Travel Star Wars BB-8 To Japan #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes home on Digital HD April 1st and Blu-ray Combo Pack April 5th

We have some exciting news! ANA, Japan’s largest airline, had the inaugural flight of the BB-8™ ANA JET (Boeing 777-300), the final of three aircrafts with special Star Wars decoration. Part of the previously announced ANA STAR WARS™ Project the aircraft landed at LAX on March 28, 2016 with special guest BB-8 on hand to celebrate.

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After unveiling the aircraft in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka’s Itami Airport, the aircraft made a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Haneda before departing the airport as flight ANA106 to Los Angeles, marking the start of the aircraft’s international service. The aircraft is scheduled to fly various international routes, principally routes linking Haneda, Narita and US – Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, and Singapore

Passengers on the BB-8™ ANA JET experienced the world of Star Wars with specially-designed BB-8 paper cups and headrest covers and cabin attendants wearing BB-8 aprons.

Travel Red White & Wine At Omni Hotels & Resorts #TravelTuesday

I love to travel and I love to drink wine so this new travel deal with Omni Hotels & Resorts is right up my alley!

Guests at Omni Hotels & Resorts can sip their way into spring with the luxury hotel brand’s “Red, White and You” package. This offer provides pristine accommodations, nightly turndown service and the perfect way to unwind with a flight of three wines – a red, white and rosé.

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Available for booking now through June 15 for stays all year long, travelers will receive a wine flight certificate at check-in to enjoy new selections in the hotel bar on a night of their choosing. The flight will be accompanied by an information card crafted by Omni’s very own master sommelier, Fred Dex, providing background on the special libations.

The new wine selection includes:

Sacha Lichine Rose, Languedoc, France

Wente Vineyards Morning Fog, Chardonnay, Livermore Valley, California

Louis M. Martini, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

There is no better way to get out of the house and celebrate spring than at any one of Omni’s signature locations across North America. Several great Omni destinations offer additional experiences that provide a truly authentic stay. These include:

Omni Shoreham Hotel – Washington, D.C.: There are few better ways to welcome the election year than by visiting the nation’s capital. The beautify city is in full bloom during the spring when the annual Cherry Blossom Festival returns. Situated on 11 acres of lush gardens and cherry blossom trees, this hotel is offering guests the ideal backdrop, complimentary daily breakfast, 20 percent off dinner in Robert’s Restaurant, and Cherry Blossom-inspired gifts with the seasonal “Cherry Blossom Package.”

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa – Rancho Mirage, Calif.: A relaxing oasis set against a backdrop of mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert, the resort is the choice destination for a sun-drenched escape. Guests can revive the mind, body and spirit with the “Touch of Bliss Spa Package” for an exceptional value on a 50-minute treatment, including massages, facials, scrubs and wraps in the recently refurbished spa.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort – Hilton Head, S.C.: Sports fans not wanting to miss their favorite teams play can visit the redesigned XO Sports Spirits to watch the action on 13 big screen TVs while enjoying craft beer and halftime bites. Families will get a chance to experience the beachfront paradise resort and rich Lowcountry heritage when booking the “Family Fun Package,” which includes a $100 dining credit, s’mores kit, kites, two-hour bike rental and luxurious accommodations in the newly-renovated studio suites.

The Omni Homestead Resort – Hot Springs, Va.: Accommodating 22 U.S. presidents dating back to the 18th century, the resort offers timeless comforts, modern amenities and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep all guests happy on more than 2,000 acres. With the “Unlimited Activities Package,” travelers can choose to enjoy: golf, archery, fly fishing, hiking, hayrides, horseback rides, canoeing, paintball, and much more.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel – Fort Worth, Texas: An elegant illustration of Western spirit, the hotel provides guests a distinct Cowboys and Culture experience. The “M. L. Leddy’s Boots” package lets travelers experience Fort Worth like a true Texan with luxurious accommodations, daily valet parking, dinner at renowned Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a $750 voucher for boots or other merchandise from Leddy’s Ranch in Sundance Square, and a welcome amenity that includes special, autographed Texas whiskey.

For additional information please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.

