The XPS Convertible You've Been Waiting For
HWM Singapore|April 2020
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Kenny Yeo

Dell’s first convertible XPS notebook was announced three years ago and while it was incredibly slim and light, it never really caught on because of its high price and the fact that it was running on a low-powered Y-series processor. Fortunately, that’s been fixed. It’s still a pricey notebook, but at least it now comes with a full-fat Core processor.

Regardless of which configuration you pick, all XPS 13 2-in-1 notebooks will come with the Core i7-1065G7 processor. This is one of Intel’s new 10th generation Ice Lake processors which is built on a new 10nm process. The model we tested came with 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD, which should be plenty for most people. For more demanding users, the top-of-the-line configuration comes with a whopping 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD. Despite its respectable specifications, this new XPS 13 2-in-1 is just 13mm thick and weighs 1.33kg.

Like all XPS notebooks, the new XPS 13 2-in-1 comes with an InfinityEdge display with barely-there thin bezels. Unlike its rivals, Dell has decided to go with a 16:10 aspect ratio display for the notebook. This means slightly more vertical space which really benefits productivity apps. There are two choices for customers, a lower resolution display that Dell calls “FHD+” that has a resolution of 1,920 x 1200 pixels and a higher resolution option called “UHD+” that has is 3,840 x 2,400 pixels. Regardless of your pick, both displays measure 13.4 inches across and are touch-enabled

AT A GLANCE

PROCESSOR Intel Core i7-1065G7

MEMORY 16GB

STORAGE 512GB SSD

PRICE $2,898.99

Because the XPS 13 2-in-1 is so slim, it’s a bit thin on ports. All you get are two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 3.5mm headphone/ microphone audio combo jack, and a microSD card reader. The downside is that you’ll probably need dongles if you want to use the XPS 13 2-in-1 with your existing USB peripherals. The upside is that the USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 3, so they are versatile and future-proof. As for connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 6.

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