Workhorse For Road Warriors
Hybrids tend to be under powered, but Dell shows that this compromise is worth it if the results is a super compact 2-in-1.
In terms of all-roundedness, it’s hard to fault the convenience and performance of 2-in-1s
like the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.
Compared to the standard XPS 13, this model is smaller, thinner, and can be rotated all the way to be used as a tablet. The outer shell is made of CNC machined aluminium that
doesn’t flex at all and feels quite premium. As for the inside, there’s the rubber surface and
edge-to-edge display, which is what Dell calls its near bezel-free displays. The surface also ensures that heat generated by the device is insulated, so you won’t get sweaty palms.
Overall, its design is quite similar to its larger sibling, but there’s definitely a few
noticeable differences. First of all, its built-in camera is a dual-lens IR webcam that will
support facial recognition in future updates. There’s also two microphones on top of that,
making it useful for video conferencing.
Sacrifices were made in terms of the I/O ports, with the XPS 13 2-in-1 equipped with
two USB Type-C (one with Thunderbolt 3 support), a MicroSD card reader, and a headset
jack. Often, charging the device means you’re left with only one USB Type-C port, unless you
buy one of those expensive universal docks.
Under the hood of this machine is an Intel Core i7 Y series processor, which is weaker than
the U series processors used for ultrabooks. However, it allows the XPS 13 2-in-1 to be
compact and generate no noise due to there being no fans inside. On the flipside, this does
cause the unit to feel a bit warm when it’s running on load. In performance, it does well
for basic workloads like word programmes, spreadsheets, the occasional HD video, and
even some low-end games. But don’t expect to be playing high-end games on this.
Surprisingly, the audio of this 2-in-1 is not only loud but also good. Its 4K edge-to-edge
display also delivers great visual quality, great for those 4K videos or YouTube streams. The
battery is decent too, capable of powering your video binges for up to about three hours
straight before needing a charge.