In search of a premium 2-in-1 laptop? Reading this Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review gives you everything you need to know.
Itechguides' Take on Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop that offers an impressive performance in a premium build. It barely disappoints aside from mainly its short battery life. The laptop is good for creatives and power users.
- Thin bezels
- Strong performance
- Excellent Keyboard
- Premium build quality
- Amazing screen
- Below-par battery life
- Unimpressive webcam positioning
The article thoroughly examines the laptop’s features, design, and performance. Moreover, you will find out what this laptop is capable of in terms of its CPU, Graphics card, memory, and storage performance.
After reading the review you will have all the information you need to decide if the laptop is worth your consideration.
My Initial Thoughts
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop is a thin 15-inch convertible Ultrabook that is quite unique. It is one of the first laptops to feature both an Intel CPU and an AMD Radeon Vega M GL.
This laptop wasn’t released to replace the original Dell XPS 15 since its production and sale is still going on. The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is like a supplementary laptop for people that want something more versatile.
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However, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is not very comfortable to hold in tablet mode because of its 15-inch screen size. But it is perfect when placed in stand mode or rested in *tent mode.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Design, Dimension & Weight Review
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 has a similar build to the rest of the Dell XPS product line. Dell makes use of the same machined aluminum construction
Hence, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 comes in a Silver brushed aluminum chassis with a hybrid carbon-fiber palm rest around the keyboard. As a result, the laptop’s build quality remains excellent.
Moreover, it comes with the XPS range’s best-known feature which is the InfinityEdge display. This means that the laptop’s display is surrounded by extremely thin bezels.
However, the use of the InfinityEdge display comes at a price. The laptop’s camera retains its position at the bottom of the screen – close to the keyboard panel.
As expected, the laptop’s 360 degrees hinges allow you to flip the screen into full tablet mode. This hinge is very firm even though it rotates swiftly.
Furthermore, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 makes use of the Maglev technology for its keyboard. It uses magnets to raise each key instead of spring or switch.
The typing experience on this laptop feels good thanks to the Maglev technology.
Additionally, the Maglev technology makes the laptop lighter at 2000 g and a bit thinner at 354 x 235 x 9 mm. However, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 feels a bit too big for a handheld tablet, but it is quite thin for a 15-inch laptop.
Moreover, the thinness of the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 comes with some compromises in terms of port selection. For instance, you do not get any full-size USB Type-A port.
You only get a headphone jack, 2 USB 3.1 Type-C with DisplayPort, and power delivery. It also includes a microSD card reader and two Thunderbolt 3 ports with DisplayPort & power delivery.
The Overall design of the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is premium and sturdy. Therefore, it scores a nine in this review.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Processor (CPU) Performance Review
Dell offers two different configurations for the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1’ processor. You can get the Intel Core i5-8305G or the Core i7-8705G.
These processor options are both powerful. However, this review focuses on the Core i7-8705G.
With its Core i7-8705G, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 delivers in everyday usage, running heavy programs smoothly, and in benchmark tests. Moreover, the laptop’s transitioning between laptop and tablet mode is really fast.
On everyday usage tests, the laptop easily handled heavy web browsing and regular office tasks. It also rendered video edits without any problem.
However, the Apple MacBook Pro performed a bit better (15,170).
Generally, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 casually flaunts its extreme power in every processor-based computing operation. Therefore, it scores nine in this review.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Memory (RAM) Performance Review
Like its CPU, Dell offers two different configurations for the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1’ memory. You can purchase either the 16 GB or 8 GB DDR4 RAM.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is very capable of light multitasking with an 8 GB RAM capacity. However, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 isn’t a laptop to be overlooked when equipped with 16 GB of RAM.
Specifically, this review is based on the 16 GB DDR4 RAM. With this RAM size, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 took on every task it was assigned to like they were nothing.
It effortlessly handled 30 Chrome tabs, with a code compilation process on Visual Studio. The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 operates excellently without slowing down, except when under an enormous workload.
In conclusion, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 scores an eight in this review for its excellent RAM performance.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Storage Options & Performance Review
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 features a 1 TB M.2, PCIe, NVMe SSD. Its storage options include a microSD media card reader.
This laptop offers really fast transfer rates thanks to its SSD. However, it doesn’t match the speed of the Apple MacBook Pro (It will be further discussed below).
In detail, it took the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 just 12 seconds to copy 4.95 GB of files at a rate of 391.5 MBps. This is very impressive because it surpasses the category average rate of 273.86 MBps.
Surprisingly, it also beats the Microsoft Surface Book 2 that transferred at 318.1 MBps. However, at an impressive speed of 654 MBps, the Apple MacBook Pro was in a league of its own.
On a CrystalDiskMark test, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 recorded a read speed of 2976.7 MBps and a write speed of 520.2 MBps.
Finally, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 scores an eight in this review for its storage speed and capacity.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Graphics Card Performance Review
Dell has equipped the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 with an Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL. They also included a dedicated 4 GB VRAM in the laptop.
This laptop’s graphics card has a base frequency of 931 MHz and a maximum frequency of 1011 MHz.
You will be amazed at the performance of the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 in terms of its GPU. In fact, its performance is surprisingly excellent for a laptop that wasn’t primarily built for gaming purposes.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 can play many of the latest graphically intensive games. It easily ran League of Legends at 60 FPS.
Furthermore, it ran Dirt3 at 185.6 FPS, Rise of the Tomb Raider at 44.4 FPS, and also Grand Theft Auto V at 60 FPS – all on high settings. However, it couldn’t run Rainbow Six: Siege comfortably at high settings.
Nevertheless, its GPU performance is noteworthy and therefore scores an eight in this review.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Battery Life & Performance Review
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 comes with a 6-Cell 75Wh battery. Dell advertised that this laptop’s battery lasts up to 15 hours 53 minutes.
However, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop cannot last half of the promised battery life. The battery life of this laptop is a bit disappointing when you compare it with its competitors.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is unable to surpass the Microsoft Surface Book 2 that lasts for 11 hours. Moreover, this laptop doesn’t exceed the premium laptop category average of 8 hours 48 mins.
On a battery life test, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 lasted for 5 hours 10 minutes on video playback. Also, it lasted for 6 hours with regular web browsing, emailing, and document editing.
At the end of the day, you shouldn’t expect more than a 6 hours of battery life. Therefore, it scores a six in this review because of its sub-par battery life.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a very powerful laptop. Thanks to its impressive hardware features, it is capable of handling heavy computing operations that engineering requires.
Yes, it does. However, its webcam is positioned at the bottom of the screen. This tends to often displease one from using it. But then, it is not as bad as it sounds. The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 webcam is very usable.
Yes, it is. The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 offers a 15.6-inch touch screen display of FHD or UltraSharp 4K UHD resolution.
Yes, you can. You can upgrade the RAM of the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 to a maximum size of 16 GB.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is surprisingly great at gaming. It can play many of the latest graphically intensive games at high settings. For instance, it ran Grand Theft Auto V at 60 FPS on high settings.
My Final Thoughts
Dell has put a lot of time and effort into this laptop. It is as though the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 wasn’t built to tend to only a specific range of users
However, its battery life is a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, it is an excellent laptop that I would absolutely recommend for graphics designers, business persons, and tech enthusiasts.
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