Dell has launched ultrabooks that they claim are Windows 8 ready.
Newly Released Dell Ultrabooks Claimed To Be Windows 8-Ready
Dell formally launched a pair of Ultrabooks earlier this week on Monday and claimed that the duo have enough performance in them to handle the upcoming Windows 8 OS from Microsoft. However, there’s no touchscreen on these ultrabooks and Windows 8 is all about touch. So the question here on everybody’s mind is whether users would want to continue using traditional PCs for Windows 8 without having the benefit of a touchscreen.
The Ultrabooks in question are Dell XPS 14 and XPS 15. They both come in stylish aluminum casing and sport Corning’s Gorilla glass edge to edge on the display. These are both part of the new wave of Ivy Bridge machines, Intel’s third generation of Core series chips. The XPS 14 is portable and is not very powerful. It is aimed at users who value portability in size and weight over powerful performance parts for graphics and general processing. The XPS 15 on the other hand is quite heavy, weighing in almost at 6 pounds. It has much more performance packed in to it and is more of a desktop replacement than for carrying around everywhere.
“The XPS 14 and 15 laptops offer powerful performance, thoughtful design, and superb user experience, along with enterprise-friendly features so you can use them for work and play,” said a high-ranking Dell official during the launch.
These business features include the business-only feature Dell ProSupport that give users remote and on-site technical support and also access to enterprise specialists from the support team. It also features compatibility with the Trusted Platform Module security standard. And then there is configuration services for modifying the customizable BIOS settings, enterprise image preloading and asset tagging. Both systems come preloaded with Windows 7 but are fully upgradeable to Windows 8.
With options between Core i5 and i7, both offer significant entertainment options and the XPS 15 offers good options when it comes to gaming. The XPS 14 starts at $1099 with a 500GB SSD storage and 11 hours battery life and the XPS 15 starts at $1299 (offers mobile broadband options, up to 1TB storage and 3.1GHz processor).