I had the chance to play around with the device prior to CES. It has a clever design and wowed me with its sleek design and edge-to-edge screen, but it won’t come cheap.The starting price of the XPS 13 2-in-1 is US$999, and it’ll start shipping this month. That’s about $200 more than the starting price of the XPS laptop. You are paying more for the versatility of the XPS 13 2-in-1.
On the outside, the XPS 13 2-in-1 looks like the XPS 13 laptop, but Dell has changed the hinge connecting the keyboard base and screen. The screen can be rotated 360 degrees to turn the device into a tablet.The XPS 13 2-in-1 weighs 1.24 kilograms and is surprisingly thin and light thanks to its intelligent design. With its 13.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, the device fits in a typical frame of an 11.6-inch laptop. There’s more screen to work with and less border surrounding the display.Dell claims the battery life of the XPS 13 2-in-1 ranges from nine to 15 hours, depending on how you use it. The battery life goes up if you’re doing basic productivity work and declines to around nine hours if you are watching Netflix movies.The XPS 13 2-in-1 is a step down in performance compared to the XPS 13 laptop, but the decline is not visible when running basic applications or graphics.
We doubt that the XPS 13 2-in-1 will come with a stylus, but we’ll update you on whatever information Dell reveals during the official unveiling.
Normally, machines that tout touchscreens force manufacturers to incorporate a display with a smaller level of brightness compared to an actual notebook, but we hope that this isn’t going to be the case with the upcoming 2-in-1. Keep in mind that while the image has been leaked on Dell’s Canadian website.Nevertheless, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is a fine hybrid device with a great screen.