The Dell XPS 11 – Is It Any Good?
It’s an intriguing idea and one that assists the XPS 11 be even slimmer and lighter than either the Surface Pro 2 or the 11-inch Lenovo Yoga. However while the general system style looks and feels terrific, the touch keyboard falls a little short in hands-on use. Much more so than on the Surface’s touch keyboard, the lack of tactile feedback and the reality that keystrokes don’t constantly register unless you truly push down on them make it a hassle that could have easily been prevented, which is the primary selling point for utilizing a Windows hybrid over a full-time tablet.
Beginning at $1,049.99, the XPS 11 costs about the same as 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and both have better-than-HD displays (2,560×1,440-pixel resolution for the XPS 11 and 3,200 x1 ,800 for the Yoga 2 Pro). Nevertheless, that $1,049.99 only gets you an Intel Core i3 CPU, plus a small 80GD solid-state drive (SSD). A Core i5 coupled with a basic 128GB SSD is $1,249.99, while our review unit consisted of a larger 256GB SSD for $1,449.99.
A tough chassis, made from aluminum and carbon
A sturdy chassis, made from aluminum and carbon
The hinge (can be rotated by 360 degrees).
The hinge (can be turned by 360 degrees).
The XPS name marks Dell’s high-end laptop. Our test device is no exception, shipping with a real high-end chassis, which is primarily made of aluminum and carbon. Its products and its design copy many components from its XPS brother or sisters, among them a 13- and a 15-inch gadget.
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Thanks to the light and strong products being used, Dell was able to reduce both the weight and the dimensions of the XPS 11 significantly. Simply 1.13 kilograms (~ 2.5 pounds) and up to 15 millimeters (~ 0.6 inches) in height makes the XPS 11 even slimmer than normal 13-inch ultrabooks (although a slimmer screen frame – instead of the 2 centimeters (~ 0.8 inches) it has now – might have helped considerably in making the gadget much more compact).
The Core i5 chip tucked inside of the XPS 11 used mixed performance at finest. The device might also run DoTA 2 at a remotely playable 15 frames per 2nd at an optimal resolution with all the graphics settings maxed.
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That said, the Dell XPS 11 had a hard time to stay up to date with my image modifying in Lightroom and even web surfing. The laptop chugged a bit, in spite of being geared up with a good quantity of RAM and a fast SSD.
This could be due to the processor’s Intel HD 4200 graphics not depending on snuff to drive the XPS 11’s huge 2560 x 1440 resolution whilst staying up to date with processor-intensive jobs. At the very same time, this middling efficiency isn’t backed up by a battery life that peaks at 3 hours and 49 minutes with regular everyday usage.
The XPS 11’s visuals are powered by integrated Intel HD 4200 graphics, which is more powerful than the Yoga 11S’ Intel HD 4000 GPU, however simply a bit behind the Surface Pro 2’s Intel HD 4400 GPU.
The ultraportable netted a 20,422 on the 3DMark Ice Storm graphics test, underperforming the Surface Pro 2 (27,435) and category average of 26,318.
You may not be doing much gaming on the XPS 11, as the notepad ran “World of Warcraft” on full settings and 1366 x 768 resolution at a chunky 12 frames per second and an even slower 6 fps at its native resolution. On autodetect settings with the resolution at 1366 x 768, framerates rose to 28 fps, just under our 30 fps playability limit. By contrast, the Surface Pro 2 ran the video game at 24 fps on full settings at 1366 x 768, and the Yoga 11S supplied a more playable 30 fps at the very same settings and resolution.
On the LAPTOP Battery Test (Web browsing through Wi-Fi), the XPS 11 lasted 8 hours and 44 minutes, shattering the IdeaPad Yoga 11S’ 5:54 endurance along with the 6:32 ultraportable average (and the 7:40 tablet average). The Surface Pro 2 fell about 40 minutes short, at 8 hours and 2 minutes.
The 2K cinema experience, minus the itchy sound.
The screen on the Dell XPS 11 is simply beautiful. Even better is that the display screen draws deep blacks, which are best enjoying for scary films at night and playing dark, moody video games without those bland streaks of gray. When all is said and done we give the Dell XPS 11 a rather nice 4 stars out of 5 and to be honest If I were on a tight budget this is one machine I would very seriously consider buying.