[Test] XPS 12: Dell’s Convertible Ultrabook

[Test] XPS 12: Dell's Convertible Ultrabook

A convertible in ultrabooks

Image 1: [Test] XPS 12: Dell's Convertible UltrabookThe Ultrabook has taken a new turn since the end of 2012. With the arrival of Windows 8, touch has taken off. For laptop manufacturers, it was a question of showing their adaptability with innovative products. Following Acer and its Aspire S7, Lenovo Yoga 13 or evenAsus Taichi, Dell is using its own touch Ultrabook: the XPS 12.

Presented last September at the Dell conference atIFA, this Ultrabook is tactile and transformable, that is to say that it can become a tablet thanks to an ingenious swivel screen system. This is nothing new for the American brand, which already tested this concept in 2010 with the Inspiron Duo. But now, at the time Dell had positioned itself on the netbook market with this product. Not very powerful, it quickly fell into oblivion following the death of small low-cost computers.

Today, Dell takes the principle of the Inspiron Duo, but in a much more powerful, high-end machine and Ultrabook in order to counter the competition and place themselves on this market which is more akin to technical demonstration than to mass products.

Professional PC

Image 2: [Test] XPS 12: Dell's Convertible UltrabookThe XPS 12 does not shine by its external appearance. At first glance, we discover a black and gray carcass. Sober, it is more like a professional machine of the type Lenovo Thinkpad. Approaching a little more, it delivers the composition of its hull. It is completely covered with carbon encircled with aluminum. A pledge of seriousness on the part of Dell who wanted this Ultrabook without visible plastics. The touch of the carbon parts is satin, which is far from unpleasant.

A little tour under the XPS 12 reveals a small aluminum hatch with the name of the Dell range. It is exactly the same as we had on the XPS 13, first Ultrabook of the American brand. Besides its design side, it is mainly used to hide the multitude of licenses and logos that must appear legally on a computer. A very good method to completely smooth the design of the Ultrabook.

Convertible, so heavy and thick?

Image 3: [Test] XPS 12: Dell's Convertible UltrabookHowever, by manipulating the XPS 12, a much worse observation is made. He’s incredibly heavy. On this point, it perfectly joins the U920t, the Convertible Ultrabook of Toshiba. At 1.54 kg, it is among the heaviest 13-inch Ultrabooks. Another measurement that challenges: its thickness which reaches a maximum of 20 mm. Intel has clearly specified in its specifications that an Ultrabook less than 14 inches should not exceed 18 mm. Faced with a convertible model, he must have had an exemption to use the name Ultrabook. However, we are moving away from the original concept of a PC as mobile as a tablet.