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Yesterday Dell announced the XPS 18, the world’s thinnest and lightest All-In-One and we recently got to have a closer look at one.

With the perfect blend of weight, large display size and performance in a thin, elegant and highly-mobile design, the XPS 18 opens up new possibilities in multimedia and gaming for families.

The XPS 18 features:

  • Maximum portability with a starting weight of just 4.85 lbs (2.2kgs)
  • Aluminium back finish with soft grip for traction and comfort
  • Flexible design allowing it to be used in a variety of ways for the most comfortable viewing angle
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • 18.4” capacitive touch Full HD (1080p) display, 350 nits, 72% colour gamut, and 16:9 aspect ratio. Panel is 4.3mm thin.
  • Built-in battery with 5 hours of run-time
  • Starting weight is 4.87 lbs (2.2kg) with optional SSD drive
  • Can be used in three ways: docked in an optional powered stand for the traditional AIO desktop experience, on a table with flip out feet to stand upright or in tablet mode
  • The dock provides a different experience. The connector is a magnet that draws the computer in – more durable than regular “smartphone and tablet type connectors”
  • Aluminum backed design, with soft grip for traction
  • Fast boot with optional SSD storage with Intel Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel Core ULT processors

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Built with families and active consumers in mind, the XPS 18 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most portable AIO, and can be easily transported around the house for watching movies in the living room, playing games with the family, viewing recipes in the kitchen or creating professional presentations in the home office. When it’s time to move the XPS 18 into another room to do homework in a quiet environment, its slim and light weight design make it so portable a child can carry it.

There is a dock that comes with the XPS 18 and it is magnetised so that the XPS 18 just clicks into place. There is no power connection to the dock though, only the XPS 18 itself.

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The XPS 18 comes with a keyboard and mouse in the box:

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Here is a closer look at the XPS 18:

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I was surprised just how lightweight the XPS 18 actually was. I only had hands-on for a few minutes but it felt comfortable to use on my lap, as well as very easy to use in a variety of different positions.

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The XPS 18 will be available on Dell.com in the United States and in UK, France and Germany on April 16 starting at £849.

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Today Dell announced the XPS 18, the world’s thinnest and lightest All-In-One. With the perfect blend of weight, large display size and performance in a thin, elegant and highly-mobile design, the XPS 18 opens up new possibilities in multimedia and gaming for families.

The XPS 18 features:

  • 18.4-inch Full HD capacitive touch display
  • Maximum portability with a starting weight of just 4.85 lbs (2.2kgs)
  • Aluminium back finish with soft grip for traction and comfort
  • Flexible design allowing it to be used in a variety of ways for the most comfortable viewing angle
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse

Built with families and active consumers in mind, the XPS 18 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most portable AIO, and can be easily transported around the house for watching movies in the living room, playing games with the family, viewing recipes in the kitchen or creating professional presentations in the home office. When it’s time to move the XPS 18 into another room to do homework in a quiet environment, its slim and light weight design make it so portable a child can carry it.

The XPS 18 boasts a number of competitive and industry firsts that set a new standard for AIOs. Coming in at just 5lbsi, the XPS 18 is less than half the weight of other currently available portable AIOs and has nearly double the battery life offering up to five hours of run time between charges. The 18.4-inch Full HD touchscreen is nearly twice the diagonal screen size of an Apple iPad and lends itself to new ways of sharing a computer and collaborating on a single device. It is light enough to hand back and forth, but the screen is large and vibrant enough for multiple people to watch videos, share content or enjoy dual-player games on the same screen from a variety of angles. The XPS 18 is based on third-generation Intel Core processors and Windows 8 operating system for no-compromise performance whether docked or on the go.

The XPS 18 is built on the XPS heritage of uncompromised form, function and thoughtful craftsmanship, and combines the performance characteristics of a primary home PC with the advanced design features of other XPS products. The XPS 18 features an aluminium back finish with soft grip for traction and comfort. It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse and its flexible design allows it to be used in a variety of ways for the most comfortable viewing angle: on a powered stand for ‘walk up’ computing; on any flat surface using the built-in-flip-out feet; laid flat for sharing; or held on your lap for reading and browsing.

