Dell XPS 12

  • 12.5"
  • Core i7 1.7 GHz Dual core
  • 8 GB DDR3
  • 256 GB SSD
Released October, 2012
This sleek 12-inch Ultrabook also boasts a beautiful and bright 1080p display, a fast SSD, and an Intel Core i5 processor.
by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)

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First reviewed October, 2012

Features Key features of the Dell XPS 12

Front view of Dell XPS 12
The new MacBook Air has insane battery life and a great trackpad, the new Acer Aspire S7 has an incredibly gorgeous design and a price to match, and the new Dell XPS 12 adds great speakers and a great keyboard to an attractive machine that doubles as a (hefty) tablet.
Rated 84% by by The Verge (Sep, 2013)

screen size

12.5"
15.4"
14"
When you hold the machine up to your face, images stay crisp and fingers glide smoothly towards your touch screen targets on that glassy 1080p surface.
XPS 12 by The Verge (Sep, 2013)
The screen is covered with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass, which is a smart idea for an outward-facing tablet display, and looks bright and clear, with excellent off-axis viewing angles.
XPS 12 by c|net (Aug, 2013)

screen resolution

Dell XPS 12
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
The 12.5-inch screen has a native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, which has quickly become the default for higher-end ultraportables.
XPS 12 by c|net (Aug, 2013)
When we increased the resolution to its native 1080p, the rate plummeted to an unplayable 14 fps.
XPS 12 by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)

cpu speed

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2.7 GHz

1.7 GHz
2.6 GHz
3 GHz
For $1,399, you can double the RAM to 8GB and trade up to a Core i7 CPU.
XPS 12 by c|net (Aug, 2013)
In our performance tests, the XPS 12 and its Core i5-4200U CPU performed as expected, matching up with other recent ultrabooks using new fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processors.
XPS 12 by c|net (Aug, 2013)

processor

Dell XPS 12
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Apple MacBook Pro 9th Gen
The twitchy accelerometer and touch pad are the main knocks, as well as the relatively high starting price for a Core i5/4GB RAM/128GB SSD configuration, but I can say that each version of this design, from the original Inspiron Duo on, has gotten better.
XPS 12 by c|net (Aug, 2013)
If you're not automatically attracted to Mac OS X or one of the two Windows laptop designs, you might end up picking based on price: while a 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,099, an entry-level XPS 12 costs $1,199, and you'll pay $1,399 for an Aspire S7 with the latest battery-saving processors and a little more memory to start.
XPS 12 by The Verge (Sep, 2013)

memory

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We're testing the lower-end $1,199 model, with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.
XPS 12 by c|net (Aug, 2013)
 

Performance Real world tests of Dell XPS 12

3DMark06 CPU

battery life

5.5 hour
8 hour
7 hour
I saw 7 hours and 46 minutes of battery life in our Verge Battery Test, and the machine consistently delivered five to six hours of actual, honest-to-goodness work.
XPS 12 by The Verge (Sep, 2013)
It's nice to have a dedicated volume rocker, bump-resistant power switch, LED battery-life indicator, and particularly an orientation lock switch all accessible with the lid closed, but they come at the expense of other ports.
XPS 12 by The Verge (Sep, 2013)

cinebench r10 32Bit (Aggregate)

8,516.7
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Capacitive
  • 1.3 MP
  • 8 GB
  • 4 MB (Intel Core i7 3517U)
  • the screen is large enough to display 1080p video without scaling
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 176 ppi
  • 0.1 ms (SSD)
  • 31.54
  • 1,540 g
  • 20 mm
  • Oct, 2012
  • 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0)
  • 8,516.7 (Intel Core i7 3517U)
  • 3,121.7 (Intel Core i7 3517U)
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • DDR3
  • 12.5"
  • you'll miss out on the convenience of DVDs for easy file-sharing
  • large files and movies may not fit on CDs
  • 256 GB
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • 1.7 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 84%
Read the review (Sep, 2013)
It's simply clear and bright and crisp and colorful from any angle.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Aug, 2013)
It's nice to see laptop makers getting away from the all-aluminum or all-plastic bodies we're used to.

Screen

The flip screen is simple and effective, and the whole device looks and feels like it's worth the $1,199 price tag.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)
I wouldn't say so, but Dell's flip-screen XPS 12 at least makes for a more solid laptop than most of the detachable-screen models we've seen.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 80% by by c|net (Aug, 2013)
Click to EnlargeThe 1.3-MP webcam above the display provided bright and clear visuals when chatting with a friend via Google hangout.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)

Body

The two-tone black and silver construction might look simple on Dell’s website, but in person it’s immediately evident that the company built a quality product.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 84% by by The Verge (Sep, 2013)
The island-style keys provided great travel and a snappy response.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)
Some other tradeoffs for the tablet form factor don't make quite as much sense, however.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 84% by by The Verge (Sep, 2013)

Type

The XPS 12 ($1,199 as tested) uses the same innovative flip-screen design as the 2010 Inspiron Duo, but now it's paired with a Windows 8 experience that's optimized for touch.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)
Typing on the backlit keyboard is comfortable and accurate, and none of the vital system keys (Shift, Tab, Ctrl, and so on) are oddly sized or out of place.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 80% by by c|net (Aug, 2013)
Scrolling through Windows 8's lLive tTiles was a treat, as was watching movies.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)

Operating system

The idea came back in an ultrabook that was renamed the XPS 12, and was one of the first Windows 8 hybrids, combining Microsoft's new tile-based OS with a touch screen, but the battery life didn't measure up for an on-the-go tablet, and the system often didn't seem to know how to adjust on the fly when its screen was being moved between positions.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 80% by by c|net (Aug, 2013)
Dell has revived a design that was ahead of its time for an operating system whose time has finally come.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)
While we have yet to fully test many Windows 8 machines, Dell has established itself as an early frontrunner with the XPS 12.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)

Battery

It's surprisingly loud and full: I've been listening to Pandora Radio for hours during my testing, and have been consistently impressed with how well the tiny speakers perform.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 84% by by The Verge (Sep, 2013)
Let’s see if a battery bump is enough to make Dell a winner.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 84% by by The Verge (Sep, 2013)
Thanks to Intel's latest generation of power-efficient CPUs (sometimes referred to by the code-name Haswell), laptops and tablets of all stripes are seeing big jumps in battery life, and this is no exception.
Dell XPS 12 12.5", 1.7 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD | Rated 80% by by c|net (Aug, 2013)

Editions Editions of the Dell XPS 12

Price Edition Resolution RAM type Cinebench r10 32Bit (Aggregate) Internal storage Compare
1920 x 1080 DDR3 8,516.7 256 GB
 
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