Dell XPS 10 Windows 8 Tablet Computer

The Surface Pro (or technically, Surface with Windows 8 Pro) of Microsoft has just been a short while on the market, yet even until today, it is still a controversy to some, a prototype to many, and a dream to the many of the population. Such a prominence is not merely because it is the best, but because it is one of the most well-thought-of slates in the century despite the list of flaws it has.

This is not actually a review of the Surface Pro of Microsoft, but I am putting this ahead to let you know what we are talking about in terms to innovation and decision-making. Taking to your table our review model for today, the new Dell XPS 10, having a tablet seemed to be having some requisites now already. The XPS 10 of Dell is an ultrabook in disguise, yet hardly one on the technical side because of a rather RT version of the Windows 8. Featuring an ultrabook-style docking solution, the XPS 10 also sports SSDs driving it mad on the price of up to $780.

Coming with a magnesium body, the Dell XPS 10 is nevertheless a premium slate in a premium body. However, on this good side, it’s a bit disturbing for me to find this soft flex on the back part of tablet, putting a little pressure on the opposite side to where the screen is, though I still appreciate such simplicity on the inside making the slate weigh only 1.4 lbs., very typical to that of iPads. Moreover, the tablet measures 10.8×6.98×0.36 inches, and with the dock on it, measures 0.94 lbs. on its depth, which is reasonable still. The overall design looks very much familiar as other Dell ultrabooks and tablets, though I hope the 1-inch-wide bezels should at least be better than that.

XPS 10 Tablet Computer
One impressive side of the Dell XPS 10 is its inclusion of ports, at least ample enough with the basics like a microUSB, two full-sized USB ports on the dock, HDMI port, a 40-pin docking port, and a charging port—all found on both the slate and its own docking solution, making the latter sound a lot like necessity though at an extra hundred bucks. On top of these, the XPS 10 has a lot to say also on the parts and other hardware stuff like two cameras (2MP front-facing and a 5MP main camera), stereo speakers (a pair for the slate and another for the dock), and an advertised battery life of approximately 20 hours when with the docking station. This may have worked to some, but as for me, it actually lasted for only 15 hours with activities involving movies, web browsing, and office applications.

Shelled on this slate from Dell are also powerful parts making the premium price justifiable enough at least. Included in the list are: a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage (or 64GB, whichever you opt for a corresponding price), a discreet 10.1” display at 1366×768 resolution, inclusion of an office suite on the software side (Office Home & Student 2013 RT), and optional features like dual-band Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G. While the display showed off only a partial satisfaction compared to what can be given by the Surface of Microsoft, the performance is nevertheless zippy. However, on some occasions I found bugs or crashes on some apps and even to some functions like situating the slate on the dock, though I think the fault may fall more on the instability of Windows RT than on the hardware.

I would really opt for a fully functional PC-like experience with this XPS of Dell if they can give out full Pro versions of Windows on their devices such as this one. The Dell XPS 10 is a very handsome device with the right amount of specs. But if you are really serious about performance and stability, I bet you would be willing to add extra pounds of coins for a promising Surface Pro.

Dell XPS 10 Windows 8 Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,000.00

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