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Summary:A 12.5-inch convertible laptop tested with Windows 8, Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics, a touchscreen, and a 128GB solid-state drive.
I purchased this Convertible Ultrabook for my home based business to use and edit fillable forms, take signatures, and conduct general business.<br /><br />The Good: It blurs the line between tablet and laptop VERY well. It does make a better laptop than tablet with its i5 processor, SSD and AWESOME keyboard. There isn't one tablet or convertible, or even most real laptops that have a keyboard this good! Great travel and feel, with classy LED backlighting. The touchpad is also noteworthy for it's excellent usability as it recognizes many multitouch touchscreen gestures and doesn't go bonkers when your palm brushes against it when typing. The brushed aluminum framing and carbon fiber build are downright sexy and keep greasy fingerprints and general ugliness from regular use to a minimum. It shows videos and app games beautifully with high resolution and windows 8 apps are great looking and the flow with the touchscreen when getting things done is good too. I don't do heavy gaming on it. That's why I have an actual gaming PC.<br /><br />The Bad: My biggest quirk is the text sizes. Windows needs to fix this, because it irks me to no end. It's like putting your computer on an HD 65 inch big screen and then shrinking the screen size to 12 inches and trying to read the screen. On windows largest settings, the fonts are still smaller than normal, and people with bad eyes should not apply. When blowing up the text for browsing, many buttons and tabs become unclickable or unreadable because the tabs or buttons don't grow when the font does. Could be a deal breaker for some, but I have good eyes. Another fault that I have is the Displayport function with no inclusion of a what should be standard HDMI adapter. Any adapters must be purchased. Not a deal breaker though. Lastly, the upgradability bothers me as well once I've found out about the soldered in RAM and processor. Also the possibility of changing the SSD is almost as implausable because of the level of disassembly required to do so. This was unexpected from something so much like a laptop.<br /><br />All of these quirks are more than made up for with the versatility of windows 8 coupled with the excellent hardware that Dell has dreamed up, and the increasing library that is the Windows 8 app store. I haven't had any issues with freeze ups at all as the other reviewer has, but I also have a professional advantage.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By R the writer
from New York
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good Battery Life
Difficult To Use
I was very attracted to the idea of an ultrabook to finesse the choice between a small notebook and a tablet. And it has great reviews..However, the tablet function on this kept freezing. I did not think it was easy to use. I did find Dell extremely cooperative in arranging a return.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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