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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: Better than the original

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

laptop, you can fold the screen into a big tablet. Dell's new hinge makes the whole process much better: It opens up easily and comes to a slight break in laptop mode.

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.

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<p> It's clear that Dell has learned a lot from its issues with the last XPS 13 2-in-1 XPS 13 – the previous version, on the other hand, was not a s sleek, and it was significantly underpowered. Now the 2-in-1 is running the same 10th-generation Intel processors as the traditional model. Because of that, Dell has to give up on its previous fanless design to add a new cooling system, but I think the tradeoff is worth it. The 2-in-1 did not make any trouble with my daily workload, which involves juggling dozens of browser tabs, image editing apps, Spotify, Slack and Evernote. It also helps that fans sound like a gentle breeze when it's under load; </p>
<p> Another benefit to using Intel's latest 10th-gen processors: The XPS 13 2-in-1 includes the company's updated Iris Plus graphics. I saw a wide range of performance in Overwatch, in some levels it reached a smooth 55 to 65 FPS at 720p with low settings, but in some firefights it went below 25 FPS. The graphics will probably be fine for less demanding games like Minecraft and The Sims. At the very least, it represents a significant leap past any of Intel's previous integrated graphics. One issue worth noting: the 3DMark benchmark refused to run, citing some driver errors. Intel needs to step up with its drivers. </p>
<p> It's hard to make a lot of money. But then again, we've seen NVIDIA graphics (albeit a weak MX150 GPU). </p>
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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.

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