Dell joins Windows 8 desktop/tablet hybrid fray with XPS 18

Dell joins Windows 8 desktop/tablet hybrid fray with XPS 18

Summary: The portable all-in-one PC features an 18.4-inch touchscreen, weighs as little as 4.85 pounds and starts at $899.99 when it becomes available next month.

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Hot on the heels of Asus announcing its Transformer AiO Windows 8 desktop/tablet hybrid, Dell is introducing its XPS 18 "table PC," which it's dubbing the "world's thinnest and lightest all-in-one."

While the Transformer AiO works as a giant tablet that attaches to a docking station that houses PC components, the XPS 18 is a massive slate and desktop all-in-one unit. It includes built-in "feet" to allow it to stand upright on a table, and a powered stand is an optional accessory to use it like a traditional desktop. It also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse for when you're not using it in tablet mode.

The XPS 18 can weigh as little as 4.85 pounds when equipped with an optional solid-state drive and uses Intel Core processors to power its 1080p 18.4-inch touchscreen (the same size as the display on the Transformer AiO uses). Dell claims that the device will run for five hours away from its powered dock before needing recharging.

One advantage the Transformer AiO offers is the ability to use it as an Android tablet as well as a Windows 8 machine, but you'll also pay for that flexibility. Whereas Asus is selling it from $1,299, the XPS 18 will start at a more palatable $899.99 when it goes on sale on April 16. Of course, if you want an SSD, a beefier processor, and the powered stand, you may wind up paying Dell close to $1,299 anyway.

But Dell's lower starting price suggests that PC manufacturers can produce these new hybrid desktops at a mainstream price point, which will be key to users seriously considering whether these are in fact the future of home computing or not.

[Via HotHardware]

Topics: Tablets, Dell, PCs, Windows 8

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  • Windows Can No Longer Succeed On Its Own?

    Interesting that these new devices are finding it essential to include some kind of Android mode. Seems like pure Windows devices just won't sell any more.
    ldo17
    • ... except Dell offers no Android support in XPS 18

      Day dreaming a little too hard?
      LBiege
    • Windows 8 will shine..great pricing for full HD portable device..

      They don't. Android is for small devices because it basically still is a phone OS.
      Only just now it hase some basic multi user functionality.
      Ubuntu could step in, but this is a new kind of devices where Windows 8 could really shine.

      I'm thinking about getting it as a portable computer for work. My job is located several hours a customers. Portable: lighter then >15 notebooks. Big screen with full HD resolution and still no crampy small fonts. The full HD resoltution is great for taking over Virtual Machines AND great pricing for a bigger Full HD screen. Dell: bring it on!
      Wtechrover
  • This is not a realistic tablet

    It's a desktop replacement that is an expensive nightmare to fix if something gets broken.

    Screencasting is the way forward.
    Alan Smithie
    • There is a market here.

      I have been looking for exactly this device (or the Sony Vaio Tap 20) for a long time. I lecture regularly, and need a battery operated large touchscreen for annotating my presentations. The closest alternative is the Wacom Cintiq screen, but that is thousands more than these AIO machines, and it isn't portable at all. The only thing that would make it better would be wireless remote projector support.

      Additionally, the average person at home will find this screen size more family friendly than a typical tablet (I love the Windows commercial with the little girl and the pictures she draws, but I am a sucker for kids in commercials...), and do not have the inclination or ability to fix or upgrade their machines. Most of them simply buy new. So, I think these are likely going to be the home machines everybody who isn't a techie will buy. Whether 18 inches is the size people will really want, I don't know. But I expect I will be seeing a good number of these in dorm rooms at my school and family rooms in my friends houses within the next few years.
      always-a-geek
    • I agree

      A tablet implies portability. This is luggable. This is for people who need to have a luggable 18" screen for presentations or to show pictures / video / website somewhere outside their computer room. If you've ever had people over and have dragged out a 13" laptop and had everyone huddled around it while you fiddle with the keyboard / trackpad, you'll appreciate being able to unplug your 18" monitor and use that instead, keyboard / mouse not required.

      If you've never done that (or wanted to) then this isn't the PC for you. Choice is great.
      toddbottom3
    • So is any thin device...

      So is any thin device...and this is no tablet. This is a portable (like 15" notebook) AIO.
      Wtechrover
  • I wonder

    if I can get it with Windows 7.
    roteague
    • Don't see why not

      The better question is:
      Do you want to use Windows 7 with a touchscreen?
      toddbottom3
      • Re: Do you want to use Windows 7 with a touchscreen?

        When Windows 7 came out, didn't Microsoft advertise that it was designed for touch?
        ldo17
        • What does that have to do with anything at all?

          MS can advertise whatever MS wants to advertise. That wasn't my question.

          My question was: Do you want to use Windows 7 with a touchscreen?

          If the answer is yes then install Windows 7 on this.

          If the answer is no, this is not the PC for you.
          toddbottom3
          • The problem

            is, if it doesn't come with Windows 7 then you have to buy upgrade to Windows 8 Pro before you can install Windows 7 (at least that is my understanding).
            roteague
      • Actually yes,

        I used a touch based laptop with Windows 7 for years (14"). It works just fine.
        roteague
        • Good to hear

          That's why I asked, many people did not think Windows 7 worked fine with touch.

          As for having to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro to install Windows 7, that would only be if you didn't already have a Windows 7 license. Windows 8 Pro includes a Windows 7 license.

          If you already have a Windows 7 license (or can find one for sale) then I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to install it without first upgrading to Windows 8 Pro. My only concern would be driver support.
          toddbottom3
          • I disagree

            My son has had a touchscreen for a few years and runs win7. Apart from the first few weeks he's never used it's touchscreen ability. I was thinking of getting Win8 for him until the price went up. Plan was to use him as a guinea pig to see how bad win8 really is.
            Pastabake
    • You don't want to

      You don't want to. Try Windows 8 first. A customer found out just at the end of the day that I was giving a demonstration on a Windows 8 computer instead of WIndows 7...
      Wtechrover
  • Imagine the possibilties...

    At first this thing seems ridiculous, but think about it for a sec and it starts to make some sense. All you need to do is imagine the possibilities. Imagine laying this thing flat on your coffee table and opening up a mapping app and planning your next vacation. Or teaching your kid about geography. Or imagine the cool, interactive digital board games you could play. Think about playing an RTS that way. How about a digital photo album. I can easily see the value in a device this flexible. I may well replace my desktop PC with something like this when the time comes.
    dsf3g
  • LTE needs to be an option with these devices.

    Makes them even more utilitarian. And more secure when all you have access to is public WiFi.
    Tokamak123
  • Still Expensive

    For that amount of money I would buy a nice laptop that still can allow me to complete my office's tasks.
    stelellico