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Review Dell XPS 12


    Overview ultrabook-transformer Dell XPS 12

    Review Dell XPS 12

    On the wave of interest in the new operating system Windows 8 "tile" interface Modern UI major players of the mobile market rushed to submit their sensory solutions. At the same time, not all limited release tablets trend or trivial integration is a pressure sensitive screen in conventional laptops, some manufacturers have seriously believed in the possibility of reincarnation niche form factor laptops, Transformers ("clamshell"). In particular, Dell creatively redesigned 2010 model-year Inspiron Duo, presenting the first ultrabook XPS 12-transformer, with an overview of which we have today, and will introduce.


    Review Dell XPS 12

    At first glance, Dell XPS 12 Is almost indistinguishable from the traditional laptop - pretty slim narrowed to the front edge of the case, standard "shelf" and the classic joint operation panel. The metal frame looks like a stylish contrast piping cover, and the gap between it and the mobile screen is too small to be suspected in this model the ability to transform.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    However, it is necessary to push the screen away from you as it leaves the inside of his usual place. It is in the borderline Dell XPS 12 Looks the most unusual and attractive, but the main mode he has two - notebook and tablet, for which you want to rotate the display 180 degrees to stop and lay back down on the operation panel.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    As a result of the transformation you get a 12.5-inch tablet with a touch IPS-screen with Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. Of course, the most convenient to use its capabilities in the interface Modern UI, honed under control of the fingers, and if you want to use and the occasional classic desktop mode of Windows 8.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Frame display unit Dell XPS 12 Made of aluminum with a matte surface has been very strong and rigid in spite of its small thickness and shape. The display rotates about an axis through its center, the fixation in the boundary positions by means of four spring-loaded latches. Additional protection against rotation and at the same time act avtodovodchikom several magnets arranged on the top and bottom of the frame.

    Review Dell XPS 12


    Ultrabook transformer Dell XPS 12 Is made in the style of the familiar 13-inch model Dell XPS 13. Uses the same materials as the only external difference (apart form factor) acts clearance outside the display module - the older brother, it is metal.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    The central part of the display module Dell XPS 12 Is finished pleasant to the touch with a distinctive weave carbon fiber and decorated with metal logo. The base case is also made of carbon fiber with a pronounced pattern, all service information and a small hatch to upgrade is hidden under the aluminum panel. Anti-slip feet are in the form of two long rubber rollers, with the number of passes under the upper air inlets. Radiator cooling system is located in an alcove display hinge, so that the hot air does not get in the user's hand or the "notebook" or in tablet mode (provided that you keep it in a horizontal position).

    Review Dell XPS 12

    The front and back face Dell XPS 12 Are free, all the connectors are located on the sidewall transformer. Left is a speaker, volume control, illuminated slider switch on the set, combined audio port and lock button position sensor, blocking automatically change the orientation of the interface. On the right side plate handed second speaker, battery level indicator, a pair of connectors USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort video output jack and charger.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Basic panel display module covered protective glass Gorilla Glass, at the bottom of the screen bezel is a hardware button Home, which is sure to come in handy in tablet mode. The working area is made of magnesium detergents and finished with a pleasant to the touch softtach-black plastic, which is quite difficult to scour quickly covered with fingerprints. Island style spill-resistant keyboard is equipped with LED-backlit display, a glass touchpad is different solid size.

    Review Dell XPS 12


    From the point of view of the hardware platform Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook is a typical, that is, it is based on the low platform from Intel with integrated graphics and comes with a SSD-drive. The manufacturer offers several configurations priced from $ 1,199 to $ 1,699 (prices for the U. S. market) based on the processor Intel Core i5-3317U (2,6 GHz) and the Intel Core i7-3517U (3,0 GHz), RAM size varies from 4 to 8 GB, capacity SSD - from 128 to 256 GB.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Caught in the test instance is equipped with an Intel Core i5-3427U, with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. In this configuration, he scored 4,800 points in PCMark 7, more than 1000 points in 3Dmark11 and 5.4 points in the index performance of Windows. The battery life of the battery capacity of 47 Wh was 1 hour and 45 minutes at maximum load, and 6:00 in the emulation mode of reading.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Ultrabook transformer Dell XPS 12 Is equipped with high-quality IPS-matrix with a good supply of brightness (380 cd/m2 at maximum) and excellent viewing angles. Resolution 12.5-inch screen is 1920 by 1080 pixels, so that in some cases may need to fine-tune the image scaling. Capacitive type touch panel supports all the usual gestures for tablets.


