Product Review: The Ultrabook

Today was a sad day. I had to return the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Screen Ultrabook that I had been given on loan for a few weeks and I must say I became quite attached to it! This little gadget quickly became my best friend over the last few weeks as it came with me everywhere and helped me to do just about everything!

I finish The Sheena Show by 1pm every day and am usually out of the office all afternoon. Although people think that I only work 3 hours a day (my radio show is from 10am – 1pm on Radio 1, 104.1/100.5FM in the UAE), the truth is – the work never stops! Everything I do and everywhere I go has potential to create content for the show. This is where the Ultrabook came in super handy! First of all, the ultra-thin, light and sleek design made it so easy to throw it in my bag and carry it around with me so I always had it accessible. Secondly, I could use it for so many things from making quick notes about things I needed to remember (using a funky post-it note style interface), taking quality photos and posting them up on social media, sending important emails, sharing presentations in meetings, reading scripts for MC events and even watching Suits! The screen and sound quality were perfect for streaming Youtube videos or using Skype.

The best feature of this Ultrabook is that it’s a laptop and a tablet in one. You can actually flip the screen over to turn the full-keyboard computer into a 12″ touchscreen tablet. This allowed for ease of use depending on what I was working on. For example, when writing emails or a blog entries, I HATE using touch screen devices so being able to flip the Ultrabook into a proper laptop was so helpful and I was able to type faster with less typographical errors. The Intel processor also made sure battery life lasted virtually all day, something I need when I’m constantly running around with no power plugs to be found!

The Ultrabook uses Windows 8, which I was apprehensive about at first because it looks completely different (although much prettier) than other interfaces I have used before. To my delight, not only were there easy-to-follow tutorial videos on how to use the device and operating system, the computer itself even TALKS to you and helps you navigate through by voice. I even started talking back! (Surprise, surprise! :p)

To sum it up, it has only been a few hours since my separation from the Ultrabook and I’m already itching for it while typing this! Too bad my birthday isn’t for another 10 months!!