The Good The redesigned Dell Premium XPS 13 2-in-1 is a comprehensive upgrade of design, features and performance, making it one of the best in this category.
The Bad Memory and storage are on board and cannot be upgraded after purchase. Dell’s active handle is not included, and the white model also costs extra.
The Bottom Line With the new XPS 13 2-in-1, Dell has finally got a convertible that is as fine as its XPS 13. Just make sure you get all the components you need up front.
Editors’ note: Firmware Update for the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Built-in Fingerprint reader corrects the inconsistent reader performance we experienced while testing. The firmware can be updated with the preinstalled Dell Update Laptop application.
I like the Lenovo Yoga C930 . Many. This is one of the the best ultraportable premium You can buy something that says something because the category is filled with great options. If you do not care about convertibles, it is still a great choice to use as a simple one laptop , though you will lose a lot of your versatility .
I cannot receive the same praise the latest gen XPS 13 2-in-1 we reviewed in 2017 . It was underrated and overpriced, and despite the fact that it was small, slender and light, it felt awkward compared to the competition. The 2019 version, however, is one of the best “two in one” you can get right now, and worthy of being in the same lineup as its stunning clamshell counterpart . It’s still not cheap, prices start at $ 1,000 (£ 1,409 in the UK and $ 2,499 in Australia), and you might want to spend more on storage and storage. But at least now the XPS 13 2-in-1 feels like you’re really getting performance and design worth the extra money.
(Insert The guy’s meme is distracted when I turned away from the C930 to shut down the new Dell.)
So what has changed? Just about everything. Dell has moved to a new 13.4-inch 16:10 display that is available in UHD Plus 3,840×2,400-pixel resolution with 500-brightness and a HDR400 or FHD Plus-certified 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution. I tested the latter, which gets as bright as the UHD Plus display and has strong color and contrast performance. It’s also cheaper and doesn’t shorten battery life like the UHD Plus display; the FHD Plus display helped it run for over 10 hours in the CNET streaming video test.
This is the first Dell 10nm Intel 10th generation processors , to the Quad Core i7-1065G7 in my review system. Combined with the integrated graphics of the Iris Plus, it outperformed the similarly configured laptops we tested with Intel’s 8th and 9th generation processors.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390
|Price as reviewed||$1,575|
|Display size/resolution||13.4-inch 1,920×1,200-pixel touch display|
|CPU||1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7|
|PC memory||16GB LPDDR4x SDRAM 3,733MHz|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus Graphics|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe x4 SSD|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
Dell attributes a dual fan cooling system to the laptop and new internal steam cameras to help it get the best performance in such a slim body. The included power management software lets you quickly choose whether you want the system to remain quiet or cool or run at full speed. The XPS 13 2-in-1 was heated at full load, but its fans were generally more comfortable and did not distract loudly. I have also not heard a single coil coil at any point reported on past XPS 13 models.
Although Iris Plus graphics are not at all suitable for entry level discrete graphics, they were sufficient for simple video and photo editing tasks and even for easy play. And yes, you can play Fortnite it has high settings, though you probably want to stick with the medium if you want it to be nice.
Dell offers 10th generation Core i3 and Core i5 processors on this model, but they use less powerful integrated Intel UHD graphics. If you choose a lower priced configuration, make sure you get all the storage and memory you think you will ever need. With these two in one everything is soldered together, which means you can’t add more SSDs or more RAM in the future – you get what you get.
Small, thin and durable
The inability to upgrade storage and storage for some will be a barrier to bargaining, especially since it most likely means spending more money. But if you’re still on board, you’ll probably be very happy with the rest of the package. Dell seems to shave off every last millimeter of the chassis to get the XPS 13 2-in-1 as small as possible.
Dell used an incredibly small camera module to fit it above the display without increasing the size of the panel. Even as the hinges pierce the bottom of the display bezel, it looks more three-dimensional, especially in tablet mode. The XPS 13 2-in-1 supports pen insertion, and the Dell active handle can be magnetically attached to the right side of the chassis or above the Dell logo on the lid. The pen costs an extra $ 100, but it’s often sold.
The aluminum case is so tightly packed that it feels incredibly durable, and assuming that it sticks out like a clamshell version, will withstand the abuse of coffee shops, coffee tables, and whatever you call office day in and day out day. Two in one starts instantly when you open them, even when it’s completely off. Just lift the lid and it will come to life and you’re on Windows in seconds.
A fingerprint reader is available, which is part of the power button in the upper right corner of the keyboard. When I first checked the reader, its performance was inconsistent, but firmware updates have since fixed it, and now it’s working reliably. The MagLev switches give the keys a nice pop, and while the shallow travel doesn’t feel great, it’s still a good experience overall. Windows Precision’s large glass touch panel did not disappoint with its smooth or shaky performance.
Thinking about it now, there is one more thing that can turn you off and that is the range of ports. Like many premium ultraportables, you only get USB-C ports on the case. There are two – one on each side – and they are Thunderbolt 3, and both can be used for power. Dell includes a USB-C-to-USB-A key, but two in one also have a headphone / microphone jack and microSD card slot.
Ultraportable 2-in-1 to win
With the new 2-in-1 XPS 13, Dell has finally got a convertible that’s as great as its XPS 13 laptop. I haven’t tested it Yoga C940 Lenovo but which uses the same 10th generation Intel processors but is a more modest upgrade than a major overhaul of the Dell XPS. For now, if you want a more powerful, ultraportable two-in-one, put it at the top of the list. Just make sure you get all the storage and storage you need.
|Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,733MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel Iris Plus Graphics; 512GB SSD|
|Lenovo Yoga C930||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Dell XPS 13 (2019)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 2||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB|
|Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019)||Apple MacOS Mojave 10.14.5; 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-8257; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2133MHz; 1536MB Intel Iris Graphics 645; 256GB SSD|
Originally published on October 25th
Update, Dec. 4: Adds information about firmware updates.