    During operation as a notebook special claims to the Dell XPS 12 Has not arisen, pleased with quality materials, sophisticated keyboard and excellent by the standards of IPS-screen laptop. No problems with the original design of the transformation, it seems quite reliable for everyday use. But the cooling system sometimes behaves bit noisy, and mainly in notebook mode. Someone obviously will miss only two USB, as well as the missing HDMI-out and a memory card slot, but these restrictions are related to the structure transformer, so that future owners will have to wait.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    In tablet condition Dell XPS 12 Can be used in both horizontal and vertical orientation, but the former is more convenient for a variety of reasons. With horizontal Enough palm lie on the cold part of the bottom, and the lock button, the position sensor and the volume conveniently fall under the fingers of his left hand. Thanks to successful configuration not overlap and the connectors on the right side wall, but both speakers are placed exactly in the places grip palms, which significantly dampens their sound. However, the most prominent claim to the device is its weight, 1.5 kg it is still too much for comfortable prolonged use on the tablet on the weight.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Transformers vs. tablets

    This is such an important issue that it is worthwhile for greater detail. The first notebook-transformer was in our editorial exactly 10 years ago, it was a 12-inch Toshiba Portege 3500 running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. A device with a Intel Pentium III processor with a clock speed of 1.33 GHz, weighed 2 pounds and has a relatively touch screen, which can operate it exclusively with the stylus. Then it was really an exceptional decision for which requested crazy by today's standards, the sum of $ 4,000. As time went on, Transformers updated, but the most classic center-vertical hinge and removable keyboard-base remained the standard solution for this form factor devices. Alternative design monoblock Tablet PC ("slate") with an optional detachable keyboard was much less popular, because at that stage of development of the technology to place a touch screen and hardware stuffing in a fairly slim body just was not possible.

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Today, however, nobody will be surprised enough thin and light tablet Windows-based energy-efficient processor Intel Core iX or Atom, and in this situation to drag behind a keyboard unit on a permanent basis is not a good idea. One may convince yourself that you are getting all-in-two-in-one, but in the current situation, the classic notebook-transformer - this is the forced compromise, which is not really satisfied with any of the parties. Arithmetic is very simple, the 12.5-inch Dell XPS 12 Weighs more than 1.5 kg at a thickness of 2 cm, while you can buy a 13-inch ultrabook weight of 1.35 kg and 1.5 cm thick, or even select 11 6-inch Windows-tablet weight of 700 grams and a thickness of less than 1 cm

    Review Dell XPS 12

    Yes, in the first case, you will not be able to rotate the screen, placing it on the keyboard, but by touch ultrabook well be able to control the interface with your fingers. It would seem that in the second case, the comparison is not entirely correct, since the screen in such a tablet is smaller and with a docking station sets the thickness of those same 2 cm and a weight of 1.34 kg (as an example we take the ASUS VivoTab TF810C). But do not forget that along with the dock you get not only the keyboard and extra ports, but also a second battery, which nearly doubles the resulting autonomy. Again, no one forces you to keep a keyboard strapped, if you need a pobrauzit or see some photos, and only the difference between the 1.5 kilograms of Dell XPS 12 And 700-800 grams of modern Windows-tablet you will feel very quickly.

    Cine-transformer Ultrabook Dell XPS 12 The results

    As a result, in terms of attractiveness for the average user ultrabook transformer Dell XPS 12 Saves unless the original design. A thin metal frame and rotating screen look so futuristic that the transformer even handed villain Bane in the final film of the trilogy of Batman (the episode with the storming of the exchange). But all of this exotic visible only at rare moments of transformation, while in laptop mode will see around just a laptop and a tablet mode and unpleasantly surprised even its thickness and weight.

    So if in the Dell XPS 12, You caught a stylish silver and black design and premium aluminum-carbon fiber body, it is best to pay attention to his older brother Dell XPS 13. Well, if you need Windows-based device with a touch screen and a hardware keyboard, then select any of the available tablet with the optional docking station, the benefit of their number in the coming months will continue to grow just like an avalanche: ASUS VivoTab TF810C, Acer Iconia Tab W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T1C, Microsoft Surface Pro, etc. Liked

    + Original mechanism of transformation

    + High-quality IPS-matrix with a high resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and Gorilla Glass cover + Use of premium materials (carbon, aluminum, glass, magnesium alloy) + Spill-resistant keyboard with backlight + Convenient battery indicator Do not like it

    - The weight is too large for use in tablet mode

    - Just two USB, no HDMI and card reader

    - High cost

    - Make Working Panel

    - Noisy cooling system

    Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook (XPS12i504128UN8-Alu)


    Tablet PC

    Screen size, inches


    Type of matrix


    Type of covering the screen


    Screen Resolution


    Touch-sensitive screen


    Processor Type

    Intel Core i5-3427U

    Frequency, GHz


    Pre-installed OS

    Windows 8

    Mass, kg


    Dimensions in mm



    Intel QS77

    The amount of memory (Std / Max)


    Hard disk, GB

    128 (SSD)

    Optical drive


    Graphics card, memory

    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    External Ports

    2xUSB 3.0 (1xeSATA), mini DisplayPort, mic-in, headphone

    Expansion Slot


    Card reader



    1.3 MP

    Network Adapter


    56K modem



    802.11 a / g / n







    Battery capacity, mA. ch


    Battery voltage, V


    Review Dell XPS 12

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