Do Your Children Know How To Dial 9-1-1

You know, my kids are 8 and 9 and I’m not sure they would know what to do if something happened to me. I think they used to but I’m not sure that they still do. We have cell phones and half the time I can’t find mine. I need to go over the process again of what to do in case of an emergency.

Storybook CoverIf you happen to live in the Seattle area, King County has a plan on how to encourage children what to do in an emergency when an adult is not able to do anything. And they are also honoring a 9 year old that did know what to do.

On Dec. 29, 2015, Austin Holdt, a nine-year-old King County resident dialed 9-1-1 when his grandmother fell unconscious. Austin was able to keep calm and answer the call-taker’s questions, and help arrived to his door within minutes. Austin Holdt

Every day, 5,000 calls are made locally to 9-1-1. Many residents, especially kids, don’t know how and when to call.

That’s why King County 911 is bringing these skills to kids in across the county, with the Emery the Emergency Penguin storybook tour, a new program aimed at teaching local preschoolers how, when and where to dial 9-1-1.  This FREE tour will be making its way to 13 libraries across King County throughout the month of April. The kickoff event, with an award ceremony for Austin, will be held at the Woodland Park Zoo on March 31.

Throughout the month of April, Emery’s storybook will tour 13 local libraries, and will be read by King County Executive Dow Constantine, first responders, and call takers. Austin Holdt, a local kid hero who dialed 9-1-1 in an emergency just last year, will even receive a 9-1-1 Hero award at the Woodland Park Zoo kickoff event. This FREE event will help preschoolers all across King County learn how, when and where to dial 9-1-1.

Details:

READER:  Jennifer Lemus, 9-1-1 dispatcher from the Seattle Police Department, who inspired the story.

WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

9-1-1 Facts:

· More than 5,000 9-1-1 calls are made every day in King County.

· An emergency can happen at any time. Teaching your child to call 9-1-1 can save your life or the life of others in the event of an emergency.

· April is 9-1-1 National Public Education Month.

· April 12-18 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

For more information, go to: kingcounty.gov/911

Want To Visit Brazil? #TravelTuesday

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Brazil Launches Visa Waiver Program For 2016 Olympics

Tourists from the Unites States, Canada, Japan and Australia who plan to visit Brazil between June 1st and September 18th, 2016 will be exempt from Brazilian visa. President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned the draft Law 149/15, which determines such a waiver, last November. The measure will facilitate the entry of athletes and international tourists who wish to come to Brazil to accompany the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.

The visa waiver will benefit those who are in Brazil until September 18, 2016 (end date of the Paralympic Games), for a period of stay limited to 90 days, from the date of first entry in the country. The visitor does not need to provide proof of tickets to attend any of the Olympic events.
For more information, please check out the attached fact-sheet on the visa waiver program.

 

About Brazil Tourism:
With its spectacular beaches, lush rainforests, rich culture, exotic cuisine and exciting nightlife, Brazil is one of the most compelling countries to visit today.  Travelers are invited to explore Brazil’s incredible geographical diversity – from the wetlands to the beaches. With a beautiful, tropical climate, Brazil is an easily accessible, exotic get-away for couples, families and business travelers. 
For more information, go to VisitBrasil.com

5 Amazing “Selfie-Worthy” Sites in Israel

ExploreIsrael.com has compiled a list for travelers featuring five of the most photogenic spots in Israel:

#1: Arches Pool

There aren’t many places in the world that you can take a boat ride underground, this hidden gem is one of them. Built as a reservoir in 789AD, the pool is lit up, creating beautiful reflections on the walls.

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#2: Banias Waterfall

If you love nature, you are in for a treat. Banias is the tallest waterfall in Israel and offers beautiful hiking trails.

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#3: Mount Scopus

Mount Scopus is without a doubt one of the most beautiful lookout points in Jerusalem. It’s the highest spot in the city at a height of 850 meters above sea level.

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#4: Netanya

Netanya is the central city on the coastal strip between Haifa and Tel Aviv. Due to its position on the seashore, it is naturally blessed with beaches and promenades.

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#5: Stalacite Caves

The Soreq Stalactite Cave is also known as Avshalom Cave. This dripstone cave has stalactites, stalagmites and natural formations made by thousands of years of water dripping on rock.

