Dell is pulling back the curtain on the XPS 18, its new portable all-in-one. This machine is a natural competitor to the Sony VAIO Tap 20, with a built-in battery rated for five hours of runtime, although it weighs a much lighter 4.85 pounds (versus a whopping 11.4). Still, though the XPS 18 can function as a tablet, it's portable in the sense that it can move from office to living room; it's not going to accompany you on daily subway rides.
With an 18.4-inch, 1080p display, the XPS 18 makes for a pretty enormous slate, and we were only comfortable holding it in our hands for a few minutes, though resting it on our lap worked well. The AIO sports flip-out plastic feet on its backing, and these can prop up the device vertically or at an angle. Of course, you can also use the XPS 18 as a tablet by simply laying it flat on a table or desktop, and this is the ideal mode for playing games and the like on the 10-point touchscreen.
The all-in-one will come with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse when it debuts in April, and a $50 dock will be an optional accessory. Pricing starts at $900 for a dual-core Pentium ULV and a 320GB hard drive, and the top-of-the-line configuration will offer a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Check out our hands-on photos for a closer look.
Dell XPS 18 hands-on
Dell XPS 18 Hits Size, Weight and Performance Trifecta
●World's thinnest and lightest All-In-One starts at just 4.85 lbs1 for maximum portability;
just pick it up and go!
●Large 18.4-inch Full HD capacitive touch display opens doors to new ways of working
ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 13, 2013 – Dell today raised the bar on computing with
the announcement of the XPS 18, a design breakthrough that achieves a perfect
blend of weight, large display size and performance in a thin, elegant and highly-mobile design. With a huge 18.4-inch Full HD capacitive touch display, the XPS 18 opens up new possibilities in multimedia and casual gaming for families, yet is stilleasy to use thanks to its surprisingly light weight. In addition to its innovative design, the XPS 18 hits the much sought after sweet spot between mobile entertainment and desktop-level productivity, and dramatically redefines beliefs of what a PC can do.
Built with families and active consumers in mind, the XPS 18 is the world's thinnest,
lightest and most portable AIO, and can be easily transported around the house for
watching movies in the living room, playing games with the family, viewing recipes
in the kitchen or creating professional presentations in the home office. When it's
time to move the XPS 18 into another room to do homework in a quiet environment,
its slim and lightweight design make it so portable a child can carry it.
The XPS 18 boasts a number of competitive and industry firsts that set a new standard
for AIOs. Starting at just 4.85 lbsi with an optional SSD drive, the XPS 18 is less than
half the weight of other currently available portable AIOs and has nearly double the
battery life offering up to five hours of run time between charges2. The 18.4-inch
Full HD touchscreen is over three times the screen size of the Apple iPad (nearly twice the diagonal) and lends itself to new ways of sharing a computer and collaborating on a single device. It is light enough to hand back and forth, but the screen is large and vibrant enough for multiple people to watch videos, share content or enjoy dual-player games on the same screen from a variety of angles. The XPS 18 is based on third-generation Intel Core processors and Windows 8 operating system for no-compromise performance, whether docked or on the go.
The XPS 18 is built on the XPS heritage of uncompromised form, function and
thoughtful craftsmanship, and combines the performance characteristics of a primary
home PC with the advanced design features of other XPS products. The XPS 18
features an aluminum back finish with soft grip for traction and comfort. It comes
with a wireless keyboard and mouse and its flexible design allows it to be used in a
variety of ways for the most comfortable viewing angle: on an optional powered
stand for 'walk up' computing; on any flat surface using the built-in flip-out feet;
laid flat for sharing; or held on your lap for reading and browsing.
"The XPS 18 will change the way people define and use a PC today," said Kirk Schell,
vice president, Consumer PC Group, Dell. "Everyone who uses it is shocked and
amazed at how light it is and comfortable to use in a variety of settings. By
combining the performance, versatility and space-saving design of a traditional AIO
with an ultra-thin and light touch display and unmatched battery life, we're giving
customers a whole new computing experience that can go anywhere."
Personal and Professional Content Anytime, Anywhere
As a bonus, the Dell Wyse PocketCloud application is pre-installed on the XPS 18,
helping users build their own "personal cloud" and remotely manage personal and
professional content. By combining PocketCloud with the portability of the XPS 18,
mobile workers will be able to enjoy a brilliant multimedia experience with access to
all of their apps and content from virtually anywhere.
Availability and Pricing
The XPS 18 will be available on Dell.com in the United States and in select countries
in Europe on April 16, starting at $899.99.