“The XPS 18 will change the way people define and use a PC today,” said Kirk Schell, vice president, Consumer PC Group, Dell. “Everyone who uses it is shocked and amazed at how light it is and comfortable to use in a variety of settings. By combining the performance, versatility and space-saving design of a traditional AIO with an ultra-thin and light touch display and unmatched battery life, we’re giving customers a whole new computing experience that can go anywhere.”

Availability and Pricing

The XPS 18 will be available on Dell.com in the United States and in UK, France and Germany on April 16 starting at £849.

We got some hands-on time with the new Dell XPS 18, so check back tomorrow to hear our thoughts and see some images.

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Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook is seeing an upgrade soon, moving to a full 1080p resolution.  Read on for details.

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Dell recently announced that the XPS 13 was getting a display upgrade, moving from 720p to 1080p.  Available soon in the UK and other countries, be on the lookout for it; pricing starts at £1,079.  Here is the press release:

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook coming soon with a Full HD display option

Since Dell introduced the XPS 13 Ultrabook, it has become one of our most decorated products, winning 52 awards across 18 countries last year. Improvements have been looked at and in particular a stunning full HD display has been added. This new version of the XPS 13 will be available to customers in the United Kingdom and select countries around the world in the next few weeks at a starting price of £1079.00. The full HD display will also be offered as the standard display for the new XPS 13 Developer Edition, based on Project Sputnik which will be extended to Europe, with more details to follow soon.

If you were keeping up with Dell last month at CES, you may have seen news about the XPS 13 already, and here are the details. First and foremost, the 1920 x 1080 Full HD display on this laptop is gorgeous. The new 1080p display contains almost 2x the pixels of a typical 720p display, and the difference is noticeable. Everything looks sharper, whether you are viewing high resolution images, watching 1080p video or even reading text on an eBook or a web page.

More pixels also means you’ll have more screen real estate, so you will see more of that spreadsheet (see image below) or that you’ll be able to see more detail in a high resolution image than you would compared to a typical notebook screen.

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Beyond the sharpness, colours are stunning. Part of the reason is that the full HD display offers a 72% colour gamut vs. the 45% colour gamut on the standard panel. This means the new display can reproduce a wider range of colours compared to the standard display, and the difference is noticeable. Another benefit of the full HD panel is that viewing angles are much wider compared to the standard display—178 degrees versus 80. This means you will see the improved visual quality that the full HD display offers whether you are viewing it directly or pretty far off to the side. And finally, the full HD screen is brighter as well—at 350 nits, it is up to 75% brighter than a typical 200-nit display.

The XPS 13 is often judged against the MacBook Pro 13, but in terms of size and weight, the MacBook Air 13 is a more realistic comparison. The XPS 13 is smaller than the MacBook Air 13 as it fits a 13-inch screen into something barely bigger than an 11-inch footprint. The 1080p display offers 44% more pixels than the 900p display that it currently offers.

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All the other features that made the XPS 13 popular overall—like its sleek, thin lightweight but sturdy design, backlit keyboard, the soft-touch palmrest, edge-to-edge display, and great-sounding speakers are all still there. And because it’s built around third-generation i5 and i7 processors and integrated HD 4000 graphics, you don’t have to compromise on performance.

All the enterprise-ready features that have made it popular in businesses like ProSupport, configuration services, asset tagging, BitLocker data encryption and others are still supported. IT administrators looking to automate the OS deployment process can utilise the XPS 13 CAB files as well.

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Dell today confirmed a plan to become a privately owned company, with investments from Silver Lake and Microsoft providing the deal financing.  Dell shareholders will see a premium over yesterday’s closing price; read on for details.

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Rumors have been swirling for weeks, suggesting that Dell might go private in order to give it the right conditions to turn the company around.  Today, Dell confirmed those rumors, disclosing that the CEO and founder, Michael Dell, had partnered with private equity firm Silver Lake to make an offer to buy Dell for $24.4 billion, a premium of 25% over the January 11th closing price.  Dell will entertain other potential offers for a period of 45 days, and assuming that no better offers are received, Silver Lake and Michael Dell will pool resources and purchase the outstanding stock, taking Dell private.  Microsoft also is participating, extending a $2 billion loan to the group, and several major banks are also extending debt financing support to pull the deal off.  Mr. Dell is trying to transform Dell into an “…integrated and diversified global IT solutions provider…”.  He believes that ownership by Silver Lake will allow management to provide value now for current shareholders, as well as to provide the time and focus required to transform from a hardware-centric operation to a services-heavy one.  Here is the press release:

