The Perfect Gift: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Hands-on Review

Hi merry goers.

It's December and tis' the time for giving. I love December! It's the best month of the year because not only it's my birthday month but also because December means Christmas. Time to start looking for the perfect gift and well I received my perfect gift from Dell a few weeks back.

Dell™ XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell unveiled a series of world-first innovations in personal computing and gaming at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2017. Powered by the latest  7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, these products—designed to deliver the best visual experience with improved gameplay—are now officially available in Malaysia. Among these is the new XPS 13 2-in-1 which is one of the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1.

The minute I laid eyes on it, I just loved it because it is super sleek! And they weren't kidding when they said it was one of the world's smallest 13 inch 2-in-1. The XPS 13 2-in-1 is only 13.7mm thin and just 1.24kg! That's even lighter than my handbag. I just have to slip into a laptop sleeve and I can bring it everywhere I go. It's super portable and light that I started bringing it around. I used to dread carrying around my bulky laptop because it's heavy and I have to cart it around in my laptop bag.

Don't underestimate this little baby because it packs a punch with its performance. I got the Intel's 7th Generation Core i7 processor which is paired with Intel HD Graphics 615. I could open several programs even heavy ones like Photoshop and Lightroom without it crashing on me.

Battery wise, it did not disappoint me either. For basic usage like Word or Excel, I could use it for roughly 8 hours while if I were to use it to stream movies or Netflix, it could last me up to 6 to 7 hours. It's perfect for me during my cafe hopping sessions because I no longer had to cart that big battery adapter/charger and worry that my battery would die on me.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is built with machined aluminum, carbon fiber, bonded , and steel hinges wrapped in machined aluminum for stronger construction. A display that is up to 10 times more scratch resistant than soda lime glass and a palm rest that is cooler to the touch give it a top-shelf feel.

The gorgeous UltraSharp QHD+ (5.7M pixels) Infinity Edge touch display is perfect for that movie night with the pug. 2.5 times that of a Full HD Display and with the IPS wide-viewing angles, we could enjoy 70° views on a brilliantly bright 400-nit screen. Even outdoors under bright light, I did not have an issue with the screen and could see it clearly. 

Just in case you weren't aware, I'm not the most careful person on earth but I did not have to worry about this baby because it was built with machined aluminium, carbon fiber and the screen uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4! It is 10 times more scratch resistant than soda lime glass so thank God that I did not have to worry about accidentally scratching it.

Now let me show you something cool about the XPS 13 2-in-1! It's like Transformer! Being a convertible notebook, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is able to rotate its display backwards into four different positons: Tablet, Tent, Laptop and Stand. In the event that you need to get work done in pitch black darkness, its backlit keyboard will ensure that you stay productive.

Don't worry about it snapping  because the XPS 13 2-in-1 is built with a premium 360-degree hinge for four, flexible positions so you can watch, work or surf the way you want. 

Anytime that I did not have a table to use my laptop, I could just transform it into the tablet mode and use it as a tablet. An onscreen keyboard will appear when you are using the tablet mode so it doesn't affect my performance at all. 

Sensitivity of the touchscreen was good as I was able to use the keyboard with good precision. Initially it was pretty weird typing across the glass touchscreen but after a while, I got used to it and it was a breeze.

The touch screen helps a lot when I need more precise editing because I can just zoom in for advance details and edit. After using the XPS 13 2-in-1, I felt like using a mouse was so troublesome. Just imagine using a normal mobile phone and a mobile phone with a touch screen.

For artists out there,  I would recommend you get the Dell Active Pen*, with thousands of levels of pressure sensitivity at pro-level precision (2048), allows for a more natural handwriting experience, mimicking the standard pen experience up to the highest possible level. Quick response, optimized pen tip materials and palm rejection also contribute to making the pen feel that comes as close to writing on standard paper when you are taking notes or drawing. 

*Pen sold seperately

So do I have to say more? If you still have no idea what to get your loved ones this Christmas and they're looking to get a new laptop, you should definitely check out the XPS 13 2-in-1. All three models are available now through Dell's online store and authorised resellers in Malaysia.

  • XPS 13 2-in-1 / 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7Y54 (3.2GHz) / 8GB RAM / 256GB PCIe SSD – MYR6,699
  • XPS 13 2-in-1 / 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7Y75 (3.6GHz) / 8GB RAM / 512GB PCIe SSD – MYR7,799
  • XPS 13 2-in-1 / 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7Y54 (3.2GHz) / 16GB RAM / 512GB PCIe SSD – MYR7,999

Til next time,