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Dell XPS 12 (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Dell XPS 12 (2015). The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and design. The portability and screen also get good feedback, but the performance and battery get negative comments.

keyboard, screen, portability, design, durability

battery, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell XPS 12 (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS 12 12.5-inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen UltrabookDell XPS 12 12.5-inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Edward Chester (

Dell XPS 12 (2015)


The last machine released as the Dell XPS 12 featured a wacky, horizontally spinning screen as a solution to the convertible laptop/tablet hybrid conundrum. With this latest iteration, however, Dell has completely thrown out that idea and gone with a...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (

Hands on Dell XPS 12 review: first 4K Infinity Display tablet is made of the write stuff


Dell-ectable 2-in-1 is a typist's dream

Display ; Keyboard ; Fanless

Core M processor ; No USB-A ports ; Magnets could be sturdier

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it.It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Dell XPS 12 hands-on: 4K screen 2-in-1 takes on Surface Pro 4, coming 2016


When we think of Dell's XPS line we think laptops. But that's all about to change with the introduction of the 2016 Dell XPS 12 - a 2-in-1 tablet with keyboard dock that's feature-packed and looks set to take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. We got to...

4K screen, 12.5-inch screen in 11-inch form factor, slim and portable design, backlit keyboard dock, ample Intel Core M power

Keyboard dock offers single stand position only, keyboard has no battery/ports, exposed connector

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Kevin Lee (

Dell XPS 12


Potent speakers ; Spectacular display ; Tactile keyboard

Limited 'lapability' ; Short battery life

The Dell XPS 12 isn't the most versatile or longest-lasting Windows 10 tablet, but it has a sharp display and the best keyboard of any 2-in-1 laptop.

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (

Dell XPS 12 review (hands on): Hybrid tops Dell's new range


Dell's answer to the Surface Pro is here, but it doesn't look very impressive

These are both laptops aimed at the mobile power user, so prices aren’t going to be cheap. The 13in XPS starts at £849 inc VAT for the most basic specification, while the XPS 15 starts at £1,099. However, be aware that these prices are for the laptop...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Matthew Miller (

Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 review: A Surface Pro 4 alternative for the enterprise buyer


After owning both the first Surface Pro and the Surface Pro 3, I never thought I would consider any other device for my home office. Dell has shown me that there are other viable alternatives.

Solid hardware construction ; Excellent display ; Clear, loud stereo speakers ; Amazing hardware keyboard options ; USB Type-C used for charging

Battery life could be better ; Included keyboard option has single angle mount ; Some issues with rotation consistency ; Pre-loaded bloatware

Feb, 2016

Expert review by (

Reviewed: Dell's XPS 12 hybrid


Our first look at the Microsoft Surface Pro rival.

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (

Total Disappointment


My Dell XPS 12 has been returned twice and will probably be going back a third time soon. First two times were because the power button failed. Couldn't even turn the darn thing on. Then it refuses to run Chrome. You can install and log on but it...

May, 2016

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Mouse Pad


Mouse pad and cursor not functioning after less than a month using

May, 2016

Consumer review (

Right Choice!


Easy and simple to use.

May, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / HD + MaxxAudio 3 / HD, MaxxAudio 3 / MaxxAudio 3 / Realtek ALC3260 / Waves MaxxAudio 3
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker power:1 / 2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves


Battery capacity (Watt hours):30 / 45 / 47 / 50 / 55
Battery life (max):8.7 / 8.75
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.4
Number of battery cells:2 / 6


Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 1024 / 1280 x 720 / 2592 x 1944
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3 / 5
Rear camera:No / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Grey, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Convertible (Ferris Wheel) / Convertible (Folder)
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber, Magnesium / Magnesium
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black / Black, Silver / Grey, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Ultrabook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1200:1 / 1500:1
Display brightness:400
Display diagonal:31.8 / 32
Display number of colours:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IGZO / IPS
Pixel pitch:0 x 0 / 0.144 x 0.144
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 16
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 900
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.5
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Italian / US International
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y / Yes


Internal Memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 EDR / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15 - 10668 / -15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-15 - 3048 / -15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110 / 140
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95 / 10 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:HD / HD + MaxxAudio 3 / MaxxAudio 3 / Realtek ALC3260
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Stylus pen:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Dell E-Value Code:sbnu1212 / SBNU1222 / SBNU1223 / SBNU1231

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
Total number of SATA connectors:4
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1 / 2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 240
AC adapter output current:1.5 / 2.31
AC adapter output voltage:19.5 / 20
AC adapter power:30 / 45
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes


Bus type:DMI2 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down:3.5
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 29.8
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1600,1866 / 1866,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel Lynx Point-LP / Intel QS77 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 2x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4, 2x4 / 2X4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core M / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:1.1 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I5-4200U / I5-4210U / I7-4500U / I7-4510U / m5-6Y54
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Core m5-6Y series
Processor Socket:BGA1168 / BGA1515
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D0 / D1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 4.5

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):No / Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75459 / 75460 / 81015 / 81016 / 88202 / I5-4200U / I7-4500U
Processor code:SR16Z / SR170 / SR1EB / SR1EF / SR2EM
Processor package size:20 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt 3 Technology: Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology: Yes


Cable lock slot:N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Password protection:Y


Bundled software:McAfee / McAfee LiveSafe, Skype, Internet Explorer, My Dell / Skype 8\nInternet Explorer\nMy Dell Support
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:Multilingual
Trial software:Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office, McAfee / Office


Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.8 / 21.5 / 215.4 / 22
Depth (tablet mode):19.3
Height (front):1.5 / 1.6 / 2 / 7.9 / 8
Height (rear):1.95 / 2 / 2.5
Height (tablet mode):8
Weight:1.27 / 1.52 / 1.54 / 2
Weight (tablet mode):790
Width:29.1 / 31.7 / 317.3 / 32
Width (tablet mode):29.1