Items tagged with XPS

It’s a veritable form factor jamboroo in the PC and mobile markets these days. Companies like Samsung are trying to find the sweet spot(s) with a host of different smartphones, phablets, and tablets, and companies such as Lenovo are completely rethinking the notebook with convertible designs. Dell is now getting into the fray with the XPS 11, its own version of a convertible notebook that should compete squarely with Lenovo’s Yoga. The XPS 11 is billed as the “thinnest, lightest, and most compact convertible on the market”, and Dell says that it’s really designed as a tablet first and a notebook second. It offers 360-degree rotation, and it starts at 2.5lbs and 15mm... Read more...
Just last week, ASUS announced the Transformer AiO, an all-in-one that converts to a (very large) tablet for on-the-go computing; today, Dell is following suit with the release of the Dell XPS 18, which is also a portable AIO PC. The XPS 18 is powered by up to an Intel Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor and up to Intel HD 4000-series graphics. The display is 18.4 inches (1080p full HD), and there’s a 720p HD webcam and dual-array microphone on the front for video chatting. Users can opt for up to 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, and storage options include up to a 512GB mSATA flash module and 500GB SATA hard drive. Dell XPS 18 There’s also an 8-in-1 card reader, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB... Read more...
It’s not the first Dell notebook running Ubuntu, but the latest model that Canonical is talking up differs from past Ubuntu laptops in that this is a Dell XPS 13 packed with killer components. All too often, Ubuntu gets plopped onto lower-end notebooks (see: the entire failed netbook craze), but this one rocks an Intel Core i7-3537U chip, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch full HD (1080p) Gorilla Glass display; Intel HD 4000 graphics is on board, too. The 3-pound ultrabook comes with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed instead of Windows, making this machine a dream for anyone who desires a high end notebook but doesn’t want to deal with paying for a Windows license only to... Read more...
We've finally entered the era where resolution is of the utmost importance, it seems. Retina Displays are now found across most of Apple's flagship products, 1080p panels are popping up on flagship Android devices, and even lower-end tablets are aiming to hit the HD ranking. And while 1080p is fantastic even on an 85" panel sitting in the living room, can you imagine how crisp a 13" panel would look with that kind of pixel density? You don't have to imagine it any longer. It's for sale. Dell's small-but-powerful XPS 13 Ultrabook has started to ship directly from Dell with a 13.3" 1080p display, also offering a wider 72% color gamut (up from 45% on the 720p panels). The base rig also ships with... Read more...
Dell's decision to go private (and Microsoft's $2B investment) are big news in the tech world today, but there's precious little in the way of hard evidence for why Michael Dell decided to buy back the company he founded as a college student back in 1984. The Microsoft angle has gotten a lot of press, but it's not the primary driver of the deal. In a $24 billion deal, two billion is only 8.3% of the total. It didn't buy Microsoft a seat on the board or governance rights. The obvious reason for Microsoft to invest in Dell is for product manufacturing; Dell could easily handle Redmond's Surface volume. It's entirely possible that a deal like this is in the works, but Microsoft's Surface isn't exactly... Read more...
Tablets are extremely popular right now, but many users still need a more powerful machine to do serious work. For people who don't want two devices but desire the touch screen controls and convenience of a tablet, as well as the productivity capabilities of a notebook in a single machine, a convertible ultrabook may be a good fit. We're starting to see more and more ultrabooks that convert from a traditional laptop into a tablet. Not long ago, we took a closer look at Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook which features a touchscreen display with a dual-articulating hinge that allows the machine to convert to tablet mode. Today, we're going to take a hands-on look at Dell's XPS 12 convertible ultrabook,... Read more...
Tablets are extremely popular right now, but many users still need a more powerful machine to do serious work. For people who don't want two devices but desire the touch screen controls and convenience of a tablet, as well as the productivity capabilities of a notebook in a single machine, a convertible ultrabook may be a good fit. We're starting to see more and more ultrabooks that convert from a traditional laptop into a tablet. Not long ago, we took a closer look at Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook which features a touchscreen display with a dual-articulating hinge that allows the machine to convert to tablet mode. Today, we're going to take a hands-on look at Dell's XPS 12... Read more...
