Dell’s latest 15-inch XPS 2-in-1 is a high-end laptop that appeals to creative users: people who need power and portability, and might also appreciate a touchscreen and a stylus. It plays in the same field as HP’s Spectre x360 15, Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, and Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Right out of the box, Dell gets most things right with the XPS 15 2-in-1, with a just few areas that need improvement. Its build quality, attention to detail, power, and flexibility add up to a high-end experience that matches its premium price.
It’s fair to say you get what you pay for with the XPS 15 2-in-1. It starts at $1,299, but the model I’ve been testing costs nearly a grand more at $2,199. That price gets a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB of storage, a 4K touchscreen, and AMD’s integrated Radeon Vega M graphics. The most costly part of that is the 4K screen, so you can save quite a bit by opting for the 1080p panel. No matter which model you buy, the Vega M graphics come along for the ride. It’s a solid package that I’ve been able to live and work with — mostly in harmony.
Excellent build quality
Great 4K screen
Touchpad and keyboard work well
Long battery life
Keys are too shallow
Looking at the XPS 15 2-in-1’s chassis is well, an unimpressive viewing — Dell’s XPS laptops have been using the same basic design language for years now and it looks dated. Most of the laptop is covered in metal topped with a silver finish, and when opened up, a faux carbon fiber palm rest. It has a rubberized, smooth texture that makes it by far one of the most comfortable palm rests I’ve used and despite being prone to fingerprints, it’s easy to clean.
Overall, the design might be boring, but the XPS makes up for that with excellent build quality. The palm rest, display, touchpad, and keyboard hardly exhibit any noticeable give — there are no wobbly underside or clicking fans here.
However, the Dell XPS 2-in-1 isn’t a lightweight, weighing in at almost 4.5 pounds. That’s more than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, Surface Book 2, and even some full-fledged gaming laptops. I don’t think anyone wants to walk around with a four-plus pound tablet, because it’s cumbersome and awkward to use, but since the XPS is a convertible, you can do that if you want.The biggest issue might be the XPS 15 2-in-1’s price, which isn’t as high as a MacBook Pro or Surface Book 2, but still a significant cost. You can skip the 4K screen for a 1080 panel and save quite a few hundred dollars, while still maintaining many of the other qualities that make this XPS so good to use. You might even get better battery life and performance with the lower-resolution screen, but 4K just makes it that much better because of the Adobe RGB support and resolution.
Although the XPS 15 2-in-1 is a very expensive laptop with a boring design, it does most everything it’s supposed to well, which might be enough to make you forget about its cost and sleepy styling.
130W USB Type-C power adapter, Active Pen, Laptop
2 in 1 Laptop
Processing & Multitasking
Upto 15 Hours
130W AC Adapter
MS Office Provided
Processor And Memory Features
Dedicated Graphic Memory Type
Dedicated Graphic Memory Capacity
Mobile Intel QM175
3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4.1 GHz
AMD Radeon RX Vega 870
Number of Cores
Windows 10 Home
Supported Operating System
Port And Slot Features
Yes, 2 x USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort, 2x Thunderbolt 3 with Power Delivery & DisplayPort (4 lanes of PCIe Gen 3)
Multi Card Slot
Display And Audio Features
39.62 cm (15.6 inch)
1920 x 1080$$ pixel
4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Touch Display
Yes (Headphone/Microphone combo jack)
802.11ac (2×2) WiFi
354 x 235 x 16 mm
YES (Built-in HD webcam with dual-array microphone)
Finger Print Sensor
Noble lock slot
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Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations Island-style keyboard
Wide-type precision touchpad.
Recovery Manager Installer for Windows 10
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