Dell refreshes XPS 12 and XPS 27 with Haswell chips; intros 21-inch touch monitor

dell-s2240t-touch-monitor

Not content to let AsusAcer, and Toshiba hog the spotlight at Computex 2013, Dell is not only updating its computer lineup with the fourth-generation Intel processor, it also has a couple of new products, like the 21.5-inch touch monitor with an unique hinge design (as pictured above). In addition to some printers and some desktops geared more towards the business world, Dell announced a refresh to some of our favorite products, like the Dell XPS 12, which we gave an Editors’ Choice award to, and the Dell XPS 27, an all-in-one desktop we can confidently recommend.

Let’s see what the Haswell refresh can do for Dell’s new refreshed products.  

XPS 12 Ultrabook

Check out our Dell XPS 12 ultrabook review.

Dell’s iconic XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook (pictured right) will be upgraded to the new Haswell chip from Intel, which means you should be able to enjoy improved performance and significantly better battery life than the first-gen XPS 12. According to Dell’s tests results, the Haswell-powered XPS 12 (with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 45ooU chip) is 1.6 times faster and lasts two hours longer on battery than its predecessor  – that’s a total of 8 hours and 43 minutes before needing a charge. The base configuration starts with the 2.6GHz Core i5-4200U chip, a 12.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution touchscreen, 4GB RAM, and even Gigabit Wi-Fi and NFC. The updated XPS 12 will be available in the “coming weeks” starting at $1,200.

dell-xps12_ultrabook-with-haswell

XPS 27 All-in-One

Check out our review of the Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-one PC.

Like the XPS 12 Ultrabook, the XPS 27 all-in-one, with the amazing Adobe RGB Quad HD touch display, will also be getting the Haswell treatment. That’s a good thing for customers who need one of the best possible touchscreens available for true-to-life color reproduction, as the quality of the first-gen XPS 27’s screen rivals iMacs.

Don’t worry, Dell isn’t messing with its 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution screen with this second-gen XPS 27, but simply upping its computing power and storage capacity. That’s why its base model has at least a 3.2GHz Core i5 (4430S) chip, with the option to add the Nvidia GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics, 16GB max RAM, and opt for a dual-drive solution with up to a 2TB hard drive and 256GB SSD. This updated multimedia powerhouse all-in-one is available direct from Dell.com today starting at $1,600.

Dell XPS2720_all in one

 XPS 8700 Desktop PC

If having a traditional hard drive and solid-state drive is still not enough storage space for all your HD movies and photos, you may want to look into getting the XPS 8700 desktop tower. First of all, you’ll get the same snappy performance on this desktop as on the XPS 27 all-in-one, as they’re powered by the same fourth-gen chips in both configurations with the optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 discrete graphics. Where the XPS 8700 desktop shines is in its flexible storage options: you can use of the four available bays to expand to a 4TB hard drive. You can order this highly expandable desktop PC from Dell.com today starting at $700.

Dell’s S2240T Touch Monitor

Next to the acrobatic XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook, the most visually interesting product that Dell announced has to be this 21.5-inch S2240T touch monitor. Our initial impression of this monitor was that it’s an all-in-one computer, complete with a highly flexible hinge that allows the display to almost morph into a giant tablet – like the Dell XPS 18 all-in-one.

Dell_s2240t_monitor

It turns out this unique design is purely a 21.5-inch monitor that has full HD resolution (though Dell has yet to specify its exact pixel count), and recognizes ten-point touch so you can interact with its easy-to-position screen more directly. Like the XPS 27 all-in-one and XPS 8700 desktop, this touch-friendly monitor is available from Dell.com today. 

Product Review

The Asus ZenBook 14 is a tiny notebook that gets lost in the crowd

The ZenBook 14 aims to be the smallest 14-inch notebook around, and it succeeds thanks to some tiny bezels. Performance and battery life are good, but the notebook lacks a standout feature other than size.
Computing

New rumors say the Pixelbook 2 could show up at CES 2019

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Product Review

Why spend more? The Yoga Chromebook outdoes most laptops for $600

The Yoga Chromebook features great build quality, a 1080p display, and all-day battery life. All that for $540? That’s right, but there’s one catch.
Product Review

How does the sleek MateBook X Pro hold up to the modern day competition?

Huawei impressed us with the MateBook X, a solid competitor to the 12-inch MacBook that beat Apple at its own game. Now, Huawei is taking a shot at premium 14-inchers with the MateBook X Pro, but it’s not without oddities – like a…
Computing

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Computing

Canada’s winters inspired a startup to warm homes with cryptomining heat waste

Cryptomining may be the key to untold riches and the future of currency, but it’s also an environmental nightmare. Heatmine, thinks it has the answer, but it could mean bolting a mining rig onto every home and business in the country.
Computing

You’ll soon be able to scribble all over PDFs on your Chromebook

Chrome OS users may soon be able to doodle all over their PDF documents with the possible addition of a new feature in Chrome OS' PDF viewer. The annotation feature is expected to allow users to hand draw or write over their documents.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Computing

Microsoft’s Windows 95 throwback was just an ugly sweater giveaway

Microsoft's "softwear" announcement wasn't what we had hoped for. Thursday's announcement was not the new line of wearable tech or SkiFree monster sweater we wished for. But it did deliver the 90s nostalgia we wanted.
Home Theater

Confused about LED vs. LCD TVs? Here's everything you need to know

Our LED vs. LCD TV buying guide explains why these two common types of displays are fundamentally connected, how they differ, what to look for in buying an LED TV, and what's on the horizon for TVs.
Deals

The best MacBook deals for December 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Computing

How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

If you have new AirPods, you may be looking forward to pairing them with your MacBook. Our guide will show you exactly how to connect AirPods to MacBook, what to do if they are already paired with a device, and more.
Computing

Hitting ‘Check for updates’ in Windows 10 opts you into beta releases

Users who are careful about keeping their system updated should watch out -- Microsoft revealed this week that clicking the Check for updates button in Windows can opt you in to testing beta code.