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: Hands on at CES with the shapeshifting PC marvel


Henry Burrell | 06 Jan 17
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Dell is no stranger to peaks and troughs when it comes to being in fashion. Luckily, it is a brand that is in the ascension once more, helped by a subtle rebranding and excellent products to match.
This rise has been greatly helped by the excellent XPS 13, one of the best if not the best Windows laptop in the world. At CES 2017, the company lifted the lid on an impressive update to the line in the XPS 13 2-in-1, a convertible touchscreen version. With tablet functionality and the option to use the Dell Active Pen, it continues to help Dell blur the lines of its target market. Here our hands on review of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.
The XPS 2-in-1 will be available late January the UK via Dell starting at £1,349. Dell is good for customising your PC at point of purchases, so for improved processor power and additional RAM, expect to pay slightly more.
The XPS 2-in-1 is simply one of those tech products that begs to be touched, mauled and used. The design is stunningly thin yet the right side of substantial, with metallic frame and plastic detailing in all the right places.
The 13.3in display is Dell’s InfinityEdge variety, which basically means incredibly thin bezels. It might take you a while to get used to not seeing thick black bezels surrounding the screen, but Dell has done it right. It claims the unit is actually when closed the size of an 11in laptop. This is a bit of a stretch but it’s certainly one of the most compact 13in models outs there, measuring 199 x 304 x 13.7mm.
The chassis also houses a micro SD slot, 2 USB-C ports that share charging, data transfer and display port duties, a lock slot and a headphone jack. The whole thing when closed has an elegant taper to it, with a professional blend of silver and black colours. The presence of the soft finish of the body when opened also helps to add to the premium look and feel of the laptop.
Unlike the new 13in MacBook Pro, the Dell keeps traditional scissor mechanism buttons on its full size keyboard.

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