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Tennessee is The Place to be

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Looking for an unusual Spring Break destination for the whole family? Consider the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

 

Spring Break, Mountain Style: Smokies Offer a Splendid Array of Getaway Activities

For those who want more out of spring break, Blount County offers something for everyone

 

Maryville, TENN. – The weather is warming up and the East Tennessee greenery is rolling in, which means one thing: Spring break is right around the corner. While some hit the beach during this time, seekers of adventure and exploration can choose to experience a unique nature-oriented getaway in Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). There are several family-friendly activities taking place during the spring break timeframe throughout the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies.” From project-oriented hikes and weekend getaways to concerts at the Clayton Center and family team-building activities, the area offers something for every preference and budget.

For an education-centered activity, consider the Great Smoky Mountains Scavenger Hunt at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Teams of all ages partner up to research answers to park-related questions. Participants must follow the clues and their own intuition through the trails of the park to discover the answers. The scavenger hunt takes place March 12 and has a $50 registration fee per team.

In congruence with the Hike 100 Challenge, announced earlier this year, area outdoors store Little River Trading Co. is sponsoring several themed hikes throughout the year for all skill sets, from families to mileage junkies. Each individual hike will focus on a theme, such as history, flora or waterfalls.

“Our mission is to help people get out and experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Jaia McClure, Apparel Buyer and Sales Manager at Little River Trading Co. “The hiking series will help people get out, get active and learn more about the awesome resources that surround us!”

There are currently two hikes taking place in March and two in April. There is no cost to join the hikes; guests must simply RSVP on Little River’s Facebook page or check its website for more details.

There are also several beautiful greenways and off-road biking trails throughout Blount County that provide miles of direct connection to nature. For bike rentals, call: Apple Valley Country Store (865-448-9878), Cycology Bicycle Shop (865-681-4183) or U-Man Power (865-448-2530).

Several indoor events take place throughout the spring season. The Clayton Center for the Arts has several shows lined up for your viewing pleasure. There are performances for every art-lover, including the Appalachian Ballet Spring Gala, the Maryville College Choir’s “Journey to the Heartland” and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet.

For businesses seeking a productive getaway, Blount County offers several highly acclaimed options. Dancing Bear Lodge partners with Impact Associates to offer a four-day, three-night organizational retreat package. The retreat focuses on corporate leadership development, strategic planning, and strengthening communication skills to achieve clarity as an organization.

As part of the package, businesses participate two days of dynamic leadership training and a half day of outdoor workshop activities at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Participants will enjoy dinner prepared in the Appalachian Bistro and three nights of luxury accommodations at Dancing Bear Lodge. For more information and package pricing, contact Christi Silliman (1-800-369-0111 ext. 3).

For a shorter corporate retreat, consider Maryville College’s Mountain Challenge. The teambuilding program integrates physical challenges with leadership and teamwork lessons to build a collaborative environment. There are several levels of intensity in which a company can participate starting with a low ropes course and escalating into more difficult challenges.  For more information and scheduling, contact Maryville College (865-981-8125).

 

Choice Hotels New Loyalty Points Program

We received points in exchange for this blog post.

I love to travel with my kids. We go on road trips as often as we can which is one reason we home school. When we go on road trips it’s nice to stay in a familiar hotel and that’s why we look for a hotel in one of the loyalty programs we are part of. One of those programs is the Choice Hotels Loyalty Program. You can sign up for Choice Privileges here.

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Our next trip is going to be to visit Crater Lake. The exciting thing is with Choice Hotels there are plenty of options. You can choose from Comfort Inn and Suites, Sleep Inn, Comfort Suites, Rodeway Inn, Quality, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban, and EconoLodge. There are changes to the program. The program enhancements are being implemented to bring greater and faster value to the over 25 million members of Choice Privileges which is better for us.  Some of the new benefits include:

