Dell XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 Convertible Ultrabook

Back a couple of years ago, Dell was one of the most apprehended manufacturers to have introduced a compact hybrid PC/Tablet system, especially if you can still recall their Inspiron Duo which featured a rotating display to switch between the mentioned modes. This year, Dell continued the award-winning trend using the same rotating hinge in the name of XPS Duo 12, but featuring a PC-like Windows 8 experience and boosting up specs at a reasonable cost at around $1199 for the lowest configuration. Let’s try to make a more detailed analysis to this new product.

Being a hybrid slate and netbook, the Dell XPS Duo 12 actually more on the latter side, and what I can say is that, the tablet feature it boasts is more as an auxiliary feature rather than something to truly market about. The XPS Duo 12, like its inspirational predecessor, sports the same horizontal axis to where the hinge rolls on, and with 180-degree rotation capability, users can show what he sees on his display to someone in front of him without removing any parts or locks. This is surely a real convenience thinking that you are always bringing the things or features you need for a seemingly perfect Windows 8 experience.

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However, on the other side, since the XPS Duo 12 sports a 12.5-inch display, bringing the device in a slate form can be a bit awkward if not unusual. The largest tablets on the market only hit the 10-inch display size as the border, but how about a 12.5-inch one? That’s something to think about if you are really after convenience and fashion. Nevertheless, the XPS Duo 12 is with a solid look caged under a solid body from magnesium and carbon fiber, making your everyday travel with this mate truly awesome and envious enough for the price you pay.

At 8.46×12.48×0.79inches, the Dell XPS Duo 12 is also light at 3.35lbs, enough to be a tablet that you can bring along just like any would do to a slate. Adding to this convenience are fortunately sufficient choices of ports and controls. On the left side of the device houses the orientation button, a headphone jack, the power switch (unusually, it’s a slider), and the left speaker. To the right comes the second speaker, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-display port (in preference to an HDMI one), and the AC port. Moreover, the XPS Duo 12 also has a front-facing 1.3MP with built-in mic, a physical button for Windows 8, and the logo that only looks good when in notebook mode (because you’ll see the XPS text flipped over when the screen is flipped as well).

The Dell XPS Duo 12 has specs that start with Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD, and can go up to i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. All configurations come with Intel HD 4000 for the graphics, dual-band Wi-Fi, BT 4.0, WiDi feature, backlit keyboard with clickpad, and a full HD display at 400nits. All in all, the XPS Duo 12 no matter the configuration is but extravagant to be owned, and with premium parts and premium specs, we’d surely believe this hybrid is a performer unless to high-end games. I only had one problem with the performance of this system, and it is that the orientation sensors need to be tapped hard to respond, and outside that, the rest of the issues fall on Windows 8’s not being perfectly optimized for touch.

At the said price, we could really justify Dell’s XPS Duo 12 because of the build quality, outstanding perspective to design, and convenience. One last thing I would wish is an extended battery life because as tested, it only lasted for no more than 5 hours of continued web surfing. With a more corrected build version of Windows, we’d surely love to anticipate the Dell XPS Duo 12 come in full color that everyone would surely love to invest in.

Dell XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 Convertible Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 53,000.00

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