Dell - XPS 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive - Black

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Touch screen AC Wi-FiWork and play beautifully with this 13-inch 2-in-1 Dell XPS convertible laptop. Its InfinityEdge display and FHD resolution provide a portable home theater viewing experience, and it handles high-bandwidth multitasking thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. The 512GB solid-state drive of this Dell XPS convertible laptop secures stored applications and files. Learn more.

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What's Included


  • Dell XPS 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive
  • AC Adapter
  • Documentation

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (80 out of 90)

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Features


  • Intel 7th Generation Core i7

Windows 10 operating system

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you mark up web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

Windows Ink compatible

Enjoy Ink driven experiences in apps like Office, Messenger, and Microsoft Edge, as well as apps from brands like Adobe. Windows Ink is integrated with Illustrator to bring you an intuitive pen experience.

13.3" Full HD InfinityEdge touch screen for hands-on control

The virtually borderless InfinityEdge display maximizes screen space.

7th generation Intel® Core™ i7-7Y75 processor

Offers powerful dual-core, four-way processing performance.

16 GB of system memory for intense multitasking and gaming

Reams of high-bandwidth LPDDR3 RAM allow you to smoothly run your graphics-heavy software and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.

512 GB solid state drive (PCIe SSD)

While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced power draw on the battery.

Convertible design

Seamlessly switch between high-functioning laptop and portable tablet forms.

Intel® HD Graphics 615

The on-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming. Optimized to use less power.

Built-in stereo speakers

Waves MaxxAudio is tuned to give you great sound across music, movies, voice and games.

Weighs 2.7 lbs. and measures 0.54" thin

Offers lightweight design featuring a slightly smaller screen and omitting the DVD/CD drive for improved portability.

Bluetooth interface synchronizes with compatible devices

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the laptop or tablet and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

USB Type-C connector with PowerShare

Connect to both hosts and devices, replacing various Type-B and Type-A connectors and cables with a standard meant to be future-proof. PowerShare helps charge external USB devices.

Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives

This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video - ideal for digital content creators.

microSD card slot in the display for storage in the tablet mode

Add your microSD memory card to access and save files and media when using the tablet alone.

Next-generation Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity (2x2 AC)

Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 6x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N (150 Mbps). Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks.

Built-in HD webcamera

Its 720p resolution generates a clear picture during video chats with your family and friends.

Backlit keyboard

For easy typing in dim or dark locations.

Fingerprint reader

Easy, typo-free access to your secure Windows account, password-protected websites and more.

Basic software package included

Trial version of Microsoft Office.

Additional ports

Feature microphone-in/headphone-out combination jack.

Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


Overall customer rating

4.5
89%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.2

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lot of laptop in a small package.

