Dell isn't new to struggles, and it seems the company is continuing its streak of poor sales. Dell's only two Windows-based tablets, the XPS-10 and Latitude 10, have only combined for "hundreds of thousands" of units sold, according to Sam Burd, who is the company's vice president of personal computing.
Dell is "exploring" wearables designs, with hints that a Dell smartwatch could be in the pipeline as the company again tries to tackle the competitive mobile market. "Looking ahead five years, we expect devices and form factors to continue to change" Dell global VP of personal computing, Sam Burd, told The Guardian, echoing recent research which suggested desktop sales would continue to pale while ultrabooks, tablets, smartphones, and other form-factors rose in prominence. "There's a lot of discussion about how that fits into wearable devices like we've seen with Google Glass and watches."
Computer makers are focusing more and more on design these days with their products. Computers are no longer a beige square box, but almost pieces of art that need to look good sitting on a desk. Yesterday, the IDSA handed out its International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA for short), and companies like Dell, HP, IBM, and Vizio took home some of the prizes with their creations.
The most massive "tablet" you'll ever use - if you don't count the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 - is sitting on SlashGear's review bench this week: the Dell XPS 18. The reason we'd call it a "tablet" is because you can, indeed, rest it on your lap and tap away with it as you would any other tablet-like device, but it's certainly not supposed to be considered just that. Instead we're running full Windows 8 and have a bevy of options when it comes to usage of this beast - enter the All-in-one multi-mode Dell XPS 18 from a desktop perspective.
Three years in the making, the new Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 notebooks arrive at a time when gaming is under the spotlight. Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 have thrown new attention on mainstream gaming, but the Dell-owned PC gaming specialist isn't willing to concede the power crown so readily. Alongside the new Alienware 14, a more portable option, come two gaming monsters that are perhaps more accurately described as "luggable". Still, big machines get meaty specifications, not to mention distinctive designs. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.
Alienware has a new gaming notebook range, the result of three years of development, and the Alienware 14 may well be our favorite. "Significantly evolved" from the already eye-catching design of the old model, the new Alienware 14 - the "M14x" nomenclature has been retired, Alienware GM Frank Azor says, since nobody outside of the company knew what it stood for - wraps Intel's latest 4th-gen Core i7 Haswell processors in a new magnesium alloy and anodized aluminum chassis, with Tron-esque AlienFX lighting and no shortage of grunt. Read on for our first impressions.
Dell has thrown Intel's new Haswell Core processors at its XPS, Latitude, and OptiPlex ranges, bringing numerous models up to date with the 4th-gen chips. The difference should be most noticeable in Dell's notebook lines, with the company claiming that the XPS 12 is now around 60-percent faster, running Haswell, than it was before, as well as lasting longer on a single change.
Dell is taking a low-key approach to Computex this year, with a key product to cut through rivals' bloated ranges. This time around, it's the Dell XPS 11, an 11-inch hybrid that's fronted by a 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen, and which can fold around fully to make it a tablet. In case you hadn't spotted it already, it's something of a riff on Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 we played with last April.
Dell has reported is Q1 2014 fiscal year earnings for the quarter, and things aren't looking to grand for the sliding PC company. They only had a slight drop in revenue compared to last year, but income and EPS took a nose dive in the deep end, with as much as an 81% drop with the company's EPS compared to the same time last year.
This morning the teams at Dell and Enstratius (also known as enStretus pre-name-change) have announced that the former has acquired the latter in a bid to increase the power of the company's Cloud Computing sector. Enstratius is a company known as an "early cloud pioneer", working with cloud management for enterprise groups and delivering services for both single and multi-cloud setups for businesses. This company has made it clear that their "cloud agnostic" abilities make them unique - though how they'll be working inside Dell's fold is not yet crystal.