Dell Enters Into Agreement to Be Acquired By Michael Dell and Silver Lake

Date : 2/5/2013

Round Rock, Texas

  • Dell stockholders to receive $13.65 per share in cash
  • Transaction valued at approximately $24.4 billion
  • Transaction implies a 37 percent premium over the average closing share price during the previous 90 calendar days ending Jan. 11, 2013

Dell Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake, will acquire Dell.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, in a transaction valued at approximately $24.4 billion. The price represents a premium of 25 percent over Dell’s closing share price of $10.88 on Jan. 11, 2013, the last trading day before rumors of a possible going-private transaction were first published; a premium of approximately 35 percent over Dell’s enterprise value as of Jan. 11, 2013; and a premium of approximately 37 percent over the average closing share price during the previous 90 calendar days ending Jan. 11, 2013. The buyers will acquire for cash all of the outstanding shares of Dell not held by Mr. Dell and certain other members of management.

The Dell Board of Directors acting on the recommendation of a special committee of independent directors unanimously approved a merger agreement under which Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners will acquire Dell and take the company private subject to a number of conditions, including a vote of the unaffiliated stockholders. Mr. Dell recused himself from all Board discussions and from the Board vote regarding the transaction.

A Special Committee was formed after Mr. Dell first approached Dell’s Board of Directors in August 2012 with an interest in taking the company private. Led by Lead Director Alex Mandl, the Special Committee retained independent financial and legal advisors J.P. Morgan and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to advise the Special Committee with respect to its consideration of strategic alternatives, the acquisition proposal and the subsequent negotiation of the merger agreement.
The Special Committee also engaged a leading management consulting firm to conduct an independent analysis, including a review of strategic alternatives for Dell and opportunities for the company as a public entity, and thereafter engaged Evercore Partners.

The merger agreement provides for a so-called “go-shop” period, during which the Special Committee – with the assistance of Evercore Partners – will actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals. The initial go-shop period is 45 days. Following that period, the Special Committee will be permitted to continue discussions and enter into or recommend a transaction with any person or group that submitted a qualifying proposal during the 45-day period. A successful competing bidder who makes a qualifying proposal during the initial go-shop period would bear a $180 million (less than 1 percent) termination fee. For a competing bidder who did not qualify during the initial go-shop period, the termination fee would be $450 million.

Mr. Mandl, lead director of Dell’s Board of Directors, said: “The Special Committee and its advisors conducted a disciplined and independent process intended to ensure the best outcome for shareholders. Importantly, the go-shop process provides a real opportunity to determine if there are alternatives superior to the present offer from Mr. Dell and Silver Lake.”

Mr. Dell said: “I believe this transaction will open an exciting new chapter for Dell, our customers and team members. We can deliver immediate value to stockholders, while we continue the execution of our long-term strategy and focus on delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers as a private enterprise. Dell has made solid progress executing this strategy over the past four years, but we recognize that it will still take more time, investment and patience, and I believe our efforts will be better supported by partnering with Silver Lake in our shared vision. I am committed to this journey and I have put a substantial amount of my own capital at risk together with Silver Lake, a world-class investor with an outstanding reputation. We are committed to delivering an unmatched customer experience and excited to pursue the path ahead.”

“Michael Dell is a true visionary and one of the preeminent leaders of the global technology industry,” said Egon Durban, a Silver Lake Managing Partner. “Silver Lake is looking forward to partnering with him, the talented management team at Dell and the investor group to innovate, invest in long-term growth initiatives and accelerate the company’s transformation strategy to become an integrated and diversified global IT solutions provider.”

Following completion of the transaction, Mr. Dell, who owns approximately 14 percent of Dell’s common shares, will continue to lead the company as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and will maintain a significant equity investment in Dell by contributing his shares of Dell to the new company, as well as making a substantial additional cash investment. Dell will continue to be headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.

The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and equity contributed by Mr. Dell, cash funded by investment funds affiliated with Silver Lake, cash invested by MSD Capital, L.P., a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, rollover of existing debt, as well as debt financing that has been committed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets (in alphabetical order), and cash on hand. There is no financing condition.

The transaction is subject to other customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, in addition to the Dell stockholder approvals described above. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter of Dell’s FY2014.

For further information regarding all terms and conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement, please see Dell’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed in connection with this transaction.

