Dell XPS 2 in 1 Laptop

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. 

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  • Design

    • 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. 
  • Dimensions 

– 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)
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  • 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

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  • Battery – According to Dell the battery can last up to 15 hours for both models depending on which display option you choose. According to our tests, the 13-inch and 15-inch models lives up to Dells expectations.  The 15-inch with the 4K display however brought down the average battery life tremendously; from about 15 hours to 9 hours.  Also; the 13-inch model has the Y-Series processors that promotes battery efficiency.  Dell Advertises the battery to hold a strong and normal charge for around 18-24 months. 
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  • Charging – The 15-inch mode has a 6-Cell 75WHr Integrated Battery and the 13-inch model has Primary 4-Cell (46Whr) battery. 
  • Ports – the Dell XPS 2-in-1 comes with
      • 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

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  • Sound – The XPS comes with Stereo speakers professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro. Like most of the new premium 2-in-1 Ultrabooks the sound quality is clear but lacks bass and they aren’t very loud.

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  • 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.

Computing

  • 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)
  • Graphics – The 13-inch has an integrated Intel HD Graphics card, so unless you plan on adding an external GPU; don’t even think about doing any hardcore gaming. That along with its Y-Series Processor limitations ultimately should send any real gamer away.  The 15-inch model on the other hand comes with a Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics Card which is impressive for a laptop that doesn’t have a discrete graphics card and is comparable to other laptop models with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

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  • RAM – Has a MAX of 16GB DDR4-2400MHz Integrated memory on both models.

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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

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  • Wireless

– 15-inch model has a Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth card.

– 13-inch model has an Intel 8265 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth.

 

  • Security – You have the option of getting a fingerprint reader that is built into the power button.

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  • 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. 

From the power the Dell XPS produces, to the keen attention to detail that Dell has put on the look and feel of the laptop; it’s no wonder the Dell XPS still stands as one of the top contenders for Ultrabooks out today.

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