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2-in-1 Pro­duc­tiv­ity

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - TexT // ChonG Jinn Wei

• 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.

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