The Del XPS 13 is considered to be one of the most powerful and well-regarded Windows ultraportable laptop. While it has already been updated with the latest 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, you can also now buy a newly designed XPS which has a hinge which converts the laptop through “Laptop,” “Stand,” “Tablet” and “Tent” modes. It works very well if you want more interaction with your keyboard but don’t want to lose the physical keyboard.
Everything revolves around the system’s 13.3-inch IPS screen, available in full HD (1,920 by 1,080) and Quad HD+ (3,200 by 1,800) resolutions. The screen extends to the edges of the display housing, which Dell calls an InfinityEdge touch display. The screen has a digitizer built in, supporting an active stylus with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The display smoothly curves around as well, as it uses a pair of aluminium wrapped steel hinges. They’re similar to the hinges on other convertible laptops like the Acer Spin 7 or HP Spectre x360.
The kXPS has a carbon fibre palm rest while also having enough space to fit in a full-sized chiclet keyboard with about 1.3mm of travel. PC Mag says this about the keyboard.
The laptop has a one-piece touchpad which gives you a lot of cursor control when you’re not using it as a tablet. Moreover, the fingerprint reader on the palm rest and the infra-red webcam help easy logins through windows Hello.
As the laptop is extremely thin, all legacy ports have been replaced with 2 USB-C ports. Beside the headphone jack has Thunderbolt 3, display and charging capabilities while the one on the right lacks Thunderbolt 3. There’s also a microSD card slot and a Noble security lock port.
You can order the XPS with 4, 8, or 16 GB’s of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage space. Dell states that the 46 WHr battery will last for 15 hours with a full HD screen and a Core i5 processor. However, this claim has not been verified.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available for order starting Jan. 5 and has a base price of $999.