Yesterday, Dell launched the newest addition to its XPS portfolio, the Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook, a 12.5 inch Windows 8 Ultrabook. It is Dell’s first Windows 8-powered offering and among the first of its kind to hit the local market.
While some of you might find the Dell XPS 12’s display a bit odd considering that its predecessor’s (Dell XPS 13) display is recognized by many as a clear-cut display for an Ultrabook, fact is the Dell XPS 12 is a hybrid – a notebook that can also be used as a tablet.
It features a flip hinge which allows you to tilt the display backward and forward into its place to use it as a regular laptop, or a rather chunky tablet.
Dell notebooks, especially the XPS line are known for its solid construction and Dell keeps on improving that. That improvement can be seen on the machined aluminum panel rim, carbon fiber back and base, as well as the magnesium palm rest on the Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. What concerns us is how well the flip hinge design used for shifting the XPS 12 from notebook to a tablet will hold especially on accidental bumps or drops.
The Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook’s Full HD, 400 nit, IPS display and edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass display is remarkable. It has wide viewing angles, brilliant colors and sharp contrast even when we tried it outside the event area where it’s bright. The touchscreen is also smooth and responsive.
The Dell XPS 12 is a bit hefty at 1.52kg for an Ultrabook and could have also been better if the SSD storage was bigger than 128 GB.
If you’re interested in being different with your notebook, the Dell XPS 12 will fit your needs but prepare to shell out a hefty Php65,990 for it.
|Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Specs:|
|3rd Generation Intel Core i5 3317U processor (3M cache, up to 2.6 GHz)|
|12.5” Full HD WLED with TrueLife, 400 nit, 1920×1080 resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass, 10-finger touch support|
|4GB dual channel DDR3|
|Intel HD Graphics 4000, 512MB dedicated video memory|
|128 GB SSD|
|802.11/ag/n,Bluetooth 3.0, Intel WiDi 3.0 ready|
|Machined aluminum panel rim in anodized aluminum color|
|Premium carbon fiber display back and base|
|Magnesium palmrest with soft touch paint|
|1.3MP webcam with dual digital array microphones|
|1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port with Powershare and Windows debugging, mini-display port, headphone/mic combo port|
|1 yr On-site Service after Remote diagnosis|
|SRP: Php 65,990|