Pros No more carrying 2 devices! Laptop & iPad. I gotten tired of iPad! I needed work & play at the same time! I looked at other Windows 8 devices & I made the right decision! I don't want to detach from keyboard!
Cons Need more Apps! Times will come! However, got old software installed on desktop!
Summary You know what! Don't listen to people say about Windows 8. Iy will takes time to learn. Microsoft made the right decision! They need to redesign their OS! I have Windows 7 HP touchscreen All-in-one desktop. Icons too much for touchscreen. Windows 8 is perfect touchscreen! Got me hook! I love my iPhone! I hated Mac operating system! I thought to myself why do I need iPhone, iPad & MacBook in my briefcase? & now Mini iPad? Too much! I just need my iPhone & Dell XPS 12! That's it! I used my iphone as Personal Hotspot to connect with my Dell! Perfect! Dell XPS 12 is a solid build! Nicely design! Only one thing missing is SD slot.
Pros Great design
Good battery life
Awesome touch screen
Great tablet mode
Cool battery meter
Cons No SD card slot, but I never use that anyway
Summary I bought the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga first because of CNET's review, but I didn't like it very much. I returned that one and bought this and I am EXTREMELY PLEASED with this Dell. BUY THIS!!!
"Simply Awesome"on by benlm54
Pros Beautiful screen
Useful form factor
Cons No SD slot
Summary First let me say, this is not a tablet! You should not buy this if what you really want is a tablet.
This is an ultrabook that is flexible enough to allow the user to get the most out of Windows 8 and it's touch based interface. With a touch based OS like Windows 8, sometimes a keyboard just gets in the way. The Dell XPS 12 lets you conveniently do that.
Let me also say, that Windows 8 is a joy to use on this thing. This is the kind of device that Windows 8 was made for. All of the complaints out there about Windows 8 are from people who haven't used it in any meaningful way on a device like this.
$1200 may sound steep, but for what you are getting it is a bargain. The best screen I have ever seen on a laptop, super fast performance, competitive battery life, outstanding build quality, and the perfect form factor with which to enjoy Windows 8 make it a great deal.
Pros > Screen
Cons > Lack of ports (especially microSD or SD)
> Windows 8
> No side vents for heat dissipation
> Flexible base
Summary I have a number of Dell laptops for family use including an Alienware M18X and an XPS13. I wanted an ultrabook to take on weekends away for my photography hobby and hence the XPS13 was bought. That has great light weight and reasonable speed for an ultrabook (can cope with Lightroom 4 etc) but the screen was a disappointment.
I've had the XPS12 for 5 days now and so far I can say that for me it't the better purchase because in everyday use it's fast enough (8GB version with i7 and 256GB) and the screen is lovely. I can use it for my photography and for dialing into the office (Citrix VDI) and multi task quite comfortably. Compared with the XPS13 though it is a lot deeper (about an inch), thicker and you can certainly feel the difference in weight.
The colours and contrast of the screen make up for it though. :-)
Gestures work well on screen, but it gets confusing for me what is and isn't touch enabled. I don't want this to turn into a review of Window's 8 but as it's inextricably linked to the use of the touch screen it's difficult not to. I use Windows 7 normally and have Android phone (HTC) and Nexus 7. This could be a great device but boy, does it take getting used to.
Dare I say again, the screen is lovely and it takes gestures/touch well. For some reason it doesn't feel quite as well built as the XPS13 - the base has a bit more give and you can feel the components underneath as you pick it up because you have to grip it more due to the extra weight. However, there doesn't seem to be any flex in the screen and the screen frame itself seems very strong. Not sure about the catches - perhaps roller catches would have been better - but it seems to hang together well. The sound quality is good if not great but I use a bluetooth speaker when away anyway, and it works well with the external portable drive I have for my photos using the USB3. It does get warm if you don't watch the vents (no side vents) but no surprise there! Battery life is better than I had been led to believe, but not as good as the XPS13 which just seems to go on and on. Switch on and off times make me think about an SSD for the other laptops . . .
So to conclude, would I get it again? Well yes I believe I would. It pretty much meets all of my needs and I could even see me using it at work as a BYOD. It's surprisingly nice. Is it worth the premium cost - not sure, but there are plenty of vouchers around for it at the moment (I got 11% off and free delivery). It feels 'quality' to the touch and has the sort of fit that makes you want to stroke the thing (yes, I know I'm sad). I just hope that it lasts too - but I bought the 3 year premium care for that! If your eyes aren't 20/20 then get some glasses or up the font size for longer strain free use - but it is a very tasty screen that works well as a tablet. As others have said, re-orientating can take a bit of time (seconds) but it get's there. This looks like becoming my 'main' laptop both for my hobby (photography) and work (web development). Only downers - weight, Windows 8 and Dell service.
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.