Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review: Laptop To Remain Consumers' Favorite

It has been quite some time since Dell unveiled the XPS 13 Windows laptop. The original XPS 13 has been the customer favorite for the past two years apparently because of its luxuriously lightweight chassis, gorgeous InfinityEdge display, and long battery life. Dell has taken all the slim carbon fiber goodness from its previous flagship ultrabook and applied it to a brand-new hybrid.

According to LaptopMag, the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 chassis is allegedly thinner than the one on the XPS 13 clamshell, which makes it easier to use as a tablet. In order to make the 2-in-1 so thin and light, Dell apparently did make some trade-offs.  Allegedly, instead of a full-size USB port or an SD card slot, put in its place is a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB Type-C port and a microSD card slot. Purportedly, Dell is also including a USB-C to USB-A adapter that will make it easier to connect phones and other devices.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 does not deliver many surprises according to Engadget but rather is a realistic rendition of the company's premium laptop with convertible features.  Seemingly, it is easy to mistake this new machine for the original XPS 13. Both deceptively share the same predominant design, such as the sleek metal cases, nearly bezel-less screens and an attractive carbon-fiber weave covering the keyboard deck and trackpad.

The one major difference is the convertible's two prominent hinges that prevent the display from sitting flat with the keyboard.  The hinges apparently allow the display to swing around 360 degrees. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 can also flip around in a tent formation or a stand mode wherein the display face forward while the keyboard rest facedown.

The new Dell model is powered by a Core i7-7Y75 CPU running at 1.3GHz to 1.6GHz along with 8GB of RAM. Dell also reportedly implemented a dynamic power mode that pushes the 2-in-1's hardware in short bursts. The battery of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-12-in-1 typically lasts around a little more than eight hours, around an hour more than the original XPS 13.

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