J.P. Morgan and Evercore Partners are acting as financial advisors and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Special Committee of Dell’s Board of Directors. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor and Hogan Lovells US LLP is acting as legal advisor to Dell. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal advisor to Mr. Dell. BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse, and RBC Capital Markets (in alphabetical order) are acting as financial advisors to Silver Lake, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is acting as legal advisor to Silver Lake.

Time will tell if the strategy works; it sounds like the strategy that HP has been trying to implement for some time now.  We’ll keep you posted on future developments.  Dell was trading at $13.88, up $0.11 or 0.82%, at 1110 Eastern today on the news.

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Dell released three new PC designs today, all built around Windows 8.  Read on for details.

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Dell released three new PC models today.  All three models were designed to run Windows 8.  In addition, all current models can now be ordered with Windows 8.  Here is the press release:

BRACKNELL, UK, October 12, 2012 – Dell is helping customers touch the future with a refreshed portfolio of business and consumer PCs built for Microsoft Windows 8, designed to provide a more intuitive computing experience and address evolving customer desires. Dell’s new systems deliver on the promise of new advances in computing: a leading-edge and intuitive touch experience, the security and manageability required by today’s always-on pace and the design aesthetic, style and precision workmanship customers demand.

Today Dell is making available for pre-order three new PCs in its upcoming portfolio: the XPS 12, XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23. The systems are currently available to pre-order by customers in the UK, France and Germany and will be available throughout Europe in the coming days. Further, Dell is offering Windows 8 as an option on its current XPS, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision brands.

“Dell and Microsoft have strived to make technology more accessible and intuitive for more than two decades and the introduction of new Dell PCs and Windows 8 software is another important milestone in this journey,” said Sam Burd, vice president of PC Product Group at Dell.   “Dell remains on the forefront of designing the industry’s best range of PCs to meet the diverse needs of its customers – whether businesses concerned with security and manageability or tech-savvy consumers interested in a new device for both personal and business use.  Dell’s exciting new XPS product portfolio, part of which is available for pre-order today, addresses this diverse set of needs and is a key catalyst in making exciting new touch-based computing experiences a reality.”

Each product in the Dell XPS portfolio delivers premium materials, craftsmanship and performance without compromise. By combining both the design desired by consumers and the security and manageability features required by businesses, the systems announced today build on the XPS brand’s growing reputation as the best product for users and IT departments to navigate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) landscape.

The XPS 12 is two devices in one: a fully-featured, full-powered laptop that easily becomes a fully-featured touch-powered tablet. The unique flip hinge touchscreen display is elegant and innovative and easily transitions between laptop and tablet mode with a simple flip. When in tablet mode, the display completely covers the keyboard, protecting it from dirt and spills. The vibrant Full HD display provides 90 percent more pixels than a standard HD display for an exceptionally crisp reading and viewing experience.

The award-winning XPS One 27 All-in-One is designed for creative enthusiasts with a super high resolution display and performance graphics for multimedia creation and entertainment. The gorgeous, space-saving design features a 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display, which has 78 percent more pixels than a Full HD display, and an articulating stand that tilts the display to a 60-degree angle, providing additional options when using the touchscreen interface. Whether one is designing a digital masterpiece or experiencing HD entertainment, the XPS One 27 delivers the power, sound, graphics and pixels for a brilliant multimedia experience.

Dell is also updating its popular systems in time for the holidays. The award-winning XPS 13 will also be updated with a new specification next week, including the Ivy Bridge chipset. As a result, the new XPS 13 will be up to two times faster than the previous generation XPS 13. The Inspiron One 23 All-in-One PC, with its impressive performance and a bright Full HD display in a space-saving, sleek design, is now  available with a touchscreen option for entertainment, education and fun for the whole family.

These products represent a portion of Dell’s upcoming refreshed lineup of PCs. Dell will unveil additional product platforms in the XPS, Latitude, OptiPlex and Inspiron brands, as well as new monitors in the coming weeks.

Availability and Pricing:

The following products are available for pre-order today at the following starting prices including VAT and delivery:

  • XPS 12 convertible – starting at £999
  • XPS One 27 with touch – starting at £1,779
  • Inspiron One 23 AIO with touch – starting at £879

Additionally, all currently shipping Dell PCs and workstations are now available with Windows 8 for pre-order on www.dell.co.uk .

