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Michael Dell’s reasons to be cheerful

Friday, October 25th, 2013

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In retrospect, I should have seen the signs way back. Dell Tech Camp, which has been a largely UK and Ireland-based event in the past, suddenly upped sticks and took itself off to Paris, foregoing the previous offbeat locations for a distinct – if overcrowded – up-tick in the shape of the mysterious Maison de X, which was variously described to me as a “technical college” , “founded by Napoleon”, and “tres chic”.

The press corps was unusually extensive, and packed unusually tightly together on tres chic little gold-painted chairs, so that the head honcho for Tech Camps past could take the stage for only a few seconds and say “who better to tell you what’s going on than… Michael Dell”.

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Dell XPS 18 review: first look

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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The Dell XPS 18 joins the Asus Transformer AiO and the Sony VAIO Tap 20 in the growing portable all-in-one market, and Dell reckons it has the march on its rivals – the XPS is both slimmer and lighter than its competitors.

The XPS 18 is around 20mm thick, and it weighs 2.1kg – making it 300g lighter than the Asus, and less than half as hefty as Sony’s 5.1kg VAIO. That’s especially impressive considering a battery has been crammed in too  - if the XPS 18 can live up to Dell’s claims of five-hour battery life, it will double the Sony’s longevity. (more…)

Can Dell do without PCs?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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Michael Dell is set to reclaim his eponymous company from the stock market, allowing him to make the sweeping changes the company needs without the scrutiny and fear of triggering a collapse in the share price that comes from being a PLC.

Even this morning, The Times and others are speculating that one of those sweeping changes will be the end of PC manufacturing, allowing Dell to make an IBM-like transition into an enterprise hardware and services company.

It’s a plausible strategy, but an unlikely one, and one made all the more improbable by the involvement of one of the companies helping Michael Dell buy his own firm back: Microsoft. Steve Ballmer has agreed to lend Dell $2 billion to complete his buy-back, and it seems highly unlikely that Microsoft would have taken such a step without cast-iron assurances that Dell wasn’t about to completely undermine confidence in the PC market by pulling out.

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Microsoft buys Dell: PC Pro’s April Fool comes true

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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The Times is reporting this morning that Microsoft is poised to buy a $3 billion stake in Dell, as the PC maker attempts to go private. For us here at PC Pro towers, the news prompted a sudden wave of deja vu.

In 2009, our own Jon Honeyball penned an April Fools’ joke column, depicting the wildly fantastical scenario that Microsoft had bought Dell (the full column is reprinted below). While it would take more than $3 billion to buy Dell outright, today’s news isn’t a million miles away from our four-year-old jape.

“Dell hasn’t been doing that well recently,” Jon wrote, “and the global economic downturn is certainly contributing to its woes. Few companies are prepared to splash out on new hardware when money is tight, especially without a clear indication that it really will run the latest version of Windows in a satisfactory way.” Sound familiar?

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Dell XPS 12 review: first look

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Dell XPS 12 hands onI’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of days examining Windows 8 devices in all shapes and forms, but to me the XPS 12 (which first broke cover at this year’s IFA) looks like the real deal: a powerful laptop when you want it, a tablet when you just want to consume or fiddle with information.

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Dell Latitude 6430u review: first look

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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If you’ve been trying in vain to sneak an Ultrabook through on expenses, Dell’s first business-centric Ultrabook, the Latitude 6430u, could be just the ticket. With enterprise-class security features and a chassis built to withstand the rigorous MIL-STD-810G military testing specifications, this is set to be the toughest, most practical Ultrabook yet.

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Dell Latitude 10 review: first look

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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We knew it was coming, but Dell has finally unveiled its business-friendly Windows 8 tablet, the Latitude 10. With a full-fat version of Windows 8 Pro, and Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors at the helm, this 10.1in tablet could be just what many businesses have been waiting for.

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Dell XPS Duo 12 and XPS 10 review: first look

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

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2012 is shaping up to be the year of the Windows 8 tablet at IFA 2012, and Dell’s seized the moment with an XPS-branded pair of convertible Windows 8 tablets. While the XPS Duo 12 delivers a, quite literally, novel twist on the form factor, the XPS 10 takes the Windows RT route to a more classic, convertible hybrid tablet.

