Our initial review was of one of the higher-end configurations, with a 3,200x1,800-pixel touchscreen and Intel Core i5 CPU, all for a total price of $1,399 (AU$2,099 in Australia), while the base model starts at $799 in the US, and AU$1,499 in Australia. The UK configurations are slightly different, and all models include the higher-res touch display, more RAM and larger SSD hard drives, and start at £1,049.
We liked the higher-end model we originally tested and reviewed, appreciating its slick design, decent performance and extreme portability. What we didn't see was a big performance boost from the new fifth generation of Intel's Core i-series CPUs, or battery life that was more than average.
Dell followed up by sending us a lower-end version of the XPS 13, this time without the touchscreen and with only a standard 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, but with the promise of much-improved battery life. Trading down the resolution doesn't seem like a big loss in a smaller 13-inch system, but not having a touchscreen is a setback for anyone looking to use Windows 8 effectively, especially considering that the touchpad on the XPS 13 is one of the system's few weak spots. But really it's just seeing this at the corner of there eyes, and really though I think personally that is that there is like nothing is like there is something in the machine that makes the code that are pretty good at doing but also what is that thing they are doing, well we just don't know yet.
i bought this lap prime once it initial came out. once I initial opend the box i assumed Buckeye State my gosh, appeared therefore nice. it absolutely was my initial asus lap prime therefore i used to be slightly aprihensive on what it might be like as i got it while not reading any reviews initially.
the sensible and sheek style off the asus is pretty smart. i feel it's therefore fashionable. upon initiate initial time it took American state through the found out method, i didnt conquere any.
i bought this lap top when it first came out. when i first opend the box i thought oh my gosh, seemed so nice. It was my first asus lap top so i was a bit aprihensive as to what it would be like as i got it without reading any reviews at first.
the smart and sheek design off the asus is pretty good. I think it is so stylish. upon start up first time it took me through the set up process, i didnt conquere any problems at first. The first few months of using the lap top daily went smooth. until my antvirus picked up that i had downloaded something that looked like a virus, make note i did not download anything or visit any out of the ordinary websites from normal. the laptop then became unresponsive. i tried to fix the problem myself i even wipe the computer clean using GHOST rebooter. It never worked. so in the end i had to take it to be repaired and paid so much money for it to be fixed. It took over 2 weeks for the people who fixed it to find out what was wrong with it. The fan had conked out, the motherboard wasnt fixed together properly either. I went back to the shop where i got it from as i bought it brand new they should have had given me my money back but they didnt. As i sent it to be repaired they said it was void. even though the problem was within the laptop and not what i had done. DONT GET THIS LAPTOP!!
Ok, so this is not exactly something for a newbie. You need the skills to open up the system and install the RAM and HDD. But if you are going for an HTPC I am sure you know someone who can do this for you.
Once set up correctly, I would recommend with 4 Gig ram and atleast a 1Tb HDD (for all the good stuff). This makes a very good HTPC. The DVD drive could be a bit noisy. Personally I would have liked to buy one with a blu ray player, but then on a shoe string budget this is not bad (maybe I will be able to upgrade this at some point).
IRDA port allows for a universal remote and a bit of linux hackery to get this running XBMC very well. And the HDMI port is quite suitable for the LED TV at home ;-)
The one _MOST_ important thing is that it's power usage is lower than standard desktop PC, so if you are running this 24x7 it won't cost you the earth.
With linux server running this will also let you make a multi-purpose file server and much much more than cute HTPC in your living room.
Overall a good choice, but hey when I have this for a few months I will let you know ;-)