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Dell XPS 10 – Battery, Value and Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Dell XPS 10 – Battery Life

Battery life is simply excellent. In a mixed usage manual test, the XPS 10 tablet on its own lasted around nine hours. That’s a similar result to what we saw with the Microsoft Surface, and is good going for any tablet.

However, unlike the Surface, Dell’s hybrid has a secondary battery in its keyboard dock, which quite neatly doubles its life away from a socket. This is one of the reasons we definitively prefer clamshell ‘laptop’ convertibles to ‘tablets with keyboard covers’ - and that’s not even getting into the potential for superior, backlit keyboards and extra connectivity. Frankly, 18hrs on a charge should be enough for anyone.

Dell XPS 10 – Price

Before getting down to the price of the specific device, it’s worth keeping in mind that Windows RT comes with a version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student, only leaving off a native Outlook but including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. This is a significant value-add for productivity-oriented types.

The XPS 10 tablet starts off at £400 for the 32GB version. Adding a keyboard dock brings this up to £550. The 64GB Dell XPS 10, meanwhile, will cost you £480, while the docked version at this capacity demands £630 from your wallet.

At first glance this doesn’t compare too favourably with the 32GB Surface package, which starts at the same £400 but includes a keyboard Touch Cover for £480. It’s important to keep in mind though that, while this solution may be lighter, slimmer and cheaper, it doesn’t offer extra connectivity or increased battery life, and arguably the Touch Cover isn’t as nice to type on either.

Also, when comparing to Windows RT tablets from other brands, the Dell holds up well indeed. For example, the Asus Vivo Tab RT is around £500 tablet-only, while the Samsung ATIV Tab generally comes in at around £480.

Interestingly, the Dell XPS 10’s biggest rival may well be the Acer Iconia W510, which costs £480 for the 64GB version with keyboard dock. This Atom-powered convertible tablet runs ‘proper’ X86 Windows 8, which means backwards compatibility with a multitude of older Windows software. It offers better build quality, similar battery life, and only its typing experience is significantly inferior. Of course you’ll also need to buy Microsoft Office separately as it’s not included with Windows 8, but then the W510 with dock is £70 cheaper than Dell’s similarly adorned 10-inch candidate.


A cute and attractive hybrid tablet/laptop with a great keyboard dock attachment, good performance and fantastic battery life, the Dell XPS 10 is let down by the poor build quality of its tablet’s rear. Aside from that, there doesn’t seem too much reason to go for a Windows RT convertible when you can get a ‘proper’ Windows 8 hybrid for less, though the XPS 10 does offer an unparalleled typing experience as clamshell convertibles go.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 10
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Value 7


February 22, 2013, 9:33 pm

hi and thanks for review. I bit confuse about two things; 1 you say that tablet has a cheap constructions. I read someone else that said the opposit. 2. you said that you can get a properly W8 for the price (you meant the W510, at the same time the Atom processos is oneof the pour thing of the Acer). Qualcomm is much better. How is the Dell compare with the Surface?


February 25, 2013, 12:54 pm

You're welcome, thanks for your comment.

1) Yes, the rear of our review sample tablet suffered from very noticeable creak and flex (may I ask who said the 'opposite'?). The dock's build quality was flawless.

2) Indeed,as mentioned in the Value segment of the review, I am referring to the W510. You're right in that Qualcomm's is the superior chip here, but the point is that both architectures run Windows Store apps, offering a similar daily experience in both performance and battery life, but the Atom allows backwards compatibility which is a major plus.

Hope that clears up any confusion :)

As to how the Dell XPS 10 compares with the Microsoft Surface, please check the opening of the review's Value segment.

Wayne Giffith Spicer

March 20, 2013, 9:34 pm

any 1 know how to get flash for this dell xps 10 every time i go to play a game ie facebook it says "you need to update your flash player but how !!!!
also it wont let me use my usb mobile internet just says there is no app for this device


June 12, 2013, 9:11 pm

Hi, great review. I bought one and really like it. RT is much better than people give it credit for. Question: How did you turn off the touchpad? Thx!

Suzanne DeMark

September 2, 2013, 3:30 pm

I LOVE my XPS 10 tablet! Purchased for $299 from Dell a month ago. Well, they are discontinuing it already! Do not sell the keyboard dock any longer, seperately. Poor business decisions! Hanging the consumers out to dry. Never again! I will be laughing when they file chapter 11.

Dhaval Shah

December 2, 2013, 4:49 pm

Does this product have sim card?

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