We don’t usually get to make puns about a product “launching”, but Dell made it easy by naming its latest foray into Linux-based computers “Project Sputnik”. Dell said that Sputnik is the result of an internal innovation fund and has been employee-driven. Essentially, Project Sputnik will consist of a developer notebook based on the Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) featuring a “complete client-to-cloud solution” that will let users create micro clouds locally and then deploy them seamlessly. Dell launched Sputnik as a pilot program not long ago, and due to the overwhelming response, the company decided to move it into the product... Read more...
Dell is rounding out its XPS lineup with the introduction of the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops. The XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops now support third-generation i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors from Intel. They also offer USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort, and HDMI Out ports, Waves MAXX Audio 4, backlit chiclet keyboards, responsive multi-gesture trackpads, and integrated HD webcams. The XPS 14 touts all-day battery life (up to 11 hours) and a design that measures less than an inch thick and weighs as little as 4.6 pounds. Other key features of the XPS 14 include an edge-to-edge display with Corning Gorilla Glass, up to 8GB of RAM, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630m graphics, and... Read more...
There's a transformation taking place in the PC market, and despite what the doomsayers might tell you, it has nothing to do with tablets, smartphones, tweener devices like the Galaxy Note, or increasingly media-centric game consoles. No, the transformation we're observing is one where people are trading in their towers and monitors for space-saving all-in-one (AIO) desktops. The AIO form factor isn't new by any means, but for a number of reasons, it's finally starting to gain momentum. And as they become more popular, companies like Dell have begun paying more attention to ways they can improve upon the design. To wit, Dell's new XPS One 27, reviewed here, introduces a spacious and vibrant 27-inch... Read more...
There's a transformation taking place in the PC market, and despite what the doomsayers might tell you, it has nothing to do with tablets, smartphones, tweener devices like the Galaxy Note, or increasingly media-centric game consoles. No, the transformation we're observing is one where people are trading in their towers and monitors for space-saving all-in-one (AIO) desktops. The AIO form factor isn't new by any means, but for a number of reasons, it's finally starting to gain momentum. And as they become more popular, companies like Dell have begun paying more attention to ways they can improve upon the design. To wit, Dell's new XPS One 27, reviewed here, introduces a spacious and vibrant 27-inch... Read more...
Hot on the heels of an update to its Alienware gaming laptop line that brought Intel’s 3rd-generation Core processors to the series, Engadget noticed that Dell has added Ivy Bridge chips to its Vostro 470 mini tower and XPS 8500 desktops. The Vostro is designed for businesses and has modest specs that are ideal for office-type applications. At the entry level, the Vostro 470 includes a 3rd-generation Intel Core i5-3450 (3.10GHz, 3,5GHz Turbo) processor, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 500GB (7200RPM) HDD, 16X CD/DVD burner, and a Dell keyboard and mouse, in addition to Windows 7, Microsoft Office Starter Kit (i.e., reduced-functionality Word and Excel), fifteen... Read more...
Earlier this year, we took a long, hard look at one of Dell's most highly-anticipated multimedia notebooks to date. That was the XPS 15z, and we thought pretty highly of it in almost every measurable way, including its delightfully thin dimensions. Fast forward a few months, and in slides the XPS 14z. According to its branding, this unit is just a single number different than the XPS 15z, and if you didn't know any better, you'd just assume that someone took a shrink-ray to the 15z. Indeed, the 14z really is just a small 15z in some ways, but by the same token, that's something that hasn't really existed outside of HP's Envy 14 and Sony's VAIO SA line. Sub-15" multimedia capable notebooks aren't... Read more...
Looking for a new notebook? Look no further. Dell's long-awaited XPS 14z is out on the loose today in America, with the slick and slim gaming notebook on sale for $1,000. It's a 14" Windows 7-based rig, with Core i5 and Core i7 options, DDR3 SDRAM, up to 750GB of storage, Intel's HD Graphics 3000 (or an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M GPU) and plenty more in the CTO list. If you're game, Dell's game to ship, and you can customize your own in the Via link below.... Read more...
Dell revealed the new XPS 14z laptop. This laptop is the thinnest full-featured 14-inch laptop that has an internal optical drive. At less than an inch thick and a starting weight of 4.36 pounds, the XPS 14z is designed to provide power and portability. Options for this laptop include discrete graphics, second-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, up to 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz memory, and up to 750GB hard drive or a 256GB SSD drive. The 14-inch HD display fits into a 13-inch laptop form factor to give you 10 percent more viewing area than a 13.3-inch display. The XPS 14z will be available Nov. 1 starting at $999. Dell Unveils the XPS 14z, Thinnest Fully Featured 14-inch Laptop with Internal... Read more...
