inch convertible laptops
About - Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5)

The Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5) is a 12.5-inch convertible laptop with an LCD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has 4GB of memory and a 128GB hard drive. It has an an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor and Intel HD Graphics 4400 video adapter but no dedicated video memory. But it lacks an optical drive for burning CDs or DVDs. It comes with Windows 8 pre-installed.

The XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5) has a touch screen, a multitouch touchpad, and 2 USB ports. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11n, so it's compatible with the latest high-speed routers.

The XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5) measures 12.5 inches wide by 1 inches high by 8.5 inches deep and it weighs 3.3lbs. It's backed by a 12 month warranty, with 12 months of tech support.

About This Brand

Inspiron is Dell's mass-market line of laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones. For higher performance and gaming systems, Dell offers the XPS convertible line. For hard-core gamers, Dell offers Alienware systems. Inspiron One and XPS are its all-in-one brands, including touch screens on some models. There's also a Chromebook geared toward students.

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Features & Specs - Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5)
info Display size (in.) 12.5
info Processor Core i5-4200U
info Memory (GB) 4
info Storage (GB) 128
info Video memory (MB) NA
info Blu-ray or DVD None
info Memory-card reader No
info Wi-Fi Yes
info WiMAX No
info USB sleep and charge Yes
info Thunderbolt port No
info Digital video out Yes
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User Reviews - Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
This 'convertible" is the way to go
12/1/2014
Pros
Best Of Both Worlds Lapt
Durable Construction
Easy To Use
Fast
Good Battery Life
Large Screen
Lightweight
Reliable Performance
Cons
Small Storage
Best Uses
Business Use
Music
Travel
Video
Web Browsing
Word Processing
Comment:
I like the fact that as a convertible I am able to rotate the screen to turn it into a tablet. With the real keyboard covered, you then use a virtual keyboard on the screen. The orientation of the screen moves back and forth between vertical and horizontal depending on how you are holding it. Since Windows 8 was primarily designed for a touch screen, it is with a touch screen that you reap its full benefits. I wouldn't want a touch screen on a desktop, it's too far a reach to the screen. Still, Windows 8 is different and takes a little while to get use to it; but nowhere as hard to learn as Apple. Because of people's complaints, sometime in 2015, Microsoft is coming out with Windows 10, which will have the familiar start button, etc. My Dell XPS 12 convertible has worked flawlessly. My only complaint is the small size of the hard drive, 128GB, same size as the Microsoft Surface Pro. With the existing programs, then adding one or two more, you don't have much space left. However, I solved the problem by using a small portable 1TB external drive. I've never liked touch pads, so I use a wireless mouse; Logitech model M560. It is the only mouse I found that was specifically designed for Windows 8. The transmitter is plugged into one of the two USB ports. One of the ports is USB 3. I also use the compact Samsung SE 506 BluRay DVD player/writer. There is no HDMI output…instead there is a mini-display port…the same as used by Apple. You'll need to buy an adapter cable that goes from mini-display port to HDMI. I bought my laptop primarily for when I travel to foreign countries. Using the mini-display port adapter, I can plug it into the back of a flat screen TV that has an HDMI input to view Netflix, and photos & videos I've taken. Before you buy a regular laptop or a tablet, do yourself a favor and check out this convertible laptop.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Poor performer
6/13/2014
Pros
Good Battery Life
Light
Thin
Cons
Crashes/Freezes
Errors Opening Software
Slow
Unreliable Performance
Best Uses
Word Processing
Comment:
I have never owned a more frustrating computer. My intuition is that the problem is less with the computer than with Windows 8.1. Terrible performance.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Good when it works
5/30/2014
Pros
Good Battery Life
Lightweight
Cons
Cannot Access Battery
Poor Construction
Poor Touch Pad
Unreliable Performance
Best Uses
Comment:
I really liked this laptop when it was working but I was sent defective machines twice. I decided not to take a third, so I'm out a computer now and back to shopping. (It's worth noting that the technical support staff were outstanding. Also, Dell is giving me a full refund, which I wasn't guaranteed because the second machine broke down about 10 days past the 30-day return policy on the ORIGINAL machine, which is when the return policy clock starts counting down.) So, on the plus side, the keyboard was easy to use even in a darker room because it was backlit; the apps loaded quickly; the battery would last nearly a full day; the touchscreen worked really well. The cons: The power pack didn't work with the first machine and, apparently, the motherboard kicked the bucket in the 2 - 3 weeks I had the second machine; the touchpad was too sensitive so, when I would navigate, the app I was using would go away and I'd be dumped back on the desktop. One last con: I was never comfortable that the machine is designed to prevent users from accessing the battery; only a technician can get to it. Often, the only way I've found to reboot a laptop is to pull off the battery and reattach, so I didn't like not having the option. I'll add that in the short time I was able to use the machine, I didn't actually use a lot of apps and functionality so I can't really comment credibly on performance. For example, I never loaded photos and never used it as a tablet. I used it for video chatting on Skype and the camera was great. I'm disappointed I received two defective machines because I really liked the ergonomics, weight, size, and dual use.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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