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DELL XPS 12 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Nov 2012
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18 Reasons For

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12 is 17GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 12 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst 2 in 1 laptops of this age.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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DELL Has Good Portable PC Reviews

DELL 2 in 1 laptops have good ratings on average and across all laptops DELL is one of the superior manufacturers.

Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 270MHz. At 350 megahertz, the DELL XPS 12 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the DELL XPS 12 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

This laptop's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution across all notebook PCs of this age and spec.

Across similar types of laptop the worst display resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The DELL XPS 12 has a full-size keyboard, which is unusual. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the XPS 12 do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the Toshiba U920t[plb_1453648_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the XPS 12, the DELL XPS 12 has a front camera.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a front camera to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Toshiba U920t[plb_1453648_price] is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The DELL XPS 12 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most portable PCs of this spec and age. Most 2 in 1 laptops that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all portable PCs of a similar type and age to the XPS 12.

Across similar types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

Laptops with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the Lenovo Yoga[plb_2430247_price] (SSD), or the HP Pavilion x360[plb_2404650_price] (SSD).

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Ten Headphone Out Ports

The DELL XPS 12 is a ten headphone out port laptop. Most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 12 only have between one and nine headphone out ports.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

With a display brightness of 400 candellas per square meter, the DELL XPS 12 has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst laptops of this age. The display brightnesss of 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the XPS 12 range from 200 cd/m² to 6,000 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 400 cd/m².

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The DELL XPS 12 has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the XPS 12 also have a touch sensitive screen.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the XPS 12 have between 16 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, including the DELL XPS 12 which has 256 solid-state drive capacity.

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Six Battery Cells

The DELL XPS 12 is a six battery cell count laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the XPS 12 have between two and eight battery cells.

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AC Cable Included

This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included on laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The DELL XPS 12 is a one PCI Express lane (max) laptop.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 47 milliamperes * hour, the DELL XPS 12 has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst laptops of this age. The battery capacities of notebook PCs of this age and type range from 11mAh to 9,300mAh.

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Quite Big Non-Operating Shock

Across all the laptops of this age and spec the non-operating shocks range from 1G to 240G. The DELL XPS 12 has a quite big non-operating shock (160 gravity) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

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7 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 12

Released Over Four Years Ago

This 2 in 1 laptop has been on the market for over four years.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 12 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The DELL XPS 12 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most 2 in 1 laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.7 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 12 has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been around for more than two years.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the DELL XPS 12[plb_2393758_price] (1.8GHz and higher rated).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 12 has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the XPS 12.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.5 kilograms, the DELL XPS 12 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

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Average Screen Size

The DELL XPS 12 has a pretty standard screen size (12.5 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the XPS 12.

If this 2 in 1 laptop screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo Yoga 2[plb_2480279_price] (13.3"), or the DELL Inspiron 13[plb_2529507_price] (13.3").

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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
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Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
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Expert Reviews

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20 October 2015

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11 October 2015

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Keyboard
Fanless
Inventive hinge, less keyboard base
Sharp, rich and accurate 4K display
Core M processor
No USBA ports
Magnets could be sturdier
Soft touch plastic coating all over
4K isn't all that necessary here
10 October 2015

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9 October 2015

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8 October 2015

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User Reviews

(17)
Reviewed 19 September 2014 by ExtremelyDisappointed
(Verified Purchase)

I ordered a new dell xps 12, and it worked fine for a week. Then, it started to not turn on. It happened 4 times, the last of which happened while I was away at school. I did absolutely nothing to... Read more…

Reviewed 20 February 2014 by Bruce R.
(Verified Purchase)

I put the OS on this and kept my data on the HDD. Boot speeds were reduced dramatically. How did I live so long without it?

Reviewed 16 May 2013 by Brent R.
(Verified Purchase)

I have wiped and reinstalled os's on this drive tons of times. This drive would work great for a 32gb partition for smart response with main hdd, and the other 32gb partition for your virtual ram,... Read more…

Reviewed 18 February 2014 by Michael R.
(Verified Purchase)

For the price, I got a quality product but I was expecting a little more pretty things, like stickers or a pretty box. I am very satisfied with this purchase...

Reviewed 7 November 2013 by EGolfinstruction
(Verified Purchase)

Installed on Dell XPS 8700 with all updates (including BIOS) installed beforehand. I changed the BIOS settings to RAID and then watched the computer fail 2 or 3 times at booting until the Safe... Read more…

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