CPU: 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7Y75 Processor (4M cache, up to 3.6 GHz)
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz
Screen: Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
Storage: 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
Ports: 1 Thunderbolt™ 3 (4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3) with PowerShare & DC-In
1 USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort
1 MicroSD Card Reader
1 Headset jack
1 Noble Lock Slot
Connectivity: Intel 8265 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
Camera: 720p widescreen HD webcam with dual array digital microphones
Weight: 1.24 kg
Size: Height: 8 -13.7 mm x Width: 304 mm x Depth: 199mm
As a 2-in-1 laptop it is very important that the two functions are practical. Having a Dell Inspiron 13 5378 at home for the last 18 months I can honestly say I have not made use of the flexibility it has in transferring from a laptop to a tablet. While it is fantastic to have that option, it’s sheer size makes it an option I rarely use. The same cannot be said for the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 makes full use of space with the Infinity Edge screen. After all, what is the point of carrying around a tablet which isn’t making full use of the front panel. Side-by-side my Inspiron 13 looks colossal in comparison.
For those in need of High Res picture quality the model has an optional Ultrasharp QHD+ available; however we did not have this option on the model we reviewed. If you do go for this option then it comes at an increase of between £120 – £300 depending on the processor.
While here at GReviews we play games most days we also do a bit of work on the website too, writing articles, firing emails around the gaming industry and attempting to look hard at work. So this review is slightly different.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 is not as powerful as the XPS 15 which Karl reviewed last week. I’d have been immensely impressed if it were. It is a lot more compact. And while Karl mentioned the XPS 15 was easy to carry around, he obviously hadn’t met this little treasure which is over half a kilo lighter. Rez also mentioned the ease of carrying the Inspiron 15 7000 series in his review, so the XPS 13 2-in-1 honestly has no issues in this department.
Simple, sleek yet solid. Design quality is top of the bill and I would expect nothing less really from Dell. The original XPS 13 was lorded for its design and, even more interestingly, had people falling over themselves because of the centralised webcam. Originally, this was set to one side below the screen. The reason why people were so over the moon with this change is because it was a modern-day gripe users had, and they were listened to. The good news is that everything great with the XPS 13 has been transferred to the 2-in-1 model. The only difference to the look now is a set of 360 degree hinges to reverse the screen which prompts the keyboard to disable. Voila! Your tablet, sir/madam. Oh and the USB port has been replaced with a USB C 3.1 and an adapter for your USB needs.
The presentation, look and feel of this laptop lets you know that this is indeed a laptop first with the option of making it into a touch screen tablet second. This is not a tablet with a flimsy detachable keyboard nor a laptop lacking in power though. There is plenty more under the hood of the XPS 13 2-in-1 than in any tablet on the market.
2 hours to fully charge the battery from 0% ranks average for a laptop this size. Once charged the battery lasted approx. 18 hours with home use including some idle time, typing up word documents, light browsing and emails. When I tested it with 4K video on loop on Youtube it managed 8 Hours. When I cranked the brightness up to 100% and set it on the highest performance setting this reduced to 5 hours. One thing of note is that the Primary 4 cell 46Whr battery is smaller than the 60Whr integrated battery on the original XPS 13.
I am most likely the type of person this has been designed for. I could be on a train or in a boardroom where quick notes and ideas are perfect to jot down onto a tablet or I could be at home where I want to sit and concentrate with work and a keyboard is necessary. Or maybe even a mobile game app requires that I need the option of using a touchscreen and then type up a review with the flip of the screen. The versatility is really quite impressive.
I also have a young family and one thing which has become apparent is the simplicity of a touchscreen as a great education tool for kids. Immaculate resolution on the XPS 13 2-in-1 also brings images to life with a seamless border on the Infinity Edge screen. Would I let my son get his hands on this model? Not for this review. However, I did find an open Youtube tab with Alphablocks on one morning, I’m assured this was under supervision.
But if I had my own then yes, rather than spend extra money on a tablet I would be more than happy to share this with the family. Granted it’d have the required insurance and their own secured profile away from important work stuff. With VPNs and clouds to upload work to, plus the life-saving auto save and back-up hard drives, there really is no concern over your youngest deleting a whole project anymore.
Now to the business end; Pricing.
With the range starting from £1200 you’d be forgiven for thinking the XPS 13 2-in-1 is a little pricey. There are 4 models to choose from with the top of the range boasting a 512GB SSD and QHD+ display. That comes in at £1,519 which may be worth it if you want that little extra storage and better quality picture, no change to the battery size and graphics card so still hold your horses for gaming.
Are there any downsides? Yes unfortunately there are. Not major ones. I still can’t get my head around the desire at Dell to keep the webcam situated below the screen on the XPS; large foreheads are preferred over large chins.
You can also argue that the performance could be improved, but it is not noticeable at all for home use. With regards to battery life people are resigned to the fact they should regularly charge any electrical, networking device they use to stream, game, download and share content on daily. So the fact it can last less than the average working day (depending on gaming/ video streaming time and picture quality/brightness) once charged is not really top of my list of concerns. The fact it has a customisable battery saver option which can be set to help prolong battery life is the clever solution to this. It was pretty impressive to see over 17 hours of battery life left while I was pottering around typing up articles and updating the website having reduced the brightness on screen to 20%.
Seeing as the graphics chip is part of the processor I’d steer clear of playing AAA titles with quick gameplay, long, drawn-out story modes requiring high frame rates and bright screen settings.
From a professional point of view there is little I can groan about regarding the versatility and practicality of the XPS 13 2-in-1. It’s great for working on the go and in the workplace. It’s also a fantastic addition to home life with great connectivity and perfect response to touch on-screen and tracking pad. The tablet option does not feel too bulky and the overall weight is just half a kilo over the average 10.5inch tablet. Providing there is more volume to it with a well-built keyboard attached that’s pretty impressive.