The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 competes directly with Razer Blade Stealth, MacBook Air, and almost destroys it any every single way. This ultrabook is slim, extremely sleek, and Dell’s best ultrabook in 2017. With its amazing display and lightweight, this laptop is becoming one of the most widely seen laptops in college campuses. Are customers making sacrifices in choosing this laptop though? Let’s take a look at this college-exclusive Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 2017 review.
Screen Size: 13”
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Processor: Intel Core i5 Y Series
GPU: Intel HD Graphics
Memory: 8GB DDR3
Storage Drive: 256GB SSD
Wireless: 802.11 AC
Average Battery Life: 8:30 hours
Weight: 2.7 pounds
The top surface of the Dell XPS 2-in-1 is made of Aluminum and bottom surface is soft. In the inside, there is carbon-fiber which helps to stay cool and also comfortable to type. The chassis is super thin which makes it easier to use as a tablet. It’s a half an inch thick notebook. There is steel hinges which are very strong and allow getting in tablet mode, presentation mode, and normal notebook mode easily on the Dell XPS 2-in-1. I really love this design. For more creativity, Dell also allows a stylus which is also great and completely works with Windows 10. The Display is pretty awesome. It is 13-inch Full HD InfinityEdge touch screen display. The bezels are ultra slim just 0.2-inches. The display resolution is 1920 x 1080. The display is very sharp and color accurate. The viewing angles are nice. The display is very bright and it is outdoor usable. It has IR Camera for Face Recognition at the bottom of the display. The 720p webcam is not so good because of its place. But it comes in presentation mode then the place of the webcam is at the top of the screen. So, it’s a plus point of the 2-in-1 device.
The ports selection is decent. Because of lightweight & thin chassis, you won’t find full-size USB port or SD card slot. There are Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C port and a micro SD card slot. It has a USB-c to USB-A adapter which allows connecting phones and other devices.The keyboard is good & improved compare to last year model. The layout is good and now, page up, page down, Home & End keys are also included in the layout. It has 1.3mm key travel. The typing experience is excellent and under the keyboard, there is fingerprint scanner which allows to login via Windows Hello! The keys feel the soft and quick response.
The trackpad is good. It has Dell’s Precision Drivers which is very accurate. It’s a multi touch and it has a plastic surface on it. The tracking is good and the buttons are very responsive. It never skips while tracking, tracking is very accurate because of Dell’s Precision Drivers. Dell also provides stylus if you pay $50 more on it. The stylus is great and very sensitive. There is built-in palm rejection so your hand won’t work on your digital canvas. It has a rear button which launches the Windows Start Menu. You can draw with it and it feels awesome. I don’t like one thing about this laptop is there is no place to put stylus. You have to carry separately with you.
The speakers are great and very loud. The sound is clear and loud and the good thing is sounds doesn’t get distorted at maximum volume. It has Cristal clear bass. This is fan less machine but it gets properly cool. You can’t play games on it. It has a 46Wh battery which gives you around 8-8:30 hours of battery life which is comparatively less than old Dell XPS 13.
This unit runs on 1.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Y Series Chip which is not fast as U Chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD which is faster compared to last year model. It gives awesome touch screen display with awesome color accuracy and color gamut. The port selection is decent but still missing USB-A Type. Webcam position is good but when it comes in presentation mode, it looks good. The keyboard is good and improved compared to last year model. The trackpad is good and it is multi touch with the plastic surface on it. The stylus is good and very sensitive but you can’t place it, you have to carry it with you separately. The speakers are very loud and sound quality is great. This is far less machine. This features will cost your around $1200.
Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):
“Excellent PC, well thought out design, very fast computer for my needs.”
“Very user-friendly. I love the display and keyboard. Also, the laptop appears very responsive.”
“This is the best product dell has produced by far too many sweet features combined in a genius package.”
If you have old Dell XPS 13 then I think you don’t need to upgrade because it has not faster chip compare to it & the most important thing battery life is shorter than old Dell XPS 13. If we ignore these 2 features then this is a fantastic machine. You couldn’t find a stylus and ultraportable machine in old Dell XPS 13. I like the new keyboard layout and trackpad. The display is very bright and color accurate so you can do color accurate work like Photoshop and video editing. So, if you are a content creator then you should check this out but make sure you should purchase Intel Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM model. If you are a student and planning to purchase a new notebook then instead of this you should go for old Dell XPS 13, or if you want to experience ultra portable machine with a stylus then defiantly you should go for this Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. But the good thing is you don’t have to upgrade it & you can purchase the base model which has Intel Core i5-7Y54, Full HD Touch Screen Display, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD and this model will cost you around $1000. This Dell XPS 2-in-1 is best for college students that need that extra kick in their laptop experience.