Not only Apple is able to create a tablet with a brilliant screen, enclosed in a slim casing. Dell XPS 12 (9250) has a fantastic 4K display, stereo speakers and keyboard included. Is this equipment for more than 6 thousand. gold has some disadvantages?
Housing and workmanship
I love the moment of removing the new hardware out of the box. Especially when it concerns a hybrid device the likes of Dell XPS 12 (9250). The equipment, due to its price makes a very good first impression. Modernity this line emphasize the very thin bezel running around the screen (diagonal of 12.5 inches) and a very thin design. XPS 12 measures just 8mm thick, so in fact belongs to the group of more tablets than personal computers.Weight in this case also is of great importance. The device – a tablet with a keyboard, weighs 1.27 kilograms, which gives full comfort of wearing it in a bag or backpack. Sam tablet weighs about 790 grams and under the terms of the Dell XPS 12 is not much different from their direct competitors, weighing roughly the same as a hybrid of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 700 and less than their counterparts, such as the Kruger & Matz Edge 1160 / 1161. XPS 12 is also weighs much of the business Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2, although it has a smaller screen. It is worth remembering, however, that the outside tablet Dell does not have any aluminum components and metal, unlike hybrid Microsoft Lenovo if Kruger & Matz – in each of these cases, the devices have metal casing, which extended an additional base, which naturally results in greater weight of the unit. In the case of a 12-XPS, Dell decided to reach for a proven way to connect the tablet to the docking station. The first find wide slot on the bottom of which connects to a socket placed within a small recess in the docking station designated location in which to put the tablet. When you combine the two, Windows informs sound to connect a new device, and the keyboard activates the backlight, as a confirmation of successful pairing devices. While connecting with one another is very convenient – it does not require great care when removing the tablet from the docking station, it excludes the possibility of adjusting the angle of deflection of the screen. In contrast to conventional construction MacBook 12 or cradle, which is found in the hybrid Microsoft, Lenovo or even KNP & Matzi Edge 1160/1161, the Dell XPS 12 can be folded to only one position, which makes it difficult to use the device in a variety of situations. Fortunately manufacturer foresaw how important is the ability to adjust the tilt angle of the screen, because of additional accessories you will find the keyboard XPS 12 Premier Keyboard and Case Dell Premier Magnetic Folio – both allow Dell, take the form and functionality of hybrids Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 700. receive for flat keyboard and stand snap-through case. The case itself Dell XPS 12 seems very durable. The tablet does not bend, and in addition from the front was reinforced with Gorilla Glass NBT. Workmanship is at a high level, although there are elements that surprise, like. Rubber cap hiding memory card slot. Bends in the middle part, which protrudes from the housing, and at the same time seems to be very robust. Sooner or later break off – so I assume. Regarding the possibility of expanding the equipment, it Dell provides instructions to open the tablet , but the process is so difficult that rather from the point of the average user's impossible to perform. The equipment does not have an active cooling system, so in theory there is no need to look into it – we do not need to clean it, and expandability due to the slim design, and it will be very much limited.
Ports, controls, speakers
Against the background of hybrid competitors, Dell XPS 12 has a sparse accessories. Instead of the standard set of USB ports, here we find two Thunderbolt connectors 3 – they replace video output, a USB port and a connector for charging. Nothing wrong with that Dell reaches more modern ports, which also take up less space, but there are two drawbacks. First of all, it is difficult for us to use the full capabilities of the hardware without delving adapter. To connect several peripheral devices while keeping the device on the power cable, you will need to take care of the appropriate adapter, but here comes another problem. Both ports are very close to each other so that, when you pin adapter Thunderbolt 3 USB there was no room for plugging the plug into the charging unit. Either fish or aquarium. And in this case: either the peripheral or loading computer.Thunderbolt ports 3 can be found on the left side of the tablet in the lower part, and beneath them was placed the audio connector combo (audio output and microphone input). On the same side, but its upper part there is a button to adjust the volume of multimedia and the already mentioned slot for a microSD card, with whom I had some problems (not read the cards). On the right side you will find the power button – to me it is a little too small and has too shallow jump. On this side also arranged a place for attaching a security cable. At the front of the device over the screen, we find stereo speakers – one placed on each side. Their location allows for a better experience while listening to music and watching movies, because the sound is directed directly toward the user, and the same quality to be satisfactory. It deserves praise the considerable volume of up to 82 dB.
The tablet has two cameras allowing video shoot Full HD resolution and 30 fps. In both cases, the image quality is satisfactory. Especially in the case of webcam for video calls it seems to me that the picture is much better than the built-in camera that offers the MacBook Air, which I use every day.
