Earlier this year, Dell launched its XPS 13 Ultrabook to the local market. Apparently, it was such as success that Dell has decided to introduce its bigger brother, the XPS 14.
Essentially, the XPS 14 is a bigger version of the XPS 13. The XPS 13’s claim to fame is that its design places a 13” display into a 12” form factor laptop. This is also true for the XPS 14. Its design makes the XPS 14, with its 14” display inside a 13” form factor laptop.
The Dell XPS 14 comes in two models with the base model having an Intel Core i5-3317U that can go as fast as 2.6GHz with 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD with 32GB SSD. For the higher-end version, you get a Core i7-3517U with 8GB RAM. It has the same storage with a 500GB HDD but with a higher capacity SSD at 128GB. Also, unlike most Ultrabooks which relies on Intel’s integrated GPU, both models have Nvidia’s GeForce 630M graphics card with 1GB VRAM. The 14” display offers what Dell calls HD+ display which is essentially a 1600×900 resolution display.
Ports abound as the XPS 14 comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and Display port, AC port, audio port, and an SD card slot.
Just like the XPS 13, the 14” display of the XPS 14 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and its aluminum body. It’s keyboard is also backlit for working in a dim environment. Unlike its little brother which uses a carbon fiber base, the XPS 14 uses a silicone base.
The XPS 14 itself feels very solid, although it does feel much heavier than most Ultrabooks. It might even be the heaviest “Ultrabook” even for a 14” form factor. I like the soft touch feel of the palm rest as well as the keyboard travel and smooth glass touchpad.
As with Dell’s other XPS branded products, the XPS 14 is targeted towards the higher end market. For the base model of the XPS 14, which has the i5 CPU and 4GB RAM, expect to pay PhP68,990. For the i7 model, you can get it for PhP79,990.