Fully focused on Windows 8-based computing machines after ditching RT not long ago, Dell has at last started accepting pre-orders for the first ever XPS 11 convertible and the follow-up to the more conventional 2012 XPS 13 ultrabook.
As expected, both powerhouses cost quite a pretty penny for obvious reasons, each starting at $999.99. The entry-level XPS 11 configuration impresses with a stunning 11.6-inch LED screen boasting QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution, however it keeps things fairly modest in the processing speed and storage departments, with a fourth-gen Intel Core i3 Haswell CPU and Lilliputian 80 GB SSD.
Only 200 bucks extra solve both conundrums, bumping up the SSD’s capacity to 128 GB and swapping the i3 SoC for an i5, whereas $1,399 can buy you an XPS 11 with a more than spacious 256 GB solid state drive.
All three options pack the same amount of RAM (4 gigs) and they all weigh in at roughly 2.5 pounds, which is probably not record-breakingly light but darn solid nevertheless as the convertible promises to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge.
And by the by, this isn’t called a convertible by chance, being foldable up to 360 degrees and thus usable as both a traditional laptop and (thick) tablet with full Windows 8.1 experience.
Meanwhile, the second (third?) generation of the XPS 13 has no weird (read: nifty) tricks up its sleeve, being a laptop and nothing else. But a very elegant and cool-looking one, though for the life of me I can’t get why the $1,000 model has to run Windows 7 Home Premium.
Even worse, there’s a Core i3 processor beneath the hood and 4 GB RAM and a whopping 300 bucks more gets you Windows 8.1, Core i5 power and 8 gigs of memory. Plus, the lower-end 13-incher comes with a non-touch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution panel, so I’m afraid you’ll have to fork out $1,300 to get a half decent config. Or $1,600 if you want an Intel Core i7 SoC and 256 GB SSD.
The XPS 11, in all flavors, starts shipping December 9, while the upgraded trio of XPS 13 ultrabooks will leave Dell’s warehouses come December 16. Guess I know what you all want for Christmas.