A very valuable feature of the hybrid devices is to combine the right to mobility of a tablet with the productivity that can be achieved using the ultrabook. In favor of the Dell XPS 12 speaks very comfortable keyboard with keys of considerable size and very good, deep stroke. I had no problems with change of the MacBook keyboard or even on the desktop, in which Dell equips its XPS-a.As you might guess, we will not find here a dedicated numeric keypad, but do not run the order of the function keys and the ability to block the Fn key. As a result, using only one finger, change system settings – Adjust the brightness of the screen, you get into the control panel, etc. The manufacturer took care also about big enough left Shift key and Enter key, but at the cost of control keys cursor. Do not run out while the keyboard backlight which is very useful. The built-in touchpad fulfills its function, while the user is on him, as it were condemned. With a small amount of Thunderbolt ports 3 and the lack of a USB port, a person not having the Bluetooth mouse or an appropriate adapter can forget wyręczeniu its own mouse. As a consolation, however, I can honestly say that the trackpad is very convenient to use. Its surface is pleasant to the touch, he feels him and works even when using wielogestów. Also, do not forget that we have a touch screen.
The display, which can be found in the Dell XPS 12 is a matrix of IPS with extremely high contrast. In fact, two features did not allow me to take my eyes off of the model – its fantastic screen and a very thin bezel running around. Even something as simple as choosing a wallpaper made great joy for the eyes. Colors until seething and needless to say, the viewing angles are exemplary. When using the XPS 12 as a tablet easy to see the advantages of technology, which produced a matrix. You can keep the device virtually any angle, yet the colors are not degraded.screen XPS 12 has a nearly 100% coverage of the palette sRGB and Adobe RGB, which definitely rewards good price model. I have not had a major objections to the factory calibration matrix, which seemed to me better than that with the editorial board of the calibrator. Touch screen is also more freedom to use the media – matrix supports up to 10 touch points and is very sensitive. The problem, however, is that the applied resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) makes it difficult to effectively interact with Windows using touch. More than once I moved already considered mediocre functions of Windows in terms of scale and content Dell XPS 12 only proves it. With some programs, it is difficult to aim a button or checkbox using the cursor. On the other hand, watch movies or work in two windows at the same time it acts for which XPS 12 seems to be directly created. And do not be fooled here or processor family Core M or diagonal screen. It is known that the resolution of 4K sometimes even embarrassing for large monitors, which I learned pretty testing monitor Acer S277HK, but the high resolution is a feature which was missing in the MacBook Air, and we appreciate the fans multitasking. [Wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum Brightness"] [test slug = "display-battery" order = "desc" selected = "21596" type = "single" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" product_id = "21,306.21308, 21326,21314,21596,21450 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" minimum brightness "] [test slug =" display-battery "order =" desc "selected =" 21596 "type =" single "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "product_id =" 21306,21308,21326,21314,21596,21450 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In terms of power the backlight, as you can see in the graph above, the Dell XPS 12 outperforms its competitors and proves to be best-lit matrix – calibrator pointed here to a maximum value of up to 460 cd / m2 at moderately high uniformity than 9%. Such a backlight allows for greater freedom to use the tablet outdoors under the open sky. Of course we are dealing here with a reflective coating matrix, so the stronger backlight, the better. As for the minimum brightness, it could be lower. 20 cd / m2 is still a lot, but for most users this should not contribute to the discomfort when using the tablet after dark.
Inside the XPS-12 and hides an Intel Core M sixth generation, and the exact model Intel Core m5-6Y57 dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.1 – 2.8 GHz and TDP 4,5W, eliminating the need to mount an active cooling system . In addition, there is a graphics Intel HD 515 and 8 GB of RAM DDR3 (m5-6Y57 not support DDR4 memory). This kit lets you maintain full liquidity installed in this model of Windows 10 Home. I had no problems with the work on many programs open at the same time, and CPU performance allowing to maintain the smooth operation of the digitizer while navigating the "heavy" web pages or while watching movies on VOD. Equipment model is not as efficient as Intel i5-6300U Skylake, which was in my test scenario Microsoft Surface Pro 4, so the Dell XPS 12 does not serve as a tool for mounting movies or computer gaming. Tablet cope well with the media – plays videos and allows for free treatment is not as great photograph, but the Intel Core M has its limitations, as the chart shows a comparison of the measured performance in PC Mark 8. Here the distribution of forces is quite unusual, because although Intel Core m5-6Y57 is a relatively new entity in the benchmark gains on weaker note than older generations Core M present in the Lenovo IdeaPad Helix 2 – model has a powerful system of family Broadwell-Y clocked speeds of 1.2 – 2.9 GHz. As you can discern, despite the small differ in specification between the unit mounted on the Dell XPS 12 and Lenovo MIIX 700 (m5-6Y57 vs. m5-6Y54), the Lenovo gets slightly higher marks in the individual benchmark tests. [Wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark: Work"] [test slug = "pcmark8-windows" order = "desc" selected = "21596" virtual = "pcmark8-work" type = "single" product_id = " 21308,21326,21314,21596,21450 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" PC Mark: Creative "] [test slug =" pcmark8-windows "order =" desc "selected =" 21596 " virtual = "pcmark8-creative" type = "single" product_id = "21308,21326,21314,21596,21450"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark: Home"] [test slug = "pcmark8-windows" order = "desc" selected = "21596" virtual = "pcmark8-home" type = "single" product_id = "21308,21326,21314,21596,21450"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] A