Today, Dell began taking orders in the US for the new 2019 version of the XPS 13 two-in-one convertible laptop. In this update, the XPS 13 two-in-one has seen a hardware redesign, with a different hinge and keyboard. And many people will be glad to hear that the laptop’s formerly infamous webcam is now placed above the screen, not below. (That has been one of our main criticisms of this otherwise strong laptop in previous reviews of this product line.)
In terms of internals, the new XPS 13 two-in-one sports 10th-generation Intel Core CPU options ranging from the Core i3-1005G1 at the low end to the Core i7-1065G7 at the top. Dell claims the machine will be 2.5 times more powerful than its predecessor. It also can be configured with up to 1TB of SSD storage and 32GB of RAM. The top graphics solution available is Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics that come with the fastest Intel CPU. To accommodate these new internals, Dell developed a new two-fan cooling system.
This laptop also has a 13.4-inch touchscreen that supports Dolby Vision HDR or HDR400, depending on the spec, and that comes in either 1,920×1,200 or 4K variants. Thanks to reduced bezels, that screen is 7% larger than what we saw last year. Other specs like its 500 nits of brightness, 90% of DCI-P3 in the 4K variant, and either 1500:1 or 1800:1 contrast ratios make this a very strong consumer laptop display.
Connectivity options include two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 are supported in all configurations. There are plenty of other minor features, too, which we got into in a little bit of detail in our earlier hands-on with the device. For example, Dell partnered with Eye Safe to bring a low-blue-light mode to the screen, potentially reducing eye strain and sleep disruption for users.
The XPS 13 two-in-one starts at $ 1,000, whereas the top standard configuration will set you back $ 2,650. Dell is taking orders in its online store now, but delivery dates appear to fall in early to mid September.
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