    Posted
    TechEnthusiast
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    This laptop brings a lot to the table in a surprisingly tiny package. The laptop has a 13.3 inch screen, but the body is only a little bigger than a typical 11.6 inch laptop. This is accomplished by having teeny tiny bezels framing the screen. The end result is a laptop with lots of display and very little footprint. The laptop has two USB type-C ports and comes with a type-C to type-A adapter. One of the two type-C ports does support Thunderbolt. The only other ports on this device are a micro-SD card slot and a headphone jack. The laptop supports pen input, but it doesn't come with a stylus (unfortunately). It's really hard to open the lid. You kind of have to pick it up and hold it like a book to pry it open. Trying it just lift the lid as it’s sitting flat on a table is an exercise in futility. The power button is a little hard to find by touch. It’s tiny and situated just up from the middle of the right side of the keyboard. As with anything this thin, it feels a little fragile. Premium build materials give it a fair degree of rigidity, but I’d still be careful when handling this screen as it doesn’t look like it could take too much abuse. The keyboard is buttery smooth with a rubberized, soft touch feel to the keys. This feel continues on across the palm rest as well. The rubberized texture on keys feels nice, but I keep worrying that my fingernail is going to scratch it (and I have short fingernails). The keyboard is well spaced, and it has a nice satisfying key press. It does sit a little flat for my taste though. I absolutely hate the positioning of the arrow keys. I keep on hitting page down when I want to move my cursor within a document. Keyboard backlight is subtle. Settings are backlight completely off, faint backlight, and . . . really faint backlight. The touchpad glides very smoothly, but it does pick up a ton of fingerprints. Speaking of fingerprints, the fingerprint unlock is a beautiful thing. The battery indicator button doesn’t seem to do anything while the laptop is on and open. Battery life is a little hard to gauge. Battery life typically goes down as screen brightness goes up. The battery estimates from Windows for this laptop make no sense whatsoever. According to Windows, the estimated battery life at 40% brightness was 3.5 hours, Battery life at 60% brightness was 5.5 hours, and the battery life at 100% brightness varied between 7.5 and 10 hours and at one point dropped to 6 hours. At 60% brightness, you should be able to squeeze out around six to seven hours with moderate usage (word processing and music streaming in my experience). Putting the screen flat back will NOT put it flush to the table top. There will be a good centimeter or so of space between it and the table. Pushing it back farther results in the screen sloping backward or the keyboard lifting up slightly. This is somewhat unfortunate for those of us who often work while standing and wouldn’t have minded using pen input on the touchscreen with the screen sitting flat and with the physical keyboard still accessible. Screen quality is great at 1080p. Out of the box, the screen has a faint yellow / green cast to my eye. Calibration would probably go a long way to resolving this though. The laptop has a nice wide screen. Wide screens are great for media consumption, gaming, and graphic design work if you like to move your tools off of your work area. They are not ideal for working in tablet mode, eBook reading or web surfing (still perfectly adequate for these purposes though). At the default 150% scaling, some of the fonts looked jagged and pixelated within application menus. My desktop and Microsoft Edge defaulted to 150% out of the box. I changed my desktop to 125% and Edge to 100% after playing with this for a while. Dropping down to 100% for the desktop made icons uncomfortably small. This also appears to have resolved some of the font scaling issues within applications. Icons and buttons in applications are small but usable at this scale. The camera is unapologetically bad. I can honestly say that I will never ever use it. The angle is awkward and unflattering (up my nose or examining the bottom of my chin), and the quality is awful. If you don’t mind putting the laptop into tent mode (honestly, this mode puts my teeth on edge so I will never use it), the camera is then oriented in a position that isn’t too bad. That being said, you will lose access to the physical keyboard in this mode. Still, with wireless keyboard and mice and/or the touchscreen, this isn’t impossible to work around. Overall operation of this laptop is smooth and enjoyable. The laptop ran hot enough to cook an egg when I first turned it on. I downloaded some updates and some additional drivers and that issue seems to have resolved itself nicely. The laptop now operates at a comfortably warm ambient temperature. There are apparently known software issues with the integrated graphics. The issues caused an odd white dot to appear in the upper left-hand corner at times (smack dab in the middle of the recycle bin with the default desktop positioning). Updating the Intel graphics driver seems to fix this completely. Dell’s support site was great. I ran an auto-diagnostic to update all drivers and scan for various issues. It needed very little input from me to run. The laptop came with the usual assortment of Microsoft bloatware. It has icons for the usual Word, Excel, Note, and PowerPoint. It also has icons for Access, Outlook, and Publisher. None of this software appears to be pre-activated for any kind of promo period though. Oddly there are two different instances of Note with different icons in the start menu. The system has one icon for “Note” and another for “Note 2016.” Otherwise system is fairly light on bloatware. As far as performance goes, it should be noted that this comes with an i7-Y processor and not an i7-U processor. Intel recently changed their naming conventions and rebranded their Core M chips as Y processors. The processor doesn't have quite as much raw power as its U counterpart, but it's more than adequate for daily tasks. The only time I noticed any dips in performance were when I tried doing some gaming and light video editing. It managed both tasks well enough, but performance was not up to what I would consider to be i7 standards. It should be noted though that this laptop isn't intended for either of these purposes. Hooking up to an external graphics card enclosure using the included Thunderbolt port may dramatically improve performance for these two tasks in the future. Overall, I'm very pleased with this laptop and would recommend purchasing it if you need a premium general duty laptop for word processing, light design work, and social media.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Build, Comapct Size, Super Fast Perf

