What to Expect from Dell XPS 18

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Businesses have different needs when it comes to gadgets and devices depending on the type of the company or the services that they offer and the specific structural and organizational requirements of the business. There are other criteria, of course, such as the projected business plan and the availability and affordability of the device.

For this reason, different companies need different business communication gadgets. Most companies require that all their employees or a significant number of their staff own or are issued with smartphones. Smartphones are actually the most important business communication device so far, since it is used to perform basic communication functions such as call and text. It is also able to perform more advanced tasks such as connecting users to the Internet and accessing the features and functionalities of your office-based phone system that is powered by phone service providers such as RingCentral.

Companies are also increasingly becoming dependent on tablets. Tablets are devices that combine the best features of smartphones and laptops. It has a bigger screen compared to most laptops and it is lighter and more portable than most laptops.

There is a kind of tablet that has a large screen, in fact, bigger than most laptops available in the market today. This kind of tablets is called mega-tablet. Some mega-tablets can have a screen size of 20” max. An example of this kind of device, and is the subject of this review, is the Dell XPS 18.

The Dell XPS 18 is a mega-tablet that is also an all-in-one PC

Boasting of a humongous 18.4” touchscreen display, the Dell XPS 18 is a versatile device that is semi-portable. It is not the largest mega-tablet—the Sony Tap 20 has a larger 20” screen. It weighs 2.45kg, which is almost the same with the average weight of most 15” laptops. It also has a thickness of 18mm.

The Dell XPS 18 is not so hefty as to prevent you from carrying the device from one point to another inside your house, though it may be uncomfortable to bring it with you inside your bag for long periods of time. It is quite an excellent device.

The specifics of the Dell XPS 18

The model reviewed here is the middle-of-the-range version, which comes with an Ivy Bridge dual-core Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It also has an 8GB onboard memory, a 32GB solid-state mSATA module and 500GB hard disk.

It comes with a number of accessories, including a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, and an iron stand that can also serve as a charging dock. If you use the stand along with the device’s keyboard, the Dell XPS 18 looks like a solid, all-in-one desktop PC.

While this mega-tablet’s slimline screen panel allows no room for even just one optical drive, it has managed to squeeze on two USB 3.0 ports that you can use to connect extra storage or plug in a printer or scanner. Meanwhile, there is no wired Ethernet, so you just have to settle with Wi-Fi. There are also no HDMI input and output.

The Dell XPS 18 is commendable for its versatility, since you can use this tablet as a regular desktop PC using the stand or you can detach the screen panel and carry the slate around for Internet browsing or games. This device is quite respectable when it comes to most tasks, although you might have reservations with regard to gaming, since its integrated HD Graphics 4000 processor can only manage a maximum 15 fps. In terms of battery life, the Dell XPS 18 boasts of a battery life of 3.5 hours (continuous video streaming). Though this tablet may have its flaws, it is still an astounding device.

 

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