• Dell XPS 12 • AMD Radeon R9 290X • Cooler Master V750 Semi-Modular • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition (GV-N780GHZ-3GD) • Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC • Toshiba Portege Z30 • MSI GT70 20D • Toshiba Canvio Connect • ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+ • ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC (GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5) • ASUS Z87-Pro • MSI Z87M Gaming • Sapphire R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC • Seasonic 760W Platinum • Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
The Dell XPS series has always been at the forefront of technology, utilizing components that provide users with the best balance between style and performance. Thanks to the introduction of both Windows 8 and tablets, Dell saw the need to design a machine that suits the ever-changing IT trends. This then saw the introduction of the new Dell XPS 12, a high-performance Ultrabook that sports a unique flip-hinge design.
Mirroring the design of Dell’s previous XPS 13, the XPS 12 eschews its predecessor’s aluminum look in favor of a matte carbon fiber-like exterior. The matte material runs throughout the entire Ultrabook from the top lid to the keyboard and the bottom of the XPS 12. The only places that have been omitted are the hinges, wwhich sport an aluminum frame and the touchscreen display.
Another aspect that we liked ffrom the XPS 12 is its keyboard, which felt well spaced and it even has backlit keys for easier typing in low-light situations. In addition, the XPS 12 also boasts a long battery life, delivering up to 8 hours and 43 minutes of battery on a single charge.
The XPS 12’s most notable feature, the flip-hinge display, allows the machine to quickly switch between an Ultrabook or tablet instantly. Despite the frame’s thin build, we found the components to be solidly built and it helps that the XPS 12 uses magnets to lock the flip-hinge display in place. This allows the XPS 12 to be used in a variety of ways, such as a traditional Ultrabook or even a small screen to conduct presentations when laid flat. Though the XPS 12 is considered remarkably light and thin for an Ultrabook, it is a bit of heavy and thick as a tablet. Because of this, Dell has placed some helpful grooves on the underside of the device for extra grip.
Our unit sports an Intel Core i5-4200U processor and up to 4GB of memory. To gauge its overall capability, we utilized both PCMark 8 and PCMark 7 to test the XPS 12. The tests managed to attain a score of 2641 and 4907 points for the PCMark 8 Home test and PCMark 7, respectively. We had to replace our usual 3DMark Fire Strike test with the mid-range Cloud Gate test to match the unit’s Intel HD Graphics 4400, which managed to give us a reasonable score of 4223 points.
The Dell XPS 12 is a great Ultrabook that can fulfill many tasks. Its performance tells us that the XPS 12 is capable of running multiple productivity-based applications without issues. We especially like the overall design, which lets users easily switch between the Ultrabook and tablet mode, though with its weight and size, the XPS 12 seems more comfortable as an Ultrabook. Still, if you are looking for a machine that flexes your productivity potential, the XPS 12 is a great option to have.
Users can switch between an Ultrabook or tablet with a simple flip.