The Dell XPS 13 was already an excellent laptop and you just cannot deny it. But at CES 2017, the company brought one more new version that was a Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 version in a beautiful small package. Undoubtedly, Dell is one of the best brands in laptops and PCs. And this year, the company set the benchmarks to a whole new level.
This newer version comes with tablet functionality and the option to use the Dell active pen. We, at TNI, our team of researchers has made a complete report after reviewing the specifications and performance of Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. Have a look!
Design and build of Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
The design is just stunning, with the metallic frame and the plastic detailing at different places. The display size is 13.3 inches and it comes with Infinity Edge variety. And that means the bezels are extremely thin.
Dell claims that the unit looks and feels like 11 inches in size when closed. It is one of the most compact 13 inch models that measures 199*304*13.7mm.
You will not see the thick black bezels that surround the screen, but Dell has done right. The display is so beautiful; we can assure you that you cannot resist yourself from touching it once. The display is full HD and it comes with 1920*1080p resolution. It is 16% smaller, 40% thinner and 20% lighter than the last version of Dell XPS 13.
Features and Specs
Speaking of the features and specs, this one is just a beast. Firstly you will have the option of using this laptop in the form of a tab. Dell laptops have flexibility when it is about specs and customization. In this case, the Dell XPS 13 2-in1 comes with a 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 processor. It has got 4GB RAM and for the storage, this one comes with a 128GB internal storage capability.
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It is great to see the Intel’s chips inside, but do know that these are low voltage versions and this is why the XPS runs silently without any fan. And since there are no fans, chances are, this one might have a heating issue. But, Dell has customization facility. You can upgrade it to Core i7 processor with 8GB, 16GB RAM and 256GB, 512 GB and 1TB of the internal storage facility.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop comes with the Windows 10 Home, and this OS works right with the tablet, and it is exceptional in the Laptop mode. Windows redefined the update and when it is paired with the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop, it can easily compete with the MacBook or the MacOS Sierra combination and also the other PC that runs in Windows 10.
The Dell Active Pen
The Pen is one of the most important factors of this 2-in-1 laptop. You can use the active pen to take notes, annotate the documents and explore the new creative features of Windows 10. If you want to take the full advantage of Windows 10 on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop, you can buy the $49 Active pen PN556W.
It offers 2048 levels of sensitivity and there is also a built-in palm rejection so you cannot make any accidental marks with hands on the digital canvas. The feedback is similar to pressing a ballpoint pen on paper.
Dell XPS 13 –in-1 price and release date
The XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available at the end of January. And the starting price with minimum specs will be £1349. Dell is one of the best PC/laptop companies if you need to customize your laptop in future. So if you want to buy an improved processor and additional RAM, then you can expect to pay a bit more price.
The chassis comes with a micro SD slot, 2 USB ports that share the charging and data transfer. You will have a lock slot and also a headphone jack. The Dell also comes with a traditional scissor mechanism buttons on the full-size keyboards. You might not need to use the keyboard at all times. You can just place the laptop on the two hinges and spin the screen to use it as the tablet.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 comes with an Intel graphics card, an HD 720p webcam, along with the dual mics, 802.11ac 2*2 Wi-Fi connectivity and also stereo speakers. Two cameras are placed oddly at the base of the screen. It is due to the presence of Infinity Edge display which is Windows Hello ready. It allows you for the retinal scrutiny identification. According to Dell, the battery is superb. It can run continuously for 15 hours on a single charge. It is impressive.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is an excellent move by Dell. The company came up with the hybrid edition without compromising the functionality and customization facility of Dell. It is an UltraBook powerhouse, and it will fit into any place, be it work or home. The thin bezels, pen feature, excellent keyboard and customizable specs make it one of the best preferred laptops.