Reviewing the 2018 Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 9575

The new Dell XPS 15 convertible is one of the thinnest machines in that category and has much to offer in terms of performance – thanks to the integrated Intel-AMD chip | poor battery life, only USB C ports are some of the downsides

Reviewing the 2018 Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 9575

The new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 can’t really be called an upgrade of the 2017 XPS 15 because the company is still making those; it’s more like a supplementary version, a parallel device – if you like, for people looking for a laptop with a little bit more versatility.

So, the primary reason why anybody would want to buy the new XPS 15 is, obviously, the machine’s 2-in-1 capability – the 360° hinge feature that allows you to flip the screen back and use it as a tablet for writing notes, or drawing, or whatever it is that you like doing best.

And, then again, you can put in the stand mode or the tent mode for video chatting, or watching a movie and things like that.

That apart, the other changes that you get to see, here, is a slightly thinner form factor, a new ‘maglev’ keyboard, plus, this time around, you’re limited to just USB Type C ports – four of them, to be precise – but Dell has compensated, somewhat, by including a USB C to A cable in the box.

The other major change – which is kind of a disappointment, to be honest – is the micro SD card reader, which replaces the full-sized reader found on the 2017 XPS 15.

The already thin bezel around the screen is now even smaller and the 4K touchscreen on this one is far more color-accurate, all credit to a 100% sRGB (standard Red Green Blue) and 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut coverage, which is a pretty serious upgrade, one has to admit.

The webcam, which now supports Windows Hello, continues to look up your nose from the center of the lower bezel, its placement making it possible for Dell to give you that sleek infinity edge around the screen.

However, those of you who don’t like having your webcam down there, there’s a neat trick here that allows you to get that camera up where you like it; just flip it around to tent mode and, voila, the webcam is now on the top bezel, which makes this a truly 2-in-1 device.

The 720p video quality of the webcam is pretty much average, though, and it’s a bit noisy, too

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Probably, the biggest selling point of the new XPS 15, after the 360 hinge factor, is the solid hardware it packs, including Intel’s 8th generation quad-core processors – specifically the i7 8705G along with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.

However, what’s really significant here is the ‘G’ suffix after the processor model number, which indicates that this is the new line of Intel chips with integrated AMD RX Vega 870 graphics, replacing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 in the 2017 XPS 15.

The advantage of having the CPU and GPU integrated into a single chip is that it saves space and power – so very essential for the 2-in-1’s form factor; and, we have Dell’s assurance that the performance will be at par with the current 2017 XPS 15 Notebook.

While that claim may not be, particularly, true in the real world, it doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful enough; in fact, it can pretty much hold its own through TNTP gaming and glides through most tasks, barring some highly graphics-intensive ones.

When it comes to everyday functionality, like executing office assignments, browsing the net, scrolling social media, or even watching Netflix, everything is super smooth, fast and responsive.

You will notice, though, that the keyboard gets a bit warm while gaming, but not too much to make it bothersome; but it is an area of improvement, all the same.

Also, the fan does get quite loud – sometimes, even during simple activities like opening up the browser.

What’s really a turnoff, though, is the pathetic battery life of the 6-cell 75 watthour battery inside the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, which is a meager 5-6 hours when paired with the 4K screen.

An hour of YouTube at 50% brightness will set you back by 23% on the battery and even if you opt for the full HD screen, you’re not likely to get more than 9 hours.

However, you’re more than likely to forgive Dell for the battery bit when you experience the 4K screen on this thing; the 100% sRGB (standard Red Green Blue) and 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut coverage, as mentioned before, accounts for an exceptionally high degree of color-accuracy – a dream come true for photo and video editors.

The glossy screen continues to be reflective in bright light despite a new anti-reflective coating, which may have reduced the reflectivity, somewhat, compared to last year’s 4K XPS 15, but the fact is that it’s still there.

The smooth glass, precision touchpad remains, more or less, the same and continues to be among the best seen on Windows laptops, today, with a satisfying click to it.

As mentioned earlier, this machine limits you to just USB C ports but the good thing about it is that you can now charge your phone using the laptop’s USB C charger; plus, two of the four USB C’s are Thunderbolt 3.

So how much is all this going to cost you?

Well, the 2-in-one starts at a hair under $1,300 in the United States, with the top of the line priced at $2,199.

Here are the four different configurations on offer starting from the lowest.
Please note that the hardware causing the increase in price from the previous price point in the lineup is highlighted.

$1,299

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8305G Processor
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Integrated
  • 128GB M.2 2280 SATA Solid State Drive

$1,499

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8305G Processor
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Integrated
  • 256GB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive

$1,699

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8705G Processor
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Integrated
  • 256GB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive

$2,199

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8705G Processor
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Integrated
  • 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive

While there’s much to like here – including a gorgeous display, excellent keyboard and touchpad, as well as a decent overall performance – the fact remains that you’re, actually, compromising a great deal in favor of the 360° hinge.

Also, considering the fact that the 2-in-1 is more expensive, has a lousy battery life and that the XPS 15 Notebook refresh is coming soon, it would be advisable to wait it out.

However, if you have set your mind on a fancy convertible, then there is no better option than this on the market, right now.

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