  • Your Extras. Weekday travelers can earn a special reward — a little something ‘extra’ — right when they check in. For each qualifying stay that includes at least 1 weekday night (any night Sun. through Thurs.), the member can earn a special reward of their choice. U.S members have 5 options, varying from Fuel Rewards® savings at participating Shell locations to Amazon.com credit. International members have 2 options: 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles from participating airline carriers.
  • FlexRewards. Get to a free night faster— Members can redeem points for free nights at discounted point levels at participating hotels, varying by season. There will be up to 2,000 hotels reduced during either the weekdays or weekend at any time.
  • Digital Gift Cards. The first hotel company to offer immediate in-app gift card downloads, Choice Privileges members can receive instant gratification with new digital gift cards.
  • Keep Your Points. As long as members stay active by completing a qualifying activity at least once every 18 months, they get to keep their points.
  • 10 Points per Dollar.  All 5,500 Choice Hotels now earn 10 points per dollar spent – including economy and extended stay hotels, such as MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn.  And, during our award winning promotions, it is now easier than ever to qualify since members no longer need to stay two consecutive nights at economy brands.

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“The exciting new changes to our Choice Privileges program mark a major milestone in Choice Hotels’ history,” said Jamie Russo, VP of Loyalty and Customer Engagement. “While many rewards programs continue to decrease the value of benefits for their guests, we’re building a loyalty program that gives more and faster perks to travelers starting right when they join. We have built these new features around guests, and we want them to feel constantly rewarded by the new Choice Privileges wherever their travels take them.”

For full information about the new Choice Privileges rewards program, visit www.choicehotels.com/choice-privileges

Memphis in May, Y’all #BSMF16

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Memphis means music! Come celebrate Memphis in May with an all-star lineup!

Memphis in May Announces Stellar
2016 Beale Street Music Festival Artist Lineup 
February 24, 2016. Memphis, TN: Memphis in May International Festival announces the lineup for 2016 Beale Street Music Festival, including more than 60 broad-ranging musical acts, across multiple genres. The festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016, debuts a star-studded lineup that illustrates why it is consistently named in top festival rankings by national media outlets.

Headliners for this year’s event include internationally acclaimed artists such as: musical legend and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young, performing with his current touring group the Promise of the Real, lo-fi alt-rocker Beck, renowned singer-songwriter and 12-time Grammy Award winner Paul Simon, Weezer, acclaimed international DJ Zedd, Train, recent Best New Artist Grammy Award winner Meghan Trainor, Billboard chart topping Jason Derulo, and Modest Mouse. Walter Trout, Ana Popovic and Bernard Allison will headline the popular Blues lineup in 2016. The vast musical genres represented by the 2016 list of performers will appeal to fans from all ages and all musical leanings, and assure festival goers three days of musical bliss.

“We always strive to provide music fans with a diverse and star-studded lineup. Festival attendees can look forward to enjoying legends such as Neil Young and Paul Simon, as well as top artists across a wide spectrum of today’s popular musical genres,” states Memphis in May President and CEO Jim Holt. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of music lovers from around the globe to enjoy our city and a lineup of incredible artists in 2016.”

First time artists for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival include Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Paul Simon, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Young the Giant, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Bastille, The Arcs, Courtney Barnett, Trampled by Turtles, The Lone Bellow, and The Struts. In total, 30 artists are first-time Beale Street Music Festival performers.

Memphis is also well represented in the 2016 lineup, with 14 local acts performing over the three days, including hip hop mega-talent Yo Gotti, emerging indie darling Julien Baker, guitar-master and story-teller Luther Dickinson, Big Star’s Jody Stephens’ new project Those Pretty Wrongs, Will Tucker, Barbara Blue and Duwayne Burnside.

Full lineup includes: Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Beck, Paul Simon, Weezer, Zedd, Train, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Modest Mouse, Panic! At the Disco, Yo Gotti, Grace Potter, Barenaked Ladies, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Cypress Hill, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Arcs, Bastille, Violent Femmes, Courtney Barnett, Jonny Lang, Gin Blossoms, Trampled By Turtles, Moon Taxi, Lucinda Williams, Better Than Ezra, Houndmouth, Los Lobos, The Joy Formidable, Indigo Girls, Blackberry Smoke, The Front Bottoms, The Struts, The Lone Bellow, LunchMoney Lewis, Coleman Hell, Julien Baker, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Bernard Allison, Luther Dickinson, Doyle Bramhall II, Those Pretty Wrongs, Amasa Hines, Will Tucker, Alex da Ponte, John Nemeth, Magic Dick & Shun Ng, Charles Wilson, Jack Semple, Larry McCray, John Primer, Brandon Santini, Ghost Town Blues Band, Barbara Blue, Duwayne Burnside, Blind Mississippi Morris, Leo Bud Welch, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Bill Abel, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Larry Long & Reverend Robert Rev.

