The new Dell XPS laptops come in a convertible 2 in 1 model and a standard laptop model. In this article we will discuss in detail: the 2 in 1 model
The new Dell XPS 2 in 1 (laptop + tablet) is another contender for one of the best Ultrabook’s on the mainstream market today. The new Dell XPS’s look has not changed much over the past few years, but the build quality and unique; yet, subtle details makes it hard to overlook. It has an aluminum outer shell and a soft touch carbon fiber palm rest that is very pleasing to the touch. It comes in 2 sizes: a 13-inch model and a 15-inch model. Both models are very lightweight and thin; with the 13-inch model weighing a little under 2.7 pounds and the 15-inch model weighting a little under 4.4 pounds. The 13-inch models are packed with Intel’s 7th Generation Y-series processor chips that “utilizes a power efficient microarchitecture designed for performance and mobility” (Intel). So, in the 13-inch, you have the option of a Y-series i5 processor or a Y-series i7 processor; while the 15-inch models have the latest 8th generation processors with the option of an i5 or an i7 processor. The 13-inch model has an integrated Intel Graphics card while the 15th inch comes with a Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics Card for better quality gaming. They both have high quality InfinityEdge touch displays that are very pleasing to the eye and Dell did a great job of making the displays truly feel edge-to-edge. Let’s go into more detail about the Dell XPS’s features and why It’s still one of the top contenders of 2 in 1 Ultrabook’s today.
- Design Overview – The Dell XPS laptops have thin and beautiful design has an aluminum construction that is strong and durable. The 13-inch model comes in two colors: A Silver Machined Aluminum and a Black Machined Aluminum. The new 15-inch only comes in Silver.
- 15-inch model - Height: 0.36-0.63" (9-16mm), Width: 13.9" (354mm), Depth: 9.2" (235mm)
- 13-inch model - Height: 0.32"-0.54" (8-13.7mm), Width: 11.98" (304mm), Depth: 7.81" (199mm)
- Display – There are a few display options to choose from depending on which model you choose.
- 15-Inch model has the following options
- 6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Touch Display
- 6" 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Touch Display
- 13-Inch model has the following options
- 3” FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge touch display, Silver machined aluminum
- 3” QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge touch display, Silver machined aluminum(The Dell XPS has been praised tremendously for its high definition display quality)
Battery and Charging
- 15-inch model - 2 Thunderbolt™ 3 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort (4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3), 2 USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort, 1 Headset jack
- 13-inch model - 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
Keyboard and Touchpad
- Keyboard – The 13-inch models keyboard has had relatively positive reviews. The keystrokes feel nice and deep while maintaining a smooth experience similar to the standard 13-inch model. The 15-inch model on the other has received mix reviews. The keystrokes for the 15-inch model are only .7mm deep, giving a somewhat awkward feeling of typing on a flat surface. Dell has engineered a magnetic levitation system called “Mag-Lev” to provide tactile resistance to counteract the keys depth problem. Once you get used to the keyboard, its functions are smooth but still not nearly as smooth as typing on the 13-inch models.
- Touchpad – Compared to other new Ultrabook’s on the marker the Dell XPS’s touchpad feels outdated, but it gets the job done and has a nice feel to it.
- CPU – The Dell XPS has a few CPU options depending on what model you choose.
- 13-inch model – Uses a 7th Generation Y-Series Processor which “utilizes a power efficient microarchitecture, advances process technology, and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance than previous generations processors. The Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, boosts performance precisely when it is needed, and saving energy when it counts” (Intel).
- 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7Y54 Processor (4M cache, up to 3.2 GHz)
- 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7Y75 Processor (4M cache, up to 3.6 GHz)
- 15-Inch model – Uses Intel’s newer 8th Generation Processors
- 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8305G Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
- 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8705G Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.1 GHz)
- RAM – Has a MAX of 16GB DDR4-2400MHz Integrated memory on both models.
Storage and peripherals
- Solid State Drive – Has a few standard SSD options depending on which model you choose.
- 15-inch model
- 256GB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive
- 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive
- 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive
- 13-inch model
- 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
- 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
- 1TB PCIe Solid State Drive
- Security – You have the option of getting a fingerprint reader that is built into the power button.
- 15-inch model has a Killer 1435 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth card.
- 13-inch model has an Intel 8265 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth.
- Webcam – Because of the InfinityEdge Display the locations of the XPS’s webcam is awkwardly placed at the bottom of display assembly. Some say it’s a worthy trade in for the beautiful display, but it ultimately depends on your personal preference.