Dell's XPS 18 falls into the 'portable all-in-one' category.
It used to be that touch support was a unique characteristic of all-in-one systems, but with Windows 8 encouraging PC makers to embrace touchscreen panels on all their systems, it no longer stands out. Not by itself, anyway. Dell found a new way to stand out from the crowd with its XPS 18, a portable all-in-one system that doubles as a gigantic tablet. It has an 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) capacitive touchscreen display that, when folded down, is a slate that's twice as large as Apple's iPad.
Carl Icahn wants Dell to pay investors $15.7 billion in special dividends.
The path to privatizing Dell may not be as quick and easy as Michael Dell anticipated. To recap, Michael Dell, with the help of private equity firm Silver Lake Management and a significant loan from Microsoft, hammered out an agreement with Dell's board of directors to acquire the company in a deal that would pay public shareholders $13.65 a share, ultimately valuing the deal at $24.4 billion. Over the past couple of weeks, some investors have spoken out in opposition of the deal, including Carl Icahn.
It’s expensive, but it's also an exciting glimpse at the future Intel is hoping for with WiGig
Modern day Ultrabooks are powerful enough that only the most hardened enthusiasts require anything bigger, however working with a larger display, and with a proper mouse and keyboard is almost always the way to go. For those seeking an easy dock solution when they return to the office, look no further than Dell’s Latitude 6430u, paired with the world’s first commercially available WiGig dock.
The best tablets on the market are also the worst to drop.
Here at Maximum PC we love to strip machines down and rebuild them just to see what makes it tick, but with modern gadgets that isn’t always easy. Screws have been replaced by glue, and the simple pleasures of popping the cover off to perform upgrades seems to be a lost art. iFixit has emerged as the Internet’s ultimate authority on gadget reparability, and its newly updated list of tablets puts both Microsoft and Apple fighting for the distinction as worlds least fixable tablet.
A Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with a Full HD 1080p display starts at $1,550.
Dell this week announced that its XPS Developer Edition laptop is now equipped with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution display, upgraded from 1366x768. The upgraded panel is shipping to customers in the United States and now runs $1,550. Starting next week, Dell will begin offering the upgrade model to select countries in Europe, like the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Dell says it's new UltraSharp monitors offer true-to-life color without the need for extensive calibration.
While Michael Dell and his investment partners try to complete a $24.4 billion takeover bid for the company he created, it's business as usual for Dell, which today announced the availability of three refreshed UltraSharp monitors. The new 30-inch U3014, 27-inch U2713H, and 24-inch U2413 all feature 12-bit panels and PremierColor technology, which is supposed to offer color accuracy, precision, and performance straight out of the box.
A group of key shareholders stand a fighting chance of derailing Michael Dell’s ambitions to take the company he founded private.
The possibility of a privately held Dell has sparked our imagination, and also left us scratching our heads. As one of the leading PC OEM’s of our generation Dell has had a profound impact on personal computing, however, they also have a long history of failure that shouldn’t be forgotten. The big question facing Dell shareholders today is what the company’s long term prospects are, and if a $24.4 billion buyout offer by Michael Dell and his consortium is in their best interest.
Microsoft's $2 billion loan helped Michael Dell and partners purchase Dell for $24.4 billion.
First things first -- if you haven't heard by now, Dell is going private. Michael Dell, with the help of private equity firm Silver Lake and a significant loan from Microsoft, have agreed to pay Dell's public shareholders $13.65 a share, valuing the transaction at $24.4 billion. Now Mr. Dell is free to run the company without having to answer to shareholders, and while it will likely be years before we know if this was in the best interest of Dell, there's an interesting side story involving Microsoft that deserves attention.
Michael Dell reportedly wants to assume majority control of Dell.
Dell co-founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell may contribute equity financing of $500 million to $1 billion to increase his ownership in the company above 50 percent, giving him majority control, Bloomberg reports. Mr. Dell currently owns a 15.7 percent stake worth in the neighborhood of $3.6 billion. Other partners include private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft, each of which would contribute $1 billion to $2 billion.
Dell's Latitude 10 tablet starts at $499 and runs a full version of Windows 8.
For $499, Microsoft will sell you its Surface RT tablet, which delivers a gimped version of Windows 8 designed for ARM-based hardware. It's fine for running apps and surfing the web, but it doesn't support full fledged Windows applications, not unless you step up to a Surface Pro slate. The two problems there are availability and price; you can't yet buy a Surface Pro, and when it comes out, it will cost $899 or more. This is where Dell's new Latitude 10 tablet has a decided advantage.