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Dell XPS 12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 241 reviews of Dell XPS 12. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the design and usability are generally positive. The screen and performance also get good feedback, but reviews about the touchpad and size are mixed. Some have doubts about the connectivity.

portability, performance, screen, usability, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS 12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 user reviews of Dell XPS 12 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the screen and design. The usability and performance also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS 12 12.5-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen UltrabookDell XPS 12 XPSU12-5327CRBFB 12.5-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon Fiber)Dell XPS 12 XPSU12-8668CRBFB 4th Gen 13-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (1.8GHz Intel Core i7-4500U dual-Core processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, 256 GB SSD, Windo

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Steve Schardein (

Review Update Dell XPS 12-9Q33 Convertible


All's well that's Haswell. The critically-acclaimed Dell XPS 12 r

Beautiful design; Solid and thoughtful construction; Excellent battery life; Very fast system performance; Capable integrated GPU; Bright and responsive multitouch display; Great keyboard; Spacious touchpad

Uncomfortable temperatures when stressed; Could use a third USB port

All of this adds up to one of the very best convertible Ultrabooks to date, and there really isn’t much out there in the way of true competition. Only the Sony Vaio Duo 13 comes to mind, which features a better screen and a lighter weight, but still...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Till Schönborn (

Review Dell XPS 12 Convertible


Windows 8 Hybrid. Windows 8 makes it possible: the convertibles,

Excellent sturdiness and build quality; Great IPS display; Good input devices; Long battery life; Very quiet in everyday use; Mini DisplayPort

Very expensive; Meager connectivity; Throttling (early BIOS); Modest speakers; Very thick and heavy in tablet mode

Many other manufacturers have announced convertibles like the XPS 12, and these are planned for release in the coming months. This includes the Asus Transformer Book and the Taichi, the Samsung Serie 5 Ultra Convertible and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Jon L. Jacobi (

Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook review: Haswell refresh adds performance


Dell's cleverly designed laptop/tablet improves with new CPUs. It runs faster and lasts longer, but is still premium priced.

Keyboard not exposed in tablet mode ; Outstanding battery life ; Includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter

Heavy, especially when held in one hand ; Occasional delay in screen-orientation switch ; Only two USB ports

Dell's XPS 12 is better as a notebook than as a tablet, but it remains one of the best convertibles on the market.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Dell XPS 12 (2012)


Resurrects the flip-and-fold display. Intel Core i7-3517U processor. 256GB Solid-state drive. Long battery life. Comfortable keyboard and touchpad

A better laptop than a tablet. Limited port selection

The Dell XPS 12 hybrid ultrabook/tablet features a flip-and-fold display, providing ultrabook specs and performance with tablet functionality.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell XPS 12


If you can get over the Dell XPS 12's screen acrobatics, this convertible ultrabook is a good way to get both tablet and laptop functionality in one unit.

Comfortable keyboard, trackpad, and touch screen. Improved battery life. Carbon fiber construction. Works like a clamshell laptop or as a touch screen tablet

Function keys require two presses. Heavy and bulky as a tablet. Limited port selection. No HDMI without an adapter

The Dell XPS 12 (29 DNCWI16B) ($1,199) convertible ultrabook is an update to a previously reviewed iteration with the same name. Now the system comes with Intel's fourth-generation Core i5 processor, which gives the user hours more computing time....

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Dell XPS 12 review: Welcome battery boost for a unique hybrid


TheDell XPS 12is a slim rotating-screen hybrid with a high-res display and improved battery life.

The accelerometer can get confused when flipping the screen around and the fan gets very loud. It also lacks an SD card slot and HDMI output.

This updated version of Dell's XPS 12 hybrid adds newer CPUs for improved battery life, but still works better as a laptop than a tablet.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Sandra Vogel (

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review


The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.

Cleverly designed and solidly built convertible tablet ; Tactile keyboard ; High-quality 12.5in. screen

No Ethernet port ; No SD card slot ; Moderate battery life ; Heavy when used in tablet mode

If you can get by with no Ethernet port or SD card slot and just two USB ports, and you really need tablet and notebook usability in one machine, this is a great way to get it. Note, though, that Dell is currently quoting a shipping date of early April...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Jarred Walton (

Dell XPS 12 Review: A Jack of All Trades Flipscreen Ultrabook


Dell's XPS line is for their premium consumer offerings, with some overlap between the consumer and professional users gravitating towards these systems. The XPS 12 Duo carries that “catering to a wider audience” mentality a step further with a flip...

While the XPS 12 isn’t flawless, it’s a very interesting laptop nonetheless. To my knowledge, no one else is really trying this flipscreen approach; that’s either good news or bad news, depending on why most companies take an alternative route. If...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (

Dell XPS 12 Review


The XPS 12 is not inexpensive (starting at $1,200) but you're getting a quality machine with the best of the tablet and notebook worlds.

Beautiful touch screen display ; Seamless tablet experience ; Excellent build quality ; Good keyboard and touchpad

Lack of ports (no media card reader) ; Screen-heavy design ; Some software issues

The Dell XPS 12 brings the full Windows 8 experience to the table thanks to its convertible tablet form factor. Dell’s screen flipping mechanism is as unique as it is rock solid; it turns into a great tablet in a matter of seconds. The 12.5-inch...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (

Acer Aspire S7 and Dell XPS 12 review: battle of the transforming 1080p touchscreen ultrabooks


The Dell XPS 12 and Acer Aspire S7 aren't your average laptops. They're premium, and unique.

Excellent 1080p touchscreen display ; Clever spinning hinge ; Solid keyboard and audio quality

Many touchpad issues ; Middling battery life ; Few ports ; Cumbersome as a tablet

Two Windows 8 laptops with 1080p screens, premium builds, and very different gimmicks

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications


Convertible: Yes
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader: No
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen:1-Point Touch / 10-Point Touch / 4-Point Touch / Multi Touch
True Resolution:Full HD / WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000 / HD GRAPH. 4400 / HD Graphics 4000 / HD Graphics 4400 / HD Graphics 5000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM76 / QS67 / QS77 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I5-3437U / I5-4210U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U / I7-4500U / I7-4510U / I7-4650U