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    HarvickFan
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    I can start by saying the laptop is beautiful. The design and aesthetic are awesome! The Infinity Edge display is gorgeous, although has enough of a bezel around the edge that calling it “Infinity Display” is a little misleading. Build quality feels solid and the aluminum and carbon fiber design makes the laptop feel premium, to go along with the price tag. The overall size of the computer is very compact and is a perfect companion for travel, while maintaining that full 13” Full HD display. In fact, this one only takes up about 2/3 of the overall size of my other “fruit” branded laptop of the same size, and is much thinner. Spoiler Alert however, I have the black model and it’s a fingerprint magnet. I mean, prepare a soft cloth and keep it nearby if fingerprints annoy you because this thing is covered in very noticeable fingerprints VERY easily. Out of the box it booted very quickly and I had the computer up and running in about 10 mins. I will say, one thing I wasn’t expecting to have to deal with, is how to efficiently open the lid. Yep, opening this thing is a bit tricky. The display lid sits a tad forward of the bottom lip when closed, so the traditional way you would think of opening the display lid don’t really work here. I have found that I need to hold the laptop on both sides and use my thumbs to pop the display open. Not a deal breaker, but very odd that opening the lid is so frustrating, and I’ve seen other reviews that state this same fact, so something for Dell to think about going forward. After a quick download and install of all the necessary Windows 10 and software updates, I was up and running. The 7th Gen Core i7 and 16GB of RAM means one thing – this thing flies. It barely needs to lift a finger to do anything that’s not resource intensive (gaming or heavy video editing, etc.) or when you’re not super multitasking. But with those specs, you can do all of those things. Now the graphics card is not for full blown PC gaming enthusiasts, but this laptop is not aimed at them. But you can do PC gaming and the laptop handles it admirably. I was also able to open multiple programs at once, both on board and internet connected, and the laptop never skipped a beat. Never once, have I had to wait for anything to happen. And doing everything on this Full HD display is a treat. The colors are true and the resolution is superb. With couple all of this with a SSD HDD, it makes virtually no noise, and everything is super-fast and snappy, as there are no moving parts here. Boot time from OFF is about 8-10 secs to the DELL load screen and about 15-20 seconds overall to get to the Windows 10 Home screen. Boot time from sleep is about 1-3 seconds. The stereo speakers are nice, and are a nice upgrade to standard laptop audio thanks to the Waves MaxxAudio tuning, but nothing that makes you forget this is still a laptop and the sound is from a laptop. Connections are something to consider with this one for sure. You get (2) USB-C ports and one of them is a branded Thunderbolt port, and it does come with a USB-C to USB-3 dongle, to attach other legacy USB devices. USB-C is becoming the standard, so nothing I wasn’t expecting here. The USB-C ports also power external devices, so a nice touch there. The only other ports you get are a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot. Now the MicroSD card slot I find sort of funny. I and most people I know don’t use MicroSD for portability or transferring files from device to device. Those are primarily for onboard storage expansion. So having a MicroSD card slot is sort of a waste to me. Having a full size SD card slot would have been nice, allowing me to transfer files from other devices and cameras to the laptop, but if you wanted onboard expansion with this unit, you have it would the MicroSD slot. Network connections are fast and true. This unit supports AC wireless as you’d expect, and the connection is fast and strong. I get full connection link rate of 866Mbs to my router at all times and the wireless card provides super-fast internet connectivity as well. The Bluetooth connectivity is also very good here as well, great for attaching Bluetooth peripherals like keyboards and mice, etc. leaving you the ability to use the USB-C ports for other devices like monitors and external HDDs. The webcam is placed sort of oddly below the display, and the 720p resolution does a serviceable job at video streaming on apps like Skype, and if you convert the laptop to “tent” mode, you can have the camera placed at the top of the screen so you’re not staring oddly down at the bottom of the display during video calls. Keyboard is fast and responsive and the backlight is nice. Nice response and click travel to the keys. The fingerprint sensor is also very fast and has not failed once for me. The convertible aspect of this unit is what I was really interested in trying. And it didn’t disappoint. Converting to tablet mode is effortless. Simply flip the display back, accept the message to convert to tablet mode and that’s it. You can orient the display in either landscape or portrait depending on the app you’re using, and the touch screen felt super snappy and responsive. I was very impressed with the screen touch responsiveness. No lag no dead spots, it was as close to using a smartphone or tablet that I can imagine. Very impressed. Overall I love this laptop and it’s going to replace my other “fruit” branded model for most of my laptop needs, including travel. Great unit!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small laptop that doesn't feel all that small

