Is the Dell XPS 13 2-in 1 a Yay or a Nay?

Is the Dell XPS 13 2-in 1 a Yay or a Nay?

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is what you get when you merge the best-looking, most capable 13-inch Windows laptops and add a 360-degree hinge that lets you fold back the screen into a makeshift tablet.

It’s thin, it’s light and it costs below 1,000 USD. Considering this, then we might have something really good coming our way.

I’d call the new XPS 13 a full-time laptop and part-time tablet, as opposed to something like the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is a full-time tablet that comes with an optional keyboard.

The body is slim, there’s little wasted space on the compact body, and it has a few high-end features that really caught my attention. These include a fingerprint reader, Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C ports, a dual-lens IR webcam, and that great edge-to-edge display.

Tradeoffs and Sacrifices

There are a few sacrifices to make in this sexy laptop. An example of this is they swapped a standard Intel Core i3 or i5 U-series CPU for a lower-power Y-series one, which is quite slow, but does work better in slim PCs that need to run for a long time with minimal fans or cooling.

How about performance? Let’s take a look. Core M and Core i-Y CPUs have never been as performance-oriented as even the low-voltage Core i5 and i7 U-series chips found in most mainstream slim laptops. They can, however, offer extra power on an as-needed basis thanks to some dynamic power throttling, boosting performance, then easing off so as not to overheat.


The laptop’s batteries run for an impressive 8 hours and 56 minutes even when streaming video playback as compared to the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, which runs for just over 10 hours.

This is the Dell XPS for Me

Even though this is a clamshell laptop, I like this quite better than the standard XPS 13, which is a quality system. I find its bulkier wedge-shaped design a bit dated.

If you’re into hardcore gaming or editing, you need something with more performance, such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Compared to this though, I prefer the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which features an amazing OLED display.

However, the MacBook and the Lenovo are wallet burners. At $999 to start, this is already a great value for an entry-level laptop.

Thumbs up

The XPS 13 has a lovely hybrid hinge and thinner body. The edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-free display makes maximum use of space; plus, the starting price is extremely affordable.

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Standard USB ports are replaced by USB-C ones, the Intel Y-series processor is slower than those found in more traditional laptops, and the power button surely raised my eyebrows.

The Verdict

Despite the sacrifices made in ports and processing power, this slimmer hybrid version of the XPS 13 does a good job as an entry level laptop and as a useful tablet. But considering its price range, the value for money is not to be overlooked.

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