Not only is the Dell XPS 13 one of Dell’s best-known laptops, but it’s one of the best-known laptops, period. If you know anything about Windows laptops, you’ve probably heard its name. It’s great in pretty much every way, and it just keeps getting better.
So it’s forgivable lớn hear about a “Dell XPS 13 2-in-1” and assume it’s a run-of-the-mill XPS 13 that you can flip around. But the XPS 13 2-in-1 is very much a máy vi tính of its own, with a different phối of trade-offs & considerations from its clamshell counterpart. In some areas (like graphics performance), the convertible is a step ahead of the standard XPS; in others (like the keyboard), it’s compromising a bit. The best Model for you depends on the type of tasks you’re looking to lớn do.
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This year’s 2-in-1 starts at $1,099.99 for a Vi xử lý Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can spec that all the way up to $2,249.99 (listed now at $1,999.99) for a 3840 x 2400 display, a Chip Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, và a 1TB SSD. You can also pay $50 extra for the White (“frost”) color rather than the silver và blachồng mã sản phẩm and $60 extra lớn tăng cấp to Windows 10 Pro.
Apart from that, the new 2-in-1 has largely the same look as its predecessor & the clamshell XPS, complete with a sllặng & sturdy aluminum chassis, a 19đôi mươi x 1200 (16:10) Gorilla Glass screen, & four ports (two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort, & nguồn Delivery, one tai nghe jaông xã, and one microSD thẻ reader). Dell has made a few tweaks as well: the webcam now supports Windows Hello, there’s a new “frost” color option, RAM has been bumped from 3733MHz khổng lồ 4267MHz, the touchpad is quieter, & there’s an updated microSD reader that Dell says will deliver better performance. That’s all well và good, but the processor is the star of the show here — và it is a star.
For general performance, the 1165G7 handled my office workload, which includes a dozen-ish Chrome tabs, a few other apps like Slaông xã và Spotify, and some downloading, file copying, and other office-y stuff in the background, with no problem. I never heard the fans spin up or felt any heat unless I was running an intense program. This is the experience you’ll have sầu with any machine with an i7, but you certainly aren’t sacrificing any performance for this convertible form factor.
Heavier media work is where this system starts to lớn stand out. The 2-in-1 took 10 minutes & 5 seconds lớn export our 5-minute, 33-second 4K đoạn Clip in Adobe Premiere Pro. That’s 38 seconds faster than the regular XPS 13 — effectively comparable. Both systems are faster than any 10th Gen Ice Lake máy tính with integrated graphics, và they beat the Hãng Asus ZenBook 14 with the same processor (which took 11 và a half minutes). They also both thua trận out to lớn the Arm-powered MacBook Air (which doesn’t even have sầu a fan) & Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro, which finished the job in 8:15 and 7:39, respectively.
Where the 2-in-1 really differentiates itself from the clamshell, though, is gaming performance. You can actually play a fair number of games on this máy tính without needing lớn bump the resolution down. The 2-in-1 smoked the clamshell on Rocket League’s maximum settings (an average of 120fps, to lớn the clamshell’s 111fps) và League of Legends (226fps khổng lồ the clamshell’s 205fps). You’ll only see 60fps on either XPS 13 since that’s the maximum their screens can display, but those results show how much higher Dell has clocked the 2-in-1 over the standard XPS.
The 2-in-1 is putting up such impressive numbers that there are actually games where you’ll see better performance than you will on the clamshell. It breezed through Overwatch’s Ultra settings, averaging 71fps. That beats the standard XPS 13, which averaged 48fps on the same prephối — a difference you’ll notice in gameplay. It also beats Lenovo’s IdeaPad Sllặng 7 with AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 7 4800U, which put up 46fps và actually isn’t too far off a system I tested with the most powerful Tiger Lake processor (the Chip Core i7-1185G7) which averaged 89fps.
The really exciting news is that you can actually play Shadow of the Tomb Raider on this machine at 1080p. The 2-in-1 averaged 36fps on the game’s built-in benchmark (at the lowest-possible settings). That’s just two off from the newest MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chip (38fps), which has been outperforming 1165G7 systems across the board. Now, you may very well not want khổng lồ play demanding titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 38fps, but you can play them on this machine without feeling lượt thích you’re watching a flipbook. That’s a big accomplishment for these integrated graphics, especially considering that the standard XPS 13 only averaged 22fps on the same benchmark.
Agree to Continue: Dell XPS 13 (2020)
Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us lớn read và analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have sầu to lớn hit “agree” lớn use devices when we reviews them, since these are agreements most people don’t read và definitely can’t negotiate.
