January 20, 2019

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Review

Dell XPS 15

CPU Core i7-8705G 3,1 Hz
GPU Radeon RX Vega M GL / Intel HD 630
DISPLAY 15,6 Ultra HD (4K | 3840 x 2160) Infinity Edge
WEIGHT 2.00 kg


In the process of converting a working laptop into a hybrid machine that you really want to use as a tablet, Dell has turned to new Intel Kaby Lake G processors to deliver "discrete level" graphics from a single chip. This 15-inch high-performance machine also features Dell's magnetic keyboard, as well as the company's innovative cooling system, helping to reduce the weight and size of this convertible notebook.

Given how much we loved the previous XPS 15 model, installing a 360-degree hinge, 8th-generation Intel Core processors with built-in AMD Vega graphics, sweetens the deal. If this laptop could challenge physics to work cooler and quieter, it would earn 10 points.


The XPS 15 2 in 1 received the same redesign as the smaller XPS 13 2 in 1 introduced at CES 2017, only within the larger size. It seems that Dell has found a design that works great and adheres to it.

You get all the same silver anodized aluminum cover and base with a carbon fiber keyboard panel that you could see on previous XPS 15 models, this time with aluminum hinges that allow you to rotate the screen 360 degrees. The only thing truly unique about this laptop's design is the rear vent, which is similar to the air bucket you can know from cars. This is where the laptop squeezes most of the heat, but we'll talk about it later.

The most impressive thing is that the new Dell models have lost weight from the original XPS 15, turning into a hybrid laptop that is comfortable to hold. In fact, Dell claims that this machine is the small and thin 15.6-inch 2 in 1 laptop is available today with a thickness of only 9 to 16 mm and width 354 mm. the Laptop also weighs 1,97 kg in the standard configuration, while the options with the best components do add up in weight.

Compared with the classic Dell XPS 15 measured 357 x 235 x 11 mm, but surprisingly it is 0.1 kg lighter than its hybrid version. However, the XPS 15 2 in 1 seems significantly better than the MacBook Pro 15 an impressive result for a 15-inch laptop.

Given its size and lightweight laptop, we are surprised by the choice of ports that Dell managed to place on the XPS 15 2 in 1: two Thunderbolt 3 and two USB-C 3.1 each supporting charging and DisplayPort a microSD card reader and a headset Jack. It's sad to see the old USB-A and full-size SD card reader leaving us, but it looks like Dell has held on longer than others.


Here's how Dell XPS 15 2 in 1 (2018) showed itself on the tests of our review:

3DMark: sky diver: 13349 / fire strike: 5655 / spy: 2174;

Cinebench processor: 645 points / graphics: 127 fps;

Number Of Points In Geekbench: 4826 (Single-Core) | 15859 (Multi-Core);

PCMark 8 (Home): 3357 points;

PCMark (battery): 3 hours and 43 minutes;

Battery life (video test): 5 hours and 8 minutes;

Total war: Warhammer second (1080p, ultra): 21 fps (1080p, low): 44 FPS;

ME: Shadow of War (1080p, Ultra):48 fps( 1080p, Low): 91 fps;

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