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Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook (4th Gen i5) Computer

 
Approximate retail price:
$1000
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)
 
4.0
Attention to detail makes this PC great!
2/11/2015
Pros
Durable Construction
Easy To Use
Good Battery Life
Keyboard Not Exposed
Lightweight
No Gymnastics--easy Flip
Non-slip Outter Shell
Responsive Touch Screen
Very Cool Screen Flipping
Cons
No SD Card Slot
Best Uses
Anything Mobile Really
Web Browsing
Comment:
I use the XPS-12 primarily for teleworking and general personal use, including stock charting. It is light and nicely balanced. I like the non-slip material that keeps it on my lap, like the time I dozed off in a Starbuck. I found it pointed down my pant leg, but not sliding off. (Whew!) I LOVE the way the screen flips. There is no lifting and flipping and twisting. Just a flick of a finger, then close the lid and you have a tablet. I've also put it easily into tent mode to watch videos, etc. The keyboard does not get exposed. It is a nice, fast machine that I presume works like any decent Windows laptop with an SSD drive. For me what sets it apart are the little things in its ergonomics and functionality that make it a great laptop to slip into a bag for a trip to Starbucks or across country on a plane. Decent battery. This is the only laptop I have recommended to friends and family since I bought it about 10 months ago. I still feel that way. I would give it 5 stars if Windows 8 was a little friendlier, and if there was an onboard SD card reader. If I could I'd still go 4.6 or better.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 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.
(14 of 17 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.
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