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Dell XPS 12 (2013)

Dell XPS 12 (2013)

Verdict

Dell upgrades its XPS 12 with a Haswell processor – the result is a swanky, aspirational and long-lasting hybrid

Review Date: 26 Aug 2013

Price when reviewed: £1066

Full review

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Alternative products

Apple MacBook Air 13in (mid 2013)

Apple MacBook Air 13in (mid 2013)

There’s still no sign of Retina, but improved battery life and gaming performance makes the MacBook Air better value than ever

Full review

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo gives its Yoga range a suite of upgrades, delivering a Haswell CPU, a big SSD and a glorious high-DPI screen for £1,000

Full review

Samsung Series 7 Ultra

Samsung Series 7 Ultra

A high-quality touchscreen, stunning chassis and discrete AMD graphics make for a multitalented Ultrabook

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Sony VAIO Pro 13

Sony VAIO Pro 13

Sony pushes the boundaries of the Ultrabook concept with its slim, powerful, ultra-light VAIO Pro 13

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Comparison

Product

MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air 13in (mid 2013)

IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Series 7 Ultra

Samsung Series 7 Ultra

VAIO Pro 13

Sony VAIO Pro 13

XPS 12 (2013)

Dell XPS 12 (2013)
Details
Part Code MacBook Air IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro Series 7 Ultra VAIO Pro 13 XPS 12 (2013)
Review Date 19 Jun 2013 21 Nov 2013 26 Jun 2013 15 Jun 2013 26 Aug 2013
Price ex VAT £791 £833 £833 £982 £1,066
Price inc VAT £949 £1,000 £1,000 £1,178 £1,279
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Value for Money 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 2 yr return to base 1yr on-site
Physical specifications
Dimensions 325 x 227 x 17mm (WDH) 330 x 220 x 16mm (WDH) 324 x 224 x 22mm (WDH) 322 x 216 x 18mm (WDH) 317 x 214 x 22mm (WDH)
Weight 1.330kg 1.390kg 1.600kg 1.050kg 1.510kg
Travelling weight 1.7kg 1.8kg 1.9kg 1.5kg 1.8kg
Processor and memory
Processor Intel Core i5-4250U Intel Core i5-4200U Intel Core i5-3337U Intel Core i5-4200 Intel Core i7-4500U
RAM capacity 4.00GB 4.00GB 6.00GB 4.00GB 8.00GB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3L DDR3 DDR3 DDR3L-RS
SODIMM sockets free 0 0
SODIMM sockets total 1 0
Screen and video
Screen size 13.3in 13.3in 13.0in 12.5in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,440 3,200 1,920 1,920 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 900 1,800 1,080 1,080 1,080
Resolution 1440 x 900 3200 x 1800 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics 5000 Intel HD Graphics 4400 AMD Radeon HD 8570M Intel HD Graphics 4400 Intel HD Graphics 4400
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0 0 0
HDMI outputs 0 1 1 1 0
S-Video outputs 0 0 0
DVI-I outputs 0 0 0
DVI-D outputs 0 0 0
DisplayPort outputs 0 0 1
Drives
Capacity 128GB 128GB 128GB 256GB
Hard disk usable capacity 119GB 119GB 119GB
Spindle speed N/A
Hard disk PCI Express SSD Samsung SSD LiteOn SSD SSD Liteon
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes yes yes yes
802.11b support yes yes yes yes yes
802.11g support yes yes yes yes yes
802.11 draft-n support yes yes yes yes yes
Integrated 3G adapter no no no
Bluetooth support yes yes yes yes
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch no no no
Wireless key-combination switch yes yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 1 2
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 1 1 1 1 1
SD card reader yes yes yes yes no
Memory Stick reader no no no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no no no
Smart Media reader no no no
Compact Flash reader no no
xD-card reader no no
Pointing device type Touchpad Touchpad/Touchscreen Touchpad Touchpad Touchpad, touchscreen
Audio chipset Realtek 8112L
Hardware volume control? yes no
Integrated microphone? yes yes yes yes
Integrated webcam? yes yes yes yes yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp 0.9mp
Fingerprint reader no no no
Smartcard reader no
Operating system and software
Operating system OS X Mountain Lion Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8 64-bit
OS family Mac OS X Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 11hr 43min 7hr 50min 8hr 38min 10hr 32min 12hr 41min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 43fps 60fps 39fps 52fps
3D performance setting Low Low Low Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.70 0.59 0.66 0.62 0.68
Responsiveness score 0.79 0.62 0.80 0.81 0.72
Media score 0.81 0.67 0.69 0.66 0.76
Multitasking score 0.50 0.47 0.50 0.38 0.55
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