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    Chuck
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    I've had this laptop for about two weeks and although it's small, it's quite powerful. I've never had a laptop this small, so I was interested to see how it would my handle my daily work load (primarily coding). Out of the box, the laptop has a great feel; the quality of the materials used is evident. However, after about 20-30 seconds of trying to open it, I was a bit tired of the feel... not really, but it's a chore opening this laptop. I was expecting a small 'bump' that I could grab with a finger tip, but there was none. I finally had to pick it up off the table before I could get it open. It has gotten easier since that initial opening, and it's not something that would make me not buy the laptop, but I was completely caught off guard by the difficulty. The initial setup (windows updates, etc) took about an hour. After that, I decided to install some of my own software and see what happened. The screen is very nice; 1080p and crystal clear. I did find that the default scaling (I believe 125% or 150%) caused some problems with some of my installs (sometimes buttons didn't appear where they were supposed to). I wound up reducing the scaling to 100% although I did increase this within Visual Studio and IE. However, even at only 100% the labels on desktop icons are clear and easily readable. The keyboard doesn't feel cramped at all (and I don't have small hands) and overall has a great feel to it; the buttons have a slight rubbery feel and typing is very smooth and effortless. The touch-pad is nice as well and is very responsive to light touch. That said, I love using a mouse when I can, so I paired my Bluetooth mouse which worked great and left me with an open USB port when the power adapter was plugged in. I have never had a laptop with only two USB ports, but with a laptop this small, there isn't much room, and using BT devices means you really don't need them for things like mice. I was able to do about 5 hours of work and web-browsing and still had about 15% battery life. The only problem I had was that I initially started out with the laptop on my lap, and after about 30 minutes, it became evident that wasn't going to work without something underneath it. This laptop is small, but it puts out some heat. I was surprised at how hot it got. I did like how I was able to flip the screen all the way over and basically turn the laptop into a tablet when I was taking a break from work. I did try the tent mode, but didn't really see the purpose. I also don't know why Dell put the camera way down at the bottom of the screen. I personally don't use the cameras that much, but this one is so low it's silly. I was just testing it but the angle looked like something out of an old western; from the ground level, looking up at a 30 degree angle. I wanted to install a game just to see how the integrated graphics would handle it, so I installed World of Tanks (the full blown version not the mobile version). It installed without issue so I also installed XVM. The game defaulted to 'medium' graphics settings, ran fine and actually looked quite good. I had some trouble using the mouse; there was quite a bit of lag. I thought this might be because of the BT mouse, so I used a USB mouse instead and the lag disappeared. I also paired a set of BT headphones with the laptop and the sound was great except for occasional static when things in the game got a bit crazy; I would definitely stay away from BT devices if you're going to play any graphics intensive games. Overall, I really like this laptop. It's been great just using it around my house, but I'm sure it'll be even more impressive when I travel. It's small, but doesn't really feel that small, and has the power to do almost anything you would want it to do, including some light gaming. If you're in the market for a small laptop that can double as a tablet, I don't believe you could go wrong with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid laptop - great MacBook Pro competitor!