Here is the XPS 12:

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And here is the XPS One 27:

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And now the Inspiron One 23 AIO:

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So what do you think…do any of these models interest you?  Sound off in the comments.

Yesterday at IFA, Dell announced three new XPS computers – one of those one the Dell XPS 10, and although we were not allowed any hands-on time with it, we got to see it a little more!

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It’s a small laptop:

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And the screen can be removed and used as a very thin slate:

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Here is the XPS 10 behind glass!

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No specifics yet on pricing, but Dell are claiming some really great battery life figures, so we look forward to being able to test one out for ourselves very soon.

What do you think of the Dell XPS 10? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Yesterday at IFA, Dell announced three new XPS computers – one of those one the Dell XPS One 27, and after the press conference we got some hands-on with one.

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Here is the XPS One 27 in all it’s glory.

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Here are some close up shots, including some of the ports on the One 27.

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Moving the screen into a different position was simple.

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I really liked the Dell XPS One 27, the green is amazing quality – you can literally stand at the other side of the room and still see it clearly.

The touch element was very responsive too!

No word yet on pricing, so watch this space.

And we hope to have one for review soon.

What do you think of the of Dell XPS One 27? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Dell announced three new additions to their XPS line: a tablet, an ultrabook/tablet duo and an all-in-one.  Read on for details.

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Dell announced three new XPS computers: a tablet, an ultrabook/tablet duo and an all-in-one.  Here is the announcement:

BERLIN, Aug. 30, 2012 – Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference, Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops, the new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology – from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office.

The new products include the XPS 10, a 10-inch tablet built to support WindowsRT; the XPS Duo 12 convertible that combines two devices in one, a powerful Ultrabook plus full featured tablet; and XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which offers a stunning Wide Quad HD display, and will soon be available with touch functionality. The XPS brand has a distinguished heritage of delivering the latest technology and thoughtful design for performance and craftsmanship without compromise. Each product in the XPS portfolio is tailored for very specific customer needs, and the new products unveiled today are designed to take advantage of emerging software and technology, with the same XPS brand attributes that customers expect from Dell.

In today’s always-on, constantly-connected world, people want one device that enables them to combine their personal and professional lives. As a result, the technology industry is undergoing an unprecedented change from the home to the workforce, giving rise to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. From tablets to notebooks to the desktop, Dell is answering the call and today unveiled an expanded XPS portfolio that will help users and businesses successfully navigate this new landscape. Dell’s new XPS solutions have both the performance and design desired by consumers, and the security and manageability features required by businesses.

“The XPS 10, XPS Duo 12 and XPS One 27 represent the culmination of a deep understanding of the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ movement and insights gained from both our consumer and business customers,” said Sam Burd, global vice president, PC product group at Dell. “The new set of products Dell unveiled today represents a milestone in our design and approach to user experience. Our vision for our XPS line of computers is not just about the device or technology, it’s about achieving the perfect balance of amazing design, end user productivity and IT enablement.”

Dell XPS 10: Combining Productivity, Mobility and Long Battery Life

The Dell XPS 10 embodies the intersection between work and play with intuitive touch capability, long battery life and mobile keyboard dock for enhanced content creation and business productivity.

Dell’s ability to provide end-to-end technology solutions using ARM processor architecture and the WindowsRT operating system means businesses can be assured that they will be able to manage and secure the XPS 10 on their networks.

XPS Duo 12: Two Devices in One Package – Powerful Ultrabook Plus Full Featured Tablet

Dell tapped its heritage of offering unique and innovative solutions to create the XPS Duo 12. The product features a novel and elegant flip hinge touchscreen display designed to take advantage of the upcoming operating system advances for touch interaction. The result is two products in one, providing the full functionality of an ultraportable laptop with keyboard plus the convenience of a tablet.

The innovative flip hinge design can easily transition from laptop to tablet to laptop and features a Full HD screen that provides 97 percent more pixels than a standard HD display. The result is an exceptionally crisp reading, photo and video viewing experience. The XPS Duo 12 features thoughtful design, attractive aesthetics, and is crafted from premium materials such as machined aluminium and carbon fibre, as well as Corning Gorilla Glass for durability.

XPS One 27: Delivering Nearly Twice the Pixel Density of Any Other 27-inch AIO PC 

As All-In-One (AIO) computers continue to see wider adoption for their big screen and clean design, Dell is continuing to evolve its All-In-One offering to take advantage of new software advances.

