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conclusion:We like it

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Dell's XPS 18 manages to take desktop computing and give it a portable twist -- without making sacrifices. The XPS 18 is a unique approach to the all-in-one, as Dell uses a tablet in place of a monitor to make the whole system more portable. Ubergizmo was impressed, saying that "being able to fit an entire computer inside of a 18.4-inch display that is 0.6 inches thick is certainly an amazing feat." Even at 18 inches, the XPS 18 remains fairly portable, with CNET calling it "easy enough to pick up and carry around." When it comes to actually working on it don't you won't be disappointed either, as PC Mag thinks the XPS 18 has "excellent day-to-day performance." Dell has been successful in the desktop all-in-one market before, and they keep up that tradition even in the iconoclastic XPS 18.

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Critic reviews

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CNET Apr 29, 2013

It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days.

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PC Mag Apr 30, 2013

The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.

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Ubergizmo May 17, 2013

It isn’t as powerful as a desktop computer and it isn’t as mobile as an ultrabook, laptop or tablet. But what it lacks in power and portability, it more than makes up for with its sleek, AIO design and its ability to bring people together.

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The Next Web May 20, 2013

I can tell you with absolute certainty is that it’s incredibly thin (for a desktop machine), quite portable, plenty fast for almost anything you’ll do and ultimately a lot of fun to use.

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Digital Trends Jul 12, 2013

The Dell XPS 18 is more fun, more powerful and more lightweight (and more expensive) than the competing Sony Vaio Tap 20. It offers good handling and enough computing power to handle any task except serious gaming. All it's missing is a more connectivity and better speakers.

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Engadget Mar 13, 2013

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.

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PC Mag Mar 13, 2013

The XPS 18 is as light as a large laptop (5 pounds), which makes it a much better candidate for carrying around the house than the 11-pound Tap 20 or the 18-pound IdeaCentre Horizon.

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PC Advisor Mar 13, 2013

It's a versatile piece of kit and we can see the advantage of being able to move a machine like this around the house for various different uses.

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SlashGear Mar 13, 2013

Where the Sony is ridiculously heavy – more of a luggable than a portable PC – Dell’s version is actually light enough to rest on your knees or crossed-legs without cutting off all circulation.

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Pocket-Lint Mar 13, 2013

Of course you needn't have the tablet on a stand at all - it will sit in the hands or on the lap. We sat using the device to do some web browsing and found it to have a decent angle of view from above and a responsive touchscreen. Navigation through Windows 8 was easy.

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TechRadar Mar 13, 2013

We liked the XPS 18. It's far better than the Tap 20 in terms of portability and it also has a terrific screen with an excellent viewing angle. We can see it being useful in family homes where the flexibility and multiple-user nature of Windows could be a real bonus.

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Ubergizmo Mar 13, 2013

Dell has come up with a great industrial design: the XPS 18 is truly a beautiful PC that can be used in a home or at the office. Its price may seem high, but one could argue that it is affordable for this level of design and performance.

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T3 Mar 13, 2013

While the idea that it can be used as a desktop PC for the parents and a play device for the kids is good in theory, we think most people would rather keep separate devices for the nipppers and the old timers. Whether demand is there or not, it certainly looks like an impressive product.

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Digital Trends Mar 13, 2013

It also balances pretty well for something so big, and doesn’t feel like it would easily slip from my hands as I carried it. A small child would likely find it awkward to carry. As of right now, the XPS 18 is the thinnest (17.7mm) and lightest portable AIO available.

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Expert Reviews Mar 13, 2013

We were sceptical at first but, having tried the XPS 18 out, we think it has real potential as a portable All-in-One computer. It takes up significantly less room than a tower PC, can be moved easily and carried around when you don’t want to be chained to a desk.

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