It’s also a reasonably heavy unit. We mentioned that earlier on, but it while it’s easy to spot the weight in the first few minutes, it’s the long term use that shows it might be too heavy to compete as a hybrid tablet Ultrabook machine.

While the use of almost stronger materials makes it feel better than your average plastic laptop, the XPS 12 weighs roughly 1.5 kilograms, which is far heavier than any tablet out there, and is very hard to carry with one hand.

And rather surprisingly – and strangely – there is no SD card slot in this computer, a first for us.

We’re used to having no optical drive, something Ultrabooks generally don’t see, but the omission of a memory card slot is very odd, especially since most laptops have had them for three years now. Given the high price and premium design of this laptop, we’re confused by this move, to say the least.

You can't really use the XPS 12 in this way, but it's interesting to see.

Conclusion

We’ll come out and say it: when we first saw Dell’s flipping screen concept a few months back, we were in love. It just made sense. If you didn’t know quite what you needed, a hybrid that flipped into a different form-factor in a matter of seconds made sense.

But after playing with it, we can see that even Dell needs some time to really nail this idea, because right now, it’s a laptop first and foremost, and then a tablet.

If you’re stuck on the fence, it might be time to try out the hinge instead, as it does offer something that makes both laptop and tablet capable, even if it’s not perfect.

Flipping your lid: Dell's XPS 12 reviewed
Price (RRP): $1999 Manufacturer: Dell
Strong hinge; Flipping screen is an excellent concept; Rubberised carbon fibre chassis is harder to lose grip on;
Heavier than you'll expect; Tablet operation can be a little buggy; Mediocre battery life; No SD card slot;
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