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    The particular model I am reviewing comes with a 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, a full HD display (1920x1080), a 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor and Windows 10 Home installed. Note that this review is not about Windows 10 or anything about it; I will focus largely on the interaction with the laptop directly and its performance for my daily use. Form Factor & Design: Some folks may disagree with this being the most important of the rated key factors, but I find this to be the biggest make-or-break item when considering a laptop for purchase. If it’s ugly, I don’t want it. If it isn’t slim and light and an awesome color, I move on. For the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, all expectations are met or exceeded. It has a bit of a wedge design (like the Macbook Air does), but with less of a difference from the front of the device to the back. Since it is a 2-in-1, the device can be used as a laptop at any angle up to 180 degrees, but can also be completely reversed to be used in “tablet mode.” I’ve never been a big fan of 2-in-1’s in tablet mode because they are so much thicker than tablets, but the XPS 13 does a fine job in that arena. It’s also a great way to circumvent the warm bottom in the event you’re lying in bed watching a movie and the device is sitting on any part of your body. Let’s talk about heat…this thing gets warm…like, really warm, on the bottom. It’s a fanless model, so it makes sense (it is the form factor / design that contributes to this), but I’ll always take a little bit of fan noise over uncomfortable-to-touch heat production. Most specifically, for any application heavy lifting you’re not going to want this thing sitting on your lap. The hinge is what I consider the most typical hinge type for a 2-in-1, with two hinge pieces on either side of the laptop that allow for the 180-degree screen rotation. The hinge feels solid, with very little screen wobble even when using the touch screen, and the device closes with a pleasant and satisfying snap. My only complaint about the closing mechanism is that it doesn’t really allow for one-handed operation upon opening. Inputs: I’ve been using Dell computers pretty regularly for the last 10 years, so I’m well-adjusted to how their keyboards and trackpads have changed over time. Also bear in mind that while my primary work laptop is a Dell Latitude, my personal laptop is a newer MacBook Pro (with the latest generation butterfly switches). I tend to prefer chiclet-style keyboards with less travel instead of more, and I (like most regular Mac users) have been ruined for any trackpad that isn’t provided by Apple. Considering all of that, I have been very impressed overall with the XPS 13’s input array. The keyboard has slightly more key travel (1.3mm) than I tend to like, but it’s not too much to cause any typing fatigue. The keys are spaced well, but they do seem a slight bit shorter than standard “full” laptop keyboards—I would imagine this is in order to accommodate the machine’s footprint. The keys are backlit with multiple lighting levels, which doesn’t do much for me but is a nice feature to offer. The glass trackpad is one of the best, if not the best windows machine trackpad I’ve ever used. It is very responsive and extremely accurate, and responds well to the Windows 10 trackpad gestures that will make most Mac users feel right at home. There is also a right-click area of the trackpad in addition to the two-finger right-click option we’re all used to. My only complaint is the size of the trackpad; given one of its purposes is to replace a mouse, I expect it to be substantial for maximum comfort and ease of use. Gesture support is great, but could be even better if the trackpad were just a hair larger, although this may impact the device’s entire footprint. Screen: The model I tested came with an FHD touch display, however, I would have preferred to see the available QHD display in action. Regardless, it is a solid screen; crisp, bright (I always felt that Dell displays on maximum seem nearly radioactive) with good color contrasts. Not at all stealing from Samsung (or Samsung not stealing from Dell, perhaps), the InfinityEdge display is well-executed well with exceptionally small bezels around the sides and top of the display (note the integrated 720p webcam is along the bottom of the lid which may be a not-so-preferable angle for you frequent Skypers). But, there’s really nothing about the display itself to dislike. My only concern with it is the weight of the lid, and its proportion to the rest of the machine; as this is a touch screen you have to expect that you’ll be poking at the lid from time to time. And, due to the aforementioned solid hinge, sometimes when the lid is at greater angles from the base, using the touch screen causes the base of the machine to raise ever so slightly. Not a huge deal for sure, but if you are a frequent touch screen user (I’m not a big fan and stick to the keyboard and trackpad for input in most scenarios), this may start to get on your nerves. Personally, I think a thinner lid with a slightly thicker base would help alleviate the awkward ratio, as well as possibly improve one-handed opening. Then again, I’m not an engineer. The Rest: Ports on this machine are really good considering the segment competition; it has two USB-C ports (only one can be used for charging), a micro-SD card slot and a headphone jack. Dell is also kind enough to include in the box a standard full-size USB-A to USB-C dongle for those who haven’t yet made the switch. I think USB-C has received some bad press of late, but in a year or two all of these giant USB cables and SD cards will be well behind us. I really like what USB-C is doing for consumer electronics and certainly don’t mind a few dongles here and there until it is fully adopted. Also along each side are stereo speaker grills, and the speaker performance is fine; plenty to get you through if you need to (although headphones are always the best option, whether Bluetooth or wired). Battery life has been good, and about what I’d expect from an ultrabook battery in 2017. I tend not to stress test batteries on any review items because every user’s experience, based upon individual use, will result in different battery performance. Needless to say, I didn’t have to charge it nearly as much as I thought I would, and it charges relatively quickly. There is also a fingerprint scanner that is integrated with Windows Hello, and its performance is the best I’ve experienced from a laptop fingerprint scanner (this includes the latest MacBook Pro with Touchbar, which is accurate but a little laggy); it was extremely responsive and wait times for my fingerprint to register were pleasantly brief. Overall: Performance from this machine, given its specs, were exactly what you’d expect: top notch. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap as the approximately $1500 price tag definitely classifies this as a “high end” ultrabook. Still, the specs and feature set packaged in the body of a very small thin-and-light laptop made largely of metal makes this a device that is both excellent for regular use and one that you’d want to be seen with at your local Starbucks. The case tends to get a bit smudgy if you have regularly clammy hands, so be sure to carry around some microfiber cloths so you can clean it frequently, as oil wear spots are not unusual in my experience with Dell machines. If the model fits in your price range, I think any buyer of this machine would be extremely pleased. At the price, though, it would be nice to include the QHD panel, but the FHD screen gets you everything you need on a 13.3” display. And, aside from the heat issue which you’ll encounter on any fanless laptop, there isn’t much to complain about here. I think this machine as reviewed would make an excellent competitor to the 13.3” Macbook Pro with touchbar, and is a couple hundred bucks cheaper to boot…which is everything we have come to expect from Windows laptops.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Performance, small form factor