We pinged three system builders -- Dell, Hewlett Packard, and iBuyPower -- and asked each one to send us a back-to-school PC equally suited for work and play (read: Mainstream). What we're looking for is a flexible configuration that's able to put its nose to the grindstone during the week to tackle multimedia projects, whether they be for school or for work, yet capable of running wild on the weekends with sufficient pixel pushing power to satisfy our jones for blowing something (or someone) up, in the virtual world, of course. Our request leaves a lot up for interpretation, and wouldn't you know it, each vendor took a different path towards the same goal, yet they all chose Intel's Sandy Bridge... Read more...
Alice Cooper sang it wrong, school isn't out forever; with Labor Day in the rear view mirror, school is back in session. That means having to stock up on supplies and investing in essential items to get through the school year; like beer, condoms, and a new PC. You're on your own with the first two, but you've come to the right place for guidance on a new system. We pinged three system builders -- Dell, Hewlett Packard, and iBuyPower -- and asked each one to send us a back-to-school PC equally suited for work and play (read: Mainstream). What we're looking for is a flexible configuration that's able to put its nose to the grindstone during the week to tackle multimedia projects, whether... Read more...
For some, Dell may historically have an undeserved reputation for producing run-of-the-mill products, but when you look at their recent smartphone offering like the Venue Pro, slates like the 5-inch Streak and computers like the Adamo XPS, it's hard to not give 'em credit where credit is due. Enter the XPS 15z. For all intents and purposes, this is yet another standout product from Dell, one that simply cannot be lumped into standard mainstream categories. There's something fundamentally different about the 15z that commands a second look, and in our case, an in-depth review of its features and capabilities... Dell's XPS 15z Ultra Slim Notebook Review... Read more...
Every so often, a company does something unexpected; something that sets the bar for its competition and really grabs the attention of potential consumers for one reason or another. Dell is a company that is capable of this and has done so in the past in both their desktop and notebook lines. While Dell has been known for pushing out a huge number of "beige boxes" years back, they're also the company that helped reinvigorate the ultraportable market thanks to the original Adamo, and with the help of Alienware, they're putting together some similarly interesting products lately, in the gaming space as well. For some, Dell may historically have an undeserved... Read more...
The Dell XPS 15z. You better get ready, because your next gaming laptop is coming, and coming soon. Dell's CEO has just tweeted that the company will have the XPS 15z coming soon, and while it's anyone's guess as to when "soon" is, it has to be sooner rather than later. Is that enough "soon" for you? The company has release a new teaser video showcasing some of the exterior, and whenever Dell puts XPS on a notebook, you know they mean business. Any speculation as to what internals will be found here? Chances are it'll be one mean, lean gaming machine, whatever happens next.... Read more...
Just to make sure you don't stay too sad over the loss of Dell's XPS 14, the company is introducing revised versions of the XPS 15 and XPS 17. Naturally, it's Sandy Bridge making the move to two of Dell's more popular notebooks, and since 3D is the bandwagon of the moment, the 17" can now be ordered with 3D support as well. Dell is quick to point out that neither of these new machines are affected by the Sandy Bridge snafu that hit a few weeks back, and those looking for a new XPS 15 or 17 today will have the option to pick one of the next-gen Core i3, i5 or i7 dual-core/quad-core CPUs, new GPU options and a 3D Full HD display on the 17" model. The XPS 15 can accommodate up to 8GB RAM, while... Read more...
Wow, talk about dying out quick. Dell's XPS 14 has only been on sale for less than half a year, but already the company is confirming that it has been discontinued. This news comes just days after HP decided to cancel the Envy 13 while letting their 14" ultraportable pick up the slack. Clearly, Dell's not having the same story running with its ultraportable lineup. The XPS 14 was a fairly well-regarded machine, offering a nice mix of power/performance while still being more mobile than most of today's larger, bulkier 15.6"+ notebooks. According to a statement released by the company, sales weren't a problem. The 14 managed to beat sales expectations, in fact. So, why cancel it? Here's their quote:... Read more...
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