Dell's XPS 12 is one of the few early Windows 8 "convertibles" to win mostly across-the-board praise. It looks like your average Ultrabook, but with a "convertible" touch screen display that can be flipped over, allowing you to use the Windows 8 device as a tablet as well.
The $1,199 base unit delivers an Intel Core i5 processor (up to 2.6GHz), a 12.5-inch, 1080p touch screen display, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state drive and Intel HD 4000 graphics. It weighs in at 3.35 pounds and provides two USB 3.0 ports (but no HDMI output).
Reviewers were almost uniformally positive on the XPS 12's Ultrabook features -- it earned high marks for performance, its high-res display and design. The XPS 12 fared less well as a tablet, however. It's too big and bulkly to offer a "lean back" media consumption experience. Still, among the early crop of Windows 8 computers to offer a touch screen and the dual laptop/tablet design, the XPS 12 ranks among the top of the pack.
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