There's an air of sophistication around the XPS 13 2-in-1 that's hard to put into words, but you'll notice it as soon as you feel it. Its unibody aluminum case feels strong and elegant. And even though it's slightly heavier than the traditional model, at 2.9 pounds it still feels light and easy to hold. And like every 2-in-1
The new 13.4-inch display, therefore, looks gorgeous. It's a bit taller than before, thanks to a 16:10 aspect ratio, and it's available with 1080p or 4K resolution. Both screens feature HDR and Dolby Vision, which helps to make the video more accessible by adding higher levels of brightness and more nuanced darks.
You can now read the new thinner case for the laptop's revamped MagLev keyboard, which now offers a shorter 0.7mm, about half as much as the XPS 13. Now hear me out: I was ready to scoff at this keyboard too, but then I actually used it. Apple's Completely Flat MacBook keyboards. Dell thus spread the keyboard out with larger keycaps, so it reaches the edges of the laptop. That makes for an almost desktop-like typing experience.
Dell's Precision trackpad is now 19 percent larger than before, giving you more space for swiping around and multitouch gestures. I found it to be effortlessly smooth and very responsive. I used the XPS 13 2-in-1 for the entirety of Microsoft's recent Surface event, and I had no issue banging out a 90-minute live blog and several hands-ons with it. The only potential issue was that of the standard issue XPS 13.