New video shows more of Windows 8-based Dell XPS 18

Last week, Dell revealed the XPS 18, an upcoming Windows 8-based touchscreen all-in-one PC that can also be used as a really large tablet. This week, Dell showed the XPS in action in a brief but interesting new video on its YouTube channel.

The clip has a disclaimer on the end that states the product shown in the video will look a little different than the actual XPS 18. Even with that small caveat, the video shows the basics of the XPS 18. While it has its own built in kickstand to set the screen upright, the PC can also be used with an optional larger stand for people who want to use it for more old fashioned desktop PC chores.

Most of the video puts the emphasis on the portability of the 18.4 inch XPS 18, showing being used flat on a tablet or as a stand alone tablet. The price for the PC will start at $899, which will get you an Intel dual-core Pentium ULV processor inside, along with 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB of storage. However, we suspect many people will want to upgrade the Dell XPS 18 to an Intel Core i7 processor, and maybe throw in an 512 GB SDD and up to 8 GB of RAM. It's due for release sometime in April.

Source: Dell on YouTube

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If only it were 15". Just thinking how much greater my old XPS M1530 would be if the screen were separable and touch screen. 18" is a bit unwieldy whereas normal tablet sizes are quite small.

Having said that, they probably will release more sizes over time.

throw in a 1080p screen and you have me at a song. I would actually be able to not be so tethered to my desk anymore and also get actual work done and multi-task

dreamsburnred said,
Looks nice. As usual grossly over priced and underpowered.
It's an 18" monitor with a decent proc and ram that has a multi-touch screen and, assuming of course, a decent battery. How is that over priced and underpowered?

Granted, I'm looking to one of these types of form factors for a "house" computer. I'll probably buy the base model if I can just slap an ssd inside it.

my laptop of 1.5 years is by far more powerfull... it hasn't touch screen but has everything else much better, that's when fashion is taking the cost.

Arceles said,
my laptop of 1.5 years is by far more powerfull... it hasn't touch screen but has everything else much better, that's when fashion is taking the cost.
List the make, model and stats. I'm sure it will be easy to shoot down your argument.

They are on my signature but here they are: Llano AMD A6 Quad Core overclocked to 3.0 GHz (at 2.6 can be left with stock cooling) Matches I5s and I7s of the time, 6750m Overclocked too (I can Play Crysis 3 on medium settings) SSD 128 GB, HDD 512GB, 1080P Screen, 2x USB 3.0 2x USB 2.0, fingerprint reader and camera. 8GB RAM 1600 Mhz. (only the SSD and the RAM was added, the laptop cost originally 600 euro in germany, +100 euro for the SSD, screen upgrade and the RAM addon, here you have, I really wonder if such tablet is able to even start up crysis)

Arceles said,
They are on my signature but here they are: Llano AMD A6 Quad Core overclocked to 3.0 GHz (at 2.6 can be left with stock cooling) Matches I5s and I7s of the time, 6750m Overclocked too (I can Play Crysis 3 on medium settings) SSD 128 GB, HDD 512GB, 1080P Screen, 2x USB 3.0 2x USB 2.0, fingerprint reader and camera. 8GB RAM 1600 Mhz. (only the SSD and the RAM was added, the laptop cost originally 600 euro in germany, +100 euro for the SSD, screen upgrade and the RAM addon, here you have, I really wonder if such tablet is able to even start up crysis)

The stock machine you bought has a ~15" Screen. You spent 60-80 for the screen upgrade. 100 for the ssd probably another 60 for the ram. The stock video card is ok but nothing amazing. So you're well into the 800+ euros for your 15" rig.

This machine is ~690 euros. Now, if your just jonesing for a crysis rig (lulz) then this isn't your best bet. Nor do I expect Dell's SSD'd with a Core i7 to not be a bit pricey as black box retailers live off of upgrades. I also don't expect the people who would buy this rig to ever dream of buying a middle of the road hp laptop, drills holes in it, replace a screen, replace their thermal past or mount a hard drive in their cd rom bay. In general time and risk is money and trust me your rig isn't even close to the cost of this thing.

Arceles said,
Yeah... and it does as double as much with less, my screen upgrade and ssd got them from a rebate.
It's a 15" Frankenstein. This thing is reasonably priced coming from a black box and your machine does nothing to change that. Your stock computer was pretty nice, but its still not an 18" multi touch screen.

I would love to know what your battery life is like, or did you just want a mobile workstation? Seems it would chew through a battery with your mods.

Last 2 hours, not great I know but it's nowhere near a frankenstein, it's indeed a mobile workstation. and I repeat... I do more with it (as for portability... I'm having my doubts how you can carry a 18" 'tablet'

Arceles said,
Last 2 hours, not great I know but it's nowhere near a frankenstein, it's indeed a mobile workstation. and I repeat... I do more with it (as for portability... I'm having my doubts how you can carry a 18" 'tablet'
2 hours is impressive. More than I would have thought. I call it a Frankenstein because most wouldn't bother modding a laptop like you have. I whitebox all of my desktops but just go stock with ram/ssd upgrades to laptops.

I agree the 18" screen isn't a mobile workstation experience. But, it is still a major contributor to cost. I for one would be happy to have it around the house. I definitely wouldn't buy it for my traveling workstation.

indeed, but wacom digitizer of such scale would probably make it far more expensive. but I would buy it exactly because of big screen with digitizer.