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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (2018)

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (2018)

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 hands-on: A sleek showcase of firsts

Last CES, Dell unveiled its first XPS convertible -- the XPS 13 2-in-1. This year, the company is expanding its hybrid lineup. In addition to being the first convertible of its size for the series, the new XPS 15 2-in-1 is also one of the first laptops to pack Intel's Core processor with Radeon graphics. That chipset was teased in November, and incorporates an AMD Radeon GPU with dedicated RAM and Intel's CPU, allowing for smaller motherboards and thinner devices overall.

By C. Low,   01.09.18



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The Verge
Dell has established the XPS 15 2-in-1 as one of the best laptops in its class. The XPS 15 2-in-1 blends all the benefits of having a 4K display, powerful chipset, and aesthetic integrity, without the user having to sacrifice too much battery life, excessive heat, or poor build quality. While the design choices of Dell still seem a bit dated, everything else about the XPS 15 2-in-1 performs as you’d expect… which is the right way.
PC World
Dell's first XPS 15 2-in-1 makes some controversial choices, including its all-USB connectivity and MagLev keyboard, but its powerful Kaby Lake G part offers top-notch performance in a slim profile.
Laptop Magazine
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 offers an incredible screen, great performance and an amazing keyboard, but it has short battery life and an awkward webcam.
Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 moves the 15.6-inch convertible category forward with a host of premium features, but the overall design does require some sacrifice.
If you’re after an all round excellent, big-screen Windows 10 laptop, you’ll struggle to do better. Dell hasn’t tweaked the outer design that much, but the improvements it has made to the XPS 15 2-in-1’s keyboard and screen are subtle but important upgrades. Add to this the new G Series CPU and graphics options and the laptop easily earns its place as one of 2018’s best Ultrabooks. Were it not for its slightly lacklustre battery life and noisy performance during intensive tasks, this would be the perfect Windows 10 laptop.
Digital Trends
Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 looks like its predecessors, but it's all-new under the skin.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 sets a new bar for hybrid laptops, packing impressive gaming power into an ultra-thin shell. If it weren’t for the loud fans and software that still needs work, this notebook would have been a home run hit.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is just about the best hybrid laptop creative professionals can get today. It has a high-quality screen that can use a pressure-sensitive stylus. It's very powerful and looks good too.
PC Mag
Dogs and cats living together: Intel's "Kaby Lake-G" processor with AMD graphics powers the new convertible version of Dell's XPS 15 to performance as strong as its design is sleek.
Windows Central
Regarding overall design, Dell did an outstanding job. This laptop is not just an old XPS 15 but now with 180-degree display hinge. The company thoughtfully designed this from the ground-up, and it works. Performance is so good I have a tough time recommending the Core i7 model unless your job requires it. The Core i5 is like a high-end Core i7 Ultrabook, which is to say fast and responsive. Strengths of this laptop are the fundamentals: typing, display, trackpad, and build quality. These are well-above average, and it makes using it enjoyable. Inking is also not overlooked here. The Wacom AES 2.0 with 4,096 levels of pressure is serious hardware, and it makes inking on this device exceptional.

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