similar situation creates in the case of graphics performance, where the XPS gets slightly lower marks than the Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 700 [wptab style = "4" title = "3DMark Sky Diver"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "21596 "virtual =" 3dmark-sky-diver-total "type =" single "product_id =" 21326,21314,21596,21450 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" 3DMark: Cloud Gate "] [ test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "21596" virtual = "3dmark-cloud-total" type = "single" product_id = "21326,21314,21596,21450"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "21596" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "single" product_id = "21326,21314,21596,21450"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In a variant, which was tested SSD with a capacity of 256 GB-based interface M.2. This means that the media offers a very high throughput, in this model of up to 245.59 MB / s – significantly higher than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 700 or even more expensive Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2. [test slug = "pcmark8- dysk1b "order =" desc "selected =" 21596 "type =" single "product_id =" 21462,21316,21344,21318 "] capacity in this case is absolutely sufficient, since it will gather not only the most necessary applications, but will also allow storage more files. The sale will also find variants with smaller and larger storage. A model of the disk 128 GB will cost about 5300 zł, and disk 512 GB approx. 7799 zł (variants also differ mounted system, the capacity of RAM and screen resolution). Predictably, the Dell XPS 12 is not the hardware, which able to cope with computer games. No problem starts titles that we can find in the store Windows written for tablet PCs, including those based on processor family Intel Atom, but more complex games will provide for him quite a challenge. Smoothest possible graphics you would expect from older games, the likes of Diablo 3 (unfortunately tested my copy had problems running it). No but will not be satisfactorily smooth the switch to the native resolution fitted to this variant of the screen – already the settings 1366 768 graphics chip generates graphics Battlefield 4 at a speed of 2-4 fps.
The machine is not a problem for the correct working temperature. In several hours of stability test work, during which charged to all components of the tablet casing temperature does not exceed the limit of 39 deg. C – this is the value I registered only in one place. For most of the surface of the device temperature. Does not exceed 31-35 degrees Celsius. [Temperatura_obudowa product_id = "21596"] unit was not called while the temperature. Processor, but long load circuit does not result in throttlingiem, which indicates a very good lead heat buildup inside the unit, and from the user's perspective, a stable operation and work culture intact.
Built-in rechargeable battery with capacity. 30 Wh (approx. 3800 mAh) in practical use allows for about 2.5 hours. operation at moderate use. This could then register a test PC make the reduced brightness of 120 cd / m2 (25%). Regardless of the test – simulating work, creative tasks or mixed mode operation time on battery is not more than 3 hours of use. [Wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark: Home"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "21596" virtual = "pcmark8-home-battery" type = "single" product_id = " 21326,21314,21596,21450 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" PC Mark: Work "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 21596 "virtual =" pcmark8 -work-battery "type =" single "product_id =" 21326,21314,21596,21450 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" PC Mark: Creative "] [test slug = 'battery' order = "desc" selected = "21596" virtual = "pcmark8-creative-battery" type = "single" product_id = "21326,21314,21596,21450"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In this case, the Dell XPS 12 can cope worst of all models of hybrid devices, which already have recalled. As you can see, the best is here Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2 – model has two batteries (second mounted in a docking station). Much better deal or Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 700 and Microsoft Surface Pro 4, although it is worth noting that none of these models does not have a screen with such high resolution as the XPS 12.
The tablet installed wireless module Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260-compliant 801.11 b / g / n / ac and working in two ranges – 2.4 and 5 GHz. It has no problems with maintaining a stable connection to the wireless network and have not noticed that in the process of collection of larger data packets module had any problems with maintaining adequate bandwidth. [Test slug = "wifi-24" product_id = "21602" axis = "minus"] [test slug = "wifi-5" product_id = "21602" axis = "minus"] Tablet came out really well in the test investigating the sensitivity of the built-in antenna . Even if the floor relative to the router device does not have a problem with access to the wireless network. It is worth noting that both the network 2.4 and 5 GHz bands have a strong enough signal – usually the latter are the biggest problems.
Summary opinion, evaluation
Dell XPS 12 (9250) variant, which tested the costs really a lot, but the price in this case is dictated by superior IPS matrix is characterized by a fantastic contrast, a very good illumination and a wide coverage to the scale of sRGB and Adobe RGB. The high resolution of the screen in this case is an additional advantage of allowing the eye to enjoy the ability to play movies 4K. This entails certain consequences. Battery performance is not impressive, because in the case of hybrids as mobile as the Dell XPS 12, the need to seek power source after about 3 hours of battery power disappointing. Especially, that the model does not offer such a large capacity, like the oscillating within these limits hybrid from Microsoft. Model defends while the capacious and fast SSD, and stereo speakers. The included keyboard is a fantastic addition. Typing on it is very comfortable, and the backlight and sensitive trackpad allow the tablet to make tool for the job. The only pity is that the docking station does not have additional ports that eliminate the need to reach for the adapter. Could use also the possibility of adjusting the angle of the screen.[temperatura2 product_id = "21596"] [inne_propozycje product_id = "21596"]