Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a nice twist on a premium laptop


— 3:47 PM on January 5, 2017

The market for tablets may have stagnated, but several vendors hope that the extra functionality of convertible 2-in-1 computers might persuade shoppers to start purchasing slim laptops again. Dell's latest XPS 13 2-in-1 tries to woo consumers with an eye-catching display, a thin, durable chassis, and the latest processors from Intel.

The XPS 13 convertible's 360° hinge allows it to function as both a laptop or a tablet, depending on the display's orientation. The hinges are constructed of solid steel wrapped in aluminum. Solid materials aren't restricted to the hinges, since the main body is made of aluminum, carbon fiber, and Gorilla Glass. The convertible is 0.54" (13.7mm( thick, and weighs 2.7 lbs (1.24 kg).

Dell claims that this is the world's smallest 13" 2-in-1, and that's partly thanks to its display portion. The InfinityEdge touch display has a very thin bezel and an IGZO IPS panel with wide viewing angles. Shoppers can pick between a display with 1920x1080 or 3200x1800 resolution.

Under the hood, Dell installs one of two processors. The base model comes with Intel's Core i5-7Y54 processor, which has a max turbo frequency of 3.2 GHz and a 4.5W TDP. Buyers can upgrade to Intel's Core i7-7Y75, a dual-core processor with four threads, a max turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz, and a 4.5W TDP. For graphics, the convertible uses the processor's integrated HD Graphics 615. The XPS 13 2-in-1's different configurations either have 4GB or 8GB of 1866Mhz LPDDR3, and users can pick between a 128GB SSD or a 256GB PCIe SSD.

The XPS 13 convertible employs a fanless design to dispel heat, enabling it to run very quietly. Dell claims the machine can go for about 15 hours when running productivity applications, and about 13 hours when streaming Netflix.

For connectivity, the laptop offers has two USB Type-C ports, one of which supports Thunderbolt 3. Both ports have charging and display functionality. Since some users might miss their old USB ports, Dell includes a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter in the box. The convertible has a backlit keyboard, and is equipped with a fingerprint reader.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is sold exclusively at dell.com and Best Buy stores, and is available right away. Pricing ranges from $1,000 to $1,300 depending on the options.

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