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.

Dell XPS 13 9360 8th gen vs Lenovo Yoga 920

Dell XPS 13 9360 8th gen vs Lenovo Yoga 920

In this comparison we are picking two top of the line ultrabooks from two separate laptop manufacturers – Dell and Lenovo. Versions that we picked for this comparison are touch screen, core i7-8550U with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. Both laptops have similar characteristics including dimensions, design, build and technical specifications. For instance both have Intel Core i7-8550U which is an 8th generation Intel’s latest 14nm quad core mobile CPU built for performance with efficiency in mind. Now keep in mind that these are ultrabooks so not only they are designed for performance, but also for portability, handling and tiny dimensions which are key to achieving the best user experience and satisfaction.

 

Dell XPS 13 9360 Ultrabook: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U, 13.3in QHD+ Touch Display, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10

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Lenovo Yoga 920 – 13.9″ 4K UHD Touch – 8Gen i7-8550U – 16GB – 512GB SSD – Silver

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Both laptops are light, portable and offer quite good performance. Lenovo Yoga 920 has a 360 Degrees rotational ability. This allows it to be used in different positions including tablet mode, movie mode and traditional mode. While Dell XPS 13 can’t offer that, the display goes back far enough for comfortable viewing angle. Lenovo Yoga 920 offers 2 USB type C ports and regular USB 3 port. Dell XPS 13 has 2 USB 3 ports and SD card slot. Dell XPS 13 has no pen to write with while Lenovo Yoga 920 does.

Sound

If you use Cortana frequently and want your laptop to recognize your commands from a distance, Lenovo Yoga 920 has far field microphones installed on it to pick up your voice from anywhere in the room. Dell XPS 13 has the speakers on the sides of the laptop which is a much better spot providing a full stereo experience. The speaker loudness is comparable to Lenovo Yoga 920, but has a better balance of sound.

Technical differences and performance

Both have identical CPUs, so the quad core 8th generation Intel Core i7 doubles the performance in multi-task environments compared with corresponding previous versions of these beautiful machines.

Previous version of Lenovo which is Yoga 910 had a loud fan that would produce lots of noise at high loads. However this seems to be resolved in Yoga 920 and users claim it doesn’t exceed 40 db even at max loads. Dell XPS 13 doesn’t handle this task as good as Lenovo Yoga 920, and a cooling fan can get as loud as 50 db at high loads. Additional to that Dell’s cooling system doesn’t seem to succeed keeping up with CPU’s heat and under high loads can let Intel’s core i7 quad core CPU get as hot as 87C.

Lenovo Yoga 920 has a bigger 70 watt battery but has to power a more resource demanding screen with higher resolution giving Yoga about 11 hours of regular use before needing a charge. Dell XPS 13 on the other hand has a smaller 60 watt battery but due to smaller screen size is able to power the laptop for full 12 hours of average use.

Keyboard

Lenovo Yoga 920 has a very well spaced out keyboard with U-shaped keys. Both laptops have about 1.3mm of travel distance when it comes to their keyboards, however Dell’s keyboard has more of a click to it and thus it is more enjoyable to type on it.

Touchpad

The touchpad is nice, smooth and spacious on Lenovo Yoga 920 and it is using Windows precision drivers for better accuracy. The touchpad on Dell XPS 13 is a bit smaller, but the material used on top of it allows for better accuracy than what Lenovo Yoga 920 provides. However as previously stated Lenovo Yoga 920 has a support for writing pen and thus partially compensates for inaccurate touchpad.

Dimensions

Dell XPS 13 is slightly lighter and smaller than Lenovo Yoga 920. 2.9 lbs vs 3.02 lbs to be more specific. Dimensions are compared as following 12.7” x 8.8” x 0.5” Lenovo Yoga 920 vs 11.9” x 7.88 x 0.6” Dell XPS 13. Lenovo Yoga 920 is a bit thinner though. So if you are looking for very small form factor, then Dell XPS 13 would be the way to go.

Screen

Lenovo Yoga 920 has a 13.9” display and a choice of 4k or full HD option.

Dell’s infinity display allows for a smaller form factor and a more compact design, but the screen quality on Lenovo Yoga 920 is tiny bit better.

Dell XPS 13 doesn’t offer 4k display model but there is an option for full QHD+ display which will be more than enough. Dell’s infinity display not only gives the laptop very small and clean bazels, but also provides a more immersive experience.

Lenovo Yoga 920 offers a great display with SRGB of 100%, ARGB of 81% and NITS of 330 so it’s perfect for those who need amazing graphics, extensive photoshop or video editing.

Summary

The Lenovo Yoga 920 is more versatile, has a superior screen, faster storage speeds, allows you to write with the pen and deals with heat management better. Dell XPS 13 is built a lot better, with all the amazing features packed in a great and well thought design finished with effective infinity display, smaller form factor and a better touch pad. If you prefer a smaller form factor and want to save some money, Dell XPS 13 would be a much better option. However if you are looking for a fancy design, platinum touch and awesome display quality, then Lenovo Yoga 920 would be a better option for you. Whichever model you choose, it will have its advantages, however those come at a cost. These two machines are very close in specifications and apart from design can be compared side by side.