Always a festival-destination favorite among music fans, Beale Street Music Festival was recently added to Travel + Leisure’s list of “2016 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For”, the “Top 22 Music Festivals for 2016” by Fuse TV, and Festival 300’s list of the top 300 festivals worldwide.

This year’s festival features four Canadian acts in honor of the Memphis in May salute to Canada in 2016.  Order of Canada recipient and music legend Neil Young will make his first Memphis performance in over 30 years when he headlines the first night of the festival. Perennial crowd pleasing pop stars the Barenaked Ladies, genre-mingling singer-songwriter Coleman Hell, and Juno award-winning bluesman Jack Semple round out the celebration of our neighbor to the North.

The festival opens to the public at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the April 29 – May 1 event are now on sale via TicketFly, www.ticketfly.com

2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016
International Week salute to Canada: May 2–9, 2016
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016
Great American River Run: May 28, 2016
901Fest: May 28, 2016

About Memphis in May
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $70 million in economic impact to the community, foster civic pride, promote awareness of Memphis heritage, and build international relationships and understanding through education.

Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 184 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. Memphis in May International Festival was recently named the Top Festival in the Southern United States in a nationwide readers’ poll by USA Today 10 Best.

#TravelTuesday 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Happenings

On Saturday, March 19, both the young and the “young at heart” can enjoy a breakfast meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, baked frittatas, French toast and classic sides, as well as fresh juices, coffee and tea. Breakfast seatings are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and the meal is $10.95 for adults, $5.95 for children ages 5-12, and complimentary for those under four.

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On Sunday, March 27, the hotel will celebrate Easter with a brunch buffet from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Harbor Ballroom. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., guests can indulge in classic breakfast fare, including made-to-order omelets and pastries. Throughout the remainder of the afternoon, the buffet will showcase a selection of salads, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, soups, and main dishes like Pineapple Ginger-Glazed Ham, Herb and Horseradish-Crusted Prime Rib with Bordelaise sauce, and Penne Pasta with chicken and Andouille sausage; along with seasonal side dishes and a dessert display. Brunch is $29.95 per person, $12.95 for children ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under four. Room rates start at $99.

On Saturday, April 16, the hotel will host a Mardi Gras-inspired Murder Mystery event guests won’t soon forget. From 6:30-9:30 p.m., participants can don their favorite 20s-inspired looks and set out for a night of drinks and dinner, while cracking the evening’s case. Menu items include New Orleans Seafood Gumbo; Southern Fried Chicken with okra creole, red beans and rice; Spiced Eggplant with chickpea and feta salad; and French Quarter Beignets with vanilla sauce. Dinner and entertainment is $59 per person and an overnight package is available for $269, including two tickets to the event. Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate. All rates are inclusive of taxes and gratuity and payment is required at the time of reservation.

Reservations are required for all events and can be made by calling 315-686-1100. For more information, please visit www.1000islandsharborhotel.com.

About 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, offers 105 deluxe guest rooms and suites, sophisticated dining, and state-of-the-art function space on the St. Lawrence riverfront in the heart of  New York’s spectacular 1000 Islands region. The hotel opened in July 2014 as the third of Buffalo-based Hart Hotels’ Harbor Hotels brand, which also includes the AAA Four Diamond-rated Portland Harbor Hotel in Portland, Maine, and the AAA Four Diamond-rated Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, New York. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is located at 200 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624. 315-686-1100. For more information, visit www.1000islandsharborhotel.com.

