Hands on: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1  Daniel Masaoka

The high-quality high-resolution display combined with the strong GPU performance makes the XPS 15 2-in-1 the ideal mobile computing machine for creatives.

That's pretty darn compact, and yet the 360-degree flippable Windows 10 powerhouse packs up to an Intel Quad Core i7 processor from Santa Clara's 8th generation of high-end computer chips.

From there, Dell offers all sorts of configuration options, like a 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen to an Intel Core i7-8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available in the U.S. from April 2018 at a starting price of $1,299 (approximately Rs82,674).

Frankly, there isn't much that's visibly different about the XPS 15 2-in-1 from the smaller XPS 13 2-in-1 that Dell introduced at last year's CES, beyond its obviously larger dimensions.

CES 2018 is now underway and DELL is out of the gate showing off new Kaby Lake-G powered laptops. Pre-installed on all of the company's new consumer PCs, the tool enables complete wireless integration between computers and Android or iOS phones.


Second is a brand-new keyboard technology that allows the base to be thinner than what was possible before (it also makes for more room inside for stronger thermal management). How long it will take to get over said curve is hard to say.

All told, the glass-coated, Microsoft Precision touchpad remains unchanged and is as delightful to use as ever. While you may be able to get away with some light gaming on the Dell XPS 13 convertible, the new XPS 15 two-in-one is better suited for serious gamers and power users alike. Available with Intel's new 8th-gen Core CPUs with AMD dedicated graphics, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCI-e SSD storage, it should handle just about any arty job you can throw at it, and the Active Pen support means you can doodle in tablet or stand mode when you don't need the maglev-assisted keyboard - something you'd expect to find on Japanese bullet trains rather than laptop.

Which laptop is right for you?

The second, more battery-friendly option is a 1080p panel that hits 400 nits and 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut.

The overall design is similar to the 2-in-1 XPS 13 and has a similar metal back. The stylus also attaches magnetically to the side of the new XPS 15, which should help you keep track of the stylus and provide an easy way to bring the stylus with you wherever you take the convertible.

It's this editor's personal preference to avoid most 15-inch laptops on account of their size, but the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 may very well change that. And, how will it feel, say, a week or two after purchase? The Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 starts at $1149; Dell Latitude 5290 Series 2-in-1 begins at $899; Dell Latitude 5000 Series starts at $779 and Dell 7000 Series starts at $1049. Stay tuned for a full review later this year.

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