The award-winning XPS One 27 AIO is designed for creative professionals who require advanced technology including a crisp, super high resolution display and performance graphics for multimedia creation and entertainment. The gorgeous, space-saving design features a vibrant, 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display, providing one of the best experiences in an all-in-one today. The XPS One 27 is not just for work, but also for entertainment with its Infinity Premium speakers and Waves MaxxAudio 4 audio technology that delivers deep, rich sound, complete with an expanded stereo field.

The Right Approach for Today’s Hurdles

Many businesses are grappling with how to empower their users to work on the devices and technology they prefer while at the same time ensuring critical corporate information and content remains secure and protected. In recent research on the Evolving Workforce which surveyed more than 8,000 respondents worldwide, 60 percent of workers around the world would enjoy work more if they had a say in their workplace technology. As part of its unmatched end-to-end solutions, Dell XPS devices intersect the needs of consumer design preferences and powerful performance tools, while still helping to meet the needs of IT with business-friendly features.

“With the growing trend of BYOD, we’re seeing traditional corporate policies on personal computer and application usage, as well as data security being turned on their head. Customers are looking for alternative computing solutions that help employees be more productive,” said Aongus Hegarty, president, Dell EMEA. “By enabling flexible working practices and providing companies with the right tools, Dell is delivering this solution through a seamless, secure and manageable end user experience that provides connectivity anywhere, anytime—and access to work and life.”

Availability:

The Dell XPS 10, XPS Duo 12 and XPS One 27 will be available for sale when Windows 8 is available at the end of October. More details on pricing will be announced when available.

Here are the product images for the all-in-one and the ultrabook.

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These are certainly interesting products, but I’d really like to see pricing, particularly on the RT tablet.  We’ll keep you posted on developments.

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We have reviewed a number of different Ultrabooks here at CDW, and it was time to take Dell’s first entry, the XPS 13, out for a spin.

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Specifications

As will all Dell kit, there are a number of options and specifications. Dell often update these so it’s worth checking for the latest available options.

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What’s in the Box

The box contains the XPS 13, a power adaptor and cable, some discs and some documentation.

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A Closer Look

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All the ports are on the sides of the XPS:

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Alienware, Dell’s high performance Gaming PC brand, is taking the mobile gaming experience to a new level with its enhanced gaming laptop portfolio that lets gamers choose a system that best fits their mobile lifestyle.

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The enhanced systems include: the M14x, the most powerful 14-inch laptop in the universe, for the gamer who requires a balance between mobility and performance; the 3D-capable M17x for top performance with an immersive high-definition, surround-sound sensory experience, and the M18x – also the most powerful 18-inch laptop in the universei – for gamers whose priority is performance above all else but who also require the option to occasionally ‘go mobile.’

The Alienware M14x, M17x, and M18x laptops deliver immersive sensory experiences; with each offering the latest NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon HD graphics cards and the Creative Sound Blaster audio chipset with THX 7.1 digital surround sound and Klipsch-branded speakers.

High-Performance Mobile Gaming

A perfect balance of performance and mobility, the Alienware M14x allows gamers on-the-go to experience uncompromising gaming performance. The M14x features optional dual drive configurations, up to 16GB of memory for extreme multitasking, a Blu-ray combo optical drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics engine with GDDR5 graphics memoryii – the most advanced GPU in a 14-inch form factor and the first time Alienware is offering GDDR5 graphics on a laptop of this size.

The Alienware M17x immerses the customer in the game with every dimension, pixel and sound, for a bigger, richer gaming experience. The M17x delivers the latest  NVIDIA and AMD graphics card options, up to 32GB of memoryii, optional 17.3-inch 120Hz WideFHD WLED 3D display, and THX 3D surround sound. It is one of the first laptops to offer the AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card and the latest GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M and 675M graphics solutionsii.

Alienware’s flagship gaming laptop, the Alienware M18x, is equipped with technology capable of matching high-performance gaming desktops. The M18x delivers up to 200w of mobile graphics power when configured with the optional Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics enabling an NVIDIA SLI experience and up to 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memoryii. A configuration featuring dual AMD Radeon HD 7970m with CrossFire will be available in the coming weeks. An 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p WLED backlit LCD, up to 750GB 7200RPM SATA hard drives, support for a triple solid state drive option – 768GB SSD (3 x 256GB SSD), and a stylish, anodised aluminium shell all combine to make the M18x a gaming and entertainment powerhouse like no other.

