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All posts tagged "xps 14"


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dell Expands Flagship XPS Line: Adds XPS 14 & XPS 15

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 10:30 AM

“Following the success of our XPS 13, our customers wanted to see more of the XPS brand,” said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Personal Computing Product Group. “The XPS 14 and 15 laptops offer powerful performance, thoughtful design and a superb user experience, along with enterprise-friendly features so you can use them for work and for play.”

To complement their existing XPS 13 Ultrabook, Dell has added 14-inch and 15-inch XPS models.

Touting the XPS 14 as having "up to 11 hours of (8-cell, non-replaceable, 69WhH) battery life," it has an aluminum chassis and a silicone base, Intel Core i5 or i7 processor options, 4GB RAM standard (8GB max), 14-inch 400 nit HD+ edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass WLED display, a backlit chiclet spill-resistant keyboard, and optional high-performance graphics. A wide variety of options are available, including Intel's RapidStart and SmartResponse (startup, hibernate and caching improvements) technology, using a traditional hard drive plus a 32GB mSata card to achieve SSD-like performance. A 512GB SSD option is offered. There is a mobile broadband (WAN) option that adds a back leather back to improve radio performance. Interesting that Dell offers an "Ultrabook configuration" even though the XPS 14 weighs in at just under 5-pounds (2.1kg).

The 5.8-pound (2.6kg) XPS 15 has an aluminum chassis with a silicone base, a 9-cell 65WhH battery ("up to 8 hours, 11 minutes" battery life), an edge-to-edge 15.6-inch 350 nit Gorilla Glass WLED screen, a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 6GB RAM standard (16GB max), NVIDIA Optimus graphics, a backlit chiclet spill-resistant keyboard, and an option for a slot-loading Blu-ray disc drive. Curiously, there appears to be no SSD-only option from Dell for the XPS 15, at least in their press release.

The XPS 14 pricing starts at $1099, and the XPS 15 starts at $1299, with both models available now.

Tags: dell, xps, xps 15, xps 14

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dell XPS 14 Gone After Four Months - We Hardly Knew Ye

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/20/...mething-thinne/

"Sure, it was only about four months ago that Dell released its XPS 14, but unfortunately, those looking to snatch up the Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce 400M-powered laptop today will have a mighty hard time. Some keen-eyed tipsters noticed that Dell's 14-inch mainstream system was out of stock, and a quick call to one of our friends at Dell confirmed that the smallest version of the series won't actually be making a comeback. However, that's not because the system didn't sell well -- Dell maintains that it actually exceeded sales expectations."

Despite being around only four months, and selling fairly well, Dell has apparently killed-off this model while re-tooling for Intel Sandy Bridge technology, and "thin and light" products - to be ready later this year. Thinner and lighter is always good, especially if accompanied by "cheaper" or "same price," more power, and better battery life. Early Sandy Bridge benchmarks give a thumbs-up for power and battery life, with end-user cost yet to be determined.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dell XPS (Xtreme Performance System) 14: We're Back!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/05/...-xps-14-review/

"When Dell told us of its plans to revive its tried and true XPS laptop line we were pretty darn excited. With so much brand dilution in the past few years -- there's been the Adamo XPS and the Studio XPS -- the products have noticeably strayed from providing the rock solid gaming and multimedia experience they were once known for. There's a reason XPS stands for Xtreme Performance System, right?! The new line, which includes 14-, 15-, 17-inch systems, has all the ingredients to set it back on track -- including Core i5 / i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce 400M graphics with Optimus, JBL speakers, a backlit keyboard, an HD webcam and a solid aluminum lid - but has Dell succeeded in creating a well-rounded multimedia machine?"

Always informative and amusing to read a review, followed closely by reading the comments. Dell's revived XPS line offers great specs, including a great sound system, Optimus switching graphics, an HD videocam, and, a backlit keyboard - all for $899. But, the 14-inch system only offers a 1366x768 ("low res") screen, and that set the commenters ablaze (no upgrade is offered in resolution for the 14-inch model). Many comparisons to HP's Envy 14, lots of comments about the flared back-side (donkey butt) and lack of VGA out. At 5.35-pounds, it's slightly thick and heavy, and suffers from mediocre battery life, but a 9-cell upgrade is offered for $40. I find it a positive sign that the XPS line is back.


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