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    Samrio
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    I had no idea how well this little laptop would work, and I was surprised at just how thin, light, and powerful this XPS is. It comes with a lot of specs to rival the newest Macbooks with the m3 processor, but packs more punch. When you first power it on, you'll marvel at the clear screen, and are promptly on your way to setup and updating. I recommend doing all the updates to fully enjoy it's performance. I installed World of Warcraft, a popular MMO, to see how well the Intel 615 graphics could handle it. It's not going to be the most visually appealing experience, in terms of graphics settings. However, on the lowest graphic setting, it's quite easy to play and forget you're on a basic graphic setting. Framerate ranged from 30 fps in a highly populated area, up to around 80 fps when in a cave with little in the background. You're probably wondering how I played the game, given that the laptop doesn't have a standard USB port. Thankfully, Dell thought of that too, and included a USB C to USB 3 dongle. You can connect it to the port labeled as a Display Port (also a USB C port) on the opposite side of the USB port used for charging. Using the dongle, I was able to plug in any number of USB devices (mouse included). Like any laptop running under pressure, it does get a little warm, but not as warm as the larger laptops. So you won't need to worry about burning with this on your lap. It boots up quickly, and in tablet mode, you'll be impressed with how great the response is to drawing, writing, or doing markups on a document. I haven't used a "convertible" laptop before, but this one has won me over. The only issue I ran into, was using the finger print sensor. Most of the time, I found myself having to type my PIN to login. Once I ran the fingerprint setup again, it was much more responsive. Just be prepared to re do the setup if your finger print isn't detected properly. Overall, I'm really impressed with this laptop, and I love how easily it tackles every work tasks (used the office suite), web browsing, moving playing, and casual gaming with ease. If you're wondering, "should I buy this or the Macbook?" Just go ahead and buy this. You get a lot more for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, Bad and it's a really nice looking laptop