All three laptops are compatible with Intel’s 3rd Generation processors and Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies, and feature HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 for fast data transfer, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3D HD gaming capability, optional Blu-ray disc drive and exceptional surround-sound quality from Klipsch speakers. In addition, the Alienware laptops feature AlienAdrenaline, which enables users to create shortcuts associated with games, or applications capable of triggering a chain of commands meant to improve system performance or to customize the experience.

“Our customers want the most immersive gaming experience possible, and we’ve taken the all-powerful M14x, M17x, and M18x laptops and made them even better, delivering the latest technologies for almost every need,” said Frank Azor, General Manager, Alienware. “We’ve always offered the latest technology for the best gaming experience possible, and our enhanced line-up will let you pwn any competitor and provide the sensory experience that we know you crave.”

AlienFX Implementation in EA’s Battlefield 3™

Dell is also announcing its ongoing collaboration with EA to implement an AlienFX software and lighting control system as well as an exclusive Alienware Arena dog tag in Battlefield 3. Customers can experience these AlienFX implementations while playing Battlefield 3 today, which will provide gamers with a more personal experience by adjusting lighting colours and effects settings. Gamers will see unique loading and menu and player health lighting effects that will change throughout their Battlefield 3 gameplay experience.

Availability and Pricing:

Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x are available now on Dell.co.uk and Alienware.co.uk with standard configurations starting at £999 for the M14x, £1299 for the M17x, and £1699 for the M18x, all prices include VAT and shipping. Configuration options featuring Intel 3rd Generation processors are coming soon.

Detailed Information:

Alienware M14x

M14x

· 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 Processor Options

o Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz (3.1GHz w/Turbo Boost, 3MB Cache) (Standard)

o Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)

o Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6GHz (3.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)

o Intel Core i7-3820QM 2.7GHz (3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)

· Powerful NVIDIA Graphics Card Options

o 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M using NVIDIA Optimus technologyii (Standard)

o 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M using NVIDIA Optimus technologyii

· 14-inch WLED HD display (1366X768) (Standard) or optional 14-inch WLED HD+ display (1600X900)

· Configure with up to 16GB of DDR3 Memoryii (6GB Standard); 2x 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots

· Configure with up to 750GB 7200RPM driveiii (500GB standard) or up to 512GB Solid State Driveiii

o RAID 1 and 0, and Dual Drive options available

o mSATA Boot and Caching Drive Options available

· Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate available

· 1.3MP HD Camera with dual digital microphones

· Slot-Loading DVD drive (Standard) or optional Blu-ray Disc Reader

· Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di High-Definition 5.1 Audio with THX TruStudio Pro Software (Standard) or 2.1 Speaker configuration with Subwoofer Audio Powered by Klipsch; 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection or S/PDIF Optical port

· Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and Integrated Wireless-N with Bluetooth 4.0 (standard)

· USB 3.0 (2); USB 2.0; Mini-Display Port; HDMI 1.4 Output; VGA Port; 9-in-1 Media Card Reader; Audio/Microphone In; Audio Out; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet

Alienware M17x

M17x

· 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Processor Options

o Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache) (Standard)

o Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6GHz (3.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)

o Intel Core i7-3820QM 2.7GHz (3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)

· Powerful NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Card Options

o 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660Mii (Standard)

o 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 675Mii

o 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970Mii

· 17.3″ WideHD+ (1600 x 900 ) WLED LCD (Standard); optional: 17.3″ WideFHD (1920 x 1080) WLED LCD or 17.3″ 120Hz WideFHD (1920 x 1080) WLED LCD w/3D Bundle

· Configure with up to 32GB of DDR3 Memoryii (6GB 1600MHz Standard); 4x 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots

· Configure with up to 1TB (2x 500GB) RAID0 7200RPM driveiii (500GB standard) or up to 512GB Solid State Driveiii

o RAID 1 and 0, and Dual Drive options available

o mSATA Boot and Caching Drive Options available

· Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate available

· 2.1MP FullHD Camera with dual digital microphones

· Slot-Loading DVD drive (Standard) or optional Blu-ray Disc Reader

· Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di High-Definition 5.1 Audio with THX TruStudio Pro Software (Standard) or 2.1 Speaker configuration with Subwoofer Audio Powered by Klipsch; 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection or S/PDIF Optical port

· Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and Integrated Wireless-N with Bluetooth 4.0 (standard)

· USB 3.0 (4); USB 2.0 and eSATA combo port; Auto-sensing jacks for Line-out (3);  Microphone In;  Mini-Display Port; HDMI 1.4 Output; HDMI 1.3 Input; VGA Port; 9-in-1 Media Card Reader; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet

Alienware M18x

M18x

· 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Processor Options

o Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache) (Standard)

o Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6GHz (3.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)

o Intel Core i7-3820QM 2.7GHz (3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)

o Intel Core i7-3920XM 2.9GHz (3.8GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)

o Intel Core i7-3920XM Overclocked Turbo Boost (8MB Cache)

· Powerful NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Card Options

o 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660Mii (Standard)

o 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 675Mii

o Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M – AMD CrossFireXii (coming soon)

o Dual 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M – NVIDIA SLIii

· 18.4 inch WLED WideFHD display (1920 X 1080)

· Configure with up to 32GB of DDR3 Memoryi or 8GB 1866MHz (4GB 1600MHz Standard); 4x 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots

· Configure with up to 750GB 7200RPM SATA driveiii (500GB standard)

o RAID 1 and 0, Dual and Triple Drive options available

o mSATA Boot and Caching Drive Options available

· Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate available

· 2.1MP FullHD Camera with dual digital microphones

· Slot-Loading DVD drive (Standard) or optional Blu-ray Disc Reader

· Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di High-Definition 5.1 Audio with THX TruStudio Pro Software (Standard) or 2.1 Speaker configuration with Subwoofer Audio Powered by Klipsch; 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection or S/PDIF Optical port

· Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and Integrated Wireless-N with Bluetooth 4.0 (standard)

· USB 3.0 (4); USB 2.0 and eSATA combo port; Auto Out Ports (2);  Microphone In;  Mini-Display Port; HDMI 1.4 Output; HDMI 1.3 Input; VGA Port; 9-in-1 Media Card Reader; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet; Combo S/PDIF Optical output / Analog Headphone Line Out

Dell has introduced the Dell Mobile App for Android and iPhone, a dual-purpose shopping and support application that helps people quickly and easily find the right solutions to pursue their personal passions.

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The introduction of the Dell Mobile App – available for download now from the Google Play Market and Apple’s App Store or by typing www.dell.co.uk/mobile into the browser of any Android or iPhone mobile device – reflects the company’s commitment to expanding the reach of Dell.co.uk, a trusted hub for information and stellar support.

The new Dell Mobile App delivers much of the same functionality as the broader Dell.co.uk site. With the new Dell Mobile App, people can quickly browse and compare products, read product reviews and place orders – quickly and securely – all from their mobile device. And regardless of whether you’re shopping from Dell.co.uk or via the new Dell Mobile App, customers can select from Dell’s popular Ships Fast laptops and desktops that are pre-configured, stocked and ready to ship the next business day (some restrictions apply)

“People are using mobile apps like never before to browse for and purchase products,” said Ron Rose, Dell’s senior vice president of Dell.com. “With our new Android app, we’re extending the leading edge functionality of Dell.com into the mobile space, and making it even easier to find the right system for your needs.”

Let us know what you think of it if you try it out.

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Dell has just released an updated touchpad driver and a quieter BIOS update for its XPS 13 Ultrabook.

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Touchpad Driver Update

This is how Dell describe the update:

New Features and Enhancements: ============= – Modify default setting of “2-Finger zoom” to disable – Modify default setting of “2-Finger rotate” to disable – Enable “2-Finger Scrolling” in start menu – Enhance 2 finger scroll – Enhance Palm Rejection

[button link="http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails/DriverFileFormats?DriverId=TP26N&FileId=2905995340&productCode=xps-13-l321x&urlProductCode=False" style="download"]Download the updated Touchpad Driver here[/button]

A03 BIOS Update

This is how Dell describe the BIOS update:

Feature update: 1. Fine-tuned thermal table to version A03(TQ5).

[button link="http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails/DriverFileFormats?DriverId=C0VG5&FileId=2902722114&productCode=xps-13-l321x&urlProductCode=False" style="download"]Download the A03 BIOS here[/button]

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