DESIGN OF Dell XPS15 2 in 1
While I thought for a while that the Dell XPS design is getting a little tired, but like the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1’s looks. Surely you are getting the plain silver lid with the Dell logo stamped in black, but it’s so thin and light you will feel the whole thing reinvigorated.
When opened the laptop it shows off the 15.6-inch 4K display with the new “Maglev” keyboard and a soft-touch carbon-fiber deck that feels great.
And if you’re not looking closely, you won’t even notice that the power button has a fingerprint reader built-in the same.
The Dell XPS is the thinnest 15-inch 2-in-1 we’ve ever seen, at 13.9 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches. In terms of weight, it gives good competition, at 4.4 pounds.
Like it’s previous model Dell’s XPS 13, the XPS 15 2-in-1 is all-in on USB Type-C. On the left side are a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports and a microSD card slot.
There’s also a helpful battery gauge for checking how much health you have left, and I appreciate that this didn’t get ditched in making the XPS 15 into a convertible.
The right side of the laptop has a pair of USB Type-C ports with DisplayPort, a headphone jack and a Noble lock slot. There are no USB Type-A ports, so you’ll need a dongle to connect to many other accessories.
DISPLAY OF DELL XPS 15 2 IN 1
The 15.6-inch, 4K display on the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 continues a grand tradition of being excellent. The display is bright, colorful and extremely sharp. I watched the 4K movies and I was blown away by the color reproduction.
The panel of the display covers an awesome 160 percent of the sRGB color gamut, including the premium-laptop average of 111 percent, the Lenovo Yoga 720s 114 percent, the Apple MacBook Pro’s 126 percent, and the Microsoft Surface Book 2’s 131 percent.
While the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is plenty luminous, at 387 nits, some competitors are brighter. The Apple MacBook Pro leads the pack, at 460 nits, with the Microsoft Surface Book 2 close behind, at 417 nits. The average is 294 nits, and the Lenovo Yoga 720 measured 272 nits.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
Dell calls it’s keyboard “Maglev,” which means “magnetic levitation.” The short meaning is that it reduces the thickness of the keyboard but uses magnets with a metal plate to create resistance.
The touchpad is quite, less interesting, but it’s dependable. It’s quite spacious, at 4.1 x 3.1 inches, and you all know that it’s a Windows Precision Touchpad, it had no issues responding to Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and swiping apps down into the taskbar.
Loaded with an Intel Core i7-8705G CPU, with16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is limitless. I opened 30 tabs in Google Chrome, including one streaming a 1080p clip and I don’t feel any kind of lag in performance.
On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the XPS 15 earned a score of 15,040, easily surpassing the premium-laptop average (9,820).
The XPS took 13 seconds to copy 4.97GB of files, at a rate of 391.5 MBps. That’s far above average which is 273.86 MBps and easily beats the Microsoft Surface Book 2 (318.1 MBps) and the Lenovo Yoga 720 (267.9 MBps). Apple’s MacBook Pro, however, blazed past everything in its path, with its high speed of 654 MBps.
Dell’s laptop had the fastest HandBrake video editing result we’ve seen. It transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 14 minutes and 10 seconds, beating out the Microsoft Surface Book 2 (23 minutes) and the average (22:05).
Get ready for the bad news. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1’s battery life is subpar. It last only for 6 hours and 28 minutes, which runs a continuous web browsing, graphics benchmarks, and videos at 150 nits of brightness. The premium laptop category average is 8:48, and the Microsoft Surface Book 2 lasted an astonishing 11:34.
Our review unit, Dell XPS 15 with an Intel Core i7-8705G CPU, Radeon graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 4K display and a 1TB SSD runs for 1,83,974.07 Indian Rupees.
The base model costs 1,08,190.41 Indian Rupees and comes with an Intel Core i5-8305G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p display. For 1,58,712.96 Indian Rupees, you can get the same model we reviewed, but with a 256GB SSD.
CONCLUSION OF DELL XPS 15 2 IN 1
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 has a lot of features. Its performance and AMD Radeon graphics are very strong, the 4K display looks amazing and with Maglev, Dell has come up with an incredible solution for making low-travel keyboards.
But still, Dell hasn’t been able to fix the webcam on its XPS line, which is really just an annoyance at this point. And most importantly the battery life is less than 7 hours, which is far below average — and that partially defeats the purpose of Dell making this thing so portable in the first place.
If you need both incredible performance and a thin 2-in-1, Dell XPS 15 is a strong choice. But it won’t be the laptop you travel with unless you lug the charger around. If you need long battery life, consider the Apple MacBook Pro or Microsoft Surface Book 2. The latter’s performance is much larger, but its GTX 1060 also gives you more power.
But if the screen is what you prize most, you won’t get anything else like Dell XPS15 2-in-1, and the performance is excellent for such a thin laptop. But for that, you’ll have to make some compromises with your choice.
I hope my Dell XPS15 2 in 1 review is helpful for you.
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