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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

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Comparison

Product

MacBook Air 13in (mid-2014)

Apple MacBook Air 13in (mid 2014)

XPS 12 (2013)

Dell XPS 12 (2013)

IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
Details
Part Code MacBook Air 13in (mid-2014) XPS 12 (2013) IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
Review Date 24 Jun 2014 26 Aug 2013 21 Nov 2013
Price ex VAT £833 £1,066 £833
Price inc VAT £1,000 £1,279 £1,000
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Performance 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1 yr return to base 1yr on-site 1 yr return to base
Physical specifications
Dimensions 325 x 227 x 17mm (WDH) 317 x 214 x 22mm (WDH) 330 x 220 x 16mm (WDH)
Weight 1.330kg 1.510kg 1.390kg
Travelling weight 1.8kg 1.8kg
Weight with extended battery N/A
Travelling weight with extended battery 1.7kg
Processor and memory
Processor Intel Core I5-4260U Intel Core i7-4500U Intel Core i5-4200U
RAM capacity 4.00GB 8.00GB 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3L-RS DDR3L
SODIMM sockets free 0 0
SODIMM sockets total 0
Screen and video
Screen size 13.3in 12.5in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,440 1,920 3,200
Resolution screen vertical 900 1,080 1,800
Resolution 1440 x 900 1920 x 1080 3200 x 1800
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics 5000 Intel HD Graphics 4400 Intel HD Graphics 4400
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0 0
HDMI outputs 0 0 1
S-Video outputs 0 0
DVI-I outputs 0 0
DVI-D outputs 0 0
DisplayPort outputs 1 1
Drives
Capacity 256GB 256GB
Spindle speed N/A
Internal disk interface PCI-E
Hard disk Apple SD0256F Liteon Samsung SSD
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0 £0 £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes yes
802.11b support yes yes yes
802.11g support yes yes yes
802.11 draft-n support yes yes yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes yes yes
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch no no
Wireless key-combination switch yes yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 1
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 1 1 1
SD card reader yes no yes
Memory Stick reader no no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no no
Smart Media reader no no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad Touchpad, touchscreen Touchpad/Touchscreen
Speaker location Under keyboard
Hardware volume control? yes
Integrated microphone? yes yes
Integrated webcam? yes yes yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp 0.9mp 0.9mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no
Operating system and software
Operating system OS X Mountain Lion Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
OS family Mac OS X Windows 8 Windows 8
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 10hr 8min 12hr 41min 7hr 50min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 52fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.70 0.68 0.59
Responsiveness score 0.85 0.72 0.62
Media score 0.71 0.76 0.67
Multitasking score 0.54 0.55 0.47
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