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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook - l421x laptop. If you have the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook - l421x and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
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For full specifications see the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook - l421x specifications page.
|Name||Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook - l421x|
|Processor||3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3517U (4M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
|Screen||14” 1600×900 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||Up to 500GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Killer Wireless-N, 1202 for Video 7 Voice
|mSATA SSD||Excellent||even secure boot working openSUSE 12.3|
|Intel Graphics Chip||Working||Energy saving not yet running|
|NVidia Graphics Chip||Excellent||running with Bumblebee 3.1|
|HDMI Out||Excellent||TV running with sound & image|
|DisplayPort||Excellent||Dual monitors using HDMI and DisplayPort works perfectly in Ubuntu 13.04|
|Bulti-in Microphone||Not Tested|
|Headphone Jack||Excellent||Ubuntu 12.10+ automatically recognizes headphone rather than speakers and switches to separate volume control, i.e. one volume setting for speakers, another for headphones.|
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Wireless Killer Wireless-N 1202||Mediocre||Don't know if it is Linux related (range). Same in Windows 8|
|Webcam||Excellent||Running in Skype, quality lower in other apps e.g. Cheese|
You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook - l421x here.
The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook - l421x works out of the Box with openSUSE 12.3 here and also Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04. Only the WLAN reception is worse than on my other Laptop, but this is also the same on Windows 8 (Dual Boot). Even Bumblebee, Primus and Secure Boot are working.
Powertop claims 12W which I will try to tune down further. Using TLP on Ubuntu (and Bumblebee) it is possible to get Watts down to just 8-10W.