Elegant on the outside, unstable on the inside
This review is from: DELL XPS 11 Ultrabook/2in1 - Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 11.6" Touchscreen Windows 8.1 (XPS11-9091CFB)
Pros: On the surface (pardon the pun) this ultrabook/tablet combo unit appears to be elegantly designed. Sleek lines and smooth carbon fiber panels. The screen is hideously-high-resolution for an 11" display. Windows "apps" like Kindle and Facebook appear bright and clear. Desktop mode apps are expansive, though sometimes blurry when the synthetic scaling is enabled as it is in Windows 8.1 (it can be disabled on an app-by-app basis for those like me who prefer their text small and sharp).
Cons: Keyboard is nothing short of abysmal. I have had 10 desktops, 6 laptops, and probably 8-10 different tablets in my life. I have never yet had a keyboard that could even get near as bad as this unit possesses. It is a rubbery, zero-travel "touch board" that despite all sensitivity settings, loses about 10% of the keystrokes, unless of course you hit the keys hard enough that your hands ache after ten minutes of typing. While this is an "XPS" series (consumer/media division) unit and not really intended for business, I'd struggle to find any kid that could successfully write a three-page homework report on it either.
Other Thoughts: Despite its MASSIVE shortcomings, I surprisingly still like the unit. A glutton for punishment, I guess, I just put up with the three-times-per-day reboots and occasional touch screen going dead. I'm an IT guy, and spend a LOT of my time remotely accessing client systems, so I need the very high resolution screen (otherwise there are a LOT of cheaper units I would be using). That said, the first company that can produce a unit with a high-res screen that's remotely stable, I'll probably be jumping ship on this one.
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