10 Ways The Dell XPS 12 is Great For Travel #DellXPS

We received a Dell XPS 12 from Dell to share with you our experiences as we put it to the test. As you know I travel a lot with MomStart and I wanted to see how this guy deals with my travels. SO far so good you know. Things were easy to set up and hit the ground running. I’ve been able to work and play on my Dell XPS 12. So we decided to come up with 10 ways the Dell XPS 12 is great for travel……

 

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10. Durability

Traveling with the Dell XPS is a great idea because it’s made so robust. One of my first observations was how well it felt like it was built, which is tough. The XPS is made with machined aluminum, carbon fiber and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass NBT which we all know is one of the most durable glasses out there on the market, giving the Dell XPS 12 a superior experience. Meaning it could probably handle a tumble.

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9. Detachable Premier Keyboard

The Dell XPS 12 is a robust 2 in 1 machine. It has the processing power of a computer and the versatility of a tablet. Just remove the keyboard and you have a tablet that you can draw on, play games and use for social media. The keyboard is really amazing and is backlit for night use. Plus the keys feel like they will last.

The innovative and versatile design of the XPS 12 allows for easy transition from laptop to tablet. Unlike other detachables, the XPS 12 connects via magnets, so it’s free of mechanical parts and is easy to detach with only one hand. Simply lift out the tablet and take it with you, or place it back in a cradle for notebook productivity.

8. Entertainment

The Dell XPS 12 has a very clear crisp screen that makes playing games enjoyable. It’s great for watching Netflix, playing games, or editing your own video. It’s easy to set up wifi on the go for whatever entertainment you seek.

Enjoy eye-popping clarity and detail with an UltraSharp™ 4K Ultra HD display, the first of its kind in a 2-in-1. It boasts an incredible eight million pixels at 352 PPI. That is six million more pixels than an FHD and seven times that of an HD display. High resolution means, whatever you are doing, your image is precise and clear. With IPS wide-viewing angles, you can enjoy 170° views on a brilliantly bright, 400-nit screen. High color gamut and contrast ratio provide rich color. Movies come to life. Presentations shine. And photos can be edited with pinpoint precision. And edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla Glass NBT™ is 10 times as scratch resistant than soda lime glass, preventing scuffs caused by handling,cleaning or wiping.

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7. Skype

The Dell XPS 12 comes with Skype the perfect software for communicating with loved ones while you are traveling.

6. Battery Life

The Battery Life of the Dell XPS 12 is 30WHr battery (built-in)* *Battery is built-in to the laptop and is not replaceable by the customer. Of course the battery life varies depending on how you are using the machine. There are setting you can use to minimize the hardware use of the battery. But if you are doing a lot of 4K Video watching then of course your battery will not last quite as long.

5. Webcam

The Dell XPS 12 comes with a forward facing camera and a back camera.  The two cameras are a 8MP world-facing webcam, and a 5MP user-facing webcam with dual array digital microphones

4. Thunderbolt 3

Transferring information is super fast with the Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The XPS 12 features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which is the newest generation of Type-C connectivity, enabling up to 8x the transfer speeds of USB 3.0 at up to 40Gbps, and it is twice as fast as Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 3 is a multi-use port than can charge your device, power up to two 4K displays and supports one-cable docking. In order to connect legacy USB devices, we’ve included a USB-C to USBA adapter with every XPS 12 as well.

3. Security

XPS is doing more than ever before to ensure it fits into a business environment. The XPS 12 has all of the manageability and select security features of Latitude™ in an aggressively thin and competitive form factor. It is the most manageable 12-inch laptop and best-in-class security for commercial customers.

2. Compact

The Dell XPS 12 is lightweight making it the perfect carry on computer.

Get productive with a choice of XPS 12 keyboards, which provide a traditional keyboard experience when you need more productivity than a tablet can provide. The tablet plus Premier Keyboard starts at only 2.8 lb. (1.27kg) and includes a full size backlit keyboard and precision touchpad.

1. Cortana

Easily interact with your own personal digital assistant: Cortana. Using Cortana with the XPS 12 equipped with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro gives you a natural voice interaction experience. You’ll feel like an expert from the get-go since your Windows Start menu is back in an expanded form. Stay untethered for even longer: all Windows 10 devices now have Battery Saver to automatically conserve power so you can get more done for longer.