To start using the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020), you’ll need to agree khổng lồ the following:A request for your regionA request for your keyboard layoutWindows 10 license agreement and Dell Terms of Sale / License AgreementMicrosoft accountPIN
You can also say yes or no to lớn the following:Wi-FiWindows Hello face & fingerprint recognitionPrivacy settings (speech recognition, location, Find My Device, sharing diagnostic data, inking & typing, tailored experience, advertising ID)Tell Microsoft how you plan to lớn use your device for customized suggestions (you can choose between gaming, schoolwork, creative sầu, entertainment, family, and business)Connect an Android phoneOneDrive sầu backupOffice 365Allow Microsoft khổng lồ collect information including location & location history, contacts, voice input đầu vào, speech & handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, content & communication history, messages, and appsSign up for Dell’s Support and ProtectionMcAfee security subscription
That’s six mandatory agreements và 16 optional ones khổng lồ use the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020).
Similar khổng lồ that of the clamshell XPS, however, the convertible’s cooling system (including two fans, hidden vents in the hinge, & what Dell calls “an ultra-thin vapor chamber”) is being pushed to its limit during these high-intensity tasks. During the Premiere Pro export và my gaming sessions, the CPU spent some time in the high 90s (Celsius) and even hit 100 a few times. This may cause problems for the XPS size factor down the line if Hãng Intel doesn’t make significant gains in efficiency. On the plus side, the keyboard & touchpad never got hot at all. (The keyboard got toasty on the clamshell.)
So the 2-in-1 gives you better graphics performance than the standard XPS (as well as a convertible size factor) for just a slightly higher price. What’s the catch? There are two worth considering.
The first is battery life. I averaged eight hours và 50 minutes using the 2-in-1 as my primary work driver with the screen at 200 nits of brightness. That’s quite good aao ước the Tiger Lake systems we’ve sầu seen so far, và it means you should get a full workday from one charge. But it’s a bit worse than the standard XPS, where I usually saw nine hours và 15 minutes — a small difference but one that could be important khổng lồ students or frequent business travelers who are looking for every ounce of juice they can get.
Dell XPS 13 2-in 20trăng tròn specs (as reviewed)Processor: Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i7-1165G7RAM: 16GBStorage: 512GBGraphics: Hãng sản xuất Intel Iris Xe GraphicsDisplay: 13.4-inch 19trăng tròn x 1200 touch displayPorts: two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 with DisplayPort and Power Delivery, one 3.5mm tai nghe / microphone full bộ jaông xã, one microSD card readerCamera: 2.24mm infrared 720p webcamWeight: 2.9 pounds (1.32kg)Dimensions: 11.69 x 8.15 x 0.56 inches (297 x 207 x 14.35mm)Operating system: Windows 10 Home
The second trade-off khổng lồ consider is the keyboard. The standard XPS 13 has one of my all-time favorite máy tính keyboards; it’s snappy, quiet, & comfortable, with a really nice texture. The 2-in-1 has a different keyboard that Dell calls the “Next Gen MagLev keyboard.” It has wider keycaps with just 0.7mm of travel. It feels similar khổng lồ using the old low-profile butterfly keyboard on the 2019 Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro. Personally, I hate this. Typing on the convertible feels lượt thích slamming my fingers onto lớn flat plastic. But I begrudgingly acknowledge that some people (including Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert) prefer these kinds of keys.
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Overall, the XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is an excellent Windows convertible. It keeps the sllặng, sturdy, premium build unique that makes the XPS line the best of the best while also delivering some of the best performance you can get from an ultraportable máy tính xách tay. It’s a formidable competitor to Apple’s groundbreaking MacBooks, especially if you’re looking for a touchscreen and a convertible form factor.
If you’re deciding whether to lớn buy the XPS 13 or the XPS 13 2-in-1, the differences are simple — but they’re also significant and worth thinking about. The convertible form factor is the most obvious distinction, but I would argue it’s not the most important one (unless your job requires tablet use). You’ll be using the keyboard a lot, so you’ll want to lớn figure out which one you prefer (if you’ve used MacBook butterfly keyboards và other MacBook keyboards, those are a rough approximation). You should also consider the sorts of tasks you’ll be putting your system through và whether a significant increase in graphics performance (especially with demanding games) is worth giving up a bit of battery life. And of course, there’s the price difference.
Anyone who’s considering an XPS 13 & thinks they might prefer a convertible should definitely consider the 2-in-1. Just don’t assume they’re the exact same package.