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    AverageConsumer
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    Simple Answer: Yes I like this laptop and is it worth it's price....it depends. When I first got this laptop the unboxing experience was pretty much the same you see in all laptops. First thing that surprised me was the fact that it uses USB-C for charging. One thing you should know is that it is a special laptop USB-C charger so don't think that getting any USB-C charger will give you the same charge as the one presented in the box. Once you get the unit out of the box it is gorgeous. Simplistic design for sure but that isn't always a bad thing a premium aluminum build. The next thing you'll notice is that screen which even though it's only 1080p it is almost bezel less. Which in this case is a good and a bad thing because since it is bezel that means the camera has to be next to the keyboard which is not a place I would have preferred. The last thing when it comes to design is it has no real ports. The price you play for something that is small and lightweight sadly. Now it's time for performance and this does perform well playing a few online games that are very demanding I felt this breezed through it which I was surprised since it doesn't have any real high end graphics card. The keyboard is buttery smooth and I've purchased laptops for winning ergonomic keyboard awards in the past and I definitely love typing on this keyboard more. Yup using it now to write this review. If you are like me and you weren't sure about having the 2-1 computer scenario I will say this it's a nice addition which has now become my daily driver when it comes to Netflix or basic internet surfing. Final thoughts on this laptop are if you are looking for a small compact laptop as your daily driver for work and for play. Yes I would recommend this unit. The unit is blazing fast and build with premium materials. If your looking for gaming laptop, I will say I'm surprised but yeah it performed really well in my testing with a okay graphics card. The only thing I wish is the price was a little more reasonable but with fun features like the fingerprint scanner it's not too unreasonable when you compare to other on the market. I enjoy this laptop and I think you will too. Thanks for reading my review and I hope it helped.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A truly impressive Dell machine

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    Janine
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    First off - this is a beautiful laptop. Sleek, modern, stylish in design ... the Dell XPS 9365 13" 2-in-1 touchscreen convertible laptop, is quite simply gorgeous to look at. This particular configuration is one of Best Buy's Blue Label line, which I'm a fan of. So, I'm just going to go through the features which impressed me most, as well as, mentioning the basics of this well-put-together machine. As mentioned, the matte finish, faux-textured interior chassis which houses the keyboard and trackpad, is truly lovely. I'm not seeing any noticeable residual fingerprints after touching the surface. The exterior casing is smooth brushed aluminum, giving this laptop a streamlined yet classy look. On the underside of the laptop there are two rubberized strips which not only provides your laptop with a more secure grip on any surface while in notebook mode, but also creates a necessary cushion between the lid and bottom while in tablet mode. Overall, the slimness of this laptop in no way seems flimsy or cheap, quite the contrary. The 512 gb solid state drive is sweet! And that 16 gb of memory... really sweet! I've yet to have a system with a SSD, but I've heard good things about them, so am looking forward to comparing the difference in longevity and performance against what I've experienced with a traditional hard-drive. This Dell laptop has only two usb, type C, connector ports - one, a Thunderbolt 3 power adapter port; and one other, to be used with the included adapter dongle which has a usb 3 connection on the end. This could well be an issue for many, as it has been somewhat for me. But I'm resigned to needing to purchase an additional adapter with more usb ports for my peripherals. The battery charge status lights seem redundant and unnecessary to me. I'd rather just have another available usb port instead. On the right hand side of the laptop there is a microSD card slot. I agree with some other reviewers, in that a regular sized SD card slot would seem to have been a more useful choice, especially since a microSD card can fit into that sized adapter. There is a traditional headset port located on the left near to the power supply plug-in. The placement of this is not entirely ideal, but it is what it is. However, there's the option to go bluetooth with your headphones instead of going the wired route. The backlit keyboard is nice, and the keys themselves well-spaced, unlike other laptops I've owned (whose keyboards I've not bothered to make use of, preferring to instead, use one of my own choosing). The keyboard is intuitively responsive to the touch, no matter your typing style. Of particular note is the bright, crisp, clear, InfinityEdge display. Even though the screen is only 13", in no way does this feel lacking. You just have to see it to appreciate it. This laptop's speakers are located on the left and right sides of chassis, and do about a good a job as any sound-wise. But, again, there's always the option to pair a bluetooth speaker for increased audio. The fingerprint reader is awesome! Love it so much! I know it's kinda corny and goofy, mostly a 'nerd' thing, but having my computer greet me with a cheery "Hello" just puts a smile on my face every time. Unlike other reviewers, the placement of the camera at the bottom portion of the display, is not an issue for me. In fact, I rather prefer it being there instead of at the top of the screen. Often, during video chat there is a need to look down and type on the keyboard, so that lower position works out better. Otherwise, you can simply switch modes so the camera is more where you'd prefer it to be. Done! As with any laptop I've had, the touchpad is still difficult for me to use, which is why I don't, and prefer to attach a mouse for easier mobility. The laptop converts to four useful positions, or Modes: notebook, tablet, stand, tent. Another nice thing about this little beauty, is the small power supply cube, which is easier to carry around in a laptop sleeve, purse or backpack. There is no CD/DVD drive on this model laptop, so bear that in mind, as this is the way of the future, and making use of any required additional peripherals is easy enough with appropriate adapters. Setting up Windows on this Dell machine seemed to take hardly any time at all, compared to my previous (not very old) laptop. Just give yourself a few minutes and let it do its thing, simply follow the friendly directions which pop up on the screen. Once that's all done, it's mostly the updates which will take longer - something I'd encourage everyone to do right away. Always good to make sure all that's up-to-date, especially fresh out of the box. Merely turning on and starting up this laptop seems super fast - bam, you're there! And this Intel Core i7 processor can handle multitasking with ease - web surfing is a breeze. A fun, and cool, piece of software is the integrated Windows Ink. Another app pre-installed in the startup menu is Bamboo Paper. Both of these are awesome and worth investing in a stylus to make the most use of. I purchased a Wacom Bamboo Ink Smart Stylus after extensive research, but there are other less expensive options out there. *Be VERY mindful when purchasing a stylus to use with this particular model laptop - make sure to check for compatibility as that will definitely matter to functionality, and the last thing you're gonna want to do is inadvertently damage this beautiful display using an incompatible device!* I'd never used a stylus such as this with any previous device, so am still getting a feel for it, taking my time learning the do's and don'ts, but having a blast!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A solid convertible ultrabook for an everyday user

