Pros Super fast login/logoff, no flex in the keyboard, super responsive to gestures, absolutely gorgeous 12.5" display
Cons If you're buying XPS 12 primarily to use as a tablet don't do it. The down side to the sturdy build is the weight. I'll only use the tablet aspect on the plane, watching a movie on the couch or reading the news in bed on Sunday morning.
Summary The XPS 12 is amazingly well built laptop/tablet. I was a bit worried about the spinning hinge but now that I can touch it for myself I can see there is nothing to worry about. It's snug enough to touch without causing it to spin yet easy to flip when you want it to. I bought the $1499 model and added a few odds and ends, its worth every penny.
Cons Keeps crashing
Summary Bought one on February 22,2013 Returned because it crashed on March 20, 2013 Best Buy gave me a new one. Thi new onw has been back 4 times because it will not hold an internet connection. The Geek Squad at Best Buy has this computer with them more than I have had it. Two of the same omputers and both Garbage
Pros Light, fast, touch-screen, tablet function
Cons Trackpad doesn't work at times when I tap it to hit a button or place a cursor
Summary I looked around at several reviews before I bought this product, and thought I'd share my experience with you in case there was any confusion with the different, quick reviews from various websites.
First of all, I'll just say that this is a very nice computer, but of course you're paying a premium price for a touchscreen ultrabook with Windows 8.
Tablet Function: There seems to be a lot of criticism of the tablet function of the computer. You should understand that this is primarily a laptop with an added tablet function. Three pounds might not sound like much, but to try and hold it in an upright position for any length of time will tire your wrists quickly. Since it's a laptop, I would suggest that you just use it that way, and you still get the same angle without the wrist strain. If you would use it as a tablet, I would suggest laying it flat. So once again, if you're looking for a light tablet, you're looking in the wrong place. This is a laptop (with all the power and functionality of a laptop) that has an added bonus function of being able to used as a tablet.
The touch screen: this is one reason that I wanted to buy this computer. Right now, it's one of the few computers that takes advantage of Windows 8 touch technology, and I'm glad that I decided to couple a touch screen computer with Windows 8. The touch technology really makes it a joy to use in a lot of ways, just like your touch phone.
Windows 8: For the most part, Windows 8 works well. There are some little glitches, but for the most part I like it. It takes a little getting used to, but worth it. Some things seem a little more work than usual (like toggling between different documents) but in other ways it is much simpler. For a brand new OS, Dell seems to have integrated it well.
Ports: Since this is an ultrabook, it does not have all the things you would have on a heavier laptop. There is no DVD drive, SD card reader, etc., and I knew this going in. I will say, it can be a hindrance at times (like when I want to upload some photos from a camera or install software from a CD) but I guess there are workarounds for this. Again, just know this going in.
Power: It's fast. For example, I was transferring files from an old computer to this one via a flash drive, and it was so much faster. The SSD makes startup a joy.
Screen: It's good, clear and bright.
Heat: I guess I haven't run too much intensive stuff on it (perhaps Netflix being the most taxing) but it does not seem to heat up much at all.
Power usage: Just surfing the 'net, and doing some word processing, etc. the battery will usually last me almost a whole day.
Problems: My one gripe with this computer would be the track pad / mouse. Tapping the pad to get the cursor to rest in a position in a document or webpage can be frustrating at times. I don't know if this is a hardware or driver issue, but it definitely takes away from the experience of the computer when I have to tape four or five times to get the cursor to come to rest in the place that I want it to (and yes, I've adjusted the settings)
Service: I will say that Dell service is very good if you report to them that you have any type of problem with your new computer.
Overall: I really like the computer. The trackpad is my only really gripe. Like I said, it's a nice computer, but it's also expensive too. You have to decide if a light, touch screen, part-tablet, with a fast processor is what you want for this price.
Pros nice to look at
Cons terrible to work with, and dell will not fix the problem.
Summary Got the Dell XPS 12 a few months back. The experience has been terrible so far.
After two touchscreen replacements, mainboard replacement, problems persist. The touchpad is another terrible isue, where Dell (Austria) acknowledged they cant fix the problem. Touchpad keeps hanging and is unreliable - it clicks or doesnt and takes sometimes ten seconds to work again. But Dell says, this case is closed, and these issues are "a customers risk of buying something new". Happy alpha testing for 1400 euros.
There will not be any other Dell in my life, thats for sure.
"I really like it."on by babystar1
Pros Both a real PC laptop and a tablet in one. You can download Java and all windows programs Beautiful screen, backlit keyboard. Very easy to convert to tablet mode.
Cons It is overpriced. It should of come with a pen and a cover or pouch to store it. You can buy it in four different models, but even the cheapest model is too costly.
Summary All in all I am loving this Dell XPS 12.I just bought it so I am still learning that this PC is both a PC and a tablet. I am using it more than my desktop or my HP notebook.