avatarby Edgar CervantesJanuary 6, 20170 comments

Convertible laptops have been an extremely hot topic these last couple of years. Lenovo pioneered the form factor with their ever-increasing Yoga line of notebooks, but now it seems that other companies are itching to get in on the fun. While Dell has produced a number of 2-in-1’s of its own over the years, there has never been anything quite like the XPS series, which uses style and class to produce what many call the pinnacle of business laptop solutions.

Now, Dell has opted to merge these these 2 standards, and have created the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 that oh so many have been dreaming of.

The new option looks quite similar to its regular model, keeping the beautiful “infinity” display that almost looks like it melts off the screen. It comes in both an FHD 1080p model as well as a QHD+ 3200×1800 model, which can be changed upon configuration. While the camera has technically remained directly below this display, it has been modified to be more better suited for video calls. If you put the laptop into “tent mode” or something similar, you will have a much better time with video chats now, since it now sits eye-level instead of looking up on the user from below.

The XPS series has always been top-of the line when it comes to battery life, and Dell says this model is no different. The company says users can expect 14 hours out of its 46 watt-hour battery, which sounds promising if proved to be accurate. Combined with Intel’s Y-series processors (Core i5-7Y54 and Core i7-7Y75), which only consume about 4.5 watts, it should be very easy to get some great life out of these notebooks.

Dell has opted to go the Apple route this time around, and has removed any trace of traditional USB-A connections. It uses all USB-C inputs with Thunderbolt 3, though it also has a headphone jack and microSD card slot. If you were upset about this and need your trusty USB-A connections, worry not, as the company is including an adapter in the box, free of charge.

The new XPS 2-in-1 is great for taking notes, too. It comes with a new stylus very similar in style to Microsoft’s Surface pen, and works with the laptop’s active digitizer to deliver 2048 levels of pressure using Microsoft’s Windows Ink standard. The stylus even has a built in fingerprint reader in the side, so you can log in with windows Hello just by picking it up.

Unfortunately, the company is only offering between 4 and 8GB of DDR3 1866MHz RAM. This is disappointing for a lot of creative professionals, but will do fine for business users that are only working on Powerpoint presentations and spreadsheets. As far as storage is concerned, the laptop can be had with 128, 256, and 512GB options, which is okay, though we wish they offered a 1TB model as well.

Though the XPS 13 2-in-1 isn’t quite as powerful a notebook as the other XPS options, it is nice to have a few different solutions available for those who want a thin and professional 2-in-1 for use on the go. The notebook can be ordered on Dell.com and is available now, starting at $999.