Tuesday, March 12, 2013

 Dell XPS 10

It's a tough time to be a Windows 8 RT tablet Pc . Sales seem to be slow, or even negative, for tablets using this 'lite' version of Windows 8. If Samsung's recent withdrawal of Windows RT products from the European market is any indication, these products are competing with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner for rockiest maiden flight. See also: What's the best tablet PC?

Dell XPS Tablet 10
Windows RT
Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage
10.1in HD Display (1366x768) with multi-touch

What, if anything, can the Dell XPS 10 Tablet do to sell itself when its category could be dying? Its saving grace could be its innovative design, which features batteries in both the tablet and dock. When the two halves are married, the XPS 10 delivers a stellar 16 hours of run time--a major selling point if you're commuting internationally. The unit is also handsome in a conservative way, and tactilely appealing thanks to Dell's soft touch paint on the exterior.

On the down side, the performance is just average compared to other RT tablets. The display's 16:9 aspect ratio is less than optimal for reading, and the keyboard and touchpad could be a lot better than they are. (See our review of Dell's Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet for comparison.)