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    SUMMARY: The thin bezel display and design make for an attractive and eye catching laptop. Paired with great specs, the convertible form factor fits many use cases making it a solid all around computer that is very easy to recommend if you don’t mind some extra dongles in your life. DISPLAY: This laptop is a 2-in-1 based off Dell’s stellar XPS 13. I’ve had it for just over a week and can say that I am impressed with its thin bezel infinity display – wow! It’s only a 1080p panel in this model but I think that is perfect for a 13” display, a 4K display in the 11” laptop form factor of this computer would impact battery life substantially I feel. The display does support pen input with the Dell Active Pen PN556W, but I was not able to test it as it is not included in the box. BUILD QUALITY & KEYBOARD: The build of this computer is in a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber and it feels great! The outside body feels study and the inside carbon fiber feels soft and great to rest my palms on while I type this review. Speaking of typing, the keyboard is a tad small but for the formfactor are well spaced with keys that have a good amount of travel and responsiveness. The keys are backlit, but a little too dim. I looked for a setting to adjust this but couldn’t a way to change this. The hinge is a little large and distracts from the overall great design, but that is a small knock. CONNECTIVITY: The potential kicker comes with the lack of USB type A ports. The XPS has a pair of USB type-C ports, one which can be used for charging. You will most likely have to carry around the dongle that comes in the box with this computer. However, it does come with some benefits – Dells sells a thunderbolt dock (TB16) that allows you to plug in up to 3 displays which is very convenient. They also sell dongles with more connectivity choices like Type A USB, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet. It does have a standard headphone jack and spot for a micro-SD card which rocks. There is also a Noble style security lock hole. SECURITY: The laptop features a fingerprint scanner for using Windows Hello. It is pad based, so you simply place your finger on it verses swiping it down. It has worked great so far and is conveniently placed right underneath the arrow keys. The company features a camera which supposedly supports Windows Hello login via your face, but it hasn’t received the update necessary to enable it as of the date of this review. PERFORMANCE: This well spec’ed notebook will be perfect for your everyday needs and light gaming. I had no issues with multiple tabs in edge, document editing, and video streaming. It’s a very smooth and speedy experience on this laptop. I’ve played some Minecraft which it handled without problem but I wouldn’t expect much more past casual titles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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