Pros

  • Keyboard not exposed in tablet mode
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter

Cons

  • Heavy, especially when held in one hand
  • Occasional delay in screen-orientation switch
  • Only two USB ports

At A Glance

Dell's XPS 12 is better as a notebook than as a tablet, but it remains one of the best convertibles on the market.

Manufacturer’s Description

The new XPS 12 Ultrabook Convertible is faster and smarter than ever, letting you create and play on your own terms.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5 - 4200U
Processor speed 1500.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Display
Display size 12.5 inches
Touchscreen Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD 4400
Storage
Drive 1 size 128.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 884116100072
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0
Wireless connection
  • 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 4.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Home
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Touchpad

Performance

Product Type
Subcategory Ultra Portable
Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 296.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery
Battery Life 6:49   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 9.2   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2664.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2449.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5318.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 139.7   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 251.2   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 150.3   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 154.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 281.2   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 1.8   Watt hours
Idle power usage 6.5   Watts
Gaming
3DMark, Ice Storm 16597.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 4366.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 303.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 646.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 44.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 1.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 18.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 4.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 28.7   Frames per second (higher is better)