At the end of a week in which Ireland starts tackling the urban-rural digital divide to foster rural technological ambitions, a village on the border of Mayo and Galway will be the crossroads of digital debate on Irish shores.
Dublin: 25.11.2014 12.26AM
Dell has stretched the concept of all-in-one computer with the launch of the XPS 18, which it’s billing as both a large-scale tablet and a lightweight super computer.
Basically, the XPS 18 is portable all-in-one computer that features an 18.4-inch full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen display. Of course, it’s powered by Windows 8, the operating system that sits as neatly in the gap between desktop and mobile as the XPS 18 does.
The basic version of the XPS 18 comes with an Intel Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, but all of this can be upgraded to a Core i7 processor with Intel HD 4000 graphics, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive with optional SSD.
The giant slate claims a five-hour battery life and, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, features two USB 3.0 ports and an SD-card slot.
The XPS 18 comes packaged with a wireless keyboard and Logitech mouse, while an adjustable charging stand sold separately allows users to use it as a desktop computer, tilting for different views. There are also two kickstands that flip out at the rear of the device to allow for three different positions when away from the desktop.
The device is strikingly similar to Sony’s Vaio Tap 20, except it’s is more than half its weight at just over 2kg and claims to have double its battery life. The XPS 18’s aluminium frame is just under 18mm thick and features a soft grip for traction and comfort.
The XPS 18 starts and US$899.99, and will be available from Dell.com in US and select European countries starting April 16