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Under the hood of Intel’s blueprint for Ultrabooks

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Intel Ultrabook

Ultrabooks have dominated the laptop landscape since their arrival at the back end of 2011, but we’ve not yet seen any hardware from Intel – until now. It’s sent us its own blueprint for the Ultrabook and, unsurprisingly, it’s the first Ultrabook we’ve seen to include Ivy Bridge – Apple’s MacBook Air notwithstanding.

The chip in question is the Core i5-3427U, and it’s one of Intel’s lesser Ivy Bridge mobile parts: a 1.8GHz stock speed, an HD 4000 graphics core clocked at 350MHz rather than the 650MHz, and with less than half the cache of top-end mobile chips. The “U” at the end of its name is important, too, as it denotes a low-power chip – and its nominal and peak TDPs of 17W and 25W are both far lower than equivalent figures from more powerful Ivy Bridge processors. It’s also the same chip used in the latest MacBook Air refresh. (more…)

HP Spectre XT review: first look

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

HP has unveiled its latest range of Ultrabooks at its Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai.
Leading the charge is the Spectre XT, which slots into the firm’s range alongside the Envy 14 Spectre, and it makes an enviable first impression: it’s just 15mm thick and weighs 1.4kg, which makes it slimmer and lighter than most of its Ultrabook rivals – and significantly slighter than the older model, which was 20mm thick and weighed 1.8kg.
There’s no denying the Spectre XT is a looker, either: the lid and wrist-rest are both constructed from brushed metal, the 13.3in screen is surrounded by a slick black bezel, and the base is coated with the red of Beats Audio, which comes as standard.
The screen, meanwhile, has been slimmed down from the original Spectre – it’s now 13.3in rather than 14in. Resolution has taken a step down, from 1,600 x 900 to 1,366 x 768, but it looks as though HP has been able to preserve the enviable levels of quality, with vibrant colours and decent detail in evidence when we used the XT.
The only thing missing is the Gorilla Glass covering of the original Spectre, and the loss of that dose of originality is our only major complaint about the XT’s looks – and, of course, the simpler design has allowed HP to make the XT slimmer and lighter. That’s a trade off we suspect many will be happy to make.
There’s plenty to like in the ergonomic department, too. We criticised the original Spectre for its poor build quality, and we’re happy to note that HP has addressed our concerns; while there’s still a little give in the rear of the screen, the desktop isn’t distorted, and the wristrest is far firmer than it used to be.
There’s a little flex in the base of the keyboard, but the Scrabble tile keys are still responsive and comfortable and, as with the original Spectre, it’s still backlit. The entire trackpad is smooth and responsive but, like last time, the two buttons at the bottom of the pad are simply seperated with a thin white line – and they’re still a little too tough for our liking.
Under the hood, HP’s latest offers precisely the kind of specification we’d expect from the next generation of Ultrabooks. Processing power – at least in the model we’ve used – comes from one of Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips, the 2GHz, low voltage Core i7-3667U, and storage is provided by a 256GB Samsung SSD – plenty of room for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10, which are included as standard. There’s also four gigabytes of RAM, and HP is claiming eight hours of battery life.
HP is being coy about UK pricing, but the Spectre XT will cost at least euros 999 when it arrives on these shores at the end of June. We’ll have a full review at launch but, until then, what do you think? Is this the machine to make you buy an Ultrabook, or are you still to be persuaded? Let us know in the comments.

HP Spectre XT

HP has unveiled its latest range of Ultrabooks at its Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai.

Leading the charge is the Spectre XT, which slots into the firm’s offering just beneath the Envy 14 Spectre, and it makes an excellent first impression. It’s only 15mm thick and weighs 1.4kg, which brings it into line with the best Ultrabooks around, including the Dell XPS 13 and Asus ZenBoook UX31 – and that also means it’s almost half a kilo lighter than the original Spectre.

DSC03173There’s no denying the Spectre XT is a good-looking laptop. The lid and wrist-rest are both constructed from brushed metal, the screen is surrounded by a slick black bezel, and the base is red to signify the inclusion of Beats audio. (more…)

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